We're Hiring an Executive Director - New Israel Fund Australia

We're Hiring an Executive Director

Do you want to lead our team?

New Israel Fund Australia, together with our global NIF partners, advances a just and democratic Israel that upholds equality for all, as envisioned in Israel’s Declaration of Independence. 

To realise our vision, we partner with Israeli accredited non-profits, raise funds for their projects and engage our supporters and the broader community on the critical issues facing Israeli society.

We are the Australian Jewish community’s leading progressive voice on Israel. Since our establishment in Australia in 2011, thousands of people have come to our events and we’ve distributed millions of dollars to critical civil society projects in Israel. 

Our executive director of ten years is moving on and we are looking to recruit an experienced leader to lead NIF’s fundraising efforts and manage and motivate a small, strong team. 

The successful applicant will have a passion for our values, excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, the ability to lead our fundraising, and the capacity and experience to work with the board and lead our community of supporters.

This role can be based in either Sydney or Melbourne. NIF operates in a hybrid work environment with staff spread between Sydney and Melbourne.

Role and requirements of the executive director

The executive director is responsible for leading the organisation in achieving its powerful vision of advancing democracy and equality in Israel and the lands it controls. The successful applicant will:

  • Take responsibility for the organisation’s financial wellbeing
  • Communicate our vision effectively across the Australian and Jewish community - including via digital and traditional media to engage with existing supporters as well as to attract new ones
  • Take responsibility for the implementation of the fundraising strategy and engage directly in fundraising activities
  • Lead the NIF Australia team – manage and motivate staff 
  • Work with the board to set and implement strategy
  • Act as board secretary
  • Work with key stakeholders including staff, board, major donors, NIF in Israel, the USA and other NIF partner-affiliates
  • Engage closely with NIF Israel to understand the organisations we do/may support, define the projects we will fund and engage potential funders

About you

The successful candidate will have many of the following qualities and capabilities:

  • A principled, values-aligned leader who is collaborative, inspiring and visionary
  • Passion and commitment to NIF’s vision and values
  • Deep understanding of the socio-political climate in Israel and familiarity with the dynamics of Australia’s Jewish community
  • Able to demonstrate sufficient experience to take on this senior role 
  • Self motivated with initiative and excellent time management, in order to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, balance competing priorities and adapt flexibly to changing situations
  • An excellent communicator who can build rapport with a range of stakeholders and work effectively with groups as diverse as federal ministers, board members, journalists, New Gen activists and prospective donors
  • Able to balance strategic and operational responsibilities to ensure both short-term and long-term goals are met
  • Willingness to take on a leadership role in the Jewish community to advocate for the organisation’s values and core work
  • High technical acumen in order to navigate all the necessary digital tools required to grow the organisation, eg donor management, accounting, website, social media and office/collaboration platforms
  • Prepared to travel regularly (mostly between Sydney and Melbourne, and to Israel-Palestine or the US) to meet with donors, NIF’s global partners, stakeholders and our funded projects
  • NIF will assist in the development of skills to allow the right candidate to grow into the role

Salary package

This is a full time position with a salary commensurate with experience. As NIF is a public benevolent institution, staff have access to attractive salary sacrifice options which can increase your take-home pay by up to $15,900 tax free per FBT year.

Position title:

Executive Director

Responsible to:

New Israel Fund Australia board


Melbourne or Sydney (+ hybrid options available)

Salary package:

Commensurate with experience. As NIF is a public benevolent institution, staff have access to attractive salary sacrifice options which can increase your take-home pay by up to $15,900 tax free per FBT year by up to $15,900 tax free per FBT year.


Full time

Job description:

For a full job description please email [email protected].

To apply for the role:

Please email [email protected] with your resume and answer the following questions in your cover letter (max two pages):

  • Tell us about your two most relevant experiences that demonstrate why you’d be great in this role.
  • Give us a specific example of how you engaged with  funders or donors to gain support for a project. 
  • Please provide a recent example of an engaging media strategy or advocacy plan you developed. What outcomes did you achieve and what was your measure of success?

Applications close 23 December 2022

New Israel Fund Australia is an equal opportunity employer.