The Middle East Forum (MEF), a research institute based in Philadelphia with an annual budget of $4 million, seeks a full-time, resident director who functions as the chief administrative officer. Responsibilities of the Director Management Oversee

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The Middle East Forum (MEF), a research institute based in Philadelphia with an annual budget of $4 million, seeks a full-time, resident director who functions as the chief administrative officer.

Responsibilities of the Director

Management

  • Oversee day-to-day operations, the physical office, human resources, and fundraising
  • Supervise a staff of 20
  • Establish and implement administrative procedures
  • Serve as information central for staff, board, donors, and others
  • Review and sign documents

Programs

  • Oversee events and other outreach efforts

Finance

  • Oversee financial and compliance activities

Board

  • Liaise with the board
  • Plan, participate, and take records in board meetings

The director may also be assigned other duties by the president and board

Candidate qualifications

  • Familiarity with the issues pertaining to MEF's mission
  • Basic agreement with MEF's outlook
  • Management and fundraising experience
  • Writing and editing skills
  • Standard computer skills; knowledge of ACT! and QuickBooks a bonus
  • U.S. citizenship
  • A readiness to live in the Philadelphia area
  • Moral commitment to stay at the job 5 years

We seek a candidate with a record of creativity, motivation, and drive: one who also can attend to details, meet deadlines, and work simultaneously on multiple projects.

Location

The director works in the Forum's Philadelphia office.

Employment status

The director is a full-time employee of the Middle East Forum.

Supervision

The director is supervised by MEF president Daniel Pipes, who focuses on the substance of MEF's work.

Compensation:

Non-profit competitive

Next steps:

Prepare an application that includes:

  • A cover letter indicating your interests, qualifications, and goals
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Names of three references

When the application is completed:

  • Bundle the entire application as a single document, preferably in Adobe Acrobat (Word is also acceptable)
  • Title it with your name in reverse order, without spacing, as in "ChurchillWinston"
  • Attach the document to an e-mail and send it to Personnel@MEForum.org
  • Put "Application for MEF director" in the e-mail subject line

The application deadline is April 3 at 5 p.m. EDT.

About the Middle East Forum:

The Middle East Forum, founded in 1994 and headed by Daniel Pipes, defines its mission as promoting American interests. It does so in three ways:

  • Intellectually, by providing information, context, and policy advice through its publications, websites, and lectures
  • Operationally, by exerting direct influence through its projects, each addressing a specific problem
  • Philanthropically, by annually distributing $2 million of dedicated Education Fund monies

See MEForum.org for more information.