Colorado Nonprofit Association

DMF Managing Director

 

 

Managing Director, David Merage Foundation for Confronting Antisemitism

Merage Foundations is a consortium of nonprofit family foundations, including the David Merage Foundation for Confronting Antisemitism, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. The mission of the David Merage Foundation is to end Jewish hate through education, awareness, and advocacy, by investing in—and partnering with—organizations on the frontlines of confronting antisemitism and preserving democracy. The position requires a high-performing leader who will be comfortable in a dynamic environment and ready to play a key role on a dedicated team who is passionate; and enjoys working in a fast-paced and results driven environment. This position requires an individual who is creative, resourceful, can attend to detail, and effectively manage multiple simultaneous responsibilities.

This is a newly created position that will report to the Executive Director, responsibilities will include advancing and implementing the Foundation’s strategy on confronting antisemitism in the US. The ideal candidate will be a hands-on, resourceful, nimble, and creative leader; have an active management and leadership approach with a focus on results and commitment to excellence and collaboration across the larger organization and beyond. Success will require adeptly balancing strategic thinking with effective implementation.

Position is hybrid (Monday and Tuesday in the office), this position is in Englewood, Colorado and applicant must currently live near Englewood, Colorado or be willing to relocate.

Guiding Principles

• We are LEADERS in VENTURE PHILANTHROPY.

• We are BOLD in our VISION and our ACTIONS.

• We are ACCOUNTABLE for achieving RESULTS.

• We FOCUS our efforts on initiatives with maximum IMPACT.

• We are ENTREPRENEURIAL in our approach.

• We COLLABORATE with others who share our values.

• We INNOVATE and CREATE CHANGE.

• We recognize the URGENCY of our work.

• We are COMMITTED to our mission for the long term.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

• Lead, manage, and implement all strategies for the Foundation, in partnership with the Executive Director and other organizational leaders

• Manage the grant-making for the Foundation in alignment with the overall strategy to confront antisemitism

• Seek out and facilitate opportunities to partner with other institutions and organizations to

advance the Foundation’s mission

• Keep abreast of community and national issues and trends that have impact on the work of the Foundation and share this knowledge with the Board as appropriate

• Manage the finances of the Foundation in partnership with the Executive Director

• Maintain collaborative, effective working relationship with the business office

• Professionally and effectively represent the Foundation to various stakeholders to help catalyze action towards ending Jewish hate

• Steer the company towards its strategic objectives while fostering an environment that promotes growth and innovation

• Leverage excellent problem-solving skills, ensuring that obstacles are overcome with efficient and effective solutions

• Manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously, maintaining a clear overview of all moving parts within the organization while ensuring that each team member is aligned with the company’s goals and working cohesively towards them

Candidate Profile

• A strategic thinker with ability to envision bold outcomes while also being an effective executor and implementor, catalyzing for action and results

• Expects excellence from the management, staff, vendors, and partners, setting high expectations for self and team

• Understands that this a complex position that requires hard work and dedication to results.

• A leader who can operationalize the family’s goals around confronting antisemitism with bold, creative, efficient, and effective tactics, with the highest professional ethical and reputational standards

• Experience with developing individual and organizational performance metrics and designing tracking and reporting methods

• Someone who has a wide circle of influence and can gain the trust and cooperation of others– at all levels of business and government

• A bold, fearless, passionate, and charismatic leader who can effectively advocate for the priorities of the Foundation and is committed to changing hearts and minds

• Knowledge of Private Family Foundation principals and concepts

• Must be hands-on, resourceful, nimble, and creative; have an active management and leadership approach

• Strong organizational skills with ability to adhere to fast-paced project timelines

Experience & Qualifications

• Minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Business Management or related degree, Graduate

degree preferred

• Experience in collective impact, convening and leading other organizations towards common goals, developing funding partners and alliances

• Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM

• Preferred experience in Philanthropy/Nonprofit administration and Startups

• Preferred experience or exposure to confronting antisemitism

• Strong communication skills

• Ability to address challenges with creative problem solving and maintain high performance levels in a rapidly evolving work environment

• High emotional intelligence and excellent relationship building skills

• Preferred experience preparing and administering budgets

• Ability to interface with sensitive information ethically and responsibly

• Strong organizational skills with ability to adhere to fast-paced project timelines