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 national lay leaders effectively through a variety of leadership development initiatives and strategies. LDBE oversees the design and implementation of Executive Council and Board of Governors meetings and institutes, as well as national Leadership Development programs such as the Hilda Katz Blaustein Leadership Institute, the Comay Fellowship and the Polish-Jewish and Adenauer (German) Exchange programs.
This department is also responsible for the national Nominating Committee, the National Leadership Development Committee and the structure of lay engagement at AJC (i.e., the national committees and commissions). LDBE works closely with the department of Regional Offices to help identify potential leaders and to consider a variety of through leadership strategies. In 2019, LDBE will also be enhancing its coordination with the department of Young Leadership.
This position is ideal for an 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 team player who is a motivated self-starter and who can be successful working collaboratively with colleagues and with high caliber lay leaders. Program planning experience, exceptional organizational skills, and a platinum-service attitude are necessary.
The Senior Associate, Leadership Development and Board Engagement, does all of this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.
National Board of Governors (BoG):
- Act as first point of contact for BoG and EC members with questions about meetings/programs;
- Liaise with Board members on a regular basis to help meet their needs and to provide support for the day-to-day functioning and care/feeding of the BoG;
- Manage all data pertaining to the Board of Governors, including Board membership, demographic data and contact information, committee/task force participation, and other board engagement. Be able to analyze data for strategic use;
- Oversee the creation/maintenance of AJC’s annual Board of Governors Directory and distribution of the Directory to AJC lay leadership, regional offices and AJC staff. Responsible for keeping up-to-date biographical information in Raiser’s Edge;
- Manage AJC’s multi-year national Executive Council and Board of Governors calendars;
- Oversee the preparation/distribution of all materials for programs and meetings;
- Manage registration for all BoG members for relevant programming and Global Forum;
- Develop strategies for regular communications to BoG members;
- Assist Associate Director (for Board Engagement) in special projects as needed.
- Liaise with BoG members to identify and track their interest in committees;
- Manage AJC’s internal online Committee Directory, keeping track of all appointments and terms of committees;
- Create and analyze reports on committee memberships and overall engagement;
- Coordinate committee engagement with programmatic staff from across the organization.
National Nominating Committee:
- Coordinate the soliciting of nominations with the Regional Offices;
- Review nominations, identify information gaps, and attempt to answer outstanding questions;
- Prepare nomination packet and analytical statistics for review by the Nominating Committee.
- Act as Point of Contact and provide support for all LD programs, including Leadership Exchange Programs, Comay Fellowship, the Hilda Katz Blaustein Leadership Institute, etc.;
- Manage all data pertaining to both the application process and actual participation in LD initiatives and opportunities;
- Prepare materials for selection committees for leadership programs;
- Assist in the regular reporting and analysis of data (and in using data to analyze and track lay leadership opportunities);
- Liaise with colleagues to keep up-to-date records of lay leader interest in LD opportunities and/or provide this information to colleagues when needed;
- Maintain contact lists and email listservs of LD program participants;
- Oversee the creation and upkeep of AJC’s Leadership Opportunities Guide (print and electronic) and distribution of the guide to lay leadership, regional offices, and AJC staff.
- Oversee tracking of Leadership Alumni engagement;
- Assist in alumni opportunity engagement;
- Assist Associate Director (for Leadership Development) in special projects as needed.
National Leadership Development Committee (NLDC):
- Manage the scheduling, logistics and information of/for the National Leadership Development Committee. Act as first point of contact for committee members; • Assist with setting the agenda and preparing documents as needed for meetings.
Additional general department administration:
- Ensure all of AJC’s lay leaders receive “platinum service” through direct oral and written communications and assist in making leaders’ engagement as meaningful as possible;
- Communicate to Regional Offices relevant information about their leaders on a periodic basis;
- 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;
- Provide administrative support to the Director, including scheduling, processing expense reports, coordinating travel, assisting in creating materials and presentations, answering phone as needed, and providing additional support as needed;
- Support the Associate Director and Assistant Director of the Leadership Development team, as the need arises;
- Work on special projects as assigned, including those related to the AJC Global Forum and those assisting the Director and the team in other tasks or projects.
The ideal candidate for the Senior Associate position will:
- Show respect for and adherence to confidentiality when necessary;
- Be highly detail-oriented, exceptionally organized, and customer-service focused;
- Manage multiple projects simultaneously in a rapidly changing and demanding environment, without requiring significant follow-up;
- Possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
- Be extremely comfortable working in Excel, Google Products and learning relevant database/software as needed. Raiser’s Edge fluency is preferred;
- Have superior analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills;
- Have outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to engage with high level leaders; both AJC staff persons and lay leaders;
- Be an exceptional team-player and be able to work well independently;
- 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;
- 2-4 years of experience in some of the following areas strongly preferred: donor relations, project management, program/event planning, and communications;
- Travel (mostly to NY area, but occasionally elsewhere) 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
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