Director Program Recruitment

American Jewish Committee   •  

Washington, DC

Industry: Non-Profit


8 - 10 years

Posted 342 days ago

Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. Among Jewish advocacy organizations, AJC is the leader in the global arena. We are known for our unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and faith leaders in more than 100 countries. In addition to our New York headquarters and Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the United States and around the globe, and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide.

Project Interchange, an educational institute of AJC, brings opinion leaders and policy makers to Israel for a week of intensive travel and learning. Participants experience Israeli society, connect with their Israeli counterparts and learn about Israel’s extensive contributions in their fields. Representing numerous spheres of influence across the globe, Project Interchange delegations include:

Government Officials and Diplomatic Leaders, Media Opinion Leaders, Civic and Religious Leaders, and University Leaders.

Project Interchange participants gain direct, in-depth exposure to Israel’s diverse population, democratic system of government and complex strategic and societal dilemmas through:

  • Leading Israeli figures, including top government officials, innovative business and civil society leaders, and world-renown academics
  • Senior Arab-Israeli and Palestinian leaders
  • Experts on education, immigrant absorption, economic development, rule of law, human rights, and the peace process
  • Historic, strategic, and religious site visits

Project Interchange uses education as a tool to shift perceptions of Israel by presenting facts and various narratives of the complex situation in the Middle East. By extension, as its alumni return home AJC engages them in its broader agenda- which includes advocacy,  to advance AJC’s priorities – in particular the strengthening of Israel’s place in the world. The Director of Israel Program Recruitment works with all recruitment partners throughout AJC’s organizational structure to build effective recruiting strategies to attract influential non-Jewish leaders from around the world to travel to Israel.

The Director does all this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.

Major Functions:

The Director of Israel Program Recruitment is responsible for overseeing all recruitment efforts on behalf of Project Interchange, working closely with the 22 AJC regional offices in the US and eleven international offices toensure the highest quality and most influential participants. A key component of this effort is developing a plan tobuild and grow a solid pipeline of eligible and qualified candidates who are primed to accept such an invitation to travel with AJC to Israel.

The Director will develop a comprehensive relationship-building and recruitment strategy to support the work of the regional offices, institutes and departments so that they have systems in place to achieve their goals, while also managing a recruitment team.

The Director will be guided by the notion that individuals recruited for Project Interchange have the potential tobe future AJC advocates and as such will have a potential role to play in advancing organizational goals and priorities leading them to developing a long-term engagement strategy.

The Director will work closely with AJC staff to ensure that the goals of all partners are aligned and there is a seamless transition from participant to alumnus.

Specific responsibilities:


  • Work closely with AJC’s institute and department directors to devise plans for recruiting PI candidates relative to the each office’s particular needs and the interests of their unique constituents.
  • Employ best practices for engaging in outreach activities that will help AJC identify and build relationships with the most qualified candidates for each PI seminar, while being mindful of the goals established for all AJC alumni.
  • Develop, in close collaboration with colleagues in PI and across AJC, a plan for long-term relationship building for participants that will lead to participation on a PI trip to Israel and to an engaged body of alumni involved with AJC.
  • Develop recruitment standards and metrics and continually audit progress toward engagement goals.


  • Hire, train, and supervise recruitment staff and build a team that is working toward the same goals.
  • Assign staff roles and responsibilities and respond to growing needs of recruitment activities as the institute’s capacity grows.
  • Lead a team of global recruitment staff who may be located in AJC locations in the US and worldwide.
  • Work closely with Alumni Engagement staff.
  • Oversee the implementation of a new recruitment strategy.
  • Model and promote ongoing collaboration between PI recruitment staff, program staff, and alumni engagement staff that is replicated throughout the organization amongst partner offices.
  • Understand and represent the specific perspective of each PI cohort and possess the flexibility and innovation to respond to each appropriately.
  • Assure consistent and timely record keeping and database management as it pertains to recruiting for PI.

Personal qualifications and core competencies:

  • An undergraduate degree is required. Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of relevant work experience in higher education recruitment and/or relationship management; identifying qualified candidates who fit a desired profile
  • Experience managing staff and department(s); remote management experience is preferred
  • Collaborative style and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Desire and experience to custom build a new system from the ground up, to establish a framework for future collaborative work, and set milestones for growth
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, initiative, and ability to work independently
  • Capacity to work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Proven track record at building networks and initiating relationships
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • Comfort communicating with international and multicultural audiences; ability to adapt approach toculturally different audiences
  • Excellent written, verbal, listening and communication skills
  • Commitment to supporting Israel’s place in the world
  • Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards and values consistent with those of AJC
  • Non-profit experience a plus.