Assistant Director Asia Pacific Institute New York @ AJC

Assistant Director Asia Pacific Institute New York

Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. Among Jewish advocacy organizations, AJC is the leader in the global arena. We are known for our unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and faith leaders in more than 100 countries. In addition to our New York headquarters and Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the United States and around the globe and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide.

The Assistant Director role includes decision making and staff supervision under the direction of the Director.

The Assistant Director is the API liaison to DRO and ACCESS, and partners with AJC regional offices and external organizations, developing and managing projects and initiatives key to API/AJC success. The Assistant Director represents API in meetings, conferences and public events.

The Assistant Director is responsible for organizing and coordinating high-level political and diplomatic meetings in the US and overseas, liaising and building/maintaining relationships, conducting research as needed, and providing API general administrative support and delegation of such support.

The Assistant Director does all this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.


This position works closely with the Director of API in supervising and guiding API staff, coordinating the highest level of diplomatic and political outreach both in the US and overseas in coordination with AJC staff/departments as appropriate; liaising and coordinating with Regional Offices, generating and supporting API related programs; managing API programs and projects; and providing general administrative support. The position requires the ability to work independently, research and writing skills, and facility with public representation of API at meetings, conferences, diplomatic events and programs. Academic background and/or working experience concerning Asia Pacific region is strongly preferred, as is fluency with Asian language – Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesian, Korean preferred.

Diplomatic Coordination
• Conceptualize, develop and implement initiatives, in partnership with the Director, to promote a strong US-Asia-Israel relationship
• Assist with development of high-level contacts with Asia Pacific government, think tanks, educational organizations and businesses, and maintain these contacts
• Coordinate overseas missions including meetings, logistics and pre- and post-mission budgeting
• Provide support for diplomatic and political outreach, including research and writing as needed
• Assist in recruiting speakers/diplomatic outreach for annual Global Forum, BoG and other AJC meetings
• Lead efforts to secure meetings for annual Diplomatic Marathon (coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly) in New York
• Assist in liaising with diplomatic contacts of Asia Pacific countries
• Represent API at official meetings and functions as needed
• National and international travel required

Project and Program Management
• Conceptualize API programs in accordance with API goals and overall AJC mission
• Supervise and manage projects, programs and events as assigned
• Develop strong relationships with Asian American community organizations via partnerships and cooperation on issues of mutual concern
• Serve as API liaison to DRO
• Serve as API liaison to ACCESS
• Support Director in API initiatives including fundraising, board development and engagement, as needed
• Assist with recruitment and coordination of API and Project Interchange overseas missions, as needed
• Supervise API interns and/or fellows, as needed
• Special projects as assigned, including international research and liaison responsibilities
• Manage all API reports and analysis including the API Quarterly Updates.

• Guide the promotion and dissemination of API messaging on social media, liaising with AJC and API colleagues to maximize API’s social media platform and presence, content and advertising
• Produce daily posts to API’s social media accounts that are consistent with AJC’s programmatic/advocacy priorities and responsive to current events; work in coordination with API/AJC colleagues to produce posts
• Initiate and manage live tweeting; devise, implement and monitor ongoing media campaigns designed to boost followers and convey API advocacy messages
• Communicate with stakeholders, including written and direct diplomatic, political and institutional (lay and staff) contacts
• Update, write, and edit content for the API page on the AJC website.

API Board Engagement
• Support board-related API activities, fundraising, board development and engagement
• Liaise with and support Board of Directors on behalf of API Director on specific projects

Administrative Support
• Support various API activities, fundraising, board development and engagement
• Organize regular API communication and meetings (including virtual meetings) and Board meetings
• Manage general formal correspondence, including written and direct diplomatic, political and institutional (lay and staff) contacts on behalf of API and API Director
• Prepare materials and take notes for meetings, conferences and international missions, as needed
• Manage general administrative needs including internal AJC documents and API documents and publicity items
• Produce weekly reports (or delegating) and quarterly API reports (Quarterly Update)

• An undergraduate degree is required. Masters preferred or equivalent work experience
• 5-7 years relevant working experience
• Knowledgeable about Asia Pacific geo-political affairs and global diplomacy. Academic background and/or working experience in same is essential
• Foreign living experience (Asia) a plus
• Capacity to work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and set priorities
• Facility with working independently, showing initiative and creativity in outreach
• Excellent communication skills
• Personable and skilled at working with diverse colleagues, lay leaders (API/AJC Board members) partnering organizations and audiences, and diplomats
• Strong ability to multi-task and handle frequently shifting agendas
• Superior written, verbal, listening and communication skills
• Very detail oriented
• A demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards and values consistent with those of AJC.

AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2020-11-29
  • Times this job has been viewed: 452 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Advocacy, Other
  • Organization Type: Public Affairs
Job Location
New York
New York , New York 10022


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