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Assistant Director, ACCESS NY

New York, United States
Monday, April 30, 2018
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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.


AJC NY is seeking a full-time employee, to lead AJC’s young leadership program in New York City, focusing on the development and implementation of a dynamic and innovative program engaging young Jews in the community as well as identifying and cultivating young leaders for AJC.  The ACCESS NY Assistant Director will work with our team of staff and interns to ensure an energized and positive future for AJC and the Jewish community.  We are seeking a smart and dedicated professional staff leader who can be both a visionary and an effective implementer. Full-time position including frequent evening and occasional weekend event coverage.


The Assistant Director, ACCESS NY does all of this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.

Position Responsibilities:

The major functions of this role include:

  •  Spearhead the implementation of an ACCESS working plan that seeks to engage young Jews in NYC around issues impacting the global Jewish community and specifically AJC’s mission and values.
  • Work to identify and cultivate a cohort of young leaders who will successfully take a leadership path into ACCESS and AJC directly.
  •  Work with a variety of lay and staff stakeholders to expand the reach and impact of key areas of ACCESS NY’s work-specifically diplomatic outreach and intercommunity coalition building. Increase recognition and visibility of ACCESS in the competitive market of young Jewish organizations in NYC
  • Identify, recruit and steward the ACCESS NY Board engaging them through skills training and leadership development opportunities.  Work with the board to create a sense of ownership and investment in goals, metric and in the development of dynamic and thoughtful strategies to achieve them.
  • Implement a successful annual fundraising campaign and the execution of key programs such as an annual benefit event, diplomatic Chanukah celebration, Model Seder etc.
  • Supervise or co-supervise fellows and interns for the AJC NY Regional Office, including an ACCESS Associate

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Be the dynamic and inspiring face of ACCESS professional leadership in the greater NYC community including networking, speaking at events, recruiting committed leaders and providing a model of inspired leadership and advocacy.  Ensure ACCESS NY has “brand recognition” and buzz as a result of our programming, impact and visibility.
  • Expand and deepen important relationships with interlocutors and partners such as diplomats and intergroup/faith partners (e.g. Latino and Muslim).  Innovate with creative and impactful programming and coalition building.
  • Keep abreast of issues affecting the American Jewish community and respond with programming and advocacy initiatives.
  • Board relations: manage the ACCESS NY board and ACCESS NY board co-chairs; leadership development; fundraising, board communications, etc.
  • Correspond in a timely and effective manner whether by e-mail,phone, or in-person, with senior AJC and ACCESS-level board members, donors, participants, foundations, journalists, students and others.  The ACCESS NY Assistant Director is expected to be highly organized, prompt, diplomatic, and deliver excellent service to all those he/she interacts with.
  • Research and pursue relevant grant and fundraising opportunities (including corporate sponsorship) in collaboration with the ACCESS Global Director and other staff
  • Advance people along an engagement pipeline: Identify young doers and givers in the NY community; build meaningful relationships with them; engage them in AJC’s priorities through innovative programming; solicit them to join Donor Recognition Society
  • Develop ACCESS NY’s fundraising portfolio by expanding the number of donor society members.
  • Organize the annual ACCESS NY benefit, including oversight of benefit committee, fundraising coordinating all elements of the event (caterer, DJ, venue), media relations, etc.
  • Work with the ACCESS Associate in NY to organize: board annual retreat, briefing events, Dinner with a Diplomat Campaign, Diplomatic Chanukah Party, Interfaith Model Seder, and other programs as they arise.
  • Create effective programs in collaboration with the board and ACCESS NY members.
  • Work to strengthen connections between ACCESS NY and AJC’s New York Regional Office leadership bodies.
  • Attend AJC NY staff meetings and participate and help with other programming as necessary.
  • Contribute to the management and oversight of the certain ACCESS staff and interns in New York- oversee his/her work and its quality; assist with his/her professional development
  • Oversee the updating and improving of databases and website for ACCESS NY; maintain a vital online presence for ACCESS NY on the AJC NY Facebook page.
  • Recruit for key ACCESS Global initiatives to meet recruitment and leadership development goals such as the ACCESS Track at Global Forum, international missions, National Advocacy Day and other AJC senior leadership programs open to young leaders.
  • Assist at key times with ACCESS Global programs such as ACCESS Track at Global Forum programming and planning.


  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • 5+ years of work experience in the non-profit world with Jewish communal organization experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in some of our key issue areas a plus, such as intergroup/faith bridge building (specifically with the Latino and Muslim communities), and with diplomatic and governmental interlocutors an asset.
  • Experience with board and leadership development, with some fundraising experience preferred.
  • Experience managing all aspects of large and small events from conceptualizing to creation, implementation and follow-up.
  • Excellent organizational skills and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.  Much of ACCESS’s effectiveness is determined by the relationships we are able to build with various constituencies.  We are looking for a person with outstanding people skills, who can liaise with ACCESS and senior AJC lay leaders, foundations and donors, staff and management as well as with community partners, diplomats and other Jewish organizations.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are therefore a must and demonstrated poise, tact, and diplomacy is required.
  • A high energy, creative thinker who is perceptive, self-aware and outcome oriented.  A sense of humor and a genuine love of people and their potential is a must.
  • We value hard work, honest and open discussion in an effort to improve our internal and external effectiveness, creative thinking, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, and to report.
  • Candidate should have excellent research, writing and presentation skills, excel in creative, out-of-the-box thinking, and be willing to work with passion and persistence.
  • Team player with an interest in collaborating with other AJC institutes and affiliate organizations and a firm understanding of the bigger picture of our work and the important role of his/her contribution in that picture.
  • The position will include event planning and requires availability on evenings and some weekends.
  • Problem solving skills and an understanding and interest in experimenting with new methods and technologies to better serve the needs of our department.  Excellent organizational and English-language skills; Accuracy and attention to detail in database work and correspondence.  Reliability and ability to meet deadlines is imperative.
  • Familiarity with common computer programs including Microsoft Office, and basic internet research is mandatory, as is a willingness and ability to learn Raiser’s Edge, E-mail Playground and BlackBaud Sphere (prior knowledge of these programs is preferred but not necessary)
AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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