Program and Operations Associate

Orthodox Union | New York, NY, United States

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Posted Date 4/02/2024

Location: New York City, NY

Position Type: Hybrid (3 days in office required)


Who Are We? Why Work at the OU?  

Each and every day, countless Jewish individuals around the world are positively impacted by the work of the Orthodox Union, with its array of religious, youth, social action, educational, public policy and community development services, programs and activities.  

Ever dream of going into work every day knowing you will have an impact on the greater Jewish community? Ever dream of being able to build your career while enhancing the Jewish future? Ever dream of being inspired daily by the various departments working harmoniously around you to better global Jewish life? Turn these dreams into reality. Apply now to start making a difference.  


The OU Impact Accelerator: 

The OU Impact Accelerator addresses challenges within the Orthodox community by advancing innovative and impactful nonprofits. We need institutions to be impactful, efficient, and sustainable so that we can have a flourishing and healthy Jewish community. We strive to foster an ecosystem where Jewish nonprofits thrive, by offering them essential resources and networking opportunities. Since 2018, we’ve been driving this mission forward through advancing a select group of startup nonprofits, by providing them with tailored support, education, mentorship, and a grant. Recognizing the diverse needs of Jewish nonprofits at every stage of development and leveraging the OU’s network, reach, and influence, we’re dedicated to expanding our efforts as a department to have the opportunity to reach and impact more organizations and the larger Jewish communal infrastructure. 

As we grow, the OU Impact Accelerator will include a cohort model with current and alumni ventures, community programming, and ongoing lay leader engagement. 


What You’ll Do : 
The Program and Operation Associate will help advance the mission of the OU Impact Accelerator.  

The Associate will assist and independently manage projects related to all aspects of the Impact Accelerator. The Associate will help strategize for the startup program and work closely with the selected ventures and alumni community as well as help build out future programs for the Impact Accelerator. 



  • Work with Director to ensure a successful implementation for the OU Impact Accelerator Cohort: selection, education, and program completion.    
  • Collaborate with Director to further develop and scale the OU Impact Accelerator, and take on a leading role in some projects. 
  • Focus on strategy, logistics, evaluation, and event planning and execution. 
  • Communicate with stakeholders both internal OU as well as external lay leaders and nonprofit professionals.

Essential Functions:  

  • Communication: Communicate with both internal and external stakeholders (OU professionals, lay leaders, nonprofit founders, nonprofit professionals, cohort alumni) 
  • Administrative: Calendar upkeep and communication for all Accelerator events. 
  • Workflows: Create clear and concise processes for all Accelerator events and processes including cohort workshops, summits, alumni programming, community workshops, etc. 
  • Event Planning: Manage all Accelerator events – invites, ordering, scheduling, etc. 
  • Strategic Processing: Work with the Director to strategize on the growth and direction of the Accelerator  
  • Accelerator Cohort: Work on every aspect of the cohort experience – selection, education, program completion, mentorship, coaching, events, and more. 
  • Evaluation: help design Accelerator evaluation and metrics for impact. Evaluate the effectiveness of the OU Accelerator cohort program.    
  • Alumni Community: Connect with Accelerator alumni and plan advanced learning and programming for them.   
  • Inspiration: further develop the external presence for the Accelerator, including press, media, events, and more.      
  • Strategize and implement updated Accelerator programs, as it relates to greater OU priorities and other departments. Work with other departments and initiatives that relate to creativity, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship.    


What You’ll Bring to the OU:  

  • Project management   
  • Creative thinking    
  • Detail oriented 
  • Broad thinking 
  • Methodical planning and implementation   
  • Strong communication skills with multiple audiences: senior leadership, donors and lay leaders, OU colleagues, etc.    


You Are:

  • Able to work independently and is a self-starter   
  • Inspired by the project, which translates into constant motivation   
  • Organized and able to build new systems for organization and tracking   
  • Have good attention to detail   
  • Good with time management   
  • Able to remain calm under pressure   
  • Able to keep track and consistently work on multiple projects relating to different aspects of the project  

You Have: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years work experience, startup or innovative work experience preferred   
  • Experience with project management 
  • Experience with self-starting and being resourceful, “learning the ropes” through exploration   
  • Quantitative background and/or interest in measuring impact and data   


Salary and Benefits:  

The salary range for this position is between $55,000 and $65,000, commensurate with experience. 

We offer employee-sponsored healthcare, dental and vision plans. 

Other benefits include: 

  • Paid sick days 
  • Paid vacation days 
  • Paid Jewish and most Federal holidays 
  • Short Fridays to accommodate for the Sabbath 
  • Free life and disability insurance 
  • 403(b) retirement plan which the OU will contribute 5% of your wage towards retirement savings after you contribute at least 2% (match eligible after 3 years of continuous service) 


Salary55,000.00 - 65,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Kosher Food Option Available | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Relocation Available | Sick Days | Mass Transit | Vision
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