Senior Grants and Strategy Associate

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

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Posted Date 9/05/2023

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.

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 delivers an incredibly broad range of services to meet pressing needs. UJA’s Network department supports our closest nonprofit partners to achieve and sustain organizational excellence, deliver big impact, and to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world.

This position is the ideal role for someone who is passionate about ensuring that New York nonprofits are able to meet the challenges of the moment. Only forward-thinking and efficient organizational partners can maximize their impact on reducing poverty, decreasing food insecurity, mitigating the mental health crisis, reducing carbon emissions, and keeping Jews connected to the community and to Jewish life.

Are you energized by the prospect of being part of an organization that allocates approximately $130 million annually to address urgent challenges? Are you interested in building relationships with some of the leading nonprofit executives in New York? Do you love to learn and build strategies for implementation? If so, we’d love to meet you.

This position works collaboratively with professionals and lay committees to research, design, and implement grant opportunities in priority areas including energy efficiency and sustainability and advancing equitable workplaces. UJA-Federation’s strength is in its collaborative spirit and all-hands-on-deck approach. This is how we ultimately reach hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and why we are part of the critical infrastructure of the whole metro area.

Major Responsibilities

  • Serve as a lead professional on a funding portfolio that supports Jewish nonprofits in New York.
  • Develop and implement strategies to support our grantee partners in adopting best practices in their workplaces, including energy efficiency, diversity equity & inclusion and technology capacity.
  • Learn and grow from interacting with senior professionals working in the Jewish nonprofit sector in New York and serve as their thought partners, when appropriate.
  • Build and maintain relationships with experts in energy efficiency, diversity equity & inclusion and technology to design strategic approaches to these complicated issues.
  • Support the implementation of appropriate non-financial capacity building resources in the field (for example, cohort training and individual consultations).
  • Study / stay on top of emerging trends and provide strategic thought leadership and analysis that can inform new areas for growth and investment across the social impact sector throughout the New York area.
  • Manage groups 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 new and emerging projects beyond the Network Department, as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  • 3+ years relevant professional and/or practical experience with non-profit operations, capacity building, and/or the Jewish nonprofit sector.
  • Master’s degree in social work, public administration, communal service, or related fields preferred.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Thrive amidst collegial diversity.
  • Good sense of humor, willingness to stay flexible and open to evolving work.
  • 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 immensely curious.
  • Committed and passionate about the organizational mission.

Salary Information
The salary for this role, is pending experience, and ranges from $65,000-$75,000.


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.

Salary65,000.00 - 75,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Kosher Food Option Available | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation
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