Job Opportunity: Program Associate, Leichtag Foundation

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Position: Program Associate, Murray Galinson San Diego‐Israel Initiative & Special Projects
Status: Regular, Full‐Time, Non‐Exempt 
Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday‐Friday. Evenings, weekends, and holidays on occasion.
Reports to: Vice President, Philanthropy

About the Leichtag Foundation 
The Leichtag Foundation ("Foundation") is a private independent foundation located in Encinitas, California, with a strong interest in advancing the North County coastal region of San Diego where our founders Lee and Toni Leichtag, of blessed memory, lived and worked. The Leichtag Foundation also supports programs in Jerusalem, Israel. The Foundation currently holds approximately $112 million in assets and has granted about $104 million since its inception in 1991'more than half of this since becoming independent in 2008. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self‐sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel.

In 2012, the Leichtag Foundation purchased the former Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California which we have renamed Leichtag Commons. The Foundation’s goal for this 67‐acre agricultural property is to create a physical platform for the advancement of the strategies listed above and a cultural and community resource for the San Diego region. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a network of greenhouses, barns and other structures, and easy access to the public, Leichtag Commons is situated in an ideal North County location.

About the Murray Galinson San Diego – Israel Initiative 
The Murray Galinson San Diego‐Israel Initiative (MGSDII) seeks to strategically promote, support and catalyze knowledge discourse and interaction on the modern state of Israel through scholarship, engagement and collaboration.

The MGSDII is a network of Israel Studies programs on San Diego campuses including UC San Diego (UCSD), San Diego State University (SDSU), CSU San Marcos (CSUSM), University of San Diego (USD) and Cal Western School of Law supported by a growing consortium of funders and the Leichtag Foundation. The Initiative includes academic courses; lectures, Israel immersion experiences for students and faculty; visiting Israeli professors and postdocs; conferences and symposiums; and community education opportunities. The Initiative’s primary goal is for students and faculty to learn about Israel, its key successes and challenges, and its complexity.

Position Overview 

The full‐time program associate serves as a key team member, reporting to the Vice President, Philanthropy and working with the MGSDII Director. An outline of expected responsibilities is below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following: 

MGSDII Program Coordination/Logistics 

  • Plan and implement logistics associated with outreach programs, such as calendaring and organizing academic workshops, symposiums, festivals, and seminars. 
  • Initiates, confirms, and manages details associated with events and programs, including registration, catering, IT/AV, parking, room reservations and calendaring. Prepares participant name badges, table tents, program materials and biographies of speakers.
  • Assembles data; creates spreadsheets and documents; evaluates vendor bids; and prepares and  monitors budget. 
  • Writes content and produces graphic design layout for website, social media, newsletters,  announcements, and invitations. Drafts and sends correspondence. 
  • Processes invoices and completes complex reconciliation of expenses. 
  • Assists with grant application preparation. Drafts recommendations for MGSDII donor advised  funds grants. 
  • Monitors MGSDII donor advised fund balances and works to resolve discrepancies.  
  • Other duties assigned as needed. 

MGSDII Resource Development 

  • Assists in tracking donations, preparing acknowledgement letters and other correspondence. 
  • Updates and corrects database records. 
  • Supports all aspects of fundraising events, including preparing and sending invitations,  maintaining guest lists, preparing/ordering materials, staffing events and event follow‐up.    
  • Assembles donor kits for events and meetings. 
  • Other duties assigned as needed. 

Special Projects 

  • Manages administrative tasks related to funder consortium initiatives and philanthropic consulting projects as needed.   
  • Makes domestic and international travel arrangements, creating complex itineraries. 
  • Supports Leichtag Commons outreach team as needed with event planning and execution. 
  • Other duties assigned as needed.   

Required Qualifications and Experiences  

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of the Leichtag Foundation. 
  • Three to five years of work experience required, preferably in an office setting.   
  • Skilled in expertly managing up with a proven ability to work highly independently in a dynamic  setting with interruptions and background noise. 
  • Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects and ability to prioritize tasks, manage goals and meet deadlines. 
  • Poised and works well under pressure, including managing last minute needs and requests.  
  • High level of discretion and ability to handle confidential issues. 
  • Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude. Strong team player. 
  • Superior and consistent attention to details.   
  • Excellent written, organizational, listening and communication skills. 
  • Skilled in using graphic design programs. 
  • Exceptional proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).  Familiarity with CRM systems required, Salesforce a plus. 

Salary commensurate with experience.  The Leichtag Foundation offers a competitive benefits package. 

Typical Working Conditions 
The Program Associate will work inside an office, as well outdoors on occasion. There will be exposure to Southern California outside temperatures, chemicals used in the agricultural industry, and loud noises.

Essential Physical Tasks 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Continuous walking, standing, sitting, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting and carrying.

Equipment Used 
Computer, printer, office equipment. 

How to Apply 

Please visit‐us/employment‐opportunities and click on the view and apply for current opportunities here link to apply online. 

The Leichtag Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. 

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