Planning Executive, Network Department (Hybrid Office Model)

UJA Federation of New York | New York, NY, United States

Posted Date 8/11/2022

About the Organization:

UJA-Federation of New York is the largest local philanthropy in the world. For more than 100 years, we’ve brought New Yorkers together to solve some of the most pressing problems facing our community. Thanks to our network of hundreds of non-profits, we can leverage our expertise across any number of areas — including health and human services, arts and culture, and education — to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, respond to crises close to home and far away, and shape our Jewish future. Our reach extends from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year.

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Position Summary: 

UJA-Federation of New York’s work is to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, to respond to crises close to home and far away, and to shape our Jewish future. To accomplish these goals, UJA relies upon a diverse network of nonprofits across New York that deliver a broad range of services. The Network Department takes a macro view of our organizational network, evaluating the full breadth and depth of the entire sector to ensure excellence in service and alignment with the needs of the community. Understanding that leading edge frontline services are a critical component of a community of care and connection, the department supports our agency partners in achieving and maintaining best-in-class performance by offering a wide menu of financial and non-financial supports.  A key function of the Network Department is assuring that the organizations serving our community stay relevant and responsive in a fast-changing world.


The Network Department’s key functions include the following:

  • Facilitation of cross-departmental collaborative planning conversations to identify opportunities to strengthen the services provided for Jewish (and other) communities in New York.
  • Ongoing relationships with agency leadership, convening and connecting to provide state-of-the -art service and real time response.
  • Annual award of $35MM in General Operating Support to agencies selected as core partners.
  • Coordination of efforts to build and sustain a 21st century network of not-for-profit partners including attention to critical issues including DREI and environmental sustainability.
  • Creation and management of experimental projects designed to test new models of service delivery and engagement.
  • Oversight of capacity-building and organizational development efforts to strengthen UJA’s core partners and other nonprofits in the UJA network. 


The Planning Executive is part of a team of diverse talent jointly committed to the task of building a connected and caring community in New York, Israel, and around the world.  This person is expected to understand nonprofit organizational infrastructure and systems and to help apply this knowledge to our work with agency partners as well as the larger communal landscape.  The Planning Executive plays a key leadership role in developing and implementing a comprehensive capacity-building strategy to ensure that UJA’s agency partners are 21st Century workplaces. 


Major Responsibilities:  

  • Serve as a lead professional on the 21st Century Workplaces strategic funding portfolio geared towards UJA’s closest network partners.
  • Develop and implement strategy to support our network of agencies in adopting best practices in diversity equity & inclusion, technology, and other priority areas.
  • Build and maintain relationships with experts in the field to serve as thought partners.
  • Strengthen support modality adoption of best practices of 21st Century organizations (while working with agencies to identify scope and define projects).
  • Support the implementation of appropriate non-financial capacity building resources in the field.
  • Provide strategic thought leadership and analysis that identify meaningful trends and opportunities across the nonprofit sector in New York as this portfolio of work grows and evolves.
  • Build and maintain relationships with core partners and across UJA's network of grantees.
  • Manage sub-committee(s) of UJA donors responsible for overseeing the Network Department’s capacity building and planning functions. Serve as a thought partner in designing Network committee meetings across the department. 
  • Participate in generative cross-departmental initiatives, based on emergent and priority areas of interest to UJA.


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in social work, public administration, communal service or related fields preferred.
  • 2-4 years related professional experience in a Federation or similar organization preferred.
  • 2-4 years related practical experience with non-profit operations, infrastructure & capacity building.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Thrive amidst collegial diversity.
  • Adept at working independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Detail-oriented, with ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter, creative thinker and curious.
  • Committed and passionate about the organizational mission.


How to Apply:

Equal Opportunity Employment. Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Please submit your application directly to our job board at


Salary Information:

The salary range for this position is $70,000- $75,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Great Perks. Because We Appreciate Great Employees.

Time Off

We offer a generous number of vacation days and have the Jewish holidays off as well. Fridays our offices close early (October to March at 3:00 pm and April to September at 4:00 pm). All so you can relax and recharge.

Health Care

UJA provides a top-tier medical and dental plan, along with a flexible spending account. We also offer life insurance. And for a small cost you can take part in on-site yoga and exercise classes at our Manhattan office. Wellness matters to us. 

Planning for Retirement

UJA employees can enroll in a pension plan and tax deferred annuity. 

Career Development

Classes, workshops, and compelling speakers will keep you at the top of your game. 


We come together as a staff to commemorate holidays (from Rosh Hashanah to MLK Day), volunteer at nonprofits, and celebrate our accomplishments together. (Our chocolate chip cookies are legendary!) 

Some More (Yes, more!)

We also offer a backup childcare program. And a commuter benefit plan. So you can get to work and feel good about it. 

Also, a lot of the times, we’re wearing jeans.

Full Time
Accounting & Finance | Annual Campaign | Associate | Community Organizing | Community Outreach | Community Planning | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Human Resources | Human Services | Other | Philanthropy | Social Justice
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Kosher Food Option Available | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
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