Associate Vice President, Israel & Overseas @ Jewish Federations of North America

Associate Vice President, Israel & Overseas

The 146 Federations and 300 Network Communities that collectively make up The Jewish Federations of North America have a long and enduring commitment to Israel and the needs of Jews around the world. Federations’ fundamental mission – to build thriving Jewish communities – relates both to local and continental concerns and to Jewish communities overseas and, of course, the Jewish state itself. Through this dual paradigm, Federations give meaning and expression to our core value that Kol Israel Aravim Ze L’Zeh – all Jews are responsible for one another.
The Federations know that local communities are strengthened and bolstered through meaningful connections with Israel and maintaining the broadest possible Jewish horizons. In today’s highly interconnected world, creating pathways for real engagement at every level that start early and can last a lifetime, strengthens Jewish identity, and infuses our North American community with pride and solidarity. They also know that what happens to a Jew in one place, impacts Jews everywhere, so that advocating for Israel and combatting global anti-Semitism are essential components of this work.
Jewish Federations’ proud history of collective work is based largely in the overseas arena – it is a cornerstone of our mission. Through shared investments and long-standing relationships with our global partner organizations, Federations’ reach extends to every corner of the Jewish world. From major initiatives which touch tens of thousands of people and create systemic change, to boutique operations which can deliver targeted aid to a single individual when and where it’s most needed, Federations power an extensive and flexible network and program delivery framework. Increasingly, these large-scale partnerships are being complemented by individual Federation efforts and smaller coalitions through which communities are having impact on issues of shared concern.
We aspire to nurture deep connections to Israel and global Jewry across our community. Working in partnership with lay and professional colleagues to provide a variety of portals to experience and engage with the Jewish world beyond our borders, our skilled professionals work directly with Federations and deploy our volunteer leadership network to identify and deliver accessible and meaningful opportunities to achieve this.

The Associate Vice President, Israel and Overseas (AVP I&O), is the senior North American-based professional focused on building a stronger and more dynamic relationship between Federations, Israel and Jewish communities overseas. In this key position, the AVP I&O will help define new ways to grow and strengthen Federation investment in our global program; generating and conveying up-to-date information and compelling materials about the world beyond our borders; and working closely with individual communities on request. He/she will become an expert in Israel and Overseas issues, trends, conflicts, and opportunities, as well as an expert in how Federations across North America are approaching this area of their work. As a valued thought partner, he/she will be encouraged to help shape and lead a new and comprehensive approach to Federation engagement based on creative and far-reaching strategies. Using the most compelling and imaginative fundraising and marketing efforts, he/she will propel wide support and enthusiasm for overseas programming. As the visible and accessible representative to Federations in North America, he/she will become a central linchpin of the Israel and Overseas agenda, promoting its priorities throughout the work of the organization. He/she will be a go-to resource; and, at the same time, a fully integrated member of the I&O team.
This position reports to JFNA’s Senior Vice President, Israel & Overseas, who is based in Israel.

Serve as the lead North American-based professional for all I&O work.
Liaise with key North American staff at I&O partner organizations, including JAFI, JDC, and others.
Serve as knowledge leader and in-house expert on Israel and Jewish life overseas; respond to ad hoc requests for information and assistance from both Federation and JFNA sources.
Build and manage key relationships with lay and professional leaders in communities across North America.
Serve as an expert in the trends and opportunities related to how communities are engaging and advancing their I&O efforts.
Manage efforts across JFNA to advance integrated I&O fundraising opportunities.
Staff and lead internal JFNA work groups as I&O’s on-site representative.
Participate in JFNA’s Israel advocacy and education work to ensure alignment with JFNA’s Israel engagement work (i.e., Jewish Education and Engagement, the Israel Action Network, etc.).
Staff travel missions and represent JFNA in communities across North America.
Manage I&O support staff.

Proven ability to manage and forge relationships with multiple constituencies and the ability to influence and engage a wide range of stakeholders and build long-term relationships.
Effective, articulate, and supportive communications (written and verbal) with the ability to inspire, influence and build credibility and rapport.
Strategic problem analysis and problem resolution capability.
Demonstrated success in fundraising and donor relationship management.
Passionate about and knowledgeable of the history of the Jewish people, the overseas mission of the Jewish Federations and an in-depth familiarity with JFNA’s partner agencies and the Federation movement is preferred.
Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail and ability to manage multiple major projects at a time.
Minimum 8- 10 years of related experience and a level of success and accomplishment in the non-profit sector (either as a professional or volunteer).
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred.
Some degree of Hebrew fluency preferred.
Some travel required.

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This position description is based upon material provided by the Jewish Federations of North America, an equal opportunity employer.

David Edell, President
Tani Weissman, Search Consultant

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New York , New York 10004


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