Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Leichtag Foundation seeks Jewish Food Justice Fellowship Director (San Diego, California, US)

The Leichtag Foundation (LF) is seeking a full-time director of its new signature Jewish Food Justice Fellowship (JFJF). The JFJF Director will be the lead staff person for the fellowship with full oversight of the fellows, their job assignments, and educational and professional development plans as well as their community engagement work. The JFJF Director will work closely with the LF team to integrate the JFJF into other LF programs and strategies and to creatively find opportunities for the fellows to contribute. The JFJF Director will be involved with the recruitment of fellows; participate in the matching process of fellows’ placements in organizations; provide supervision, support, coaching and mentoring to the fellows; connect them with professional development opportunities; and organize the international trip. The JFJF Director will supervise the JFJF Education Manager and develop strong relationships with other LF staff and community stakeholders in order to fully maximize the impact of the fellows. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in leadership development; significant familiarity with Jewish customs, rituals and community trends; strong understanding of food justice, fair food access and agricultural sustainability policies and practices; proven abilities in program design from conception to implementation and follow-up; and excellent analytical and communication skills. The JFJF Director will report to the LF Executive Director.

About the Jewish Food Justice Fellowship
The JFJF will be launched as a 15-month pilot designed and implemented by the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego’s North County coastal region to support vibrant Jewish life in North County, and to combat poverty and increase food access and self-sufficiency in the region. The JFJF will focus on food justice, agricultural sustainability and Jewish community engagement with an orientation toward professional development and career-building for the fellows. Eight to 12 JFJ Fellows will be recruited in the pilot cohort and are slated to arrive in North County in September 2013 with orientation programming in advance. The fellows will live in homes on the Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California. The Ranch is a 67-acre property under an option agreement to purchase by the LF. The LF plans to create a cultural and community resource at the Ranch for the San Diego region as well as the Jewish community, and will actively engage the fellows in planning and creative ideation for the site.

Fellows will be placed in substantive positions at respected nonprofit organizations in North County. They will also support North County Jewish community members in connecting with each other and the community, helping to create individual and group experiences that provide new pathways to meaningful Jewish ritual and values, and infuse and deepen the relevance and meaning of established traditions. The LF is also actively working on the development of a Jewish-oriented urban farm at the Ecke Ranch site. JFJ Fellows will be actively engaged with activities at the farm and elsewhere on the ranch.


  • Participate in the JFJ Fellowship recruitment process and lead the process once on board.
  • Promote the fellowship at recruitment sessions and appropriate programs around the country.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of all fellowship programming including orientation, local seminars, guest speaker sessions, retreats, community events and the international trip.
  • Manage the sourcing and hiring of trainers, facilitators, guest speakers and coaches.
  • Provide day-to-day support, mentoring and coaching for the fellows.
  • Supervise, support and liaise with the placement sites.
  • Help design and participate in program evaluation.
  • Develop the alumni program.
  • Produce, edit and draft marketing and program materials.
  • Liaise with and maintain dynamic communications with national Jewish thought leaders, influentials and activists to keep them informed and build excitement about the JFJF.
  • Perform other projects and conduct other duties as assigned.

  • JFJF Director Required Qualifications
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills necessary to develop, guide and oversee programs and a team of fellows and other professionals who will carry out the Jewish Food Justice Fellowship.
  • Significant experience in leadership development and leadership through a Jewish lens.
  • Strong background in program design, development and implementation.
  • High degree of knowledge in Jewish customs, practices and rituals.
  • Extensive knowledge of the American Jewish community and of Israel.
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • High proficiency with social media.
  • Comfort in working in a start-up environment, managing changing parameters in real time with positive attitude and excellent problem solving skills.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences.
  • Outstanding public speaking abilities and ability to build enthusiasm for a concept or idea.
  • Experience in writing and storytelling for print and online media for a variety of audiences.
  • High level of discretion and ability to handle confidential issues.
  • High level of self-motivation and at ease working independently when necessary.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • A minimum of five years of senior-level supervisory experience.

Salary commensurate with experience. The LF offers a competitive benefits package.
Relocation assistance will be provided.

To Apply
Submit resumes with optional cover letters to: Traci Serrano
Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
The Leichtag Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.