Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Israel Institute | Washington, DC, United States

Posted Date 9/20/2022

The Israel Institute is looking to hire an energetic self-starter with excellent organizational and writing skills to serve under the direct supervision of the executive director, providing critical executive support in the spheres of nonprofit development and strategy.

The Israel Institute is a 501(c)(3) that works in partnership with universities around the world to expand student access to classes about modern Israel. In fulfillment of that mission, the special assistant to the executive director provides direct support to the executive director in tracking news in the field of Israel Studies, fundraising, donor relations, and other tasks relevant to the development of the organization and the expansion of Israel Studies on campus.

This position is primarily work-from-home, but candidates will need to attend several weekly in-person meetings. Candidates are expected to live in or move to the Washington, DC area within 2 months of hire. A relocation stipend may be available for those currently living outside of the Washington, DC area.


The Special Assistant is expected to provide support to the Executive Director by:

  • Drafting and submitting formal and informal reporting to Institute stakeholders;
  • Drafting board reports and minutes;
  • Preparing talking points or article outlines for the executive director;
  • Overseeing development calendar and ensuring that relevant deadlines are met;
  • Ensuring the processing of gift acknowledgments;
  • Copyediting documents;
  • Conducting donor research;
  • Designing and running small donor events;
  • Developing supplementary materials for events;
  • Maintaining the executive director’s calendar; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Expertise: 


  • A Bachelor’s degree;
  • Strong executive function, including the ability to organize complex tasks, track multiple deadlines, and maintain an executive calendar;
  • Strong writing and editing skills;
  • Willingness to put in long hours on short notice when a pitch or report is unexpectedly needed;
  • Excellent social skills and a willingness to attend events and gatherings at the request of the executive director; and
  • Ability to organize and provide logistical support for professional social gatherings.

Don’t meet every single requirement? You may still be a good fit for us. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description above, we encourage you to apply anyway.


  • Strong knowledge of Hebrew.


To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Ariel Roth, [email protected]

Salary60000.00 - 65000.00 Annual
Full Time
Administrative Support | Events Management | Executive Assistant | Fundraising/Grants/Giving
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Life Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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