The Tikvah Fund is a leading Jewish educational institution, think tank, and foundation, based in New York and Jerusalem, devoted to Jewish Excellence in thought, education, and practice. In 2017 it launched, in partnership with the Maimonides Fund—a private grantmaking organization—the Maimonides Scholars Program.

The centerpiece of the Maimonides Scholars Program is a residential summer experience at Yale University focused on the core ideas of Jewish civilization, Zionism and Israel, the great books of Western culture, and the ideals of American democracy. About to enter its fourth year, the program attracts a wide variety of Jewish teens from diverse backgrounds across North America. Its aim is to deepen their intellectual engagement with Judaism and the world of ideas through rich seminars, close reading, critical questioning, and experiential learning in a community great teachers and peers.

The ideal candidate for the newly-created Executive Director role will have the heart of an educator and the vision and skills of an institution-builder.

Responsibilities for this role will include:

  • Developing and overseeing a North American strategy for marketing and student recruitment
  • Overseeing curriculum development and course offerings
  • Evaluating and recruiting diverse faculty, speakers, residential advisors, and other personnel
  • Managing a small professional team
  • Using data systems and information management tools to identify and onboard students
  • Working with our education team to build an effective alumni engagement strategy
  • Liaising and planning with Program Leadership at the Maimonides Fund
  • Occasional travel to engage students and professionals interested in the program

Qualifications:

  • 3-5+ years’ experience in a management role
  • Flexibility, adaptability, curiosity, and integrity
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent time & project management skills
  • Proven ability to take direction, but also to work with minimal direct supervision and manage multiple projects, while being a committed team player
  • An orientation toward self-starting, proactive anticipation of team needs, and creative problem solving
  • A background in Jewish education and programming, especially in a pluralistic setting, is an advantage
  • An appreciation for the Great Books, close reading of texts, critical questioning, and traditional liberal learning is an advantage
  • Experience and proficiency with Salesforce and/or another CMS is a major asset

This is a full-time position, ideally based in Manhattan. Tikvah will consider non-NYC-based applicants, but priority will be given to those residing locally. Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience and skill.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter Rabbi Mark Gottlieb, Senior Director, at hr@tikvahfund.orgCandidates will be considered on a rolling basis. All responses will be considered carefully, but only those individual candidates in whom Tikvah is interested will be contacted.

The Tikvah Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to an inclusive work environment, and we welcome a diverse pool of candidates for this search.

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The Tikvah Fund
The Tikvah Fund is an educational institution, think tank, and philanthropic foundation committed to supporting the intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Tikvah runs and invests in a wide range of initiatives in Israel, the United States, and around the world, including educational programs, publications, and fellowships. Our animating mission and guiding spirit are to advance Jewish excellence and Jewish flourishing in the modern age. Tikvah is politically Zionist, economically free-market oriented, culturally traditional, and theologically open-minded. Yet in all issues and subjects, we welcome vigorous debate and big arguments. Our institutes, programs, and publications all reflect this spirit of bringing forward the serious alternatives for what the Jewish future should look like, and bringing Jewish thinking and leaders into conversation with Western political, moral, and economic thought.
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