Assistant Director, Leadership Development and Board Engagement
New York or Washington, D.C .
AJC’s Department of Leadership Development and Board Engagement (LDBE) serves as the liaison to the National Executive Council and the National Board of Governors and is responsible for identifying, training, cultivating, and utilizing lay leaders effectively through a variety of leadership development initiatives and strategies. LDBE oversees the development of Executive Council and Board of Governors meetings and institutes, as well as Leadership development programs such as the Hilda Katz Blaustein Leadership Institute, the Comay Fellowship and the Polish and Adenuaer Jewish Exchange programs.
This department also staffs the national Nominating Committee, the National Leadership Development Committee and the structure of lay engagement at AJC (i.e., the committees and commissions). LDBE works closely with both the departments of Regional Offices and Young Leadership.
This position is ideal for an experienced, ambitious, talented and thoughtful professional, who is dedicated to global Jewish advocacy and who is eager to be immersed in organizational and leadership development at the highest levels. The successful candidate will be a highly organized team player who is a motivated self-starter and who can be successful working collaboratively with colleagues and with high caliber lay leaders. Experience with providing platinum customer service, engaging lay leaders and leadership programming is a must.
The Assistant Director, Leadership Development and Board Engagement, does all this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.
Position Responsibilities (please note: these responsibilities can shift within the department as needed or based on team members’ experience and expertise):
- Act as a primary contact for members of the Board of Governors;
- Manage “care and feeding” of the Board of Governors members;
- Create personalized tracks for BoG members, as determined with Director;
- Oversee the production of the annual BoG Directory.
Communications, Meetings and Opportunities
- Oversee the development of Board of Governors meetings and Institutes, working with leaders across the organization to ensure timely subject matters, policy discussions, etc.;
- Create opportunities for Board members to participate in programming outside of meetings;
- Develop and implement a communications strategy for the Board of Governors and work with Global Director to share information with board as needed.
Board Orientation and Mentorship (including Regional President Integration)
- Develop meaningful orientation programming and materials in coordination with Director and Chair of the Board of Governors;
- Works closely with the Department of Regional Offices to integrate Regional Presidents appropriately;
- Design a Board of Governors handbook, working with staff and lay leaders across departments;
- Oversee a mentorship program, matching new BoG members with veteran members.
Engagement through AJC Commission, Committees and Steering Committees
- Oversee implementation of committee and steering committee on-boarding, invitations and membership;
- Create, in coordination with Director, guidelines for committee and steering-committee membership and activity;
- Oversee the production, updating and distribution of the Committee Directory as needed;
- Create analytics and tracking systems for committee membership and placement;
- Manage the development and production of the Leadership Opportunity Guide;
- Assist in identifying leaders for Institute Boards.
Support for AJC President, BoG Chair, LD Chair, Past Presidents, etc.
- Serve as a liaison (along with Global Director and Assoc Dir) to this group, assisting with scheduling during Global Forum or BoG meetings/institutes, etc.;
- Write remarks for President, BoG Chair and other lay leaders, as needed;
- Support closely the Chair of the Board of Governors and the relevant work.
NATIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE
- Support Director in planning, oversight and implementation of annual Nominating Committee;
- Create materials and upkeep communications for committee members;
- Solicit nominations from Regional offices, Development staff and BoG members;
- Compile Board of Governors nominations and help manage ranking process;
- Analyze data for a better understanding of the pipeline.
PIPELINE OF NATIONAL LEADERS
- Work closely with full team to develop a pipeline of national leaders;
- Liaise with regional offices to help further their efforts to build their leadership.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of LD programs and opportunities, including Leadership Exchange Programs, Comay Fellowship, the Hilda Katz Blaustein Leadership Institute, etc.;
- Assist in developing alumni strategies for participants of these programs;
- Consider, along with the team, the pipeline from these programs to national Board membership or other programs/opportunities.
Additional general department administration:
- Ensure all of AJC’s lay leaders receive “platinum service” through direct oral and written communications;
- Assist in making lay leaders’ engagement as meaningful and enjoyable as possible;
- Remain abreast of National and Local opportunities for lay leaders, both emerging and veteran; connecting leaders with the correct staff when appropriate and acting as one of the contacts for AJC opportunities across the organization.
The ideal candidate for the Assistant Director position will:
- Be highly detail-oriented, exceptionally organized, and customer-service focused;
- Have outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to engage with high level leaders, both AJC staff persons and lay leaders;
- Manage multiple projects simultaneously in a rapidly changing and demanding environment, without requiring significant follow-up;
- Possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
- Have superior analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills.
- Be extremely comfortable working in Excel, Google Products and learning relevant; database/software as needed. Raiser’s Edge fluency is preferred;
- Be an exceptional team-player and be able to work well independently;
- Show respect for and adherence to confidentiality when necessary;
- Have a commitment to and ability to express AJC’s mission and relevant issues; knowledge and/or interest in issues of importance to AJC is preferred (i.e., Israel, world Jewry, human rights, etc.).
- Bachelor’s degree required
- 5-7 years of experience in some of the following areas strongly preferred: leadership development/engagement, board/donor relations, project management, communications, speech writing.
- Travel (mostly to NY area) for Board meetings or Leadership Development programs required 2-4x/year for a few days at a time
- Some weekend and evening work required
- Must be highly proficient in the full Microsoft Office Suite and Google software
- Familiarity/Fluency with Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred
AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Please submit your application on: https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/qrstus0anijs8/