Thursday, June 23, 2011

Two Job Opportunities in the Jewish non-profit world

Job Title: Program Director
Supervisor: Director of Slingshot
Slingshot's mission is to strengthen innovation in Jewish life by
developing next-generation funders and providing resources to leverage
impact in the Jewish community. Our signature product, Slingshot: A
Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, is a Zagat-style guidebook first
created in 2005 to help next generation funders and volunteers find
organizations in the alphabet soup of the Jewish community that resonate
with their lives. Slingshot highlights the 50 most innovative nonprofits
in North American Jewish life each year.
Slingshot also organizes a collective giving fund for next generation
funders to support Jewish organizations that resonate with their
generation. The Slingshot Fund exposes its members to a professional
grant-making process. While many come from families involved in
philanthropy, most have yet to review grant proposals, conduct site
visits, and make allocation decisions. In conjunction with a group of
their peers, Slingshot offers them the opportunity to develop those
skills and learn from experts in the field while leveraging their small
gifts into a significant grant pool.
With the addition of the Program Director, Slingshot will expand the
number of members of the Slingshot Fund as well as launch additional
programs to engage next generation funders in Jewish life and leadership
Primary Purpose of Position
This position is being created to broaden and deepen the first half of
Slingshot's mission - to develop next generation funders through
education, community-building, and hands-on giving experience. The
Program Director will oversee Slingshot's efforts to recruit, engage,
educate, train, and develop funders in their 20s and 30s. Success in
this position will mean increasing the number of participants in the
Slingshot Fund by 50% and creating 3-5 new engagement opportunities for
funders in their 20s and 30s across the country. The Program Director
will also explore creating programming in San Francisco, Washington, DC,
Baltimore, and Chicago, among other cities.
This position is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial young
professional to play a significant role with a growing organization.
Working for Slingshot is the best experience you can have managing
relationships with dozens of young funders, facilitating and assisting
with the grant-making process, working on multiple exciting projects at
once, and learning about the community of innovation Jewish
organizations in North America.
Essential Job Functions
* Recruit and retain new members for the Slingshot collective
giving process
* Oversee all aspects of Slingshot's collective giving process,
which includes 30-40 members reviewing 50 applications, conducting 20
site visits, allocating grants, and following up with grantees.
* Develop 3-5 new programs, funds, or educational opportunities
annually to engage funders in their 20s and 30s
* Help funders in their 20s and 30s develop as Jewish community
leaders by connecting them with speaking and volunteer opportunities, as
well as other leadership development tools as necessary.
* Design and implement an evaluation system to track Slingshot's
impact on participants
* Promote Slingshot by attending conferences, speaking on
panels, and building relationships within the community of individuals
and organizations representing next generation funders and innovative
Jewish life.
Additional Job Functions
* Partner with the Director of Slingshot to develop and find
support for new programs across the country.
* Ideal candidate will participate in conversations about
Slingshot's overall strategic planning, communications, board
development, and fundraising, as well as help implement select projects.
* Support other aspects of Slingshot's work as needed such as
creating the Slingshot resource guide and planning Slingshot Day and
other events.
The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:
Knowledge, skills, and abilities
* Strong convener and connector who brings passion to working with
the next generation
* Comfortable working with funders
* Experience planning and executing events and programs
* Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
* Ability to succeed in a small, entrepreneurial environment
* Communicate effectively with donors, prospects, leads, and Board
members, both verbally and in writing
* Interest in working in the Jewish community
* Excellent attention to quality and detail
Suggested qualifications
* A track record of fundraising success preferred, aptitude for
fundraising required
* Experience working with communities of people in their 20s and
30s is a plus
* Knowledge of generations X and Y valuable
* Occasional travel is required
* Must be willing to participate in meetings in the evening and
on weekends
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Additional
details available upon interview.
Please send a brief cover letter and a resume to Will Schneider -
Program Associate (Jewish Philanthropy)
The Program Associate supports the work of the Senior Program Officer in
the Jewish Philanthropy and Education Program, drafts grant proposals
and other documents, conducts research, and coordinates all activities
for the efficient operation of this program area; and, as a team member,
provides administrative support to the operation of the Revson office.
The position reports to the Senior Program Officer.
* Drafts and edits documents including grant summaries (and
supporting documentation), research reports, and grantee correspondence,
primarily for the Jewish Philanthropy and Education Program but also for
other program areas
* Serves as liaison to grantees of the Jewish Philanthropy and
Education Program; guides prospective grantees throughout the proposal
* Reviews and analyzes incoming interim and final reports (with
particular attention to budget documents) from grantees in the Jewish
Philanthropy and Education Program
* Provides administrative support to the Senior Program Officer
and other staff, as needed
* Maintains and updates the content of the Foundation's Web site
* Bachelor's degree
* Some work experience preferred
* Exceptional oral and written communications skills, including
the ability to synthesize complex projects lucidly and compellingly
* Knowledge of the North American Jewish community essential;
working understanding of Israeli politics and culture; Hebrew
comprehension important
* Commitment to teamwork and cooperation with a small staff
* Strong interpersonal skills, problem-solving, and adaptability
Please submit cover letter; resume; and five-page writing sample to
Jacob Taber:

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