Full Time

Director, Cabinet Alumni & Stakeholder Relations - JFNA

Jewish Federations of North America New York NY

POSITION TITLE: Director, Alumni & Stakeholder Relations, NYLC
REPORTS TO: Associate VP, National Young Leadership

The Jewish Federations of North America (‘JFNA") represents 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs. The Jewish Federation system, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, builds and sustains flourishing Jewish communities in North America and protects and enhances the well-being of the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.  
National Young Leadership Cabinet (‘Cabinet’) – JFNA’s premier lay-talent development initiative founded in 1963 – trains and inspires the most promising young community volunteers for positions of leadership.  Cabinet has successfully attracted individuals who lead at the highest levels of Jewish communal life.  Cabinet deepens member involvement through inspiration, a sense of personal responsibility, and a compelling vision of the communal collective.  Cabinet has more than 4,200 alumni across North America and around the world who credit the program as having changed their lives and set them on a path of Jewish leadership.  Today, Cabinet has become the Jewish community’s fastest growing and most scalable pluralistic platform to engage top young Jewish leaders & philanthropists.  
The organization has launched a fundraising campaign to support the long-term involvement of Cabinet alumni and to create a talent pipeline of young leaders, 20’s-40’s, piquing the interest and imagination of Gens Y and Z.               
The Director, Cabinet Alumni & Stakeholder Relations, engages and mobilizes Cabinet alumni for the benefit of building flourishing Jewish communities around the world.  Cabinet and its alumni are central figures in strengthening Jewish life globally.  While alumni generally remain connected as Jewish leaders, this position will create an intentional action network among them – to galvanize them around big, transformative community issues, to identify pathways for their strategic involvement and development over the long-term, to convene them around age/stage interests, and to enlist their partnership in cultivating the next generation of 20’s-40’s Jewish leaders.  Important steps have already been taken to reconnect alumni through 200+ one-on-one interviews, a DC gathering to fight antisemitism (summer 2021), and a newly appointed alumni lay-committee to guide the work ahead.  
Job Responsibilities:
  • Develop strategy to create community (and micro-communities/affinities) among 4200+ Cabinet alumni and inspire their active, ongoing leadership in Jewish life
  • Establish and maintain a dynamic Cabinet alumni network through curated experiences, content, and communications that deepen alumni leadership           
  • Connect alumni with opportunities to lend their expertise, insight, and support to big, transformative issues confronting the global Jewish community 
  • Manage relationships with 100-150 top Cabinet alumni as a pipeline of seasoned leaders for targeted positions (boards, committees, task forces) at JFNA, local Federations, and across the Jewish community  
  • Leverage high-profile leadership gatherings and JFNA marquee events as opportunities to convene Cabinet alumni (AIPAC Policy Conference, YPO Global Leadership Conference, International Leadership Reunion, Cabinet Retreat, JFNA General Assembly, JFNA Lion of Judah Conference)
  • Oversee communications, messaging, and strategic support to 146 local Federations to strengthen Cabinet alumni connections to the community
  • Partner with Federations to establish local Cabinet alumni ‘councils’ to guide and champion community-based young adult leadership development experiences as a 20’s-30’s pipeline into Cabinet and other local/continental/global leadership opportunities  
  • Coordinate alumni engagement with current members to facilitate relationships across the generations of Cabinet, for example, through alumni connecting with current members as mentors or alumni/current member learning or giving circles
  • Manage the transition of ‘graduating’ Cabinet members to guide their long-term leadership paths and involvement as alumni
  • Manage and support the Strategic Growth & Alumni Engagement Committee
  • Cascade key initiatives throughout the alumni network to raise awareness and grow participation (for example, Jewish Future Pledge, Public Affairs Advocacy Corps, Diversity & Inclusion Cohorts)
  • Coordinate inspiring milestone recognition of Cabinet’s 60th anniversary in 2023
  • Operationalize key alumni practices and innovations from best-in-class institutions, including top universities, civic associations, and leadership development organizations
  • Build and manage a growing ecosystem of Cabinet alumni to stimulate high-level leadership learning, philanthropy, activism and young adult engagement across the Federation movement and Jewish community
  • Track record in managing highly experienced volunteers & donors
  • Professional history of successful constituent engagement, fundraising, communications and/or sales 
  • Excellent customer service and relationship building skills
  • Experience in presentations, persuasive speaking, planning/visioning/goal setting, and tracking results
  • Knowledge of the Jewish communal landscape and its institutions (including JFNA and the Federation system) – preferred but not required
  • Ability to create ‘people networks’ that deliver lasting and transformative impact
  • Minimum 7 years professional experience showing progression of increased leadership and responsibility 
  • Motivated self-starter who can lead independently and take initiative
  • Flexibility and an enterprising spirit 
  • Strong team player and comfortable with independent work  
Competitive salary.  Comprehensive benefits package.  Preferably based in NY and open to remote location.  Occasional travel to NY required.

To Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter, with ‘Cabinet Alumni Director’ in the subject to david.kessel@jfna.org.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, JFNA celebrates and welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.