The Jewish Federations of North America (‘JFNA’) represents 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network Communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social, humanitarian, and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities in North America, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through meaningful contributions to community, Israel, and civil society. JFNA’s mission is to build flourishing Jewish communities around the world.
National Young Leadership Cabinet (‘Cabinet’) – JFNA’s premier lay-talent development initiative founded in 1963 – trains and inspires the most promising community volunteers (30’s/40’s) for positions of leadership. Cabinet has successfully attracted individuals who lead at the highest levels of Jewish communal life and who role-model leadership for their peers. Cabinet is grounded in a leadership curriculum and robust calendar of annual experiences, including global and North American travel, weekend gatherings, community-wide initiatives, and online content. Cabinet deepens member involvement through inspiration, a sense of personal responsibility, and a compelling vision of the communal collective in Jewish life. Cabinet has nearly 60 years of brand equity and more than 4000 alumni who credit the program as having changed their lives and set them on a path of Jewish leadership. Each of JFNA’s current officers and many local leaders across North America have come through the Cabinet program.
Over the past three years, Cabinet membership has grown by 38% and participation in Cabinet experiences has increased by 212%. Today, Cabinet has become the Jewish community’s fastest growing and most scalable platform to engage young Jewish leaders & philanthropists. The organization has just launched the quiet phase of a 3-year, $2.7 million campaign to provide the resources for further expansion and to deepen and strengthen Cabinet’s lasting impact in Jewish communities.
Director, Alumni & Stakeholder Relations is a new position created to strengthen the relationships among Cabinet alumni and leverage their talent and philanthropic potential for the benefit of the Federation System and the broader Jewish community. With JFNA’s new executive leadership and its flourishing Jewish Communities vision, Cabinet and its alumni are central figures in strengthening Jewish life across North America and around the world. Important steps have already been taken to reconnect alumni (for example, Cabinet’s 100+ past Co-Chairs), and these initiatives have been met with early success and momentum. At the same time, a comprehensive alumni engagement and mobilization strategy is needed, with targeted focus on this audience to sustain and grow their involvement as leaders individually and collectively. This position reports to the Associate VP, National Young Leadership.
- Develop strategy to create community among 4000+ Cabinet alumni and inspire their ongoing, active involvement and leadership in Federation and Jewish life
- Establish and maintain a dynamic Cabinet alumni network that creates peer-led sub-groups aligned by common interests, careers and/or leadership priorities (chapters, affinities)
- Manage relationships with 100-150 top Cabinet alumni for cultivation based on leadership and philanthropic potential
- Provide valued-added services and experiences for all Cabinet alumni, including reunions, briefings, exclusive events, coaching, and continuing education
- Leverage high-profile leadership gatherings and Cabinet marquee events as opportunities to convene Cabinet alumni (AIPAC Policy Conference, YPO Global Leadership Conference, International Leadership Reunion, Cabinet Retreat, Cabinet Domestic Mission)
- Create ‘Cabinet Alumni Society’ with perks and benefits to build community across the generations of Cabinet and to drive revenue of $1-$1.5 M annually through member dues
- Recruit for and manage Cabinet Alumni Steering Committee
- Oversee communications, messaging, and strategic support to 146 local Federations to strengthen Cabinet alumni connections to the community
- Operationalize alumni practices and innovations from best-in-class institutions, including top universities, civic associations, and leadership development organizations
- Connect with ‘graduating’ Cabinet members to guide their leadership path and involvement as alumni
- Build and manage a growing ecosystem of Cabinet alumni to stimulate high-level leadership learning, philanthropy, activism and young adult engagement across the Federation movement and Jewish community
- Professional history of successful constituent engagement, fundraising, communications and/or sales
- Track record in managing highly experienced volunteers & donors
- Excellent customer service and relationship building skills
- Experience in communications and data analytics
- Knowledge of the Jewish communal landscape and its institutions (including JFNA and the Federation system) – preferred but not required
- Ability to create ‘people networks’ that deliver lasting and transformative impact
- Minimum 7 years professional experience showing progression of increased leadership and responsibility
- Motivated self-starter who can lead independently and take initiative
- Flexibility and an enterprising spirit
Location flexible, preferably with easy access to New York City.
How to Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume to: David Kessel: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jewish Federations of North America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.