Associate Director, Contemporary Jewish Life
New York, NY
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 Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the United States and around the globe, and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide.
We are establishing a new position within the CJL (Contemporary Jewish Life) Department of Associate Director. The Associate Director will be involved in all aspects of CJL programming and administration. The CJL Department operates as the internal Jewish address and voice of AJC and as external catalyst for the Jewish community. It houses the Jewish Religious Equality Coalition (JREC), a wall-to-wall coalition of key individuals and organizations dedicated to securing religious pluralism within Israeli society as well as the Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. Its future direction will focus heavily upon strengthening Israel-Diaspora ties.
The successful candidate will be an organized team-player who can work well with AJC’s respective lay and professional staff structures and capable both of articulating a vision of Jewish peoplehood and managing specific details of program and administration. The individual selected for this position will be expected to lead the CJL Department upon the retirement of the Director within approximately one year. The start date for this position is January 2nd, 2020.
- Staff a soon to be established Task Force on Israeli-Diaspora Relations;
- Serve as Judaica resource for the agency generally and specific departments including Development, LFT, Regional Offices, Communications, Campus Affairs, Special Events, etc.;
- Work with the Director in development of a vision of CJL programming for future years;
- Serve as a liaison to other Jewish organizations including rabbinical groupings, federations, national Jewish organizations, etc.;
- Supervise development, implementation, and analysis of AJC survey research;
- Communicate CJL’s themes and concerns to internal AJC constituents;
- Prepare background papers and other materials as necessary, especially as necessary for national AJC events, e.g. Global Forum;
- The range of issues to be addressed by the CJL Department potentially may include subjects as diverse as Israel education, Israel-Diaspora relations, Jewish pluralism, Jewish identity, and securing future Jewish continuity. The successful candidate likely will both be knowledgeable in these areas and capable of working cross-departmentally on AJC issues;
- Supervise the work of AJC Library and Archives;
- Substitute for the CJL Director when he is away or otherwise unavailable.
- Five-ten years of related professional experience;
- An advanced academic or professional degree, preferably a doctorate;
- Experience in working with Jewish communal bodies;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Excellent communication skills – oral and written;
- Knowledge of Hebrew;
- In-depth understanding of American Jewry, Israeli politics and society, and Israel – Diaspora Relations;
- Skill in problem-solving, active-listening, and ability to work cooperatively across departmental lines;
- Well-developed organizational and time management skills;
- Respect for and adherence to confidentiality needs;
- Excellent project management skills, ability to manage data and develop, implement and oversee budget;
- An entrepreneurial mindset; able to identify and pursue opportunities;
- Well-developed customer service orientation;
- A self-starter, willing to take initiative;
- Ability to work effectively under pressure;
- A collaborative approach to working with internal and external colleagues to maximize the effectiveness of projects and programs;
- Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment;
- Passion for the mission of AJC;
- Pride and professionalism in work accomplishments;
- A demonstrated commitment to high ethical standard and values;
- Willingness to attend meetings and programs outside of standard working hours;
- Travel when necessary;
- The capacity to model leadership skills and to provide leadership to staff and lay leadership of diverse characteristics and experiences.
AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please submit your application on: https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/r21292u1sqqbce/