ABOUT LIPPMAN KANFER FOUNDATION FOR LIVING TORAH
Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah (LKFLT) works to help Jews and fellow travelers apply Jewish wisdom to live better lives and shape a better world. In growing numbers, Jews and others who are exploring both traditional and new ways to engage with Jewish teachings and practices are drawing on these experiences and sensibilities to shape their thinking and behaviors. LKFLT supports the professionals and organizations leading this work through grantmaking, convenings and network building, thought leadership, and strategic communications. As part of this four-pronged strategy, LKFLT runs the Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom, and publishes and supports research on applied Jewish wisdom in the field.
In our fourth year as an independent foundation with the mandate described above, LKFLT is working both to refine its strategic approach and targeted outcomes and to build its organizational infrastructure and systems to ensure efficient and effective operations over the long term. LKFLT has a sister foundation—Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation (LKFF)—which is dedicated to building and sustaining a multi-generational family culture of tzedakah (philanthropy) through thematic issue-based grantmaking and support of the vitality of Jewish communities where Kanfer family members live, especially in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. The family behind LKFLT and LKFF has also established a family office / management services firm, which provides IT, HR, finance, and accounting support to the foundations.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The foundation’s first Administrative & Communications Associate will have a dual portfolio: (1) supporting the President and other foundation staff with exceptional administrative and logistical capacity, and (2) supporting the Director of Learning & Strategic Communications with communications-related expertise. This position is based in Brooklyn, NY; reports to the Chief of Staff; and is a full-time, non-exempt position.
You’re excited about the mission of Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah. You’re impeccably organized, uber-responsive, and take delight in a well-executed work plan. Where other people might be overwhelmed by chaos, you see an opportunity to bring order. You love extremely complex jigsaw puzzles. You find enormous satisfaction in creating the conditions for your team’s work to happen seamlessly, and you understand that to be an indispensable contribution to the team’s overall success. In addition, you love to write—you were, perhaps, an editor of your high school or college newspaper. You’re a compulsive proofreader and a strong proponent of the Oxford comma. And you’re an aficionado of smart communications as a tool for social change.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Administrative | 75%
General/ways of working
- Provide excellent administrative and logistical support to President and other foundation staff.
- Continuously enhance ways of working in consultation with team members.
- Create and maintain system for task management of own work.
- Maintain a whole-system understanding of organizational priorities and workflows.
- Proactively manage—adjusting as necessary—President’s calendar and all-staff team calendar, in alignment with priorities, and with an eye toward maintaining balanced workflow.
- Ensure President has dedicated time and relevant materials to prepare for all meetings.
- Manage all travel arrangements (e.g. flights, trains, hotels, car rentals) for President as well as all-staff events/programs.
- Provide well-organized and comprehensive travel-related documents/materials, as relevant, both before and after trips.
- Manage monthly expense report preparation and submission for all foundation staff.
- Coordinate logistics for internal and external meetings, including room set-up, food & beverages, video- and teleconference, etc.
- Prepare and distribute relevant documents and other materials for meetings.
- Prepare and distribute agendas for weekly staff meeting.
- Take meeting notes as assigned and distribute to relevant stakeholders post-meeting.
- Support President with preparation of agenda and materials for monthly board meetings.
- Support Chief of Staff in maintaining comprehensive, well-organized, and user-friendly CRM and other electronic files and folders.
Special projects as assigned
Communications | 25%
Support the Director of Learning and Strategic Communications in executing the foundation’s strategic communications plan, including, for example:
- Draft remarks, articles, newsletters, and other written content that reflects and advances the foundation’s brand, mission, and strategy.
- Proofread and edit written work of other foundation staff.
- Draft presentations for foundation staff public-speaking engagements.
- Manage the foundation’s social media and web-based communications platforms.
- Curate and produce compelling multimedia content, slideshows, and PowerPoint decks.
- Engage with grantees and other partners as appropriate to amplify their communications and advocacy.
- Monitor timely opportunities for the foundation to effectively communicate its mission, including emerging trends in traditional and social media, relevant conferences, etc.
Credentials and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Two years demonstrated experience in providing administrative/logistical support to an organizational leader and a team, either professionally or on an internship/volunteer basis preferred.
- Two years demonstrated experience in a communications-related role, either professionally or on an internship/volunteer basis preferred.
- Event-planning experience a plus.
Knowledge and Skills
- Excellent oral and written communications skills, including copyediting.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgment.
- Exceptional discretion and capacity to maintain confidentiality.
- Proficiency with an array of software tools (including cloud-based systems).
- Strong project-management skills, including holding both the big picture and the details, and managing competing and dynamic timelines.
WHY THIS ROLE IS COMPELLING
Working directly with a small-but-mighty team, you will experience first-hand what it means to lead a well-run, growing organization. You will be exposed to an unusually wide range of people and issues in the Jewish, philanthropic, and nonprofit/social-impact sectors, as well as to the internal infrastructure and operations of a thriving Jewish family foundation.
A successful candidate will develop a broad set of professional skills, honing them to the level of excellence in a demanding and supportive environment. You will work within an accomplished and diverse six-person team in which each individual is committed to her/his own rapid development as well as to that of the team.
We provide an outstanding benefits package including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance coverage, 401(k), health and/or flexible savings account, paid vacation, and an exceptional work environment.
Level of Language Proficiency
English fluency required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit your resume in Word or PDF format, along with a cover letter describing your qualifications and responding to the following questions, to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- What excites you about working with Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah?
- What excites you about the role of Administrative & Communications Associate, and what specific expertise and experiences will you draw on to do the job?
LKFLT prioritizes an equitable and inclusive work environment and seeks a diverse applicant pool. LKFLT does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.