The Consulate General of Israel in Miami (overseeing the states of Florida, Kansas and Missouri, as well as Puerto Rico) is looking for a Director of Economic Affairs. This person will spearhead the Consulate's efforts to promote Israeli economic ties, in the form of trade, investment, partnerships, R&D and other types of economic activities. In addition, s/he will work with local organizations to increase the visibility of states within the consulate’s jurisdiction among Israeli stakeholders.
What you'll do
• Establish strong relationships with key economic players -- entrepreneurs, investors, support organizations -- in Israel as well as in Florida and in the other states covered by the Consulate; build and maintain an updated database of relevant contacts.
• Help Israeli companies looking to access local markets with everything from business development (introducing them to potential customers) to economic development (assisting in expansion and opening of satellite offices).
• Organize in-person and digital events bringing together diverse audiences of US and Israeli stakeholders; oversee all aspects of event management, including programming, logistics, budgeting, partnerships and marketing; produce after-action reports so that those events can serve as starting points for further collaboration.
• Stay abreast of priority industries and sectors (such as cybersecurity, water/agricultural tech, healthcare, tourism) as well as emerging industries that may present future opportunities
• Follow conference and event calendars in order to find opportunities for speaking, participating and presenting by Israeli diplomats and organizations
• Assist local delegations traveling to Israel (and vice versa); create follow-up plans to build on the connections made during those trips
• Bachelor's degree or equivalent; MBA or other advanced degree a plus;
• Previous experience in marketing, communications, and/or business development; background working with startups or venture capital firms a plus
• Event management experience
• A strong local professional network and/or a demonstrated capability of building one
• Team player with track record of bringing together diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders and understanding their overlapping needs;
What success in this role looks like
• An increased Israeli economic presence in the consulate’s jurisdiction as well as more US companies in Israel, higher trade volume and enhanced R&D partnerships, connecting companies, customers and investors, etc.
• More awareness among local organizations of Israeli innovation and the role it can play in promoting each state’s tech ecosystem.
• The Consulate, and the Economic Director in particular, are seen as a go-to resource for anyone looking to connect Israel to local markets.