Innovation Manager

Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 19, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

JOB TITLE:  Innovation Manager

DEPARTMENT:  Innovation

CLASSIFICATION:  Full-time, Exempt

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION: As Jewish Atlanta continues to boom, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is leading this incredible evolution. The Innovation Department is looking for a motivated, passionate, flexible, detail-oriented and proactive manager to join our team as we expand the ways we impact the community.  You will have the opportunity to help incubate, create, and strengthen our Atlanta innovation ecosystem. We are looking for someone with passion, a desire to try new things, learn and grow with our community.

Reporting to the VP of Innovation, you will work with a passionate team of Federation professionals to increase the impact of the organization’s work here in Atlanta by driving forward innovative change. You will collaborate with our entrepreneurs and institutions to launch new and early stage initiatives —guided by the principles of innovation —to share best practices, build trust, and foster strategic partnerships that help our community move boldly forward. We help ignite, grow and celebrate Jewish ideas and amplify this culture of exploring possibilities.


Strategic Thought Partner

  • Work with VP of Innovation to constantly vision and possibilities for our community and to solidify a 5-year strategic plan for the community.
  • Pioneer new ways of collecting, analyzing and reporting community data.
  • Serve as a key community resource for building community and connections.

Innovation Grants Management

  • Establish, manage and lead Innovation grants committee in setting strategic funding priorities and administering year-round grant selection process.
  • Lead grantee cohort experience including curriculum, coaching, reporting and communications.
  • Serve as a thought partner and provide strategic consulting for grantmaking processes across the Federation to advise on best practices. 
  • Administer timeline and logistics of grant processes, both microgrant and once-a-year grant process, including managing online grants portal and applicant communication.

Project and Event Management

  • Conduct research, share and teach the community about trends in innovation, change management strategies and innovative approaches to program design.
  • Coordinate innovation calendar of events, create timelines, budget and task lists.
  • Coordinate logistics for committee meetings and innovation programming such as professional development workshops, including pre and post communication, arrangements, day of details, etc.
  • Qualitative and quantitative information synthesis/analysis and presentation, materials preparation and creation, file management, and data entry.


  • Coordinate with the marketing team to prepare internal and external communications related to the Innovation department’s work.
  • Communicate directly, and on behalf of the VP of Innovation, with partners and stakeholders both internal and external on matters related to the organization.
  • Serve as outward facing expert, cultivate donor relationships.


  • Promote the mission of Federation at all times through superior customer service to all and through the efficient use and care of resources.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.

STATUS AND SCOPE: Initiate and respond to ongoing contacts with Federation professionals, innovation advisory committee members, and community volunteers. Must be a team player and able to work cross departmentally.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and at least two years of full-time, part-time or start-up work experience. Management of diverse constituencies and knowledge of the Jewish community preferred. Must have excellent verbal and written communication abilities, knowledge and ability to use databases, computer spreadsheets, word processing and other basic programs. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Canva and Formstack preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Intermittent standing and walking with prolonged periods of sitting at desk or in meetings. Must have stamina needed to attend morning, evening and weekend meetings and events in addition to regular schedule. Must be available for local and national travel to attend meetings, functions and other activities. Must provide own transportation and have a valid State of Georgia driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.


*Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer.


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