About JFF:
JFF is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems. For more than 35 years, JFF has led the way in designing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic advancement for all. JFF focuses on three interconnected strategies for impact on people, places, and systems. Join us as we build a future that works.

About the position:
The Director, Strategic Engagements is a new position that provides essential leadership for JFF’s engagements that leverage JFF as a thought leader, change agent, and convener in the field. This hire will lead JFF Horizons, our annual national summit bringing together thousands of trailblazers from the private, public, and nonprofit spheres to design radical new solutions to today’s unprecedented challenges and lay the foundation for transforming education and workforce systems together to build an equitable economic recovery. Through JFF Horizons and other engagements sponsored by JFF’s Executive Office, this hire will play a critical role in setting the agenda of our thought leadership work. This is an exciting opportunity to partner directly with cross-sectoral leaders and shape our national approach to transforming education and workforce systems to build an equitable economy.

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Director will operate with significant autonomy to lead a cross-functional team across JFF events, marketing, and other programmatic teams to develop and deliver high-quality convenings, including an impactful Horizons program. A successful Director, Strategic Engagements will necessitate leadership that demonstrates a mix of deep content matter expertise in education and workforce development coupled with strong project management experience.

The Director will bring a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and see JFF’s convenings as an opportunity to elevate the ways DEI intersect with JFF’s mission and the impact it hopes to achieve in the field. The Director must be comfortable responding to dynamic logistical and substantive shifts (e.g., virtual environments, political shifts). The working environment is impact-oriented and highly collaborative.

What you'll do:

  • Drive the vision and strategy for JFF’s strategic engagements: Provide leadership to leverage JFF’s strategic convening power, aligning with organizational priorities. Identify opportunities to assemble diverse and high-impact engagements, large and small. Prioritize opportunities that elevate JFF as a thought leader, change agent, and convener in the field.
  • Lead the strategy and execution of high-profile national, cross-sector convenings:: Oversee the strategic approach for Horizons in close coordination with the CEO and JFF leadership team, and ensure that JFF Horizons and related programming are implemented successfully, inclusive of:
    • Program design & content development: Develop themes, topics, and sessions for Horizons ensuring that all content and programmatic elements of Horizons are reflective of JFF’s strategic direction and commitment to DEI—and are executed as planned, leveraging JFF’s deep bench of programmatic experts.
    • Fundraising & sponsorships: With primary responsibility for Horizons fundraising, conceive of and implement creative sponsorship strategy, including developing proposals, and leading the recruitment and cultivation of sponsors toward annual revenue goals, in partnership with other colleagues and teams across JFF
    • Strategic communications: Conceive of, develop, and direct the production of highly compelling original collateral in support of event programming, in coordination with the JFF MarComm team.
    • Bottom line oversight: Provide operational management of the Horizons budget, ensuring a strategic and sound resource allocation and execution within budget.

Who you are:

  • You have a passion for JFF’s mission to accelerate the alignment and transformation of the American workforce and education systems to ensure access to economic advancement for all.
  • You bring deep content knowledge/thought leadership in emerging trends and direction within economic advancement, education reform/innovation, and/or workforce development.
  • You have 7+ years of professional experience in a combination of complex project management, fund raising, large-scale engagement management, and/or other areas that require managing multiple, competing priorities against fixed deadlines.
  • You model inclusive leadership, working effectively with diverse staff, and stewarding an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion, and an ability to apply JFF’s core values to all areas of your work.
  • You bring comfort and ease in interacting with a range of stakeholders, from corporate executives to entrepreneurs to researchers to practitioners in the field. You are adept at influencing and motivating others to drive work forward even in the absence of formal authority. You have demonstrated the ability to create trust through your thought leadership and build authentic partnerships.
  • You have experience managing a budget and fundraising, ideally working closely with philanthropies and companies to align their investment strategies to initiative objectives.
  • You have excellent communication skills, including the ability to persuasively and efficiently build and deliver presentations for senior executives.
  • You excel at working both in and across teams and independently.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JFF:

JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience.  

To apply:

As part of your application, please include your resume and a thoughtful cover letter addressed to David Soo, Chief of Staff, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.


JFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and skills.  

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