POSITION TITLE: Regional Director,
Connecticut Regional Office
REPORTS TO: Northeast Division VP
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Regional staff
Grade/Class: Grade J, Exempt,
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
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
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 Connecticut Regional Office serves the entire state of
Connecticut. 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 Connecticut office is
comprised of nine staff members, as well as a large regional
This region is known for innovative programs that have been
replicated across the country .as well as a consistent track record
for having a dedicated and involved Board. Programs span across
these broad initiatives: Civil Rights, Education, Interfaith,
Community Outreach, and Law Enforcement. Examples of programming
include innovative anti-bias and antisemitism educational
programming for educators, students, parents and community leaders,
law enforcement personnel training on issues of hate crimes,
extremism, and domestic terrorism, and outreach programming and
initiatives including partnerships with statewide community
organizations and the www.walkagainsthate.org
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 Northeast 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
- Recruit, engage, develop and retain superior staff 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Demonstrated experience leading successful fundraising efforts
or similar business development or sales experience is strongly
- 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.
- 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
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with
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.
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