Executive Director

Job Type

Part Time




Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.



Application Deadline



2 Ferry Road
Old Lyme
United States


The Tree of Life Educational Fund is currently seeking a dynamic Executive Director who shares the organization's strong commitment to social justice and is passionate about universal human rights. This position requires a well-organized, personable, flexible individual highly driven to make a positive difference in the world, and who operates well with a small team. This position requires on average approximately 25 hours per week, with sometimes more as needed to meet important deadlines.

The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors on all aspects of the position. He/she will spend the bulk of time overseeing many of the organization’s ongoing programs in the US and overseas that are meant to challenge unconditional US government support for Israel’s undemocratic, discriminatory and occupation policies that serve to oppress, displace and dispossess the indigenous Palestinian people. The Executive Director will actively seek out partner organizations to work in coalition with in the US and abroad on activist and advocacy efforts. In collaboration with our partners in Palestine and Israel, the Director will connect with voices of resistance to bring their stories to a US audience in order to shift public opinion and U.S. policy. The Director will assist in developing the organization’s advocacy efforts. The Director will also oversee fundraising operations, including identifying and applying for grant opportunities as well as cultivating and maintaining relationships with current and potential donors. 

Key Responsibilities

Under the direction and assistance of the Tree of Life Educational Fund “Leadership Team”, different categories of responsibilities include:


  • Help conceptualize the yearly Tree of Life theme, and recruit speakers, presenters, musicians and performers for the annual Tree of Life Conferences and periodic programs throughout the year.


  • Monitor local and national legislation pertaining to the issues TOLEF focuses on and correspond with partner organizations, such as the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, to stay current on legislative initiatives. 
  • Actively engage TOLEF volunteers, witness trip travelers and conference participants in opportunities to effect legislative change (eg HR 4391). 
  • Solicit material for op-eds and draft email action alerts with advocacy asks.
  • Lead and/or participate in legislative lobby efforts; organize annual meetings with Senators and Representatives and their staffs.
  • Develop and expand email lists for each Congressional District in each state where TOLEF has a critical mass of volunteers


  • Maintain communication with program coordinators through email, telephone calls and site visits. 
  • Develop and nurture potential new venues (universities, churches, mosques, synagogues, labor unions and secular organizations).
  • Communicate with sponsors and collaborative organizations (e.g. Jewish Voice for Peace).
  • Attend meetings, conferences, and events as requested by the Leadership Team.
  • Communicate with Palestinian/Israeli, international and domestic voices of conscience.
  • Supervise website coordinator and manage all publicity.
  • Develop an annual (or better yet, quarterly if time permits) newsletter that maintains contact with a growing network.


  • Working with a TOLEF committee consisting of board members and other volunteers, oversee long range planning and fundraising efforts.


  • Oversee financial accounting and develop annual budget with Treasurer and Bookkeeper.

Tree of Life Journeys 

  • Help organization’s President and journey coordinator recruit participants and leaders 
  • Help administrate travel scholarship awards 
  • Travel with the journey, as needed


The ideal candidate would have:

  • Exemplary organizational skills
  • Demonstrative commitment to social justice
  • Excellent writing and computer skills
  • Social media competency
  • Appreciation of interfaith efforts and culture
  • Willingness to work with people from all religious and non-religious backgrounds
  • Knowledge about Palestine and Israel is preferred
  • Arabic language skills are a plus

This position is ideally located in Southeast Connecticut, but the hiring committee is open to any applicants in the New England area.

The Tree of Life is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applicants of any gender, ability, or from any ethnic, racial and religious background to apply.

Level of Language Proficiency

Arabic language skills are a plus.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Please send cover letter and resume to Alli Jarrar at alli.dm.jarrar@gmail.com.