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7 Jan 2013

Full-Time Program Executive, Jewish Communal Network Commission

UJA – Posted by Jewish Jobs New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Program Executive, Jewish Communal Network Commission Posted on:

August 10, 2012 Posted by: UJA-Federation of New York MORE / LESSDESCRIPTION About the Organization:UJA-Federation of New York cares for those in need, rescues those in harm’s way, and renews and strengthens the Jewish people in New York, in Israel, and around the world. We reach out to the poor, the elderly, and people in need, providing social and humanitarian services in New York and around the world. We connect communities worldwide by aiding Jews in distress and by strengthening and sustaining Jewish communities from Belarus to Buenos Aires. We support programs to make Jewish education more meaningful, to deepen Jewish identity, and to recruit and train dynamic professionals to serve the community. As the largest local Jewish federation in the world, UJA-Federation has been a critical actor in the historic work of North American Jewry in Israel over the past 60 years. For more information, visit UJA-Federation’s website at


Position Summary

UJA-Federation of New York’s mission is to create caring, inspired, and connected communities. The Jewish Communal Network Commission

(JCNC) supports this mission by providing funding and additional value-added services to a network of 100 beneficiary agencies in New York, nationally, and overseas. Locally, the network includes community centers, camps, human-service agencies, medical and geriatric centers, local community councils, and community-relations organizations that touch every aspect of Jewish life today. By investing in and strengthening these organizations, JCNC reinforces the ability of our network to provide the quality and depth of programs and services that have been the hallmark of UJA-Federation.

The program executive is an important member of a staff team that evaluates the impact of UJA-Federation’s core operating support and the organizational effectiveness of beneficiary agencies, as well as provides targeted capacity-building and consultative services to the agency network. Support is made available through pro bono consultants, through a small grants pool, and by accessing the resources of other departments, local Jewish communal organizations, and the broader network of capacity-building organizations in the metropolitan area. The program executive works with individual and groups of agencies to build organizational capacity in such areas as technology, financial management and fund development, business and strategic planning, marketing and communications, governance, and leadership. This position reports to the deputy managing director of JCNC.


Major Responsibilities

Assist in the development of goals, strategies, and action plans for UJA-Federation’s skills-based volunteer program, the Management Assistance Program (MAP), consistent with the broader strategic directions of the Network Commission. As a MAP project manager, provide senior level oversight to projects:

Play a key leadership role in the development and implementation of strategies for marketing MAP services both to client agencies and prospective pro bono consultants.

Develop and monitor work plans.

Plan and facilitate meetings with staff, boards, and other stakeholders.

Write and edit reports, and prepare and make presentations.

General agency relations, including telephone calls, e-mail, and in-person meetings.

Supervise project work of pro bono consultants.

In collaboration with colleagues working on organizational assessment, review agency reports and participate in closing panel meetings to determine agency needs and the most effective use of capacity-building resources.

Provide oversight, planning, and evaluation standards for the five affinity groups addressing PR and marketing; CFOs; human resources; technology, the Internet, and social media; and fund development.

Create opportunities for collaboration among the affinity groups and with other departments to bring together professionals from related disciplines.

Plan and facilitate the Fund Development Affinity Group by building an agency steering committee, including a colleague from fundraising divisions; link the content of sessions to capacity-building assistance for individual agencies, where appropriate.

Assist in developing goals, strategies, and action plans for the Network Commission’s capacity-building grants portfolio, consistent with broader strategic directions; provide staff support to the lay Agency Capacity and Excellence Task Force (ACE) that oversees the grants program.

Prepare RFPs, support the identification of consultants and TA providers, evaluate agency proposals, and monitor grants.

Write reports and prepare presentations to the ACE Task Force; staff lay working groups as required.

Support such Network Commission initiatives as the implementation of major conferences, including the upcoming December 2012 Social Enterprise Conference; in partnership with others, participate in planning meetings regarding the use of the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011, networks of the future, the potential redistribution of core operating support, and other timely and relevant issues; advance the commission’s work through ongoing learning in the areas of planning, evaluation, volunteerism, and capacity building; and cull, disseminate, and use best practices and spot emerging trends in the nonprofit sector.


A minimum eight years of relevant professional experience, ideally in the nonprofit or philanthropic sector.

Knowledge of organizational development, evaluation, capacity-building, and grants management.

Interest in the Jewish community.

Master’s degree in public policy, nonprofit management, organizational leadership, social enterprise, or a related area.

Strong planning and project management skills.

Intellectual curiosity, creativity, strategic thinking, and a strong desire and capacity for diversity in professional challenges.

Ability to manage and prioritize work in a fast-paced setting.

Attention to detail, good writing and communications skills, and good Microsoft Office skills.

How to Apply

EOE. Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Please email your cover letter and resume to with the subject “Program Executive, JCNC

Job Categories: Education/Teaching, Non-Profit, and Other. Job Types: Full-Time.


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