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. Among Jewish advocacy organizations, AJC is the leader in the global arena. We are known for our unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and faith leaders in more than 100 countries. In addition to our New York headquarters and Office of Policy and Diplomatic Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the U.S. and around the globe and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide.
The Alexander Associates are a critical component of AJC’s Alexander Young Leadership department. With high-performers in this role, AJC activists—high school and college students, as well as members of ACCESS, AJC’s young professional division—will shape the future of global Jewish advocacy.
Positioned within AJC Regional Offices, Alexander Associates will work collaboratively with regional office and national team members to grow opportunities for young professionals locally and nationally.
The Alexander Associate does all this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.
- Manage, facilitate, and lead AJC Chicago’s ACCESS (AJC’s young leadership division), Campus Affairs, and LFT (Leaders for Tomorrow, AJC’s education and advocacy program for high school students);
- Identify and recruit phenomenal Jewish young professionals, engage them in ACCESS, and transform them into leaders within AJC and financial supporters of AJC’s mission;
- Work with and manage the Chicago ACCESS Board to support their advocacy, program development, and financial contributions to AJC;
- Implement ACCESS programs, meetings, and events in close coordination with Chicago Regional Office and ACCESS Global staff;
- Recruit ACCESS supporters to attend the AJC Global Forum, its annual policy conference;
- Develop and expand joint advocacy and diplomatic opportunities with community partners from other religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds;
- Support ACCESS engagement with elected officials and diplomats through advocacy meetings and programming;
- Establish and maintain close ties with local colleges and universities—including Hillel staff, school administrators, and students—in support of AJC’s Campus Affairs work;
- Work with Chicago Regional Office on local programs, events, and strategic initiatives;
- Ensure ACCESS members and leaders are incorporated within and invited to all regional opportunities;
- Perform other tasks needed to support overall office effectiveness.
The ideal candidate has knowledge of, and a strong commitment to, Jewish issues and the objectives of AJC. The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial and creative professional who can demonstrate the interpersonal skills and disposition needed for work in a fast paced, dynamic environment. They are a goal-oriented planner who is accustomed to developing strategies and following through on them. Other qualifications include the following:
- Bachelor's degree and 1-2 years of work experience
- Passion for AJC’s mission and alignment with its diplomatic style, with knowledge of AJC’s key issues (including Israel, world Jewry, human rights, international relations, foreign policy, and democratic institutions)
- Self-starter who can work independently and collaborate with professional colleagues, volunteer leadership, and community partners
- Creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic thinker able to identify and pursue opportunities and develop new ways to engage potential and existing donors
- Strong organizational, time management, and project management skills with the capacity to comfortably handle a large volume of work
- Successfully lead, manage, and work on multiple projects simultaneously, with multiple parties, to advance AJC’s work
- Ability to work effectively under pressure, creatively and proactively solve problems, make difficult decisions, and follow through on agreed upon initiatives
- Sense of humor and strong desire to add to a culture of collaboration and feedback
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills
- Fluency in social media
- Availability to work occasional mornings, evenings, and weekends, and to travel occasionally
- Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge, Google Drive, and Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
- Familiarity with development or fundraising preferred
- Familiarity with the greater Chicagoland area and demographics preferred
AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please submit your application to: https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/rc3tdzt1qq5v9j/