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Regional Director, Philadelphia Regional Office

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Membership, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising, Programs, Community Outreach, Government Relations and Advocacy, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Advocacy, Community Development
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Full Time
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POSITION TITLE: Regional Director, Philadelphia Regional Office

REPORTS TO: Mid-Atlantic/Mid-West Division VP


LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

Grade/Class: Grade K, Exempt, PSA eligible



The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no individual or community suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. 

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt—an accomplished leader and entrepreneur in the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors—was recruited to the organization in July 2015. He has injected new energy and brought a bold vision to the agency. Under Jonathan’s leadership, ADL is transforming itself, upgrading its capabilities and pioneering new horizons.

The ADL Philadelphia Regional Office serves Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.  The Region supports a multi-faceted educational, community relations, and legal approach to combat anti-Semitism and hate of all kinds, promote diversity, and build bridges of understanding between communities. The Philadelphia office is comprised of 12 staff members, as well as a large board, associate board and young leadership programming.


This region is known for innovative programs that have been replicated across the country and abroad. Programs span across these broad initiatives: Civil Rights, Education, Interfaith, Community Outreach, and Law Enforcement.  Examples of programming include No Place for Hate, one of ADL’s signature programs, which is in 200 schools and community groups in the region, peer training programs in middle and high schools that create social change,  law enforcement personnel training on issues of hate crimes, extremism, and domestic terrorism, robust outreach programming including the introduction of the Black/Jewish Alliance, the piloting of a new national partnership with the National Urban League, and the WALK Against Hate, Philadelphia’s largest multicultural festival, see



Plan and execute the direction and administration of all regional office activities, including fundraising, program delivery, leadership development, communications, government relations, fact-finding/research and office management to advance ADL’s mission within the region. Represent ADL in the community, to the media and to public officials. Manage, engage and develop regional board, committees and staff. Report to and communicate regularly with Mid-Atlantic/Mid-West Divisional colleagues and the Regional Operations team in the national office (i.e., the Community Support Center or “CSC”).



  • Strategize and direct the implementation of ADL programs and policies tailored to local community needs and issues. These include outreach, programs (e.g., conferences and education/training) and legislative networking.  
  • Lead regional fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Director of Development by developing and then executing the strategy to grow revenue and meet regional goals. Develop and implement strategies to meet campaign goals and grow support base through board campaign, regional and national events, identifying and soliciting institutional and corporate donors, direct mail, and donor prospecting. Cultivate key donor relationships and directly solicit major donors, including for special campaigns, and cultivate planned giving donors.
  • Represent ADL and give speeches in a variety of forums to promote public awareness of ADL’s mission, work and programs. Respond to inquiries from the press and from members of the public, demonstrating authoritative knowledge of ADL’s policies and positions as relevant to local, national and world events.  Read, monitor and respond to media reports and opinion articles.  Write and/or edit press releases, opinion pieces and social media posts on local issues in a manner consistent with ADL’s policies and principles.
  • Recruit, engage, develop and retain superior talent in the region. Develop and maintain a culture that is consistent with ADL’s values and brings out the best in people, allowing them to perform at the highest possible level.
  • Recruit, engage and work with volunteer leaders (i.e., “lay leaders”) to support the revenue goals and activities of the region. Establish guidelines for including lay leaders in regional activities and advisory boards, staff committees and create appropriate training opportunities to ensure the effectiveness of lay leaders.  
  • Promote visibility and leadership of ADL in the community. Establish and maintain relationships with appropriate community institutions and leaders, the Jewish community, legislators and government officials, media representatives, law enforcement personnel, and ethnic and interfaith group leaders.  
  • Develop and implement community outreach, including initiatives and joint ventures with elected leaders and diverse interfaith and cross-cultural organizations active within the region e.g., African American, Hispanic/Latino groups, Muslim, Catholic and Christian leaders.
  • Collaborate and strategize with Division colleagues and promote intra-Divisional collaboration and support by Regional staff. Create opportunities for intra-Divisional multi-Region fundraising, programming and sharing of best practices.  Cultivate a culture of cooperation and collaboration.
  • Oversee constituent services, ensuring complaints of discrimination or bias incidents are received and resolved timely and appropriately. In coordination with counsel, direct fact-finding activities and implement procedures for reporting results.  
  • Participate in government affairs activities, maintaining regular contact with state, local and national officials. Advocate for ADL issues in state and local legislatures. 
  • Monitor relevant civil rights lawsuits in the region and identify potential Amicus brief involvement. Keep the Civil Rights Area Counsel informed of developments. 
  • In collaboration with the Regional Operations team, establish the regional operating budget and manage to both revenue and expense commitments.
  • Work with the national Community Support Center (CSC) to oversee management of the physical office space/lease.


  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including public speaking; ability to represent complex and diverse issues in an articulate and compelling manner.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills; ability to work with a broad range of leaders and advocates and develop mutually beneficial relationships; ability to build coalitions and establish strategic partnerships; development and management of an engaged Board.
  • Demonstrated experience leading successful fundraising efforts or similar business development or sales experience is strongly preferred.
  • Outstanding leadership ability and team building, managerial, supervisory and organizational skills.
  • Ability to absorb and learn new information quickly (e.g., ADL policies and positions).
  • Proven diplomatic and conflict resolution skills. 
  • Ability to multi-task, handle a heavy workload and respond effectively to rapidly changing priorities. 


  • Intellectual curiosity.
  • A high level of self-confidence complimented by humility and selfless leadership.
  • Prefer a person who truly enjoys engaging with others - “a people person.”


  •  A commitment to ADL’s mission and work.
  •  Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary to represent ADL and to attend community events; travel within the region is required; occasional overnight travel is required.

Work Experience:

  • Five plus years prior experience in a leadership role; prefer seven to ten years’ experience with some experience in a community relations/community service/nonprofit organization.
  • Strongly prefer fundraising experience with an emphasis on major gifts (business development/sales experience could be an alternative), program development and volunteer relations.


  • A bachelor’s degree or comparable experience is required. A graduate degree in nonprofit management, law, business, or a related field, is preferred.


The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification.  It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job, nor is it to be interpreted as a contract for employment. 

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.  

The ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. The ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of any characteristic irrelevant to our mission, including: race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.


ADL has retained the services of BSBSearch. Please email a cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Barbara Brown

Managing Director



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