North American Director

Masa Israel Journey

POSITION

North American Director

ORGANIZATION

Masa Israel Journey

www.masaisrael.org

LOCATION

New York, NY

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:

The North American Director (“Director”) will be the lead professional in North America, serving as a strategic leader, partnership builder, growth driver and external liaison for Masa Israel Journey (“Masa”). They will develop and lead an entrepreneurial vision and plan to position Masa as the premier engagement experience for Jewish young adults across North America.

The key priorities of this position in the first 18 months will be to:

  • Serve as a dynamic leader and key spokesperson for Masa in North America;

  • Significantly grow and diversify partnerships to extend brand awareness;

  • Substantially increase annual participant recruitment; and

  • Ensure a positive, motivated organizational culture in the North America office.

The Director will manage the New York-based COO and staff of 15, as well as a network of campus ambassadors. This role will report to the Acting CEO of Masa Israel Journey, Ofer Gutman, located in Jerusalem, and be a part of the senior management team.

Overall Responsibilities Include:

Strategy and Partnerships

  • Develop a far-reaching recruitment strategy to grow engagement and participation across North America

  • Identify and achieve new partnerships to grow brand recognition and market awareness as well as program and participant opportunities; and

  • Cultivate and steward key relationships including partner agencies, foundations, Jewish Federations and university administrations.

Marketing and Branding

  • Extend and enhance the brand to reach new, larger markets of young Jews in North America including serving as a visible voice for Masa;

  • Devise and execute on a dynamic and creative marketing, digital, and PR strategy that leverages the unique brand of Masa as a vital engagement experience; and

  • Engage Masa alumni by creating valuable networking opportunities, as well as using alums as a marketing resource.

Executive Management

  • Inspire, supervise, and mentor a high-performing professional team in North America, in collaboration with the COO;

  • Partner with key stakeholders to support fundraising and donor cultivation for Masa; and

  • Provide fiscally sound management and fiduciary oversight of the organization, managing a budget of approximately $2M in partnership with the COO, finance and administration staff.

ABOUT MASA ISRAEL JOURNEY:

Masa is the leader in immersive international experiences in Israel for young adults ages 18 to 30. Masa connects young Jewish adults from across the globe to Israel and their Jewish identity by offering a diverse portfolio of 2- to 12-month programs focused on career development and leadership development opportunities. This includes internship, academic, volunteer, gap year and Jewish studies programs. Since Masa’s founding in 2004 by the Prime Minister’s Office of the Government of Israel, together with The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), over 150,000 young people from more than 60 countries have participated in Masa programs.

CORE VALUES & COMPETENCIES:

Masa is on a mission to transform the lives of young Jews around the world, providing personal growth as well as professional networks. They are looking for a senior leader who is:

  • A strategic leader who is relentless for results – you bring the strategic mindset required to assess a market, devise inspired and actionable plans, and execute swiftly against a goal.

  • Entrepreneurial and an innovator – you offer big picture thinking and break-through ways of engaging and reaching young people.

  • Uniquely partnership oriented – you continually cultivate productive relationships and steward these relationships with intelligence, diplomacy, and professionalism.

  • An inspirational brand voice you are a dynamic storyteller, both written and oral, and understand current marketing, digital, and PR strategies in North America;

  • A team builder and leader you enjoy managing a high-performing team and creating a positive internal culture of teamwork, collaboration and excellence.

  • Committed to Israel – you are passionate about Israel, understand Israeli culture, believe in connecting a new generation to Israel, and preferably are proficient in the Hebrew language.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Travel: Domestic and international travel approximately 40% including occasional trips to Israel.

Compensation: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Masa Israel Journey is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Does this sound like you? If so, please tell us more and email your interest (letter of interest and resume) in confidence to: masaisrael@sandlersearch.org