Outstanding Career Opportunity with an Established Family Foundation
Yes, most six-person teams don’t have the need for a Chief of Staff, but we are a high-performing team and need a partner to keep the trains running on time while working on projects in several domains, including Operations, Grants, Finance, and Administration.
Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah (LKFLT) works to help Jews and fellow travelers apply Jewish wisdom to live better lives and shape a better world. In growing numbers, Jews and others who are exploring both traditional and new ways to engage with Jewish teachings and practices are drawing on these experiences and sensibilities to shape their thinking and behaviors. LKFLT supports the professionals and organizations leading this work through grantmaking, convenings and network building, thought leadership, and strategic communications. As part of this four-pronged strategy, LKFLT runs the Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom, and publishes and supports research on applied Jewish wisdom in the field. For additional information, see the Foundation’s website: www.lippmankanfer.org
In our fourth year as an independent foundation with the mandate described above, LKFLT is working both to refine its strategic approach and targeted outcomes and to build its organizational infrastructure and systems to ensure efficient and effective operations over the long term. LKFLT has a sister foundation—Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation (LKFF)—which is dedicated to building and sustaining a multi-generational family culture of tzedakah (philanthropy) through thematic issue-based grantmaking and support of the vitality of Jewish communities where Kanfer family members live, especially in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. The family behind LKFLT and LKFF has also established a family office / management services firm, which provides IT, HR, finance, and accounting support to the foundations.
The Chief of Staff will serve as a “utility player” with broad administrative, operational, budget/financial, and grants management responsibilities across all areas of LKFLT’s work (and targeted areas of LKFF’s work). This position is based in Brooklyn, NY; reports to the President; and is a full-time, exempt position.
Proactive project management for multiple time-bound projects – 40%
You’re excited about the mission of Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah. You’re fanatical about systems and processes, and you just itch to make things work better (a plus if your sock drawer is impeccably organized). You hold the big vision and the day-to-day details in mind simultaneously. You’re deeply attuned to different people’s work styles and strive to design systems that are elegant, efficient, and extremely user-friendly. You can juggle (literally or metaphorically). You love data, not for its own sake, but for how it can help you and the team work faster, smarter, and more effectively. You are decisive and have an intuitive sense about when you need to seek counsel and when you should just make the call. You’re intensely curious, eager both to learn new things and to regularly question your own assumptions. You find enormous satisfaction in creating the conditions for your team’s work to happen seamlessly, and you understand that to be an indispensable contribution to the team’s overall success.
WHY THIS ROLE IS COMPELLING
Working directly with an experienced leader and manager, LKFLT President Aaron Dorfman, you will experience first-hand what it means to lead a well-run, growing organization. You will be exposed to an unusually wide range of people and issues in the Jewish, philanthropic, and nonprofit/social-impact sectors, as well as to the internal infrastructure and operations of a thriving Jewish family foundation.
A successful candidate will develop a broad set of professional skills, honing them to the level of excellence in a demanding and supportive environment. You will work with an accomplished and diverse six-person team in which each individual is committed to her/his own rapid development as well as to that of the team. While this role does not have internal promotion opportunities, we are only looking for a 3+ year commitment, and are supportive of all staff’s career ambitions.
We provide an outstanding benefits package including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance coverage, 401(k), health and/or flexible savings account, paid vacation, and an exceptional work environment.
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