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Director of US Programs-Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee

Director of US Programs-Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee

Director of US Programs-Project Interchange
American Jewish Committee
Washington, DC

POSTED August 28, 2014
DEADLINE September 28, 2014


The Director of US Programs will direct and expand the US Programs of Project Interchange in accordance with a strategic plan and will work in close coordination with the Director of International Programs to maximize impact and ensure shared models of efficiency. S/he will report to the Deputy Director of Project Interchange (PI).

Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. In addition to its New York headquarters and Washington DC Office of Government & International Affairs., AJC has regional offices and affiliates across the U.S. and overseas in addition to a multitude of global partnerships.

Project Interchange, an educational institute of AJC, develops and conducts educational seminars in Israel for current and emerging United States and international leaders. Participants include diplomats, elected officials, journalists, media opinion leaders, civic leaders, university presidents, administrators and student leaders.

Since 1982, Project Interchange has equipped over 6,000 seminar participants from more than 85 countries and all 50 states with a balanced foundation for understanding Israel’s history, diverse makeup, and strategic objectives. PI seminars are highly apolitical, interactive and promote dialogue on a wide array of complex issues.


Program Development and Implementation: 

  • Overseeing the successful management of US seminars on time and within budget, according to AJC/PI plans with respect to administrative, budgetary, planning and communication guidelines including authorizing expenditures in the US and Israel.
  • Articulating and conveying AJC/PI missions, goals and prior ities clearly, concisely and effectively through a range of mediums to vastly diverse audiences including public speaking and written correspondence.
  • Vetting proposals for seminars, assessing viability with respect to alignment with PI and AJC priorities, mission and fundraising feasibility and once vetted, establishing clear goals and anticipated outcomes with the AJC Region or other partner agency.
  • Launching and managing a holistic approach to each US seminar including the development of a sound recruitment procedure to include: defining the profile of the participant and communicating this to the AJC system to engage them in the process, mobilizing AJC regional resources to recruit effectively, managing the research process to determine eligibility to participate on a PI seminar, establishing a solid communications protocol with invitees to ensure submission of complete applications.
  • Strategically planning, in collaboration with the AJC Jerusalem Office and the PI Communications Director and Senior Strategic Counsel, appropriately sequenced and customized itineraries incorporating the unique PI philosophy, reflecting AJC/PI priorities, and factoring in all Aspen Institute recommendations to enhance each seminar experience.
  • Fully preparing participants and staffer for their experience with select educational sessions and briefings, in the months leading up to each seminar, with expert resources on Israel and the region.
  • Playing lead PI role in recruiting, training and placing highly skilled staffers in the de licate and complex facilitator role that a PI seminar commands; educating and training seminar staff to understand their role, reflecting PI’s educational focus throughout the seminar.

Alumni Programs and Development Outreach: 

  • Developing, in partnership with Director of Alumni Engagement a solid follow up mechanism and protocol to ensure a smooth hand-off to alumni and regional apparatuses, per the Aspen Institute recommendations.
  • Managing donor expectationsand preparing communications and materials for donors in a timely fashion throughout the recruitment and actual seminar phases, in coordination with the designated staff/lay donor relationship manager.
  • Creating new collateral materials, in coordination with Project Interchange's Director of Communications and Senior Strategic Counsel, to ensure that US seminars are fully and accurately represented in Project Interchange/AJC marketing campaigns, reflecting the perspectives and interests of diverse audiences from potential donors to alumni.

Management/Budgetary Oversight:

  • Providing ongoing managerial support, encouragement, mentoring and growth opportunities to US Programs Team, including the Assistant Director and Program Assistant; mentoring and supervising other PI staff as requested.
  • Advancing PI/AJC programmatic, development, and operational goals on multiple projects with minimal supervision, seeking advice where needed.
  • Exhibiting excellent interpersonal and communication skills in interactions across, within and outside the organization, showing capacity to both lead and take direction.
  • Developing new program and operational improvements to reflect the recommendations of the 2013 Aspen institute evaluation of Project Interchange. 


  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in Jewish communal service or related non-profit organizational work
  • Budget management experience including the development of accurate budget projections and oversight of relevant program expenditures.
  • Ability to motivate, supervise, manage and mentor.
  • Proven ability to employ diplomacy skills and sensitivity in interactions with diplomats, elected officials, journalists, high level university administrators and ethnic and religious leaders.
  • In-depth knowledge of Israel and regional issues.
  • Strong work ethic, organizational skills, detail oriented nature and exceptional follow through.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and complete assignments in a timely and accurate fashion.
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce high quality materials, events and programs for diverse audiences.
  • Creative self-starter with ability to work well independently and in team settings.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and persuasive communication skills, engaging telephone persona and ability to employ tact and discretion in delicate conversations and situations.
  • Strong commitment to the AJC/PI mission.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment, exhibiting a capacity for effective cross-cultural communication. 


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