POSITION TITLE: Associate Regional Director
REPORTS TO: Deputy Regional Director
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Assist in supervising program staff and interns, including contributing to their hiring, training and evaluation. May directly supervise one or more support staff.
Grade/Class: Grade F, Exempt, PSA-Eligible
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
ADL (Anti-Defamation League) is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its essential mission hasn’t changed in more than 100 years: to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.
ADL’s CEO and National Director, Jonathan Greenblatt—an accomplished leader and entrepreneur in the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors—was recruited to the organization in July 2015. He has injected new energy and brought a bold vision to the agency. Under Jonathan’s leadership, ADL is transforming itself, upgrading its capabilities, leveraging innovation, building partnerships, and pioneering new horizons.
Assist Deputy Regional Director and Regional Director in planning, developing and implementing advocacy initiatives, program activities and services in the community to advance ADL’s mission within the assigned region. Assist the Regional Director in the administration of the office. Serve as back-up to the Deputy Regional Director and Regional Director as needed.
- Connect and conduct outreach with Jewish and non-Jewish communities to advance the mission of the ADL, with a primary focus on covering issues, incidents and matters related to New York State. May be assigned other areas within the NY/NJ Region as needed/appropriate.
- Respond to and resolve complaints of discrimination, antisemitic incidents and other civil rights issues. Conduct in-depth fact-finding research, initiating contacts and developing sources as appropriate. Coordinate with Civil Rights Area Counsel as appropriate. Ensure that required reports are maintained.
- Develop and implement community outreach including initiatives and joint ventures with elected leaders and diverse interfaith and cross-cultural organizations active within the region e.g., African-American, AAPI, Hispanic and Latino groups/Muslim leaders, Catholic scholars and other faith leaders.
- Implement ADL programs and projects, tailoring them to local community needs and issues. Manage education and human relations programming. Conduct training sessions as applicable regarding the above-listed initiatives.
- Provide staff support and programming to lay-led committees which may include Civil Rights, Nominating, Executive, and others as assigned.
- Represent ADL and give speeches in a variety of forums to promote public awareness of ADL’s mission.
- Respond to inquiries from media and press outlets and from members of the public, demonstrating authoritative knowledge of ADL’s policies and positions and relevant local, national and world events. Read, monitor and respond to media reports and opinion articles.
- Participate in government affairs activities, maintaining regular contact with state and local officials as well as with Jewish communal leaders and community members. Advocate for ADL issues in state and local legislature.
- Monitor relevant civil rights lawsuits in the region and identify potential Amicus brief involvement. Keep the Civil Rights Area Counsel informed of developments.
- Oversee assigned regional program staff and the programs for which they are responsible.
- Assist in the recruitment and supervision of office administrative support staff. Select and supervise interns. Ensure the smooth-functioning of the regional office in the absence of the Deputy Regional Director or Regional Director.
- May assist in budget preparation and general office management.
- Attend regular work commitments, meetings, functions and events in New York City, New York counties outside of NYC, and New Jersey.
- Engage in ADL’s “culture of philanthropy,” which states that every staff person is an integral part of the development process which ultimately leads to resources for the organization and engaged volunteer leadership.
- Participate in fundraising events, cultivate potential donors and assist in maintaining donor relationships.
- Strong administrative, organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Proven ability to work with and influence a wide variety of people.
- Proven diplomatic and conflict resolution skills.
- Strong public speaking, advocacy & writing skills.
- Strong problem-solving, initiative-taking and project-leadership skills.
- Ability to multi-task.
- Basic computer skills with Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Outlook, Excel).
- Ability to connect and communicate with diverse interfaith and cross-cultural communities.
- Ability to use social media and networking applications.
- Five to six years of progressively responsible human relations or community service experience including program and operational management experience.
- Experience in public policy or advocacy related to bias, bigotry, racism or antisemitism strongly preferred.
- Experience in working with Jewish communal organizations, legal, legislative/government relations, civil rights advocacy, also a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree equivalent experience plus additional related college courses or professional training
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary to represent ADL and to attend community events and respond to incidents. Some travel within the region is required.
- Occasional overnight travel is required.
- Must be able to travel throughout New York and New Jersey.
The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job, nor is it to be interpreted as a contract for employment.
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.
ADL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local legislation.