Full Time

Associate Director, Changemakers Engagement & Strategic Partnerships - JFNA

Jewish Federations of North America New York NY

REPORTS TO:    Senior Director, Next Gen Leadership & Engagement
The Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”)
The Jewish Federations of North America represents 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs. The Jewish Federation system, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, builds and sustains flourishing Jewish communities in North America and protects and enhances the well-being of the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.  
About The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship
The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship (Changemakers) is a new initiative to develop Jewish leaders in their early 20’s (Gen Z). First piloted in summer 2020, Changemakers begins as a three-week intensive online experience rooted in Jewish values, career and professional advancement, global Jewish community, and activism around pivotal social issues.  With more than 1700 young adults having completed the Changemakers curriculum since the 2020 launch, JFNA and its partners seek to engage these emerging leaders more deeply and to inspire their ongoing involvement in the Jewish community. 
Created and led by JFNA, Changemakers represents the collective effort of 30+ global Jewish organizations who partner together in recruitment, session facilitation, and ongoing engagement.  Through leveraging these organizational relationships, participants become aware of the many opportunities and pathways across the global Jewish community to sustain their connection.  Changemakers are envisioned as the next generation of Jewish leaders for the long-term.
The Changemakers target audience includes a broad range of young adults, from those deeply involved in the Jewish community, to those leading in their professional fields, civic, or campus organizations with minimal connection to Jewish life.  Changemakers attracts young people with the ability and desire to make a difference in the world – the future CEO’s, law partners, nonprofit executives, and humanitarians most likely to rise to positions of influence in the Jewish community, who distinguish themselves through their compelling sense of purpose, values, and vision.  

Position Description
As Changemakers enters a new phase of innovation and expansion, the Associate Director of Changemakers Engagement & Strategic Partnerships will play an essential role in scaling the initiative and ensuring a thriving year-round experience for current and future participants. The position includes managing strategic partnerships with Next Gen Jewish organizations and local Federations, connecting Changemakers with curated opportunities for local, regional, and global Jewish involvement, managing the internal & external Changemakers tracking & communications strategy, and building-out the Changemakers Leadership Network for those who complete the three-week intensive experience.    
Primary Job Responsibilities 
  • Develop and implement a community-wide strategy led by JFNA to keep Changemakers engaged in the short and long-term.
  • Set and achieve metrics for transition of Changemakers into positions of Jewish leadership. 
  • Determine interests and needs of Changemakers through participant focus groups, surveys, and peer committee to guide the design and implementation of Changemakers Leadership Network.   
  • Collaborate with global Next Gen partner organizations to provide ongoing leadership and engagement opportunities targeted to all Changemakers and curated for Changemaker micro-communities with specific leadership interests (e.g., fighting poverty or antisemitism, LGBTQ inclusion). 
  • Oversee recruitment, training, and management of Changemakers mentorship program, a five-month initiative that pairs Changemakers with seasoned community lay leaders by career interest. 
  • Design and implement meaningful Changemakers engagement opportunities across JFNA, including, but not limited to, the General Assembly, Board Committees, Task Forces, and travel missions.
  • Manage platforms of communication and tracking among Changemakers participants and organizational partners, including website, email, social media, and Salesforce CRM.
  • Partner with JFNA’s Marketing & Communications Team to develop Changemakers press strategy.
  • Participate in the strategic planning, evaluation and learning process associated with this new initiative.
  • Work with the Senior Director, Next Gen Leadership & Engagement, to ensure that the Changemakers Advisory Committee and other key JFNA leaders are kept updated on the progress of these efforts.
  • Bachelor's Degree.  Master’s Degree preferred
  • 5-7 years of experience (ideally in the areas of young adult engagement and/or leadership development)
  • Familiarity with the Jewish Next Gen ecosystem
  • Excitement at engaging Next Gen in meaningful leadership opportunities
  • Experience growing new programs and initiatives
  • Relationship-oriented professional with experience developing, leveraging, and stewarding constituent relationships 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, strategic thinker and doer
  • Strong team player and comfortable with independent work

​Competitive salary. Comprehensive benefits package. Preferably based in NY area and open to remote location.  

Please submit a resume and cover letter, with “Associate Director, Changemakers Engagement & Strategic Partnerships” in the subject line to Rachel.Shtern@jfna.org

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, JFNA celebrates and welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.