Executive Director, Repair the World Detroit

The Executive Director of Repair the World Detroit will oversee the implementation and growth of this successful and dynamic site. 

North AmericaDetroit, MI

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Posted December 22, 2016

Repair the World is dedicated to making deep and meaningful volunteer service a central part of Jewish life. We enable people to transform their neighborhoods, cities and lives through service experiences rooted in Jewish values, history and heritage.

Repair the World’s signature program, Repair the World Communities, engages young adults in social change around education and food justice in neighborhoods in Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York City. In most communities, an Executive Director supports a cohort of Fellows (ages 21-26) who make a yearlong service commitment to serving with Repair the World.

During this year, Repair’s Fellows work closely with three audiences: they use peer-to-peer outreach and recruitment to engage thousands of other young adults in volunteering and learning, they support local nonprofits to create authentic and impactful volunteering and education opportunities for those participants, and they partner with local Jewish organizations with experience or aspirations in driving meaningful service and in supporting young Jewish adults where they are in their Jewishness and in their social impact aspirations. Repair the World Detroit’s fourth cohort of Fellows and Repair’s Teen Engagement Associate are building a young Jewish community in Detroit that coalesces around substantive service through a Jewish lens and spurs deep impact on issues of social justice in the community.

In addition to young adult programming, Repair the World Detroit oversees PeerCorps, which activates Jewish teens to engage b’nai mitzvah students in volunteering, and partners with a diverse group of secular, faith-based and interfaith partners.


The Executive Director of Repair the World Detroit will oversee the implementation and growth of this successful and dynamic site. This leader will be passionate about the intersection of Judaism and service, and deeply committed to maintaining and building community collaborations and fostering an environment of empowerment.

The Executive Director will supervise two staff –a Teen Engagement Associate and part-time Workshop Coordinator–and a cohort of 5-6 Repair the World Fellows, beginning in August 2017.

This position reports to Repair’s Senior Program Director, based in New York City.


Supervision and Training

  • Supervise a high-performing Teen Engagement Associate and part-time Workshop Coordinator.
  • Support recruitment and selection and orient as well as coach, train and supervise a cohort of 5-6Repair the World Fellows.

Local Programming: Service Portfolio and Community Partnerships

Work closely with Programmatic Team on the following:

  • Developing and managing deep partnerships with Jewish, civic, and service-providing organizations.
  • Planning service opportunities that both meet the needs of the service partner and the target audience
  • Planning a robust calendar of programming.
  • Deepening volunteers’ understanding about the social, economic and historical context of their service as well as the connections to Jewish values.
  • Guide the development, testing and refining of local engagement strategies to recruit, attract, and retain community-based young adult volunteers.
  • Oversee and grow PeerCorps and other niche programming that tailors Repair’s model for particular audiences, like teens, college students, and young families.
  • Gather, analyze, and learn from data on and experiences with participants, programs, and partners.
  • Annually set and regularly refine targets and productivity measures for the program, staff and Fellows based on articulated assumptions and hypotheses and prioritize continual learning and improvement.
  • Manage local budget, facilities, resources, vendors and educators.

National Program Building

  • Work in close collaboration with a team of Directors and national staff.
  • Learn from and implement best practices from other Repair the World Communities.
  • Oversee setting targets and the tracking and measurement of local milestones and progress.
  • Build awareness and enthusiasm for Repair the World as well as Repair the World Detroit
  • Manage relationships with local affiliates of Repair the World’s national partners.
  • Create bi-monthly reports for national staff that will inform and support Repair the World’s national strategy, review the bi-monthly reports of other Communities as well as national reports and engage with the national staff on national strategy.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Effectively communicate the organization’s mission and goals to a wide variety of audiences and serve as a spokesperson.
  • Develop, engage and manage a local advisory committee.
  • Work with Repair’s national staff to engage local funders, ensuring Repair the World Detroit’s long-term sustainability.


Core Competencies

  • Track record of successful program leadership and management.
  • Excellence in nonprofit management.
  • Ability and comfort in cultivating and stewarding relationships in Detroit’s Jewish communal, civic and service landscapes.
  • Effectiveness with organizational negotiations around collaborations, joint ventures, or shared operations.
  • Ability to relate well to young adults and people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Sophisticated awareness of poverty, structural racism, power and privilege and ability to discuss these issues with diverse groups in ways that empower and open people to learning.
  • Facility with and eagerness for all kinds of learning (quantitative, qualitative, relational, anecdotal)and ability to apply lessons learned in real time through appropriate course corrections.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent facilitation of meetings, trainings, and group-based reflection.
  • Understanding of and strong commitment to volunteerism and service best practices.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage multiple high-level projects at once.
  • Comfort working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Infectious excitement about connecting Jewish values and learning to service and social change work.
  • Strong enthusiasm and energy, and ability to thrive in high-pressure environments.

Required Experience

  • Direct volunteer management.
  • Leading and developing service projects.
  • At least six years of management experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
  • Management of three or more professionals simultaneously.
  • External stakeholder relationship management at an executive-level or equivalent.

Preferred Experience

  • Leading large-scale trainings.
  • National Service (i.e. City Year, TFA, AmeriCorps).
  • Facilitating Jewish service-learning.
  • Working with communities in Detroit
  • Budget management and fundraising

Additional Qualifications

  • Flexibility, good humor, and eagerness to work in a startup environment.
  • Commitment to building pluralistic Jewish community.
  • Understanding and positive perspective toward data management.
  • Ability to travel up to six times per year, generally to otherRepair the World Communities or to nearby retreat locations.
  • Ability to work during evenings and weekends on a regular basis.

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please email your cover letter and resume as attachments to [email protected] and indicate your name and “Executive Director, Repair the World Detroit” in the subject line. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

The position is expected to begin by May2017, if not sooner. We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with Repair the World. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


 This is an executive-level position with exceptional growth opportunity for a seasoned and effective professional. Compensation will reflect this level of commitment and expertise and will be commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes medical/dental/vision coverage, retirement matching, support for childcare during retreats and trainings and more.

Equal Employment Opportunity The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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