Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program’s goals?

The Executive Leadership Program enables outstanding midcareer JCC and Federation professionals to sharpen their guiding visions of Jewish communal life and strengthen their leadership and management skills. With attention to practice, the program will feature cohort learning and individual mentoring.

Who should be nominated for the program?

The cohort will be comprised of midcareer professionals who are 3-5 years away from a top leadership or executive position within the North American JCC or Federation movements.

The characteristics of successful candidates for the program include:

  • Proven track records of leadership
  • High ethical standards, creativity, intellectual capacity
  • Passion for Jewish communal life
  • Ages 30-55
  • On track for executive leadership of an organization of any size, or a senior leadership position in a large JCC/Federation

Who can submit nominations for this program?

JCC and Federation executives can nominate one or two outstanding candidates from within their organizations.

Can I apply even if I was not nominated?

No, you must have received a nomination and an invitation to apply.

I am an executive of a small or mid-size organization. Can I nominate myself?

Chief executives of small or mid-size organizations can be nominated for the program by their board chairs.

When are nominations due?

Nominations are accepted until May 31st, 2017.

When are applications due?

Applications are by invitation-only. Invitations will be issued in early June and applications will be accepted between June 5th and July 31st, 2017.

How will admission decisions be made?

Finalists will be interviewed in September, 2017. An admissions committee drawn from the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership’s faculty, staff and consultants will make admissions decisions.

What will the Fellows learn?

Fellows will strengthen their capacity to:

  • Incorporate research to analyze community opportunities and challenges
  • Draw on Jewish thought to envision and communicate organizational purposes
  • Build organizational strategies aligned with core purposes
  • Manage organizational finances, human resources, and marketing
  • Lead with vision and values

What is expected of Fellows?

Fellows must attend all 4 seminars in their entirety. Between seminars, Fellows must complete short assignments and work 1:1 with a mentor.

What is expected of Fellows’ sponsoring organization?

Sponsoring organizations will give release time for Fellows to join the four seminars that will take place throughout the 16 months.

What is the program format?

The 16-month program includes:

  • Four seminars
    • January 14-18, 2018 (Boston)
    • May 13-17, 2018 (Boston)
    • January 2019, 8 days, dates TBA (Israel)
    • May 12-16, 2019 (Boston)
  • Learning opportunities between seminars
  • Individual work with a mentor

What is the cost of the program?

The Mandel Foundation covers all travel and program expenses. Sponsoring organizations provide release time for participation in the seminars.

“As the world changes, our programs will change, but the need for enlightened, informed leadership will never go away.”

– Morton L. Mandel, Chairman and CEO, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation –