Opportunity for Impact
The mission of the Diller Teen Fellowship (DTF) is to create an international network of inspired and empowered Jewish teens who will serve as active, effective leaders with a stronger Jewish identity, a sense of commitment to their communities, the Jewish people, and Israel, motivated to make the world a better place.
Today, the Diller Teen Fellows is recognized as a premier leadership development program for Jewish teens. The program provides a unique model for experiencing Jewish pluralism, Peoplehood, and North American-South African-Australian-European-Israeli partnership. The program has graduated more than 3,500 alumni; leaders actively engaged in improving the future of their communities, Israel, and the Jewish people.
DTF contributes to ensuring Jewish continuity by fostering the sense of Jewish connection and peoplehood; engaging with compelling educational and partnership opportunities, the participants are drawn to continue their commitment to Jewish life and to actively respond to needs in their own communities, Israel and around the world.
Diller Teen Fellows is entering an exciting new stage of growth. In FY2017/18 the DTF international staff will include 15 FTE, and the Helen Diller Family Foundation will invest over $6 million in the program budget, matched by over $2 million from the DTF partner communities. Planned program growth includes deepening the programmatic and educational experience and impact, continuing to develop alumni programming, and adding new communities.
The leadership of DTF views the appointment of a Managing Director as a compelling opportunity for an inspiring leader to advance the program at a turning point in its organizational development; an opportunity to leverage its success to date and be a key member of the team to take it to the next level.
This is a remarkable opportunity to directly impact the lives of Jewish teens today, and prepare the next generation of Jewish leaders for tomorrow.
“IN one year, LEADERS ARE DEVELOPED, communities are transformed and there is hope for a better world.”
The Diller Teen Fellows (DTF) is a year-long international experiential education and leadership program for high school students. DTF strives to deepen and strengthen participants’ Jewish identity, leadership capacity, Israel engagement, and commitment to social action. Programming is framed through the lens of Jewish Peoplehood and pluralism. Fellows participate in day-long workshops, weekend retreats, community service projects, a ten-day visit by the Israeli teens to their partner community outside Israel, and a three-week Summer Seminar in Israel.
DTF was launched in San Francisco in 1997 and has since grown to include 32 communities across the globe. With 20 teens selected to participate in each of the 32 communities, DTF currently engages 640 participants annually, as well as over 100 recent alumni who serve as “junior staff.” Each community has a dedicated professional in place as the local DTF Program Coordinator. The DTF program makes a significant and intentional investment in training and professional development for coordinators, as well as for their partnership supervisors, Federation representatives, and local lay advocates.
The Managing Director will assume significant authority for ensuring programmatic success on a day-to-day basis. This includes overseeing the continued conceptualizing, development and refinement of all programming elements and methods, as well as contributing to the ongoing development of Diller’s mission, vision, and values. The Managing Director will work closely with, and report to, the Executive Director to develop a more high-level staff culture, including professional development, enrichment and excellence; to create mission alignment of all programming; to ensure effective and efficient program delivery; and to maintain and enhance relationships with program stakeholders and partners.
The Managing Director will also have significant supervisory and people management roles, directly supervising two positions, and managing the work of the program’s nine member education team. In addition to working with staff and the Executive Director, the Managing Director will maintain a working relationship with other members on the leadership team as well as community partners.
The ideal candidate will embrace and model DTF’s cultural values of:
- Optimism: Positive, can-do attitude towards life and learning
- Warmth: Balances kindness and humility
- Fun: Brings a spirit of fun and joy to all aspects of work
- Passion: Inspires others with enthusiasm and energy
- Transparency: Calling things what they are, clearly and concisely
The Managing Director will be based in the Diller Teen Fellows San Francisco office. The position requires up to 10 weeks of travel annually, including a minimum of up to four weeks in Israel each summer.
For additional information about the Diller Teen Fellowship and the Helen Diller Family Foundation, please visit http://dillerteenfellows.org/en/.
- Supervise and support the work of the Director of Education and Director of Networks and Engagement
- Direct the work of the Education Team (nine positions) to assess and address educational successes and challenges
- Partner with the Executive Director to design, deliver, and ensure professional development and growth for all staff
- Manage and support the work of all North American and International (non-Israeli) Supervisors and Federation Representatives, including annual contracting
- Direct and ensure the highest quality and responsiveness to internally managed program evaluation
- Serve as the primary architect for the educational and programmatic elements of the International Congress segment of the Israel Summer Seminar
- Oversee and manage recruitment and selection of new Coordinators in participating communities
- Work with the Diller Teen Initiatives Director on program marketing, PR, and continued website development