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Executive Vice President

Director of Development and Communications

Director of Alumnae Affairs and Career Services

Executive Vice President

 

Yeshivat Maharat is seeking an Executive Vice President.  This position will join our executive management team and will report to the President.  Founded in 2009, Yeshivat Maharat is the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as members of the clergy. Maharat’s vision is a world in which Jewish communities are educated, dynamic and relevant, where diverse and impactful leaders inspire Jews to live spiritually engaged lives. Our mission is to educate, ordain and invest in trailblazing Orthodox women who model a dynamic and meaningful Judaism to inspire individuals and transform communities.

 

The right candidate will have strong managerial skills along with an ability to hone and actualize the vision of Maharat’s exciting new Strategic Plan, as we strive for Excellence and Innovation, Globalization, and Empowering New Audiences.  

 

To this end, the EVP shapes and implements organizational strategy in partnership with the President, ensures ongoing programmatic excellence and strategic growth, manages an effective public presence through strategic marketing and communications, ensures integration of program and development, develops and maintains efficient and effective internal systems, attracts and develops top talent and promotes an organizational culture of engaged staff who perform with excellence.

 

The EVP will create the structure for tracking the metrics and benchmarks of the new Strategic Plan to measure the success of the institution in achieving the goals of each priority.

 

The EVP will report directly to the President and directly supervise the non-academic operations team, ensuring programmatic quality, consistency, and strategic growth; maintaining close collaborative relationships and a deep understanding of the work of the Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, Director of Development and Communications, and the Academic Directors and Deans.

 

The candidate will be a self-starter who can work collaboratively; is organized and attentive to details; and has strong managerial, communication, and interpersonal skills.

 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

Lead the implementation of our new 2021 - 2024 Strategic Plan, focusing on the operationalizing of these three areas: Excellence and Innovation, Globalization, and Empowering New Audiences. Seek opportunities for innovative and creative ways to execute upon the plan’s priorities, including new ideas that compliment the plan.

 

Excellence and Innovation:

The strength of our programs and ability to continue to meet the needs of existing and new audiences is the foundation of Maharat. Continuing to drive excellence and innovation in core and external programs is an ongoing priority that includes producing and promoting Maharat Torah.  

 

In support of this strategic focus area, the EVP will:

  • Serve as a thought partner for the President, collaborating with the President to set annual and long-term goals for programmatic and financial growth and to design and implement attendant strategies; authorized to make key decisions.

  • Collaborate with the Academic Team to ensure academic excellence by ensuring that our educational model runs smoothly, adjusting systems and protocols for maximal effectiveness.

  • Lead the processes for hiring new staff in growing a team, annual staff performance review, and work with the Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations to design and implement personnel procedures. 

  • Cultivate a strong team and organizational culture; and assess and improve upon existing foundational systems.

  • Create and promote a positive work environment that supports and motivates a geographically dispersed staff towards team alignment, high performance, and professional growth.

  • Collaborate closely with the Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations to ensure the ongoing quality of internal systems including financial management, human resources, and daily operations and to ensure that these systems are designed and implemented to best support Maharat’s strategic goals.

  • In partnership with the President, set goals for staff, consultants, and other stakeholders to ensure overall organizational effectiveness, culture, and integration.

  • Facilitate collaboration and strengthen internal communications, program planning processes, and clarity of roles throughout the organization.

 

Globalization:

Over the past 12 months, Maharat has reached a broader international audience and has accelerated the use of hybrid learning.  This experience has amplified the opportunity for global expansion.  Over the next three years, we will recruit, increase brand awareness, and support our alumnae internationally, expanding our ability to serve a broader audience.

 

In support of this strategic focus area, the EVP will:

  • Be responsible for overseeing the global operations of Maharat to ensure excellence and to optimize impact. Maharat has been and continues to be in a period of rapid growth and the EVP plays a critical role in ensuring that the organization is poised for success now and in the near and long term.

  • Facilitate collaboration and strengthen internal communications, program planning processes and clarity of roles throughout the organization.

  • Support the growth of Maharat presence in our international community, including working with the Academic team to put systems in place to allow international students to attend Maharat and ensuring that the student experience of Zoomers and Roomers is equally valuable.   

 

Empowering New Audiences:

While the core programs will continue to be the primary focus, we will create new programs and opportunities that serve as pipeline programs as well as support alumnae, lay leadership and other professionals more deeply.  This priority focuses on reaching the community more broadly, both directly and through like- minded institutional partnerships.

 

In support of this strategic focus area, the EVP will:

  • Support the President in cultivation and manages partnerships and complex organizational relationships, representing Maharat in a variety of communal contexts.

  • Support the President in identifying new partnership opportunities with like-minded organizations in keeping with strategic goals

  • Supervise the Director of Development and Communications, working to expand and support revenue generating and fundraising activities; partners with the President and Director of Development and Communications to expand revenue in alignment with the strategic plan.

  • Collaborate with the Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations to develop and oversee high-quality internal systems including financial management, human resources and daily operations, ensuring that these systems are designed and implemented to best support Maharat’ strategic goals.

  • Supervise the external programs that Maharat offers, including programs for recruitment, lay leader cohort development, and alumnae engagement.

 

Qualifications and Skills of Ideal Candidate:

  • Advanced degree with at least 10 years of proven success in senior Jewish communal leadership position, including overseeing/implementing organizational strategy, growth, capacity building, and partnerships

  • Excellence in staff management with ability to nurture and coach staff; develop and manage high-performing, accountable teams; set and achieve strategic and ambitious objectives; and promote a culture of growth, learning, skill acquisition, and professional development

  • Experience overseeing operations, talent, finance, and fundraising

  • Excellent track record cultivating and managing complex partnerships with sophistication

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully, collaboratively, and diplomatically with partners and colleagues, maintaining a calm demeanor in high-pressure situations

  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal communication, writing, and editing

  • Exceptionally organized, analytic, and detail-oriented with attention to accuracy in data and financials

  • Decisive, passionate, self-motivated, and diligent, with a positive, collaborative, solution-driven attitude

  • Deep knowledge of the North American Jewish community

  • Commitment to Maharat’s mission and approach

  • Willingness to travel

 

Salary range of $150,000, or commensurate with experience.  New York preferred, but will consider remote applications

 

Application Process:

Please send an email with the subject “Executive Vice President” including resume and cover letter to Jobs@yeshivatmaharat.org

 

Director of Development and Communications

 

Yeshivat Maharat is seeking a Director of Development and Communications to oversee and implement our development and communications strategies in consultation with our Executive Vice President and President. The right candidate will be a dedicated self-starter with experience overseeing a range of successful fundraising and communication methods. The Director will build on and maintain Maharat’s thirteen years of institutional development growth as we look to grow our revenue from $2.7M to $4M over the next three years. The Director will also build new major donor relationships and cultivate connections with new foundations and work with community members, board members, alumnae, and others interested in the success of Maharat to help them grow their fundraising skills and better reach their personal networks.  Additionally, the Director will be responsible for developing and implementing Maharat’s communications plan and will guide the strategy for all communications, website, public relations messages and collateral materials to consistently and effectively represent Maharat and articulate Maharat’s mission and impact across all platforms and for all constituencies. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Director of Development  and Communications will work in collaboration with the President and Development Committee, Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations and other members of the staff, and will receive support from the Operations and Development Assistant and others.  

 

Responsibilities:

 

Fundraising:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan with a focus on creating a high-touch, high-level donor program to strengthen the pipeline, increase success of our annual campaigns, and increase donors’ affinity with Maharat’s mission

  • Manage and create clear, executive financial goals for each of two major annual fundraising campaigns 

  • Utilizing data to track trends and identify opportunities for campaign growth

  • Implement systems and practices that identify new communities, foundations and contacts to build a broader, more geographically diverse base of support

  • Integrate fundraising best practices across all levels of individual and foundation giving

  • Maintain a portfolio of donor relationships and cultivate, solicit, and upgrade donors generally giving under $5,000 annually

  • Manage grant schedules; steward foundation relationships and write grant applications and reports (in collaboration with other staff as needed)

  • Coordinate alumnae fundraising efforts and create a sense of community and support among our alumnae base

  • Supervise staff who work on development initiatives, and collaborate with other staff to advance fundraising objectives, including all fundraising communications

  • Support the President and lay Development Committee with meeting planning and materials, and prepare and present reports tracking donation data.

  • Supervise the database entry of donations and draft acknowledgement letters.

 

Communications:

  • Manage overall messaging, strategic communications and marketing for the organization with metrics for success

  • Develop and execute compelling communications (digital communication, including but not limited to social media, direct email marketing messages, website and other public-facing content) to engage existing and new audiences and lead to measurable action in the form of new donors, applicants and community programming participants.

  • Supervise communications strategy and manager of social media platforms; identify and articulate benchmarks for success and comparison against other organizations

  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including campaign materials and pieces published by faculty or program participants, podcasts, videos

  • Supervise graphic designers and other vendors to ensure all collateral materials are aligned with brand

  • Serve as address and clearinghouse for all media, PR and other requests for information, including for scholars in residence as it relates to strengthening new development leads

  • Supervise regular updates to the website including digital library management

Qualifications and Skills of Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in the development field

  • A keen understanding of the Modern Orthodox community

  • Proven track record of success in developing and implementing scalable fundraising plans, identifying and cultivating donors, and soliciting individual mid-level and major gifts

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with philanthropists

  • Strong writing and supervisory skills

  • Demonstrated ability to create strategy around delivery of messaging within a digital market

  • Experience writing and editing grant applications and marketing materials

  • Ability to lead or supervise digital communication strategy

  • Expansive, global network of contacts 

  • Systems-oriented leader with well-honed fundraising operations and management skills

  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver who excels in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment

  • Analytical, organized, proactive, detail-oriented with strong ability to prioritize

  • Sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience with any donor database or CRM

  • Commitment to the mission, philosophy and values of Maharat and the ability to articulate the organization’s needs, opportunities and aspirations with clarity and enthusiasm

 

Salary range of $120,000, or commensurate with experience. 

Start date as soon as possible.

 

Application Process:

Please send an email with the subject “Director of Development and Communications” including resume and cover letter to Jobs@yeshivatmaharat.org by October 20, 2021. 

Director of Alumnae Affairs and Career Services

Maharat is seeking a Director of Alumnae Affairs and Career Services to provide educational programming and career and project support to our 49 graduates and to manage and oversee the placement of graduates in post-graduation rabbinic jobs, as well as supporting alumnae in their professional capacities after graduation. This position requires knowledge of the Modern Orthodox community as well as strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence as the Director will be guiding student/graduate job applicants, as well as interfacing with employers.

 

The Director will report to the Executive Vice President.  This position can be remote, though occasional travel to New York will be required for staff or board meetings, alumnae gatherings or community events.  This is a part-time position, approximately 20 hours per week. Salary range of $30,000-$45,000 dependent upon hours and experience.

 

Responsibilities:

 

Alumnae Affairs 

The Director will organize educational programming for alumnae, monthly cohort gatherings online and in person retreats, and professional development opportunities for graduates.  He/she will maintain connection with each alumna with one-on-one check-ins and mentor graduates with respect to career guidance and professional growth

 

The Director will partner with the Director of Halakha in Action, a two-year alumna fellowship in advanced Halakhic study.  She/he will run the alumnae portal, provide resume support for alumnae and students, and manage alumnae microgrants for innovative projects and the “alumna to student” mentorship program.  The Director will also supervise the International Beit Midrash coordinator.

 

Career Services

The Director will cultivate relationships with potential and existing Maharat graduate employers (synagogues, schools, Hillels, community organizations) and strategize best ways to open doors to hiring Maharat graduates in Orthodox institutions.  The Director will meet with students in their third year 

to discuss potential opportunities upon graduation and prepare students and graduates in job searches, including resume and cover letter writing and interview preparation, and contract negotiations.

 

Qualifications and Skills of Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience

  • A keen understanding of the Modern Orthodox community

  • Human resources and/or job placement experience preferred but not required

  • A professional, flexible, entrepreneurial and resourceful attitude

  • An engaging mentor with strong personal communication skills

  • Analytical, organized, proactive, detail-oriented with strong ability to prioritize and work independently and as part of a team

  • Commitment to the mission, philosophy and values of Maharat

 

Application Process:

Please send an email with the subject “Director of Alumnae Affairs and Career Services” including resume and cover letter to Jobs@yeshivatmaharat.org by November 1, 2021. 

 

About Maharat

Founded in 2009, Yeshivat Maharat is the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as members of the clergy. Maharat’s vision is a world in which Jewish communities are educated, dynamic and relevant, where diverse and impactful leaders inspire Jews to live spiritually engaged lives. Our mission is to educate, ordain and invest in trailblazing Orthodox women who model a dynamic and meaningful Judaism to inspire individuals and transform communities.  

 

For more information about Maharat, please visit our website at www.yeshivatmaharat.org

 

Yeshivat Maharat is an Equal Opportunity Employer.