DIRECTORES Kaplan Fellows @LEATID

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

DIRECTORES – Kaplan Fellows @LEATID is a management training program for leading community organizations.

Through DIRECTORES – Kaplan Fellows @LEATID, we seek to provide distinctive concepts for Jewish organizational life, promote leadership, innovation and strategic vision, and create a professional network for exchanging and enriching Jewish community life both regionally and globally.

The program runs for two years and combines face-to-face and virtual meetings.

DIRECTORES is aimed at professionals living in Latin America and the Caribbean, and as of this edition our outreach is global, integrating the KAPLAN LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE.

It includes a week-long face-to-face meeting during the second year of the program at the “Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership” in Chicago, together with participants of similar programs across the world, where JDC has an active presence.

Goals

  • To offer management tools for the leadership of community organizations.
  • To provide concepts and distinctive approaches of Jewish organizational life.
  • To encourage and empower community talent.
  • To boost leadership, innovative and strategic vision skills.
  • To create a network of professionals who will promote exchange for the sake of the development and enrichment of community life in the region.

PARTICIPANTS

  • College Graduates
  • Those who currently hold professional leadership positions in Latin American Jewish organizations and/or communities.
  • English (advanced level)
  • Between 25 and 40 years old
  • Jewish education
  • Hebrew (non-exclusive)

Structure

1. WHAT IS LEATID?

LEATID is the Training and Development area of JDC—American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee—Latin American Office. www.leatidlatam.org.
LEATID’s mission is the training of leaders—professionals and volunteers—in order to strengthen institutions and communities for the sake of the continuity and development of Jewish life in Latin America.

2. WHAT IS DIRECTORES KAPLAN FELLOWS @LEATID PROGRAM?

It is a two-year-long—face-to-face and virtual—leadership training program aimed at professionals who work for Jewish organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Its mission is to increase the skills of professionals for current and future senior leadership roles in the region’s Jewish community organization in a global context.
It constitutes a field of academic reflection and professional learning on institutional leadership as a way of contributing to the development, innovation and richness of community life.

3. WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?

The program is aimed at college graduate professionals aged between 25 and 40, who hold professional leadership positions in Jewish institutions and/or communities in LatAm and the Caribbean

4. IS THERE ANY REQUIRED AGE RANGE TO PARTICIPATE?

Between 25 and 40 years old, non exclusive.

5. IS PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?

Yes. This program is aimed at professionals who work in community organizations in LatAm and the Caribbean with at least five years of experience in leadership positions.

6. IS A COLLEGE DEGREE NECESSARY? SHOULD IT BE IN A SPECIFIC MAJOR OR COURSE OF STUDY?

It is necessary to be a professional with a college degree in any field of study to qualify as a participant.

7. IS IT NECESSARY TO BE WORKING AT PRESENT OR TO HAVE WORKED IN THE COMMUNITY FIELD? IN ANY POSITION IN PARTICULAR? FOR HOW LONG?

The program is aimed at professionals who are currently working in Jewish community institutions in LatAm and the Caribbean with at least five years of experience in leadership positions.

8. WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE, MODALITY AND DURATION OF THE PROGRAM?

Each edition of DIRECTORES lasts two years, during which time there will be four four-day-long face-to-face seminars each. Besides, during the second semester of the second year, the program will include a week at Spertus Institute in Chicago, USA. Throughout the program, there will also be several virtual meetings and assignments to work either individually and/or in teams.

9. HOW LONG DO FACE-TO-FACE SEMINARS AND VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES REQUIRE?

Regional face-to-face meetings last four days and will be held in venues to be specified, thus travel time should be considered. Moreover, in October 2019, participants will attend a cross-regional one-week-long meeting at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. As for virtual activities, participants should be available to fulfill individual and team assignments with other participants, interact with their coaches/mentors, read all the materials assigned by their instructors, and attend webinars, among other activities.

10. HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

To obtain this information, please send a message to info@leatidlatam.org . JDC subsidizes a part of the total cost. The remaining amount is partly in charge of the organization that promotes the participant and the rest is in charge of the participant himself/herself.

11. MAY ALL THE APPLICANTS PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?

Vacancies for participating in the program are limited. Those who are interested in participating must fill out an application form (http://leatidlatam.org/directores/#form-programa), send their CV and a recommendation letter written by the President and the Executive Director of the organization (or equivalent) where they work. Upon the registration deadline, January 2018, the selection process for this edition will begin.

12. WHAT DOES THE SELECTION PROCESS CONSIST OF?

Those who are interested in participating must fill out the application form (http://leatidlatam.org/directores/#form-programa), send their CV and a recommendation letter written by the President and Executive Director of the institution, will have an interview (either face-to-face or via Skype) with one or more leadership members of the office of JDC in the region. After the initial selection process has been completed, the following step will consist of a face-to-face or Skype interview with a professional specialized in selection and admission processes. Applicants will undergo a brief English language assessment test.
After each stage is completed, we will inform each applicant about the results.

13. HOW DO I APPLY/REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE?

Those who are interested in participating must fill out the application form (LINK), send their CV and a recommendation letter written by the President and Executive Director (or equivalent) of the institution where they work.

14. WHERE ARE FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS HELD?

The first of the face-to-face meetings will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from April 23 to 26, 2018. The global meeting will be held in Spertus Institute in Chicago in October 2019. The venue for the rest of the regional meetings will be specified as the date of each meeting draws nearer.

15. WHERE ARE PARTICIPANTS FROM?/h3>
The addressees of the program are professionals of Jewish community organizations across LatAm and the Caribbean.

16. WHAT ISSUES WILL BE ADDRESSED AND WHAT CONTENTS WILL BE COVERED?

The contents of the program are organized in two dimensions.
On the one hand, they will be grouped according to meetings; each face-to-face seminar will have a core topic. On the other hand, the following development axes run through the program: Judaism, Community, Management, Leadership.

17. DOES THE DEGREE GRANTED UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE HAVE OFFICIAL VALIDITY?

The certificate of attendance is a proof of the participation in the program, but it is not a graduate degree.
The diploma will be issued by JDC, and the signature of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership of Chicago will be stamped upon it. We are engaged in a dialog with a prestigious university for the teaching of part of the curriculum.

18. IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE ANY COMMUNITY BACKGROUND?

Yes. This program is aimed at professionals who work in Jewish community institutions of LatAm and the Caribbean with at least five years of experience in leading positions.

19. ARE HEBREW LANGUAGE SKILLS NECESSARY?

It is not necessary to have any Hebrew language skills.

20. ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS NECESSARY?

Yes. It is a requirement to have a good command of English to be able to understand and to communicate with instructors and colleagues. In fact, the global seminar in the Spertus Institute in Chicago will be held in English, without any translation, together with participants of programs equivalent to DIRECTORES from around the world. Besides, throughout the whole program, there will be virtual activities and reading material that may be in English.

21. IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE RECEIVED JEWISH EDUCATION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL?

To participate in the program it is not necessary to have received any Jewish education in elementary school or high school.

22. CAN SOMEONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN A PREVIOUS EDITION REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM?

No, though we are thinking about carrying out some sort of activity with the alumni of previous editions.

23. IF I CANNOT ATTEND A SPECIFIC SEMINAR, MAY I PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM ALL THE SAME?

Since the program has some face-to-face meetings, where attendees will participate intensely, it is important to attend each one of them. Nevertheless, we reserve the right to consider each case.

24. WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE FACE-TO-FACE REGIONAL SEMINARS?

The face-to-face seminars in 2018 will be as follows:
Regional Seminar #1: Monday 23 to Thursday 26 of April.
Regional Seminar #2: Monday 12 to Thursday 15 of November.
The dates of face-to-face seminars in 2019 will be specified in the forthcoming months.
The first regional seminar will be held during the first semester of the year. The global seminar will be in October 2019 in Chicago and will last a full week. For the closing of the program, there will be a last shorter regional meeting before the end of 2019.

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Applications for the 2018/2019 Edition until January 2018.

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