Our Generation Speaks (OGS) is an annual fellowship program that brings together a cohort of up to 30 young Palestinian and Israeli leaders who have a shared commitment to cooperate across ethnic and political lines to build shared prosperity within the region via the creation of start-up ventures that generate significant social and economic value. OGS has 10 full-time staff members who dedicate their time and energy to three main activities: Executing and running the summer fellowship and venture incubator at Brandeis University; activating the OGS Alumni Network, OGS NEXT, in the region; and accelerating the growth of the ventures created during the summer fellowship.
In order to create an entrepreneurial generation of leaders, fellows participate in a rigorous academic program and business incubator experience in the Boston area. This includes: (1) A fully-funded three-month residency at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, one of the top ten social policy schools in the US. The tailor-made coursework focuses on entrepreneurship, communications, financial management, negotiation, and more, delivered by faculty of Brandeis University; (2) One-on-one coaching and support from a highly accomplished network of Palestinian, Israeli, and American mentors from the private and public sectors, including serial entrepreneurs and leaders of Fortune 500 companies; (3) Seed funding and resources to launch high-impact ventures through partnerships with MassChallenge, the world's largest startup accelerator, and MIT’s International Science and Technology Initiatives and MITdesignX; and (4) Ongoing support from the OGS network and the OGS Alumni Organization.
The Executive Director
The Executive Director will oversee the fellowship program, the rapidly growing alumni network (currently over 70 fellows), the acceleration of the OGS Ventures, fundraising, and operations. The Executive Director will report to the Provost of Brandeis University and is expected to work closely with the OGS Advisory board including regular reports.
The Executive Director of Our Generation Speak will need to have the following skills:
1. A visionary
The candidate must have a clear vision for the organization. OGS is still in its early years and stakeholders expect the Executive Director to be able to work with a new strategic plan to lead the organization into the next phase of its development.
2. A trusted leader
The candidate must demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and be trusted and viewed by various stakeholders as a results-oriented leader who always strives for excellence.
3. An able fundraiser
The candidate must have experience with fundraising, engagement of donors and stakeholders. This will be one of the most important aspects of the position of Executive Director.
4. An effective negotiator/ mediator
The candidate must possess strong conflict management skills to navigate the complex set of stakeholders involved in OGS.
5. A skilled communicator
The candidate must have superb verbal and written communications skills. The ability to make public presentations and speak in front of large audiences is crucial to the position.
6. A seasoned manager
The Executive Director should have a proven record of managing people. The program has 10 full-time staff and 30 fellows.
7. A relationship builder
The candidate should have a proven ability to build and maintain relationships across a wide community of fellows, mentors, alumni and supporters.
8. An ability to work under pressure
The candidate should be able to function under a considerable amount of pressure and a high volume of
work. From team dynamic issues in the ventures to political events that might affect the program, the Executive Director must be able to manage multiple issues while remaining focused on the program goals and outcomes.
9. A brave decision-maker
OGS operates in a startup environment and many times, tough decisions need to be made quickly but in a way that does not undermine trust. The Executive Director must constantly think of ways to improve the organization and its practices that reinforce the start-up character of the venture. This will be particularly important as OGS moves from its founder to its next Executive Director and transitions from its start-up phase to a more mature organization.
10. A team player
The candidate must know how to navigate relationships with a wide range of individuals and organizations in a way that builds trust and cooperation even when there are competing interests.
Estimated Percentage of time spent on Major Tasks
Development: The Executive Director (ED) is the sole responsible party for raising the necessary funds for the activity of OGS. With support from the Advisory Board, the ED is expected to raise a minimum of $3M/year.
OGS NEXT: The ED is tasked with sustaining and enhancing OGS’ vibrant alumni network, OGS NEXT. With dedicated staff in the region, the ED ensures high engagement numbers and focuses on positioning OGS NEXT as a network that generates substantial value for the alumni and the region.
Summer Fellowship Oversight: The ED oversees the summer fellowship and ensures efficient performance across all functions of the program: recruitment, selections, summer program, venture selection, evaluation, etc. The ED creates an empowering environment and long-term opportunities for fellowship staff members.
Accelerating the OGS Ventures: Supported by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers (“The OGS Growth Committee”), the ED is in a constant pursuit of new connections and avenues for growth for the ventures created during the summer fellowship. The ED directs the process of distributing funds to the ventures.
Advisory Board: Works with the Advisory Board to define metrics for success. Prepares for Advisory Board meetings. Updates the Advisory Board on major developments. Presents strategic plans to the Advisory Board.
Partnerships & Communications
Ensures a satisfactory relationship with current partners - MassChallenge, MIT, law firms, etc. Initiates new partnerships in the US and in the region.
Fiscal Performance: Ensures responsible fiscal performance, oversees a 7-figure budget.
Work Experience: 5-8 years total work-related experience
Supervisory / Management Experience: minimum 3-5 years of supervisory/management experience
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