Full Time

Senior Director, National Young Leadership Cabinet - JFNA

The Jewish Federations of North America New York NY

POSITION TITLE:  Senior Director, National Young Leadership Cabinet
REPORTS TO:      Associate VP, National Young Leadership & Next Gen Engagement

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 charitable organizations in North America, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews globally.  JFNA builds flourishing Jewish communities around the world.  The National Young Leadership Team strengthens the capacity of local Federations to engage, develop, and mobilize the 20’s-40’s demographic to make a difference in the world through leading in the Jewish community.

National Young Leadership Cabinet (‘Cabinet’) – JFNA’s premier lay-talent development initiative founded in 1963 – trains and networks the most promising community volunteers and philanthropists (30’s/40’s) for positions of leadership.  Cabinet has successfully attracted individuals who lead at the highest levels of Jewish communal life.  Cabinet is grounded in a leadership curriculum and calendar of curated annual experiences, including global and North American travel, retreats, community-wide initiatives, and online content.  Cabinet has nearly 60 years of brand equity and more than 4,000 alumni who credit the program as having changed their lives and set them on a path of Jewish leadership.  Over the past three years, Cabinet has grown by 38% to 399 current members, and participation in Cabinet experiences has increased by 212%.  Cabinet has become the Jewish community’s fastest growing and most scalable platform to engage young Jewish leaders & philanthropists. 
As the cornerstone of JFNA’s next gen engagement and leadership development work, Cabinet’s growing network of nearly 4,500 alumni + current members plays a catalytic role in building a North American ecosystem of young adult initiatives and strategies managed by 125 local Federation professionals working to involve millennials and Gen Z in community leadership and philanthropy. 

Position Summary:
In anticipation of its 60th anniversary in 2023, Cabinet recently completed a bold Strategic Business Plan, Envisioning Cabinet at 60.  The plan calls for continued growth in Cabinet membership, campaign, and leadership experiences, while sustaining a high level of participation and program quality.  Additionally, the plan seeks to establish a robust pre-Cabinet lay leadership pipeline for emerging young talent (20’s-30’s).  Cabinet will become a destination for many of these young leaders, even as many more will find connection points through Federation boards and committees, local young leadership development cohorts and experiences, giving societies, and next gen initiatives in their communities.  Creating post-Cabinet pathways for sustained community leadership also figures prominently in the plan.

The Senior Director will oversee the implementation of the Strategic Business Plan, determining how the key priorities are actualized, measured, and updated over time.  The position’s primary focus is current Cabinet members and building-on the recent successes and momentum of Cabinet’s new leadership development curriculum and touchpoints in the annual calendar – with the flexibility to pivot during COVID while simultaneously preparing for in-person gatherings to resume again.  The Senior Director will lead a new era in the storied history of Cabinet, working directly with many of the Jewish community’s top leaders as the program expands to reach the pre- and post-Cabinet audiences.


  • Operationalize the Strategic Business Plan, mapping-out key milestones, monitoring progress, establishing year-over-year success indicators and benchmarks, and updating/ pivoting when needed
  • Develop priorities for Cabinet going forward, identifying opportunities for growth, and assessing the outcomes of the Strategic Business Plan to build for the future  
  • Partner with local Federations to establish and support community-based young leadership pipelining strategies with Cabinet at the center
  • Represent and promote Cabinet to essential stakeholders, including local Federation lay/professional leaders, current/prospective members, alumni, funders, and organizational partners 
  • Oversee growing menu of annual Cabinet leadership experiences, including global travel mission, domestic mission, and summertime Retreat
  • Manage Cabinet lay leadership team (2 co-chairs + 8 vice-chairs) and cultivate future Cabinet leadership
  • Establish a communications rhythm with Cabinet; inspire them, mobilize + motivate them; draw them toward the big issues of the day; leverage their talents and skills
  • Establish a culture of excellence and aspirational leadership that sets a high bar for members of Cabinet and serves as an example for the entire Jewish community  
  • Supervise Cabinet professional team, and create, manage, and monitor Cabinet budget
  • Galvanize talent around Cabinet – top presenters and thought-leaders, senior Federation lay + professional leaders, dynamic educators, philanthropists, and innovators
  • Track best-in-class Jewish/secular leadership development models to drive Cabinet innovation and partnerships
  • Develop strategy for program evaluation, continuous improvement, and innovation


  • Excellent interpersonal skills – motivator, communicator, leader-by-example
  • Experience in building a strategy + evolving/growing an organization/enterprise
  • Strategic ability to ‘see the big picture’ and ‘connect the dots’ across multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in basic principles of fundraising (cultivation and stewardship, moves management, pitching)
  • Ability to articulate a vision/theory/approach to ‘Jewish leadership development’ in the young adult space
  • Leading teams (professional and/or volunteer) + supervision to achieve results – team player
  • Ability to innovate – ‘see things differently’ – gather data, identify trends, and adapt quickly
  • Track record in the design and implementation of meaningful Jewish experiences
  • Ability to navigate a large organizational system with affiliates across multiple locations
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community (particularly the lay/pro partnership)
  • Exemplary management skills (organized, timely, responsive, rapid work-pace, efficient, problem-solver)
  • Minimum 10 years professional experience showing progression of increased leadership and responsibility
  • Motivated self-starter who leads independently and takes initiative/calculated risks

Location flexible, preferably with easy access to New York City.

How to Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume to: David Kessel: david.kessel@jfna.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, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


Qualifications: 10+ years of experience.