Associate Executive Director

Application Deadline: January 24, 2019

Urban Adamah’s Associate Executive Director (AED) is responsible for the day-to-day management of Urban Adamah and has two major areas of responsibility: operational and programmatic. The AED will work closely with, and be directly supervised by, the Executive Director (ED).



The AED is responsible for leading and supporting a team of talented program professionals in developing and delivering the wide range of programs currently offered and those envisaged in our strategic plan – all of which take place on our urban farm campus. 

The AED will directly supervise all of the program department heads: Camp Director/ Youth & Family Programs Manager, Public Programs & Retreat Center Director, and the Fellowship Director. The AED will provide direction and support in the following ways to these reports and their departments:

  • Personnel Management: Directly supervising department heads and supporting them in managing their own teams.
  • Strategic Planning and Annual Departmental Work-Planning: Structure and lead overall planning processes (with support from consultants for strategic planning), support program leads in departmental planning, create accountability structures.
  • Program Development, Oversight, and Evaluation: Support program development of individual departments, identify and pursue opportunities for new program development, ensure synergy among departments and programs, oversee evaluation and ensuring regular learning from feedback.

The AED is responsible for overseeing business and physical site operations including supervision of our Operations, Facilities, Farm, and part-time Business Manager. (The Executive Director directly oversees finances and co-supervises the Business Manager.) Specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Operations and Administration: Oversee operations and administration, handled day-to-day by our Operations Manager (OM) and Business Manager.
  • Fundraising: Draft grant proposals and reports and otherwise support fundraising operations and infrastructure at the direction of ED. Fundraising administration handled day-to-day by Operations Manager (OM) and Business Manager.
  • Personnel: Cultivate an environment and infrastructure that supports all staff to do their best work. Attend to diversity of and equity, professional development for all staff; and the efficient allocation of responsibilities among operational personnel.
  • Facilities / Site Oversight: Ensure proper operation and maintenance of the UA farm and campus. Ensure campus resources support programs as intended and are allocated appropriately. Support as needed the ED to achieve site development goals of the organization (the ED directly oversees all major site development projects).
  • Risk Management: Understand all organizational risks and develop prudent risk management strategies and activities; delegate implementation of risk management across staff and hold all accountable.
  • Planning: Lead planning efforts regarding operations, support operational departments in planning, ensuring adequate accountability structures.
  • Board: Oversee development of quarterly program and operational reports to the ED / board and assist with meetings as otherwise requested by ED.


At least six years of experience providing leadership to program development and delivery in a Jewish context, including supervision/mentoring of experienced program professionals; minimum of 6 years serving in a senior operational management role at a nonprofit org; exceptional supervisory/mentorship, oral/written communication, and organizational skills; high level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence; experience writing successful grant proposals; highly collaborative leadership style; demonstrated programmatic vision, imagination, and initiative; some depth and breadth of experience with Jewish tradition; some depth and breadth leading the types of programming Urban Adamah offers; proven capacity to manage multiple diverse projects, high level of responsibilities and direct reports simultaneously; ability to work rapidly with a very high degree of accuracy; highly adept with Excel and Word. 


Masters’ Degree in a relevant field (e.g., Jewish education, organizational leadership/nonprofit management, Jewish communal service), deep Jewish knowledge and demonstrated capacity for innovation in Jewish life; knowledge about sustainable agriculture, mindfulness, and social action; experience working the emerging field of Jewish outdoor, food, farming, and environmental education; experience in grants administration and reporting to foundations; knowledge of federal and California regulations concerning non-profit management, personnel, health and safety, operations, etc.; and experience managing complex data systems.


Compensation is competitive. Commensurate with experience. Equal opportunity employer.