New York Director

Moving Traditions seeks a dynamic New York Director to help embolden Jewish pre-teens and teens in greater New York to stay healthy, explore their identities, and challenge sexism through meaningful Jewish experiences.

The Moving Traditions New York Director will promote Moving Traditions’ mission throughout the greater New York area, inspiring Jewish community leaders, engaging and soliciting individual donors and institutional funders, leading programmatic engagement and growth, and attracting new supporters to our vision of communal change. NY Director will report to the Chief of Field Operations, work closely with the development team, and collaborate with other members of the national staff as well as with regional directors in other cities. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit and community organizing skills to build upon a strong foundation of local funding and program partners. NY Director may have the opportunity to supervise a second New York-based staff member. This full-time position, based in greater New York, offers competitive pay and benefits and the opportunity to grow.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Leadership
  2. Build the case for Moving Traditions’ mission and programs with key communal stakeholders, funders, clergy, educators, and thought leaders.
  3. Develop and promote a regional vision for Moving Traditions’ work in greater New York consistent with our national vision.
  4. Contribute to the community of practice in Jewish youth professional and Jewish education networks.
  5. Potentially hire and supervise second New York-based staff member.

Fundraising and Communications

  1. With the Chief of External Relations and in coordination with national staff, lead Moving Traditions’ regional development efforts in greater New York, stewarding relationships, identifying and cultivating prospects, soliciting gifts of all sizes, and meeting annual fundraising goals.
  2. Build and solicit a network of major donors to support our work in greater New York in collaboration with the Chief of External Relations.
  3. Work with national staff to build relationships with area federations and foundations; support grant proposal and report writing.
  4. Coordinate stewardship and educational events to cultivate prospects and educate stakeholders about Moving Traditions’ work.
  5. Develop relationships with local media outlets to support the growth of Moving Traditions’ brand in the region with the guidance of the national office.

Recruitment, Retention and Support of Program Partners and Groups

  1. Oversee the development of relationships with current and potential program partners through networking, research and outreach; ensure that partners understand our educational goals and implement the programs with fidelity to our model.
  2. Guide the regional team to meet annual engagement and retention goals to reach more Jewish pre-teens and teens with our work, bring on new and re-engage inactive partners, retain existing partners, and ensure that they add and retain programs.
  3. In consultation with national staff, help to identify and vet professional and lay educators to facilitate the programs.
  4. Ensure the high quality of groups and group leaders by providing consultation and support to group leaders and supervisors.
  5. Support piloting and implementation of new programming.

Further Responsibilities

  1. Analyze local trends and follow local research on Jewish teen life, gender, and Jewish communal work to benefit local and national work, and leverage organization-wide learning and data to benefit work in greater New York.
  2. Represent Moving Traditions at conferences, workshops and networking venues.
  3. Participate in sharing best practices and programmatic insights with national network of Regional Directors and national team members.
  4. Ensure that Salesforce database is up-to-date, to track, report on, and manage development and program functions.

The Moving Traditions New York Director will demonstrate each of the following:

  • Embrace Moving Traditions’ mission
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in fundraising/development, with experience in raising major individual gifts and working with institutional funders
  • Experience in Jewish communal service, education, or program planning
  • Exceptional management skills with proven ability to supervise and mentor staff
  • Strong interpersonal communications and relationship building skills, with a record of building and sustaining professional relationships with individuals and within teams
  • Ability to work independently and remotely with colleagues, at a fast pace
  • Ability to travel throughout New York area, including the five boroughs, Westchester, and Long Island, to meet with donors, program partners, and other constituents
  • Ability to occasionally attend and support Moving Traditions educational events, which can occur on Sundays or in the evening
  • Sound judgment in setting, reviewing, and confirming priorities
  • Capacity to lead projects, with excellent planning, problem solving, and follow-through
  • Strong attention to detail and investment in data quality
  • Understanding of gender and gender issues
  • Knowledge of Jewish life and a strong Jewish network
  • Previous experience with Moving Traditions’ programs is a plus

Moving Traditions is a nationally recognized pioneer in Jewish education that emboldens teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning.

Working with Jewish communal partners across the country, Moving Traditions’ programs—including our new b’nai mitzvah program with family education and our teen groups, Rosh Hodesh for girls,  Shevet for boys, and Tzelem for trans and genderqueer teens, have engaged more than 21,000 teens since 2005 helping teens grow into confident, compassionate, and connected Jewish adults.

Moving Traditions is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory, diverse work environment. Moving Traditions does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law in any of its programs or activities.

This position offers great flexibility.  Compensation is competitive.  Please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: Meja Petchel, Human Resources Business Partner, at

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