Executive Director

Background
Since its founding in 1976, Israel Tennis & Education Centers (ITEC) has become one of the largest social service organizations in Israel, serving more than 20,000 children annually. ITEC now has 14 centers throughout Israel, many of them in underprivileged neighborhoods, providing disadvantaged children with a safe, structured and nurturing environment.
ITEC offers uniquely designed programs to meet the specific needs of its children:
ITEC’s Social Impact Program provides essential life skills and values to a variety of disadvantaged children throughout Israel, such as youth at risk, new immigrants from Russia and Ethiopia, children with special needs, and young people from different religious communities. As part of this effort, ITEC offers coexistence programs, where Israeli Jews, Arabs, Bedouins and Druze children are encouraged to explore one another, engage in dialogue, set common goals and ultimately realize that they can all live together under one roof.
ITEC’s Tennis Program brings together children and families from diverse backgrounds, using tennis as the common vehicle to teach children to connect, have fun, and build lifelong skills.
ITEC’s Talent Development Program unites talented athletes from across Israel to develop and train together, reflecting Israel’s multi-cultural society. Virtually every Israeli professional tennis player began their development at ITEC. Importantly, this program draws many of its athletes from ITEC’s social impact programs.

By teaching the life skills of self-reliance, perseverance and focus, ITEC fosters sustainable values of self-esteem, character and tolerance, creating a positive imprint on children and their families in one of the most conflicted regions in the world.
ITEC is proud to maintain a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency. To learn more about ITEC, please visit: www.itecenters.org

Position
Israel Tennis & Education Centers (ITEC) seek a proven, inspiring and strategic leader with superior relationship skills and demonstrated success in building capacity and increasing revenue to become its Executive Director. The successful candidate must have an authentic passion for the mission, demonstrated success as an engaging fundraiser and be a highly articulate communicator skilled at making a compelling case for organizational support.
Reporting to the Global CEO, Erez Vider, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction, and health of ITEC’s operations in North America. The Executive Director will guide programs and activities that strengthen and expand the organization’s visibility and brand and will work closely with fundraising counterparts in Israel and the Diaspora to plan and implement high impact, successful fundraising initiatives. The Executive Director will have the unique opportunity to chart a new course for growth and to recommend alternative plans and structures where appropriate. In partnership with the Global CEO, the senior management team and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will thoughtfully and intentionally work to expand ITEC’s public visibility by developing new markets for the organization across different cities in the US.

As a manager, the Executive Director will be expected to create an inspiring fundraising culture at ITEC. Working closely with senior staff in New York, Florida and Toronto, the Executive Director will set goals, monitor performance and results, and be an active partner in helping staff reach their targets.

Responsibilities
Organizational Leadership
• Create and support a culture of philanthropy that engages the CEO, the board and professionals, and foster a collaborative, organization-wide team approach to development.
• Assume primary responsibility for all fundraising operations and management in North America.
• Work closely with the CFO and the Treasurer to monitor financial status of ITEC and ensure that ITEC operates within its approved budget resources.
• Ensure that ITEC receives appropriate professional support and advice in all areas of legal, financial and tax issues; ensure that ITEC complies with financial and tax regulations.

• Lead ongoing review of how operations and resources will support strategic directions and goals.
Fundraising Strategy and Engagement
• Work with the CEO, board and professionals to lead, develop and implement a North American development strategy that will generate short-term results as well as sustainable long-term growth.
• Work with the Chair, Board leadership and selected staff to raise unrestricted annual support for reserve and endowment fund needs, as well as raising funds for specific programming and named opportunities.
• Maintain a significant portfolio of major gift donors while facilitating relationships between donors and the Board and staff.
• Systematically identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new individual and institutional donors capable of making significant contributions to ITEC. Educate targeted donors on ITEC’s mission, programs, and projects, and develop specific strategies and tailored cases for support.
• Provide strategic oversight of ITEC’s CRM system and build a best practices environment to support development and external engagement efforts.
• Develop fundraising systems and processes, including implementation of a prospect management strategy and setting clearly defined and attainable goals for each ITEC fundraiser.
Marketing and Communications
• Lead the institutional and philanthropic marketing of the organization, in cooperation with the Marketing & Communication Department in Israel, helping to ensure effective overall positioning of ITEC before the public and within its field.
• Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the organization and articulate the mission to external constituents.
• Serve as a primary spokesperson in North America on behalf of ITEC.
Talent Management and Team Building
• Maintain a flexible leadership style and foster an environment of achievement and ensure staff accountability for excellence through clearly defined and measurable goals.
• Create a climate that promotes respect for others and acceptance of alternative ideas and approaches, as well as the highest ethical standards and practices.
• Work to establish open communication with the ITEC leadership in Israel, especially about funding needs, new projects, reporting on ongoing funded projects, public relations materials, and donor proposals and visits.
Board Development
• Work with the Board to shape, focus, and prioritize future plans for ITEC. Help plan Board meetings and agendas.
• Serve as a professional advisor to the Board to support its leadership role and bolster its ability to make informed decisions.
• Participate in identifying and recruiting new prospective board members, including creating a pipeline of new prospective lay leaders and committee members.
Qualifications
• An established leader with at least 10 years of demonstrated success in a senior management position, preferably with a nonprofit organization.
• A persuasive and passionate communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Passion for ITEC and its mission, and ability to inspire others to work for and support the organization.
• Excellent organizational skills and operational experience with the ability to prioritize assignments and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated success in personal fundraising, and broad knowledge of all areas of fundraising including individual major gifts, planned giving, events, and foundation support.
• Experience with the cultivation and solicitation of major donors is critical.
• Proven experiences in partnering with a team to create an effective and innovative marketing and communications plan which will seamlessly integrate the use of social media and technology into all aspects of organizational positioning.
• Strong management skills, both strategic and operational, and a demonstrated ability to build, mentor and motivate an effective team; ability to manage remotely based staff.

• Ability to relate to and partner with multiple constituencies including the CEO, Board of Directors and staff.
• Demonstrated creativity, flexibility and follow-through in organizational planning and implementation.

• Experience with budgeting and financial oversight.
• Experience in working with Israeli programs and Israeli-based professionals would be an advantage.


This position description is based upon material provided by the Israel Tennis & Education Centers, an equal opportunity employer.



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57 W. 38th St, Suite 605
New York , New York 10018
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