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Assistant Director, DRO New York

New York, United States
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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Job Type:
Full Time

Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. Among Jewish advocacy organizations, AJC is the leader in the global arena. We are known for our unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and faith leaders in more than 100 countries. In addition to our New York headquarters and Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the United States and around the globe and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide concerns of Jewish communities around the globe.

The regional offices maintain the agency’s nationwide presence, attract leaders and donors to AJC, enhance the agency’s influence with key local, national and international decision makers and stakeholders, implement advocacy initiatives at the state/local level, establish and nurture community relationships, and serve as AJC’s eyes and ears on the ground.

Major Functions:

  • Assist the Director in the implementation of strategic goals and objectives in coordination with the regional board
  • Provide conceptual, logistical, and organizational support for all office programs and activities
  • Assist with the implementation of fundraising activities
  • Assist with NYRO communication and the recruitment and development of local AJC leadership
  • The Assistant Director does all of this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability

    Specific Responsibilities:


    • Assist Director or Associate Director, other regional staff and lay leadership with fundraising events, and soliciting lay leaders and members
    • Plan with Director and lay leadership major annual fundraising event, including working with honoree(s), internal and external vendors, securing venue, coordinating and mailing invitations, manage invitation list(s) and RSVPs, follow up for donations received and pledged
    • Work with the Director to foster a culture of development within the regional office lay leadership
    • Assist with donor cultivation
    • Work with vendors to create and produce invitations, programs, and other materials for fundraising
    • Conduct research on potential honorees and donors
    • Provide support to ensure that fundraising events run smoothly

    Program Development and Implementation for AJC priorities including Israel, anti-Semitism, extremism programming, Interreligious/Intergroup, diplomats or elected officials

    • Develop programs in collaboration with Director or Associate Director and lay leadership; implement independently and collaboratively
    • Manage all program logistics including securing speakers, venue and working with vendors
    • Manage coordination of travel arrangements for visiting speakers
    • Develop program budgets
    • Ensure programs run smoothly by overseeing all onsite functions
    • Create and distribute all necessary marketing materials including invitations, flyers, emails, and event program


    • Assist with advocacy efforts including establishing agendas, participating in meetings and monitoring legislation, conduct outreach to diplomats, elected officials (at a federal, state and local level) or interfaith community leaders,
    • Represent AJC on coalitions with other groups on issues of mutual concern
    • Assist Director and other regional staff with AJC Global Forum outreach, recruitment, and planning of regional specific activities and advocacy

    Community Relations

    • Work with the Director and lay leadership to establish and maintain relationships with important AJC constituencies including political, government, media, ethnic and religious groups
    • Represent AJC as needed at external meetings with partner agencies, in the community and on boards
    • Establish and maintain relationships with important AJC constituencies in consultation with the Director
    • Stay abreast, and keep others informed, of news and analysis on issues of importance to AJC
    • Maintain online presence for regional office through regional website, social media and email


    • Update regional office website
    • Create and publish office newsletter and other communications to AJC supporters
    • Write monthly program report highlighting regional activities
    • Liaise with local media sources for publication of letters to the editor/op-eds
    • Create action alerts and other email correspondence to engage membership and community
    • Develop and improve relationships with media
    • Manage regional photo database
    • Take notes at Board meetings and other meetings as assigned by Director or Associate Director

    Personal Qualifications and Core Competencies:

    • Bachelor’s degree required
    • Minimum of 5 years’ experience required
    • Passion for AJC’s mission (including Israel, world Jewry, human rights, immigration, energy and contemporary Jewish life)
    • Strong organizational and time management skills, including attention to detail
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • Fundraising experience with donor solicitation and event planning
    • Ability to creatively and practically solve problems
    • Ability to multi-task and work on many projects simultaneously
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with staff and lay leadership
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure, make tough decisions and follow through on agreed upon initiatives
    • Ability to develop and implement programs
    • An entrepreneurial mindset; able to identify and pursue opportunities
    • Excellent project management skills, ability to manage data and develop, implement and oversee budget
    • A self-starter, willing to take initiative
    • Works well with diverse constituencies and engage with interlocutors
    • Respect for and adherence to confidentiality
    • Experience with social media and website maintenance
    • Availability for early morning, evening and weekend meetings
    • Technologically savvy including knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Raisers Edge
    AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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