William Davidson Foundation

Program Officer, Israel Insights

Troy, MI

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Website: William Davidson Foundation


 The William Davidson Foundation, a private family foundation, dedicated to advancing the economic, cultural, and civic vitality of Southeast Michigan, the State of Israel, and the Jewish community, is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Program Officer, Israel Insights. 

The Foundation is committed to honoring and carrying forward the philanthropic legacy of its founder, William Davidson, who served as Chairman, President and CEO of Guardian Industries, Corp., one of largest manufacturers of flat glass in the world. In Southeast Michigan, Mr. Davidson was well known as a civic leader, philanthropist, and the owner of professional sport teams, including the Detroit Pistons. The priorities that shaped his life now inspire the work of the William Davidson Foundation. The Foundation works with partners to stimulate innovation, develop leadership, sustain valuable programming, and tackle critical problems in four focus areas: Jewish Life, Economic Vitality, Cultural and Civic Vitality, and Education. The Foundation has assets of over $1.2 billion and made $43 million in grants and programmatic investments in 2017 and is undergoing an exciting period of growth and transformation on its path to becoming a world-class grantmaker. 

The Program Officer, Israel Insights will play a key role in the strategic development and stewardship of grants across the Jewish Life portfolio through relationship building, grants management, and identifying new opportunities to impact the field of Israel advocacy, education and research. S/he will manage a portfolio of grants dedicated to experiential learning and thoughtful policy analysis, working both within and outside Israel to further the democratic and pluralistic values that are central to the State of Israel. Additional investments seek to nurture the connection between the American Jewish community and the State of Israel. 

The ideal candidate will bring a keen understanding and depth of experience on issues of impact to the modern State of Israel. S/he will be a collaborative leader internally and externally with the ability to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with a broad and diverse constituency. The Program Officer, Israel Insights will be an effective communicator and spokesperson on behalf of the William Davidson Foundation. S/he will be a thoughtful contributor to the strategic advancement of the foundation’s work in Israel, and will help the organization to articulate and focus its investments to maximize outcomes while identifying new areas for extending impact. S/he will have a thorough and abiding appreciation of the challenges, opportunities, and key developments in the field of Israel advocacy, education, and research. 

To Apply 

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: wdf-poii@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail. 

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