Seeking Highly Motivated Pro-Israel Advocates in DC and Israel (how the pro-Israel fifth column works in the US)

From: The Israel Project [mailto:jobs@theisraelproject.org]
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 4:38 PM

Subject: Seeking Highly Motivated Pro-Israel Advocates in DC and Israel

 

 

October 2, 2009

TIP Employment Opportunities

The Israel Project (TIP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to strengthen Israel’s image in the media through means of strategic communication. TIP also maintains an office in Jerusalem, Israel.

TIP is currently seeking paid staff members for both its Washington, DC and Israel offices.

If you are interested in being considered for any of the positions listed below (click on specific position to review position description and experience/education requirements) please submit an appropriate cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@theisraelproject.org.  All of these positions will be physically sited in the location specified in the listing.

No phone calls please. Only candidates whose background and experience are consistent with the job postings will be contacted.

WASHINGTON, DC OFFICE
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR
MEDIA AND SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR
WEB ADVOCACY ASSISTANT
OPERATIONS SUPPORT SPECIALIST

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL OFFICE
ARABIC MEDIA DIRECTOR
 


TIP Internship Program

 

The Israel Project (TIP) is also seeking interns for its Washington, DC office. These are all unpaid and/or for college credit internships. To be considered for any ot the following internships, please submit an appropriate cover letter and resume via email to interns@theisraelproject.org.  Please click on the internship opportunities to view the specific requirements for each.

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
OPERATIONAL SUPPORT INTERN
WEB INTERN 


WASHINGTON, DC

National Leadership Director

TITLE: National Leadership Director
INSTITUTION: The Israel Project (TIP)
WEBSITE: www.theisraelproject.org
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.  
BACKGROUND:  
TIP BOARD OF DIRECTORS: TIP has a 20-member Board of Directors (by-laws allow for up to 35).  Its Chair is Lennert J. Leader, former President of AOL Time Warner Ventures. Mr. Leader became Board Chair on October 1, 2009, succeeding Arlene Bearman, Ph.D. who served as Board Chair from December 2, 2007 to September 30, 2009.  Dr. Bearman succeeded Michael C. Gelman who served as Chair of TIP’s Board of Directors for 3-1/2 years. Both Dr. Bearman and Mr. Gelman continue to serve on TIP’s Board and Executive Committee as Chair Emeriti.
 
TIP MANAGEMENT team: The National Leadership Director will be a critical member of the management team. 
FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND FUNDRAISING: TIP has a current annual operating budget of $6.5 million, all of which is raised privately from individuals and foundations.  TIP does not accept contributions from any government or governmental entity.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: The National Leadership Director reports directly to the COO/CFO and President.  S/he also works closely with TIP’s Board of Directors.
BASIC FUNCTION: The National Leadership Director is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, global, short- and long-range development strategy, with a primary focus on high-end ($20K plus) individual donors and foundations and have the ability to close six-figure gifts.  Major gift cultivation and solicitation, either independently or in conjunction with the President and CEO or Board members, is a principal responsibility.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: Major Gift Cultivation and Solicitation

  • Develops and implements a short- and long-range global development strategy for all levels.
  • Serves as a spokesperson and advocate for TIP’s mission and programs in the funding community.
  • Develops, enhances and maintains a close working relationship with the philanthropic community, TIP Board members and other pro-Israel related organizations throughout the United States.
  • Personally cultivates and solicits high-end donors. Utilizes the President and Board members in this effort, as appropriate. 

Board Liaison and Board Development

  • Works closely with the committed and active Board.
  • Enhances the Board through identification and recruitment of new Board members. 
  • Works with senior management team to establish a Board level Development Committee and serves as staff liaison to the Development Committee. 

Day-to-Day Supervision of Development Team

  • Successful candidate will also lead and supervise the Development Team as well as projects involving lower end donors.

 

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS: It is essential that the National Leadership Director possess a solid understanding of the Middle East, a commitment to Israel and be passionately committed to Israel’s long-term security. 

The successful candidate must possess experience developing, implementing and managing a complex strategic development program and a track record of personally identifying, cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts from individual donors and foundations.  A reputation in the philanthropic community for personal and professional integrity is required; familiarity and some experience with funding communities nationwide preferred.  

The National Leadership Director must possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral.  As a public speaker, s/he must be viewed as a substantive representative of the organization and be comfortable speaking in large and small group settings, as well as in one-on-one discussions.  The ability to influence potential donors and existing donors through substantive and informed communication is essential. 

Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to build teamwork and motivate a wide variety of individuals and stakeholders are key requirements, as is a sense of urgency and the ability to juggle multiple priorities.  Management skills are also required.

TIP functions with the pressure of a political campaign.  The National Leadership Director must be able to function in this high-speed, non-partisan political environment. 

 

LOCATION OF POSITION: Washington, D.C.
TRAVEL: It is expected the National Leadership Director will travel approximately 20% of the time.  Many of these trips will be day trips (i.e., New York or Boston).  Travel to Israel at least once a year.
COMPENSATION: A competitive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate.

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Media and Special Projects Coordinator

REPORTS TO:

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Research and Training and in conjunction with the President/Founder of The Israel Project, TIP’s Media and Special Project’s Coordinator is responsible for projects, events and research as directed.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.       Planning TIP events targeted at journalists and activists ranging from individual one-on-one media tours of experts to large scale press conferences and briefing programs.

2.       Building, enhancing and managing Media Fellowship program for college undergraduate and graduate students around the country, as well as helping to plan, prepare and publicize research and advocacy programs that will help win hearts and minds of YOUNG Americans for Israel.

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    • Coordinate and manage all aspects of the Media Fellowship and Student Press Ambassadors programs.
    • Ultimate Training (2 day training that takes place in DC in June) – includes developing the program, creating the materials, recruiting the speakers; handling all logistics for carrying out the training program.
    • Recruit, train and supervises 10-15 college undergraduate and graduate  students in their 10 week media fellowship in DC
    • Train and provide programming and guidance to student fellows studying news coverage of Israel during summer internships

3.       Assisting in preparation for public opinion research including but not limited to taping, cataloging and finding footage for focus groups and TV advertisements, collecting articles and other publications for research and materials.

4.       Assist in fact-checking materials for accuracy and sources.

5.       Other duties as appropriate for a TIP special projects coordinator or as assigned by the Director of Research and Training and/or the President.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Must have an understanding of the Middle East and commitment to Israel
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment required.
  • Proven track record and experience in event planning.
  • Must be able to work quickly, efficiently and under short deadlines with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent research skills required.
  • High level of proficiency with Google, LexisNexis, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Outlook. Advanced level of experience in PowerPoint and Adobe PDF preferred.
  • Willingness to work off-hours, when necessary; in a 24/7/365 news environment.

     

EDUCATION:

BS/BA in relevant media relations, journalism, communications, Middle East or relevant area of discipline.

EXPERIENCE:
1-2 years experience in events planning/logistics preferred.

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Web Advocacy Assistant

REPORTING:

Under the supervision of the Senior Associate for Web Advocacy,  the Web Advocacy Assistant is responsible for helping to build, develop and maintain accurate and up-to-date websites in English databases.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Website Production and Maintenance

  • Help to monitor and maintain TIP’s primary website
  • Update website content including graphics and audio podcasting
  • Post pieces in English on the TIP website, in all the needed sections, with help of other staff members as needed.
  • Update, maintain, and develop the content of the TIP website in English on a daily/weekly basis.
  • Implement HTML modifications on current pages and assist with the flow of information for the website production group
  • Maintain and update TIP’s social networking outreach via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
  • Help as needed with Search Engine Optimization to increase organic search results
  • Assist with the maintenance of TIP’s online advertising program via Google Adwords

Database Management

  • Maintain a clean and accurate online contact database of activists
  • Convert and upload text, graphic, audio and video files
  • Format and send out TIP pieces in English with the help of other staff members as needed
  • Run regular reports on the opening rate of emails

Other
Assist Director of Web Advocacy and other members of the web team on any other assignments appropriate for the Web Advocacy Assistant.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent attention to detail, writing, copy editing/proofreading and web software skills required.
  • Previous database management experience required; but experience with Access, MySQL, and database cleaning software is preferred.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites and web software skills (CMS)  required.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with minimal supervision.
  • Working knowledge of HTML is preferred.
  • Willingness to work off-hours, when necessary, in a 24/7/365 environment.
  • Background knowledge of multimedia (converting formats, basic formatting and editing)
     

EDUCATION:

BA/BS degree required; communications/journalism major preferred.

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OPERATIONS SUPPORT SPECIALIST

REPORTS TO:
Under the day-to-day supervision of the Operations Support Manager, The Israel Project’s (TIP) Operations Support Specialist is responsible for all activities related to maintaining and updating donor records in TIP’s on-line database systems per the following:

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Function as “receptionist” for incoming guests.
  • Primary, day-to-day telephone coverage
  • DonorPerfect:   enter new donors into system, update existing donor records, merge duplicate records and synchronize information in DonorPerfect database on a regularly-scheduled basis with TIP’s Kintera database
  • On a daily basis, enter new contributions into DonorPerfect, generate batch reports and thank you letters.
  • On a weekly basis, generate a report of all contributions made online for the past week (Sunday-Saturday); clean records to ensure compatibility with designated fields in Donor Perfect then upload donation file into DonorPerfect
  • Develop detailed understanding of DonorPerfect in order to be able to generate various standard and special reports
  • Generate worksheet/files for producing mail merges
  • Maintain office and meeting supply inventory; prepare purchase requests as needed
  • Prepare and monitor equipment and supplies for meetings; including preparing sign-out forms; preparing equipment and supplies for meetings; releasing equipment to staff and following up on return of equipment
  • Assist with in-house meeting set up and breakdown
  • Handle daily conversion and backup of Newseum
  • Assist with a variety of projects and activities including backup support for computer/printer issues, telephone service, mail processing, greeting guests, etc.
  • Assist Development Department for mailings, meetings and events when needed
  • Other duties as are appropriate for an Operations Support Specialist

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

1.       Must be detail oriented

2.       Must be able to effectively plan/manage work flow on multiple projects simultaneously and manage project details with limited supervision.

3.       Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment required.

4.       High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office; with an advanced understanding of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook plus Adobe PDF.

5.       Demonstrated level of comfort working with data bases.

6.       Familiarization with presentation equipment, e.g. video projectors, power point projectors, overhead projectors, etc.

  1. Familiarization with office equipment, e.g. copy machines, printers, facsimile machines, etc. 

     

  2. Willingness to work hard in a team environment. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

1.       BA/BS degree required.

2.       Minimum of 2 years experience. 

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Must be Israeli citizen or hold Israeli government approved
credentials to work in Israel. 


Arabic Media Director

Jerusalem, Israel

REPORTING :

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director of TIP’s Israel Office, the Arabic Media Project Director will work with a team of Arabic-speaking media professionals to reach out to Arabic media based in Israel and overseas in-person and via TIP’s Arabic website.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Day-to-day oversight of TIP’s Arabic Media Project; supervises Arabic Media Associate.
  • Press relations: cultivate relationships with Israel-based Arabic journalists through regular meetings and conversations; package and pitch specifically prepared news pieces for Arabic top tier media outlets.
  • Media events/tours: initiate Arabic media events and tours for Israel-based Arabic press.
  • Media Tours: together with broader TIP team, initiate a number of annual media tours to key Arabic media locales – arranging meetings with journalists.
  • TIP’s Arabic Web pages: maintaining TIP’s Arabic web pages and uploading/updating written and multimedia content such as Arabic videos and expert lists.
  • Social Media: assist in the development of an outreach plan to Arab world via social networks and blogs.
  • Press Releases: editing and adapting TIP’s press releases and materials for Arabic media in Arabic; on occasion, preparing exclusive materials for the Arabic press; uploading releases to TIP’s content management system and emailing to Arabic press list.
  • Arabic press list: maintaining current Arabic list; adding journalists to content management system after meetings, events or tours; consider ways to increase TIP’s online reach to the Arabic media overseas.
  • Media analysis: collate and distribute post-event/pitch/press release clippings; research and highlight any important stories in the Arabic media which touch on TIP’s mission.
  • Donor relations: assist in the preparation of donor-orientated presentations and reports; when appropriate, brief donors and accompany TIP team to donor meetings.
  • Develop Arabic Project long term strategy: assist with budgeting, research, polling and direction.

EXPERIENCE: 

  • At least 10 years media and management experience
  • Mother tongue Arabic – spoken, written and reading. High level of fluency in Hebrew and English preferred.
  • Resident status in Israel (position is based in Jerusalem)
  • High energy, dynamic, proactive and committed
  • Willingness to work in a 24/7 dynamic news environment
  • Experience in media/public relations/advocacy/spokespersons work
  • Advanced proficiency in using Microsoft office suites programs, e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint plus Adobe PDF; proficiency in utilizing the internet for research and outreach; experience utilizing an online data base and data management skills preferred; multimedia abilities a plus.
  • Ability to work efficiently and calmly with an eye for detail in a deadline-driven environment

EDUCATION:

Bachelors degree required; preferably in journalism or communications; master’s degree preferred.

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INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (UNPAID AND/OR FOR COLLEGE CREDITS)

TIP Internship Program

The Israel Project (TIP) is also seeking interns for its Washington, DC office.  These are all unpaid and/or for college credit internships.   To be considered for any of the following internships, please submit an appropriate cover letter and resume via email to interns@theisraelproject.org

Strategic Communications Interns
The Israel Project in DC is offering an internship opportunity for graduate students in journalism, communications, international relations, political science, Middle East studies or related subjects.
Interns will benefit from this unique opportunity which is based on substantive contacts with leading journalists and communications professionals and practical experience that gives participants broad, out-of-classroom experience. During the program, TIP interns have the opportunity to develop long-term career-building relationships with reporters and experts on the Middle East.
Interns will work according to an individually arranged schedule. You will research background information, write short papers and fact sheets, assist with media events, conduct extensive research on the Internet and update our website. Interns of European origin will work mainly for our European brand which focuses strongly on Iran and its nuclear program.
The internship is unpaid. Office space and equipment will be provided.

Requirements:

  • Work commitment: 15 hours/week or more for at least 3 months (negotiable)
  • BA degree or equivalent
  • Interest in Israel and the Middle East and commitment to work in an Israel advocacy organization
  • Ability to work independently, self organized and reliable
  • Good skills in Microsoft office programs
  • Good English skills

Preferred:

  • Language skills in Spanish, French, Russian, German or Arabic
  • Experience in journalism or PR
  • Skills in Content Management Systems (CMS) and website formatting
  • Knowledge of European and international media

Operational Support Interns
The Israel Project (TIP) is seeking candidates for an unpaid and/or hours for credit Operations Support Intern position in its Washington, DC office. This position reports to the Operations Support Manager. The Operations Support Intern will assist with activities related to maintaining and updating donor records in in-house and on-line database systems.
Projects include entering new donors into database and updating existing records; cleaning and maintaining online and offline database systems; preparing lists for uploading; online donor and prospect research; and synchronization of both databases on a regularly scheduled basis. Operations Support Intern will also assist with the day-to-day telephone coverage and greeting office guests. 
Must be detail oriented and able to effectively plan/manage work flow on multiple projects simultaneously with limited supervision; ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment essential; high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office with an advanced understanding of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe PDF required.  Familiarity with presentation and office equipment, e.g. PowerPoint projectors, audio, and teleconferencing systems preferred; experience working with photocopiers/printers a plus. Must be currently pursuing or have completed a BA/BS degree.  Must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.


Web Interns
Web Internship – seeking candidates for an unpaid and/or hours for credit internship.  Successful intern(s) will work out of The Israel Project’s Washington D.C. office. 
Under the supervision of the Senior Associate, Web Advocacy and Outreach, the Web-Intern will be responsible to help build, develop and maintain an accurate and up-to-date website (www.theisraelproject.org).
Duties will include maintaining a clean and updated online contact database of activists and journalists (adding/updating/deleting records, etc…), reviewing all website pages for accuracy and currency, working with content owners to revise content using our Kintera-based CMS, and if needed format TIP pieces to send them out and post them on our website. Additional duties could involve working with graphic, video and audio files, maintain/expand TIP’s presence on blogs, and social networking and video-sharing websites, and help maintain an updated Activist section on TIP’s website.
Excellent attention to detail, copyediting/proofreading and web software skills is a plus. Will train in our database software, but experience with Access, MySQL, and database cleaning software are preferred.
Excellent writing, editing and proof-reading skills as well as Microsoft Office and web software skills (CMS) are preferred.

 

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