Executive Director – Episcopal News Service
In 1988, at the time of the first Palestinian Intifada, Episcopal leaders in the United States and in Jerusalem saw the need to offer sustained support to humanitarian institutions owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
From there, the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) was created, dedicated to educating Americans about the Diocese of Jerusalem’s Christian witness to the Holy Land and raising financial support for the schools. , hospitals and centers for disabled children. in Palestine, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. These institutions serve everyone, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay. As an apolitical and non-sectarian organization, AFEDJ builds hope for all in the Holy Land. Christian values of equity, justice and respect for the dignity of all are at the heart of the organization’s efforts.
In addition to 27 parishes, the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem owns and operates more than two dozen humanitarian institutions. AFEDJ helps fund and support these ministries that provide opportunities for children with disabilities, access to quality, comprehensive health care, educational equity for girls and young women, programs supporting youth empowerment and employability, and programs that develop young people to become the next generation of leaders in the region.
More than 30 years after its founding, AFEDJ’s partnership with the Archbishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem, Msgr. Hosam Naoum, members of the diocesan staff and leaders of humanitarian institutions in the four countries remains strong. AFEDJ continues to deepen its relationships and reach more engaged, generous, and compassionate supporters across the United States, while remaining true to its mission to transform the lives of vulnerable and displaced people in the Middle East.
About the Opportunity
The new Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for leading the organization through a period of growth and overseeing day-to-day operations. The new ED will understand, value and articulate AFEDJ’s need for support and balance the mission, ethics and business aspects of the job through leadership.
ED will partner with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic plan to double AFEDJ’s revenue over the next 5 years. Fundraising and donor management will be central to AFEDJ’s ability to achieve this goal, and the new CEO will play a leading role in raising philanthropic support. It is expected that the ED will hire a Director of Development (DOD) to help lead fundraising efforts. The DE will manage two existing full-time staff – the Director of Communications and the Head of Development – and several contracted consultants, including an Accountant, a Senior Grants Officer, a Director of Federal Grants Implementation, and a development. AFEDJ has a physical office in Stamford, CT, but the organization has been operating primarily virtually for several years.
A key role for the new ED will be setting development strategy and managing key fundraising relationships, including major individual donors, foundations, churches and government agencies. The ED will create and manage the organization’s annual budget and be responsible for the delivery of top and bottom results. The ED will also engage with constituents, including spreading AFEDJ’s mission through church sermons and public speaking events and leading the development and implementation of the church-based organization education program. The ED will represent the AFEDJ during visits to the Middle East, meeting institutional leaders and staff of the Diocese of Jerusalem. The Executive Director will be the main liaison with AFEDJ-supported programs in the Middle East and will work with the leaders of the institutions to develop fundable projects and programs.
During the first six months, the Executive Director will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive assessment of the organization and presenting recommendations for setting new goals and achieving them to the Board of Directors.
Relations with the board of directors
- Manage the Board of Directors and Executive Committee (with assistance from the Director of Communications or other staff as needed)
- Facilitate and support board committees as needed
- Lead board fundraising training in conjunction with the Director of Development (DOD), once hired
- Support Trustees and Development Committee in their donor management activities (duties will be transferred to DOD once hired)
- Manage AFEDJ Trustee Alumni in collaboration with the DOD
- Establish an overall development strategy, including annual planning and budgeting; resource alignment; management of partners/consultants; and implementation of donor strategy and management plan (this will be completed in conjunction with DOD once hired)
- Manage a portfolio of 25-30 major donors (individuals, foundations, government agencies and large churches), engaging, cultivating, soliciting and managing as needed
- Oversee the ongoing development and implementation of the major gifts strategy
- Oversee the strategy, design and messaging of direct mail and online calls
- Review appeals and other letters; sign letters of recognition for donors of $500 or more
- Oversee large grants (e.g. USAID)
- Write grant proposals as needed and manage the implementation of awarded grants
- Manage relationships with grant officers and service agency providing end-to-end support
- Establish and maintain positive and productive relationships with a wide range of partners in the Diocese of Jerusalem, including the Archbishop and his team, program staff, leaders and staff of the institution
- Build and maintain strong working relationships with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and NGOs focused on the Middle East and aligned with AFEDJ’s mission
- Provide strategic and operational support to programs funded by AFEDJ
- Represent the AFEDJ, its mission and its values in a credible and professional manner to external audiences
- Serve as a local, regional and national spokesperson for the AFEDJ
- Write and deliver presentations/sermons for church outreach functions (in-person and virtual)
- Create and deliver presentations to various audiences (in-person and virtual)
Marketing and communication
- Create an annual communication plan and objectives with the Director of Communications
- Review and contribute to all communication materials (newsletters, annual reports, videos, etc.)
- Lead the evolution of the organization’s messaging platform and oversee content development
- In collaboration with the Director of Communications, lead the development and rollout of AFEDJ’s new education program, called Bearing Witness. Oversee the recruitment and training of a group of volunteer program facilitators
Financial planning and operations
- Create annual plans and budgets; manage the annual audit; and work with financial service providers
- Manage the budget review and approval process with the Finance Committee, Executive Committee and full Board
- Review monthly financial statements and work with Treasurer to develop Board reports
- Execute monthly fund transmissions to the Diocese of Jerusalem and monitor the use of funds
- Oversee and manage all business systems and daily operations of the organization
- Create and continue to optimize processes and protocols to ensure transparency and accountability in wire transfers to the Diocese of Jerusalem and distribution of funds within the Diocese
Staff development and leadership
- Build on the organization’s highly collaborative approach to all workflows
- Motivate and inspire staff members
- Provide professional development and growth opportunities for staff members
- Manage and support staff members and team
- Create agendas and lead weekly staff meetings
- Create systems to facilitate team communication and alignment
- In partnership with the Director of Communications, manage relationships with leaders and staff of institutions in the Diocese of Jerusalem
- Provide regular updates to the diocese and institutions
- Organize regular virtual meetings with leaders and staff of dioceses and institutions
- Visit the diocese 3 to 4 times a year to establish relationships, know their needs, monitor projects
- Help institutions develop fundable projects and programs
- Passion and enthusiasm for AFEDJ’s mission, rooted in faith, knowledge of the Middle East and sensitivity to its culture
- Extensive experience in strategic planning, demonstrated financial accountability and effectiveness in managing internal and external relationships within a non-profit organization
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills reflecting an ability to adapt communication style to meet the needs of various AFEDJ stakeholders
- Able to effectively serve as the organization’s primary advocate
- Proven track record in growing an organization and enhancing its reputation, including experience raising philanthropic support
- Visionary leader with a solid understanding of the business, community relations, marketing, operations, revenue and international aspects of an organization like AFEDJ
- Well-developed skills in management, operations, decision making, planning, organization, problem solving, interpersonal relations and leadership
- Willingness and ability to be self-reliant, “roll up your sleeves” and get the job done
- Opportunity to travel to the Middle East 3-4 times a year to meet with the Archbishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem, diocesan staff members, and leaders of humanitarian institutions that AFEDJ helps fund
- Willingness to travel across the United States for events and speaking engagements
All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other feature protected by law.
Please send your cover letter and resume confidentially to: [email protected]guild.com
For more information, please visit https://www.developmentguild.com/.
Suzanne J. Battit
SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, PRINCIPAL
DDI Development Guild
For more information about American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, please visit www.afedj.org/.