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Regional Director

Los Angeles, CA, USA | Anti-Defamation League

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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The ADL Los Angeles Regional Office serves the California Counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Kern.The Region supports a multi-faceted educational, community relations, and legal approach to combat antisemitism and hate of all kinds, promote diversity, and build bridges of understanding between communities. The Los Angeles office is comprised of approximately 20 regional staff members and four national staff members, as well as an 80-person Regional Board and robust young leadership programming.


This region is known for innovative programs that have been replicated across the country and abroad.Examples of fundraising initiatives include:


Young leader engagement with one-year leadership training program for professionals and philanthropists in 28 to 45 age range, fast track to board membership and committee participation, and direct pipeline to leadership.

Entertainment, Sports and Media Industries, an annual event

ArtWorks, a bi-annual reception and art auction

Campaign to diversify individual and corporate donor base, especially in the Latino and Asian American philanthropic sectors.


Examples of programmatic initiatives include: 


LA for Good, a coalition of civil rights leaders across Los Angeles

Asian Jewish Initiative, ADL’s first Asian Jewish Initiative, a partnership between ADL and community-based organizations representing Los Angeles residents of Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Philippine and South Asian descent

Coalition of leaders of the African American and Korean American communities with LAPD gathered to create a Joint Statement of Unity commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots

Law Enforcement and Society, a program in partnership with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust for law enforcement officers examining their role in the community, values and ethics

Active International Affairs Committee to liaise with the over 90 consular offices in Los Angeles on international human rights issues

Latino Jewish Roundtable, a partnership of Latino and Jewish business, academic and community leaders to address issues of mutual concern

PRIMARY FUNCTION:


Plan and execute the direction and administration of all regional office activities, including fundraising, program delivery, leadership development, communications, government relations, fact-finding/research and office management to advance ADL’s mission within the region. Represent ADL in the community, to the media and to public officials. Manage, engage and develop regional board, committees and staff. Report to and communicate regularly with the Regional Operations team in the national office (i.e., the Community Support Center or “CSC”).


Responsibilities

Primary:


Strategize and direct the implementation of ADL programs and policies tailored to local community needs and issues. These include outreach, programs (e.g., conferences and education/training) and legislative networking.

Lead regional fundraising efforts by developing and then executing the strategy to grow revenue and meet regional goals. Cultivate key donor relationships and directly solicit major donors.

Represent ADL and give speeches in a variety of forums to promote public awareness of ADL’s mission, work and programs. Respond to inquiries from the press and from members of the public, demonstrating authoritative knowledge of ADL’s policies and positions as relevant to local, national and world events.Read, monitor and respond to media reports and opinion articles.Write and/or edit press releases, opinion pieces and social media posts on local issues in a manner consistent with ADL’s policies and principles.

Recruit, engage, develop and retain superior talent in the region. Develop and maintain a culture that is consistent with ADL’s values and brings out the best in people, allowing them to perform at the highest possible level.

Recruit, engage and work with volunteer leaders (i.e., “lay leaders”) to support the revenue goals and activities of the region. Establish guidelines for including lay leaders in regional activities and advisory boards, staff committees and create appropriate training opportunities to ensure the effectiveness of lay leaders.

Promote visibility and leadership of ADL in the community. Establish and maintain relationships with appropriate community institutions and leaders, the Jewish community, legislators and government officials, media representatives, law enforcement personnel, and ethnic and interfaith group leaders.

Develop and implement community outreach, including initiatives and joint ventures with elected leaders and diverse intergroup and cross-cultural organizations active within the region.

Oversee constituent services, ensuring discrimination bias complaints and incidents are received and resolved timely and appropriately. In coordination with counsel, direct fact-finding activities and implement procedures for reporting results.

Participate in government affairs activities, maintaining regular contact with state, local and national officials. Advocate for ADL issues in state and local legislature.

Monitor relevant civil rights lawsuits in the region and identify potential Amicus brief involvement. Keep the Civil Rights Area Counsel informed of developments. 

In collaboration with the Regional Operations team, establish the regional operating budget and manage to both revenue and expense commitments.

Work with the CSC to oversee management of the physical office, a building that is owned by the ADL.

Qualifications

Skills:


Excellent oral and written communications skills, including public speaking; ability to represent complex and diverse issues in an articulate and compelling manner.

Highly effective interpersonal skills; ability to work with a broad range of leaders and advocates and develop mutually beneficial relationships; ability to build coalitions and establish strategic partnerships.

Demonstrated experience leading successful fundraising efforts or similar business development or sales experience is strongly preferred.

Outstanding leadership ability and team building, managerial, supervisory and organizational skills.

Ability to absorb and learn new information quickly (e.g., ADL policies and positions)

Proven diplomatic and conflict resolution skills.

Ability to multi-task, handle a heavy workload and respond effectively to rapidly changing priorities. 


Attributes:


Intellectual curiosity.

A high level of self-confidence without being arrogant or ego-centric; assertive without being aggressive.

Prefer a person who truly enjoys engaging with others - “a people person.”


Other:


A commitment to ADL’s mission and work.

Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary to represent ADL and to attend community events; travel within the region is required; occasional overnight travel is required.

Work Experience:


Five plus years prior experience in a leadership role; prefer seven to ten years’ experience with some experience in a community relations/community service/nonprofit organization.

Strongly prefer fundraising experience with an emphasis on major gifts (business development/sales experience could be an alternative), program development and volunteer relations.

Education:


A bachelor’s degree or comparable experience is required. A graduate degree in law, business, nonprofit management, or a related field, is preferred.


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