Executive Director, Repair the World Philadelphia

Posted by Repair the World on October 2, 2017

Repair the World is dedicated to making deep and meaningful volunteer service a central part of Jewish life. We enable people to transform their neighborhoods, cities and lives through service experiences rooted in Jewish values, history and heritage.

Repair the World’s signature program, Repair the World Communities, engages young adults in social change around education and food justice in neighborhoods in Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Miami and New York City. In most communities, an Executive Director supports a cohort of Fellows (ages 21-26) who make a yearlong service commitment with Repair the World. During this year, Repair’s Fellows work closely with three audiences: they use peer-to-peer outreach and recruitment to engage thousands of other young adults in volunteering and learning, they support local nonprofits to create authentic and impactful volunteering and education opportunities for those participants, and they partner with local Jewish organizations with experience or aspirations in driving meaningful service and in supporting young Jewish adults where they are in their Jewishness and in their social impact aspirations.

Repair the World Philadelphia’s fifth cohort of Fellows are building a young Jewish community in Philadelphia that coalesces around substantive service through a Jewish lens and spurs deep impact on issues of social justice in the community.


The Executive Director of Repair the World Philadelphia will oversee the growth of this successful and dynamic site. This leader will be passionate about the intersection of Judaism, Jewishness, and service, and deeply committed to maintaining and building community collaborations and fostering an environment of empowerment. A significant part of the role is the orientation, coaching, training, and supervision of the cohort of Fellows.

The Executive Director will supervise three staff members – a Program Associate, Team Leader, and part-time Workshop Coordinator – and a cohort of seven Repair the World Fellows, beginning in December 2017. The Executive Director will be based in Repair the World’s workshop in Philadelphia.

This position reports to Repair’s Senior Program Director, who is based in New York City.



  • Support recruitment and selection of an annual cohort of seven Repair the World Fellows.
  • Orient, coach, train, and supervise the cohort of Fellows.
  • Oversee local Fellow training and professional development, including recruitment and engagement of local food and education justice faculty.
  • Supervise a high-performing Program Associate and Team Leader(s) and part-time Workshop Coordinator.
  • Local Programming: Service Portfolio and Community Partnerships

Work closely with Fellows and staff on the following:

  • Developing and managing deep partnerships with Jewish, civic, and service-providing organizations.
  • Planning service opportunities that meet the needs of the service partner and the target audience.
  • Planning a robust calendar of programming.
  • Deepening volunteers’ understanding about the social,economic, and historical context of their service, as well as the connections to Jewish values.
  • Guide the development, testing, and refining of local engagement strategies to recruit, attract, and retain community-based young adult volunteers.
  • Oversee and grow niche programming that tailors Repair’s model for particular audiences, like teens, college students, and young families.
  • Gather, analyze, and learn from data on and experiences with participants, programs, and partners.
  • Annually set and regularly refine targets and productivity measures for the program, staff, and Fellows based on articulated assumptions and hypotheses, and prioritize continual learning and improvement.
  • Manage local budget, facilities, resources, and vendors.


  • Work in close collaboration with a team of City Directors and national staff.
  • Learn from and implement best practices from other Repair the World Communities.
  • Oversee setting targets and the tracking and measurement of local milestones and progress.
  • Build awareness and enthusiasm for Repair the World as well as Repair the World Philadelphia.
  • Manage relationships with local affiliates of Repair the World’s national partners.
  • Create bi-monthly reports for national staff that will inform and support Repair the World’s national strategy, review the bi-monthly reports of other Communities as well as national reports, and engage with the national staff on national strategy.
  • Participate in and contribute to national gatherings, including Fellow orientation and mid-year retreat.


  • Effectively communicate the organization’s mission and goals to a wide variety of audiences and serve as a spokesperson.
  • Develop, engage, and manage a local advisory committee.
  • Work with Repair’s national staff to engage local funders, ensuring Repair the World Philadelphia’s long-term sustainability.



  • Track record of successful program leadership and management.
  • Excellence in nonprofit management.
  • Ability and comfort in cultivating and stewarding relationships in Philadelphia’s Jewish communal, civic and service landscapes.
  • Effectiveness with organizational negotiations around collaborations, joint ventures,or shared operations.
  • Ability to relate well to young adults and people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Sophisticated awareness of poverty, structural racism, power, and privilege,deep understanding of Jewish perspectives on these topics, and an ability to discuss these issues with diverse groups in ways that empower and open people to learning.
  • Facility with and eagerness for all kinds of learning (quantitative, qualitative, relational, anecdotal) and ability to apply lessons learned in real time through appropriate course corrections.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent facilitation of meetings, trainings, and group-based reflection.
  • Understanding of and strong commitment to volunteerism and service best practices.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple high-level projects at once.
  • Comfort working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Infectious excitement about connecting Jewish values and learning to service and social change work.
  • Strong enthusiasm and energy, and ability to thrive in high-pressure environments.


  • Direct volunteer management.
  • Leading and developing service projects.
  • At least six years of management experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
  • Management of three or more professionals simultaneously.
  • External stakeholder relationship management at an executive level or equivalent.


  • Leading large-scale trainings.
  • National Service (i.e. City Year, TFA, AmeriCorps).
  • Facilitating Jewish service-learning.
  • Working with communities in Philadelphia.
  • Budget management and fundraising


  • Flexibility, good humor, and eagerness to work in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Commitment to building pluralistic Jewish community.
  • Understanding of and positive perspective toward data management.
  • Ability to travel up to six times per year, generally to other Repair the World Communities or to nearby retreat locations.
  • Ability to work during evenings and weekends on a regular basis.


For immediate consideration, please email your cover letter and resume as attachments to talent@weRepair.org and indicate your name and “Executive Director, Repair the World Philadelphia” in the subject line. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis. The position is expected to begin in December 2017, although some flexibility may be available for the right candidate.

We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with Repair the World. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Repair the World provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race,color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status,national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.


This is an executive-level position with exceptional growth opportunity for a seasoned and effective professional. Compensation will reflect this level of commitment and expertise. Generous benefits package includes medical/dental/vision coverage, retirement matching, support for childcare during retreats and trainings, and more.


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