Planning Executive, Jewish Life Department @ UJA-Federation of NY

Planning Executive, Jewish Life Department

Position Summary:

The Jewish Life Department is responsible for UJA-Federation of New York’s strategic planning and allocations in Jewish education, identity and community development. With a diverse portfolio of initiatives and partnerships, the department seeks to inspire Jewish life around the globe. The Jewish Life Department represents the commitment of more than 100 volunteer leaders working alongside a small team of dedicated professionals. We are presently looking to engage a Planning Executive to join our group to work on our overseas portfolios in Israel, in Europe and in the Former Soviet Union.

Planning Executives (planners) have primary responsibility in multiple content areas and related planning committees. These responsibilities include planning in content areas, oversight of initiative development, and implementation. Planners manage two or more grants portfolios, including oversight of Request for Applications (RFA) and proposal screening processes, as well as ongoing involvement with grantees. This position includes representation of the Jewish Life Department and UJA-Federation at conferences and colloquia related to content-area expertise. Planners cultivate and maintain relationships with committee leadership and membership.

Major Responsibilities:


Oversees a diverse, extensive portfolio of grants including large and small scale grants.
Responsible for being the expert in Jewish Life and UJA Federation regarding knowledge of the content area.
Responsible to be an ambassador for this work, presenting on it to internal and/or external audiences, individual donors, etc.


Each Planning Executive staffs two or more committees in specific content areas. This responsibility includes working closely with lay leadership, designing and managing planning processes, managing RFA and/or special initiative development processes, evaluations, research and ongoing lay educational processes.

- Participates in weekly Jewish Life staff meetings
- Participates in Jewish Life staff retreats
- Participates in Jewish Life Cabinet and Department meetings
- Participates in Jewish Life strategic or other planning, as appropriate
- Participates in UJA building-wide programs and cross-divisional explorations
- Participates in regular calls with Israel-based staff.

Qualifications and Competencies:

- Master’s degree in Jewish education, public policy, social work, law, public administration, communal service or related fields preferred.
- 2-4 years related professional experience in a Federation or similar organization preferred.
- 2-4 years related practical experience in the field preferred.
- Some competence in Hebrew and/or Russian is highly desirable.
- Understanding and sensitivity of working with diverse Jewish populations in Israel, and globally (FSU and Europe).
- Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
- Thrive amidst collegial diversity.
- Adept at working independently and as part of a team.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Detail-oriented, with ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
- Self-starter, creative thinker and curious.
- Committed and passionate about Jewish life and the organizational mission.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: Please see site for details of great benefits.
  • Preferred Experience: Unspecified
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2020-09-15
  • Times this job has been viewed: 554 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Community Outreach, Community Planning, Fundraising/Grants/Giving
  • Organization Type: Federation
Job Location
UJA-Federation of NY
130 East 59th Street
New York , New York 10022


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