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 features cohort learning and individual mentoring.
The cohort is 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
Yes, applications will be accepted from executives of small and mid-size organizations.
- Phase I, January 15th-April 1st, 2019. Applicants will submit a resume and a one page statement.
- Phase II, May 1st- June 15th, 2019. Semifinalists will be invited to draft an application essay and to provide a letter of recommendation.
- Phase III, September – October, 2019. Finalists will be invited to travel to Boston for interviews and the admissions committee will select and announce cohort of fellows.
Yes, if you applied to Cohort I and were not accepted, you may apply to Cohort II.
An admissions committee drawn from the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership’s faculty, staff and consultants makes admissions decisions.
Fellows 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
Fellows must attend all 4 seminars in their entirety. Between seminars, Fellows complete short assignments and work 1:1 with a mentor.
Sponsoring organizations give release time for Fellows to join the four seminars that take place throughout the 16 months.
The 16-month program includes:
- Four seminars
- January 12-16, 2020 (Boston)
- May 17-21, 2020 (Boston)
- 8 days in November or December, 2020 (Israel)
- May 23-27, 2021 (Boston)
- Learning opportunities between seminars
- Individual work with a mentor
The Jack, Joseph and Morton 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 –