Director, Asia Pacific Institute

Location: New York or Washington D.C.

Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. In addition to its New York headquarters and Office of Government & International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has regional offices and affiliates across the U.S. and overseas in addition to a multitude of global partnerships.

Among Jewish organizations, AJC is the preeminent leader in the global arena. With a presence in Belgium, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Brazil and Switzerland, AJC’s network of relationships with, and access to, key decision makers and thought leaders on every continent is unmatched. AJC is recognized by foreign leaders, the Israeli and U.S. governments as an effective and trusted interlocutor for Jewish issues, human rights and advocacy for democratic values. Today, AJC proactively tackles the greatest concerns of Jewish communities around the globe.

AJC is seeking a Director for its Asia Pacific Institute (API). Based in Washington, DC, or New York, NY, the Director of API will maintain and expand AJC access throughout Asia, with a particular emphasis on China, Japan, and South Korea, as well as India, where AJC has a long-term presence. The Director will employ that access – and the individual’s analytical, representational and communications skills – to advocate AJC positions in the region to individual governments, civil society, the media, and other sectors, as appropriate. In addition, the Director will advise AJC leadership on political and strategic issues in Asia, Jewish communal concerns, and other relevant matters, and heighten AJC’s profile in Asia to further the organization’s institutional objectives.

Primary functions of the Director include:

Diplomatic outreach to senior government officials, rising political figures, journalists, and other thought and policy leaders:
Articulate and implement AJC’s vision and mission while cultivating meaningful and long-term relationships with senior Asian government officials, diplomats, journalists and civic and thought leaders, assuring AJC access to the highest levels of leadership; communicate regularly with government officials on issues salient to AJC as they arise; reinforce or establish AJC’s presence in key Asian media markets – through publications and appropriate programming; and be the AJC expert on political affairs in the geographic area and provide analysis to AJC colleagues on current events and emerging issues.

Institution building:
Working in coordination with other AJC international offices and U.S.-based AJC departments and regional offices, pursue the organization’s international agenda and institutional objectives by cultivating and expanding AJC’s network in key Asian countries and cities; supporting the activities of AJC’s Project Interchange; providing oversight of AJC leadership visits to Asia; and responding to the needs of AJC lay leadership. Finally, the Director will help support AJC’s mission and operations through fundraising and “friend-raising.”

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree or higher preferred) in international affairs, international business, or similar degree, will have expertise in political/strategic affairs in the Asia/Pacific region, with a particular focus on China, Japan and South Korea, as well as experience working and/or living in Asia and interacting with political/governmental institutions in the region, and an existing network and access to the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean governmental and political establishment. In addition, the candidate will have experience working with American Jewish communal organizations and a passion for AJC’s mission, a willingness and ability to participate in major gift fundraising, at least 10 year’s management experience with a commitment to a collaborative leadership style, and an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability and desire to mold and motivate an advocacy institute.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit their CV and cover letter on https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/asia-pacific-institute-director-2013/. No phone calls please.