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Director, Repair the World New York

Repair the World

Repair the World is dedicated to making deep and meaningful volunteer service a central part of Jewish life. Our service makes tangible differences in lives and communities, and we infuse it with Jewish values, learning about historical and social contexts that surround the issues, reflecting on our experiences, and assessing our impact. In fact, we believe that this ‘infusion' enables us to serve better - to contribute more consciously and tangibly to the issues we work on and the communities we work in.

We are all about putting the "why" in volunteering. We believe that meaningful social action involves volunteering, and understanding the issues we're addressing and the positive change we are working towards. These principles serve as the foundation of our approach.

Through our newest program, Repair the World Communities, we're diving deep in five of the most vibrant and socially innovative cities in the U.S. - Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and now, New York.

Repair the World Communities is designed to contribute to (not compete with) the work of local organizations to expand their impact. With a dedicated Director for each city, a team of full- time Fellows and space to collaborate (The Workshop), we're partnering with local organizations to recruit the volunteers needed to address each city's most pressing issues.


Repair the World is looking for a dynamic leader who is passionate about the intersection of Judaism and service, and deeply committed to building community collaborations and fostering an environment of empowerment. The Director of Repair the World: New York will work with civic leaders, Jewish and secular service organizations and Repair the World Fellows to create a portfolio of service opportunities that enable volunteers to meet pressing needs and make positive change in their community.

This role will unfold in two key stages:

Stage 1: May 2014 to July 2015 - The Director will launch Repair the World: New York, adapting the program model to meet the city's unique landscape and completing research and decision- making about the neighborhood/s in which this program will focus its efforts. The Director will also be highly focused on relationship and partnership development. The Director will manage two experienced Repair the World Fellows beginning in September 2014. The Director will be part of Repair's National City Director team and will spend significant time observing the other Repair the World Communities in action.

Stage 2: August 2015 and beyond - As the senior leader of Repair the World's local work in New York, the Director will supervise ten full-time Fellows, oversee dozens of local partnerships and manage the operation of the Workshop. Together with Fellows, the Director will build a network of hundreds of volunteers.

Stage 1:

Through August 2015, the Director will focus on launching Repair the World: New York, with a goal of implementing the full scope of stage 2 responsibilities by the beginning of the 2015- 16 program year. Stage 1 responsibilities include every aspect of preparation for program launch, including but not limited to:

• Research and make decisions about key program components, including neighborhood/s in which to locate and issue areas on which to focus
• Learn and prepare to implement best practices from other Repair the World Communities
• Develop partnerships and relationships with local Jewish institutions and communities
• Develop partnerships and relationships with local service organizations
• Develop the presence of and excitement about Repair the World: New York
• Lead and supervise the work of two experienced Fellows to further these goals

Stage 2:

Supervision and Training

• Supervise the full-time service and personal and professional development of ten young adult Fellows
• Coach and train Fellows on local issues, organizing and service best practices, Jewish service-learning, and leadership development
• Facilitate professional development sessions, events, and trainings for local Jewish young professionals and volunteers Service Portfolio and Community Partnerships
• Oversee the creation of a robust calendar of service events that match local community needs with volunteers’ passions
• Together with Fellows, develop and manage deep partnerships with a wide range of Jewish, civic, and service- providing organizations
• Guide the development of local engagement strategies to recruit, attract, and retain community-based volunteers with a focus on young adults and openness to people of all ages
• Work with Fellows to plan service opportunities, recruit, train and manage volunteers, and plan events
• Gather, analyze, and learn from data on volunteers, events, and partnerships
• Oversee and facilitate large-scale service projects (as needed)

National Program Building

• Work in close collaboration with the team of City Directors and national staff
• Create a city-specific program plan that builds on the national program plan
• Oversee the tracking and measurement of local milestones and progress
• Effectively communicate the organization’s mission and goals to a wide variety of audiences and serve as a local spokesperson
• Manage local budget, resources, and consultants
• Manage relationships with local affiliates of Repair the World’s national partners
• Create bi-monthly reports for national staff that will inform and support Repair the World’s national strategy

Core Competencies

• Ability to relate well to young adults and people with diverse backgrounds and experiences
• Sophisticated awareness of poverty, structural racism, power and privilege and ability to discuss these issues with diverse groups in ways that empower and open people to learning
• Familiarity and comfort with the New York’s Jewish communal landscape
• Ability to apply lessons learned in real time, and to course- correct accordingly
• Exceptional oral communication skills and strong written communication skills
• Excellent facilitator of meetings, trainings, and group- based reflection
• Understanding of and strong commitment to volunteerism and service best practices
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple high- level projects at once
• Comfort working both independently and collaboratively
• Inexhaustible enthusiasm and energy, and ability to thrive in stressful situations

Required Experience

• Direct volunteer management
• Leading and developing service projects
• Management of three or more professionals simultaneously
• External stakeholder relationship management at an executive-level or equivalent
• At least six years of professional experience in high- pressure environments

Additional Qualifications

• Flexibility, good humor, and eagerness to work in a start- up environment
• Understanding of data management and CRM
• Ability to travel monthly
• Ability to work during evenings and weekends on a regular basis

Preferred Experience

• Experience leading large-scale trainings
• Campaign experience
• National service experience (i.e. City Year, TFA, AmeriCorps)
• Experience facilitating Jewish service-learning
• Experience working with New York’s Jewish community
• Experience working with New York’s civic/service community

For immediate consideration, please email your cover letter and resume as attachments to and indicate your name and “Director, Repair the World New York” in the subject line. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis. The position is expected to begin in early May 2014. We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with Repair the World. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.


This is a high-level position with exceptional growth opportunity for a seasoned and effective professional. Compensation will reflect this level of commitment and expertise and will be commensurate with experience.

Generous benefits package includes paid time off for service (in addition to vacation and holidays), medical/dental/vision coverage, retirement matching, support for childcare during retreats, and much more.



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