POSITION TITLE: MANAGING DIRECTOR, URJ
Location: ☒Remote/Online (Default)/In person meetings, as needed
Employment Type: ☒Full Time, Benefits Eligible
Reporting to: Executive Vice President, URJ
Start Date: ASAP (preferably by June 30)
Salary Range: $105,000 – $115,000 plus competitive benefits package
Level/Salary Grade: Management 3 / 9
The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) seeks a highly effective leader, implementer, communicator, thought partner, project manager and liaison to serve as a Managing Director of the URJ at a pivotal time in the URJ’s development. The Managing Director will directly support the EVP and senior leadership of the organization in implementing a new strategic direction and the systems, structures, and culture needed to achieve its desired impact. As it celebrates its 150th year, the URJ has worked to articulate a clear purpose and vision, core values, theory of change, long-term strategies, and how it will measure its success. With this foundation now clear, the organization seeks a highly competent mid-career professional to work with senior leadership in making the strategic direction a reality. This role will support the EVP and key stakeholders to help the URJ run the business for sustained growth, operational efficiency, and deepening of program impact.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
This position is part of the Executive Department and reports to the Executive Vice President (EVP) of the URJ. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
STRATEGIC PLANNING & ALIGNMENT
Project manage the strategic direction planning process ensuring organization-wide alignment.
Serve as a key liaison with senior lay and professional leaders to support strategic growth, translate ideas into operating practices, and anticipate and avert challenges which could pose a risk to performance.
Communicate information to “tell the story” of our work and support decision making, day-to-day operations, and engagement of stakeholders, particularly professional staff and Board leaders.
Partner with operational and program departments to ensure org-wide alignment, organizational effectiveness, and employee engagement with the strategic direction.
PLANNING AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
Manage annual workflows, including annual planning, goal setting, and budgeting.
Identify and address internal and external trends that contribute directly to performance; elevate strategic and operational issues to continuously improve performance and realize expected results.
PROCESS & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Manage operating rhythm of EVP with senior team including flow of work, deadlines, and execution of priorities.
Support the Executive Vice President, CEO, and Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness in working with the Board Chair, Treasurer(s), Executive Board and other key lay leaders as thought-partners and to help ensure they are set up to advance the strategic work of the URJ in their roles.
Lead strategic initiatives and project teams as assigned.
Support additional URJ org-wide priorities as needed.
WHO YOU ARE & KEYS TO SUCCESS (THE MUST-HAVES):
To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas:
Highly Organized and Results-driven Project Manager. Experienced and expert organizer and project planner who consistently looks ahead and anticipates needs before they arise. Acumen and finesse to manage complex projects and multiple responsibilities, simultaneously mixing long-term projects with the urgency of immediate demands. Ability to get things done and to meet complex challenges with tenacity.
Strategic Mindset: Critical thinker who can see implications of choices and plan for them in advance. Natural problem solver who is analytical and structured in their thinking, and able to create order out of chaos by identifying systems and processes in need of adjustment. Ability to lead and/or partner on short and long-term strategy development and implementation.
Highly-Skilled Communicator: Able to integrate and synthesize ideas in real time and capture them in clear yet nuanced written and verbal communications that meet audiences where they are. Ability to a
Trusted Advisor. High integrity individual who builds trust with stakeholders; able to navigate (and respectfully challenge when needed) existing culture and work across areas of organization and styles of leaders to increase alignment, engagement, and productivity. Able to hold sensitive information in confidence and possesses exceptional discernment. and judgment capabilities.
Diplomatic Implementer. Able to manage “up and down” to influence change without direct authority. Thrives in an environment of fast-paced change and knows when and how to pace organizational change for the sake of better, more sustainable, and effective long-term outcomes; can self-manage and has resilience to handle ambiguity and resistance to doing things differently. Emotionally savvy team builder with demonstrated experience pulling individuals together to get things done. Agile learner ready, willing, and able to consistently reflect for individual and organizational growth.
Education. While relevant education and skills are preferred, no specific education or degree is required.
This is a full-time, remote work position, requiring occasional evening and weekend work, and occasional in-person meetings, usually in New York City or DC, as needed.
Candidate should possess strong interest in the mission of the URJ and/or is deeply aligned with the URJ’s values, found here.
Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success.
Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We look forward to hearing from you! Apply Online.
In accordance with our values, the URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.
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