Assistant Program Director

The Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation (JJMMF) is seeking an Assistant Program Director for its leadership development and community engagement programs based in Cleveland, Ohio.

A primary focus of the JJMMF is on developing outstanding leaders. JJMMF’s Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is a unique program designed to enhance the diverse leadership abilities of engaged Clevelanders who are committed to creating a city and region that works for everyone. Participants come from Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs and are actively engaged in creating progress in Cleveland neighborhoods. Since 2006, NLDP has graduated 253 leaders.

This fall, NLDP will launch the program’s 14th Cohort which is an eleven-month intensive skills-based curriculum. The curriculum consists of a set of sixteen sessions presenting topics that include community engagement, group facilitation, program planning, fundraising, and conflict resolution. Session topics are designed to build the capabilities and confidence needed for leaders to become more effective change agents in their communities.

In addition, The JJMMF is investing in two joint initiatives to develop stronger leadership in CDCs and more vibrant neighborhoods in the City of Cleveland: The Community Development Corporation Leadership Program (CDC Leadership Program) and Community Development Corporation Learning Lab (CDC Learning Lab).

The CDC Leadership Program will engage high level CDC directors, board presidents and other CDC leaders to help improve their leadership skills and their professional capacity to make greater impact on the neighborhoods they serve through education, coaching, and experiential activities that involve critical issues facing CDCs and neighborhoods.

The CDC Learning Lab provides professional support and strategies to optimize and revitalize a CDC under operational stress. The rebuilding of the CDC involves specific emphasis on optimizing governance and staffing, developing a strategic plan, and enhancing organizational management and accountability.

The Assistant Program Director will report directly to the NLDP Program Director to implement the goals and mission of JJMMF’s leadership development core programs, and other foundation supported community engagement projects as needed. The Assistant Program Director will uphold and represent JJMMF’s mission, philosophy, and vision in the community.

A successful candidate must have a passion for leadership development in our community, a devotion to lifelong learning, and have a clear understanding of the nexus between creating change and vision leadership. A successful candidate must have the ability to be flexible and be able to handle multiple responsibilities in multiple areas of JJMMF’s programs that will grow over time and uphold.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist the Program Director in the execution of the JJMMF’s leadership training and community engagement programs including strategic decision making that aligns with JJMMF’s goals and strategies
  • Build strategic relationships on behalf of NLDP and other Foundation related programs with stakeholders and partners in partnership with the Program Director
  • Analyze JJMMF’s community-based leadership development programs impact and make suggestions for program adjustments as necessary
  • Champion JJMMF’s leadership development story and impact to audiences identified in partnership with Program Director
  • Assist in special projects and represent the JJMMF in the community as requested

Qualities of a Successful Candidate

  • Passion for fostering improved leadership, creating more neighborhoods of choice, and making Cleveland a better community
  • Ability to inspire co-workers and JJMMF partners
  • Demonstrated experience and deep understanding of community engagement and neighborhood enhancement
  • Flexibility and ability to manage multiple programs and initiatives at the same time
  • The ability to honor and respect JJMMF organizational values and culture
  • The capacity to be a team player, work independently, and in partnership with the Program Director
  • An understanding and a desire to promote racial equity and inclusion throughout the program and organization
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, ability to innovate, and dedication to creating new opportunities that deliver on JJMMF’s goals and mission

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Have no less than a master’s degree in non-profit management, public administration and/or equivalent areas of professional engagement
  • No less than 7-10 years leadership experience in Cleveland community-based organizations and an understanding of Cleveland’s city-wide programs, neighborhoods, and communities
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Proven track record in program development, management, and implementation of programs
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic relationship building on behalf of designated Foundation Programs
  • Experience as a spokesperson for an organization and polished public speaking skills
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to manage and implement on multiple priorities at once
  • Self-motivated and results driven

 To Apply:

Email your Cover Letter, Resume and three (3) References in a single PDF format to: no later than 5:00 pm on March 5, 2021. Please indicate Assistant Program Director in the subject line. For more information about NLDP go to

NLDP is a Program of The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation