Executive Director

POSITION TITLE: Executive Director

DIVISION: JLens 

REPORTS To: Senior Vice President - ADL

LOCATION: NY Area, or Northeast Corridor preferred but all US locations considered as position is largely remote at this time

Grade/Class: Grade __, Exempt, Non-Union

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

 

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “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 antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.

 

JLens, a subsidiary of ADL, explores a Jewish lens on investing, and serves as the bridge between the Jewish community and the values-based impact investing movement. JLens was established in 2012, and launched its Jewish Advocacy Strategy in 2015. The Jewish Advocacy Strategy US aligns with Jewish values and advocates for communal concerns in the Socially Responsible Investing and Corporate Social Responsibility movements – two influential arenas previously void of Jewish leadership. Investor advocacy is the best method for generating positive impact from public equity investing. The strategy is designed to be a first step for Jewish values-based investors including Jewish Community Foundations, Federations, nonprofits, synagogues, foundations, and donor-advised funds. In 2022 JLens launched its Jewish Values Global index, allowing JLens to expand its advocacy with public companies on behalf of the Jewish community globally. 

 

PRIMARY FUNCTION:

 

The Executive Director of JLens is the principal advocate for the organization’s mission, vision and values and, in conjunction with ADL, a partner in building the organization and sustaining its vision. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of JLens.

 

ADL is seeking a self-driven, dynamic and highly competent Executive Director to lead JLens’ research and advocacy initiatives, and to design and direct strategies that support and enhance JLens’ and ADL’s impact. The Executive Director will lead the JLens team with exceptional stewardship and strategic planning skills and will promote the organization’s mission and objectives, maintaining positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, achieving organizational goals, and maintaining sound financial practices. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  

Organization Mission & Strategy

  • Lead spokesperson and advocate for values-based investing in the Jewish communal arena and for JLens’ research, advocacy, and impact

  • Work with Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach

  • Sustain and develop new Jewish communal relationships by identifying conferences, webinars and other means of educating Jewish leaders on values-based investing and JLens’ mission  

  • Identify, evaluate and determine what, when and which coalitions and initiatives in the ESG/SRI/CSR arenas to support

  • Oversee the research on all companies in the Jewish Advocacy Strategy and Jewish Global Values Index as relevant for scoring and corporate engagement

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to identify, create and implement strategic plans to actualize business objectives

  • Coordinate and lead annual budget reviews, monthly and quarterly reviews, and periodic forecast updates with operational and senior management

  • Monitor JLens’ operations and ensure employees and business practices comply with regulatory and legal requirements

  • Develop partnerships with company stakeholders, shareholders and other relevant parties

  • Identify potential sources of investment and organize fundraising efforts

 

Organization Operations

  • Oversee and implement appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriately managed

  • Oversee relationship with outside vendors, investment firms, advisors, and other providers necessary to execute JLens’ objectives

  • Develop the organizational culture and promote transparency and collaboration throughout the organization

  • Responsible for identifying, recruiting, training and developing a talented team of employees who can lead and manage strategic business functions

 

Board Governance

  • Work with the Board to fulfill the organization’s mission

  • Responsible for leading JLens in a manner that supports and guides JLens’ and ADL’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions

 

Financial Performance and Viability

  • Develop and manage resources to ensure the financial health of JLens

  • Support fundraising efforts, current earned revenue sources, and develop other revenues necessary to support the organization’s mission

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of JLens, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and other requested financial reports, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization

  • Responsible for fiscal management including setting a budget with the Board, operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization and maintaining the organization in a positive financial position

 

 

SKILLS:

 

  • Strong written and oral communication required; demonstrated ability in public speaking desired

  • Ability to be a leader of an organization in a remote work environment 

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership

  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers, staff, investors, and other stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with all levels of staff

  • Flexibility in a fast-paced environment

  • Exceptional organizational skills, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation

  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting 

  • Commitment to ADL and JLens’ mission and values, and interest in the corporate responsibility/socially responsible investing field 

 

EDUCATION/WORK EXPERIENCE:

 

  • Bachelor's degree required, preference for experience including business, finance/investing, social impact, Jewish studies, etc.

  • 5+ years of nonprofit management experience preferred; direct Board reporting is a plus (or 5+ years of lay leadership experience)

  • 5+ years of finance/investing experience preferred

  • 5+ years management or supervisory experience

  • Experience in CSR/SRI preferred

  • Knowledge of Jewish communal organizational and philanthropic landscape preferred

  • Relationships with financial institutions and Jewish communal leaders a plus

  • Experience in capital raising either in a for-profit (capital/assets) or nonprofit (fundraising) setting preferred

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

 

  • This is a remote position at this time and can be based in any US time zone. However, location preference is for the NY area or Northeast corridor.