The Caring Commission fosters a thriving Jewish community that is caring, inspired, connected, and inclusive, one that enables its members — whether receiving care or offering care to others — to experience the power and embrace of the Jewish community in times of personal and communal crisis as well as during critical life-cycle junctions. Among the most significant strategic goals of the commission is to reweave our community, building on the assets of Jewish institutions, volunteers, and initiatives to help all Jews, including the poor, the vulnerable, and the needy.
The managing director for the Caring Commission provides overall leadership, direction, and management to enable UJA-Federation of New York to play a central role in creating caring communities, delivering quality and compassionate care, and fostering Jewish responses to critical human needs. The position oversees strategic planning and allocations as well as the effectively engages lay leadership and other stakeholders in this mission area.
The managing director reports to the senior vice president of Strategic Planning and Organizational Resources and is a member of the senior management group.
- Artitulates a vision for the community that informs the caring mission.
- Develops strategic plans for the commission on the full range of issues related to Jewishly caring for the vulnerable and people in need.
- Consults with key stakeholders to develop planning positions, presents planning issues in writing, and conducts research to support their consideration.
- Engages in overall divisional planning within the context of the leadership team.
- Provides ongoing supervision to assist staff in successfully achieving departmental and divisional goals and objectives; monitors professional effectiveness by assisting in issue-oriented problem solving, oversees annual planning, and conducts mid-year and annual performance reviews.
- Establishes systems and procedures for managerial accountability to achieve department goals and objectives and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the commission.
- Regularly communicates with staff in other departments, which may include facilitating or participating in an interdepartmental task force to plan around an issue, solve a problem, or manage a project.
- Provides overall direction for the various planning and allocation committees; oversees provision of effective staff services, including identifying issues, developing meeting agendas, and writing material for distribution.
- Partners with the commission chair and serves as a professional link to the chairs of all commission planning task forces.
- Actively supports efforts to implement organizational fundraising objectives, which may include meeting with special gifts contributors to interpret the meaning of their gift in terms of the commission.
- Speaks at campaign events throughout the year, and represents the organization at a variety of community functions and organizations.
Competencies and Qualifications
Knowledge of the Jewish communal field and our network of agencies
Strong knowledge and skills in the area of human services
Skills in the areas of human-services administration, management, and lay leadership development
Demonstrated competence to coordinate strategic planning and implement new initiatives
Superior written and verbal communications, negotiation, and facilitation skills
Effective interpersonal skills and sense of humor are critical
Ability to build trust and resolve conflict
Collaborative working style
15 + years of related experience
Minimum of 15 years in the non-profit sector
Progressive responsibile positions including responsibility for the supervision of professional staff
Experience in lay committee structure and process