- Location: Homeworking and NW5 based office in line with government guidance
- Sector: Community
- Salary: £65,000 +
UJIA is the leading UK-Israel charity. We take responsibility for developing a strong British Jewry that builds a lifelong connection to Israel. We connect our UK youth through innovative educational programmes that work alongside our projects in Israel, to support the most vulnerable in society.
The role of the Director of the UK programme at UJIA is one of our most senior and crucial positions, leading and delivering UJIA’s educational and engagement programmes that shape the next generation of UK Jewish communal leadership. Responsible for a range of programmes, experiences and initiatives to engage our community with Israel, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to influence the UK Jewish community and its connection with Israel and to create innovative experiences and programmes that positively
impact Jewish life in the UK.
The Director of the UK Programme will report to the Chief Executive.
• Ensure that UJIA delivers on its goals of providing and facilitating best-in-class Israel engagement, education and experience for the breadth of the UK Jewish community in a planned, impact-driven and inclusive way:
o Prioritise innovation as a tool to meet our mission and vision.
o Develop new initiatives and programmes that respond to emerging needs and a post-Covid reality.
o Provide inspirational leadership to and effective management of the UK programme team.
o Identify KPIs and clear deliverables for the UK programme.
• Ensure that UJIA’s UK programme is elevated by positive internal and external partnerships:
o Determine and guide high-level strategic implementation for the UK Programme and advise the organisation as a whole on programmatic and communal matters.
o Develop and manage strategic partnerships with multiple communal organisations to ensure quality programme delivery and community integrity.
o Work closely with the UJIA Israel Director to create meaningful engagement opportunities for UK Jews in Israel
o Work closely with the UJIA Regional Director to ensure effective delivery across the UK (Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and other smaller communities).
o Work closely with UJIA lay leadership especially the trustee responsible for the UK programme.
• Embrace and facilitate leadership opportunities offered by this role:
o Represent UJIA in global and national fora to share and learn from best practices and opportunities.
o Provide educational leadership for UJIA and the community at large in terms of Israel and Israel engagement, quality assurance, organising learning opportunities etc.
o Provide thought leadership on issues related to Israel-diaspora relations, youth empowerment, inclusion, Jewish community trends and needs etc.
• Manage a £2m+ budget and oversee UJIA’s UK grant making initiatives ensuring a comprehensive grant process reflecting best practice and proper evaluation of grantee performance.
• Work with UJIA’s fundraising and marketing professionals to ensure that the work of the UK programme is properly communicated to stakeholders.
• Professional or volunteer experience in a Jewish community organisation
• Strong connection to and knowledge about both Israel and the UK Jewish community
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (some knowledge of Hebrew preferred but not necessary)
• Strong appreciation for a cross-communal and inclusive approach to our work in the Jewish community and Israel
• At least 5 years of experience in a management role with budget oversight responsibilities
• Flexibility to work irregular hours when required including substantial work over the busy summer period and to travel nationally and overseas.
• Knowledge and experience of Jewish youth work, informal Jewish/Israel education and the Jewish youth movements
• Demonstrated record of translating a vision into organisational priorities and departmental workplan.
• Ability to remain calm under pressure preferably with crisis management experience.
• Experience in working with and engaging volunteer leadership.
The following experience will also be valued in a successful candidate:
• Welfare/safeguarding experience
• Knowledge of the UK informal education sector
• Personal experience of UJIA programmes including youth movements.
• Deep knowledge of Israel, Zionism, Jewish history, contemporary Jewry etc
• Understanding of not-for-profit law, financial practices etc
• Experience of successfully gaining and managing grant funding for programmes.
Home working, adhering to Government guidelines.
UJIA head office, 1 Torriano Mews, London, NW5 2RZ
This role requires flexibility to work irregular hours when needed including substantial work over the busy summer period and to travel nationally and overseas.
For more information and to apply for the role please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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