Deputy Regional Director

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Operations - Central Division
Regular Full-Time


POSITION TITLE: Deputy Regional Director

REPORTS TO: Regional Director

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervise Associate and Assistant Regional Director(s), Community Managers, and junior staff


Grade/Class: Grade H, Exempt, PSA-Eligible



ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.


As a key member of the Midwest Region’s Senior Leadership Team in one of ADL’s largest and most active regions in the country, the Deputy Regional Director will oversee ADL Midwest’s team responsible for carrying out all regional operations in the region’s eight states (northern IL, IN, IA, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI).  This includes ADL programming, communications, incident response, advocacy, coalition building, community engagement, and other operational activities.  The Deputy Regional Director supervises the region’s community managers outside of Chicago and ensures ADL activities in those markets are coordinated and done in collaboration with other ADL departments.  The Deputy Regional Director represents and often serves as the public face of ADL Midwest, such as speaking engagements, coalition meetings, with volunteer leaders and donors, and in media, and also on internal ADL national working groups and other leadership committees.



  • Leadership
    • Supervise the Midwest Regional Operations team responsible for developing and carrying out ADL programming, communications, incident response, advocacy, coalition building, community engagement, and other operational activities in the region.
    • Guide and mentor team members set goals, develop and carryout strategies and plans, and grow professionally by sharing experience of effective strategies and problem-solving approaches to ensure quarterly and annual goals are achieved.
    • Serve as an active and collaborative member of the ADL Midwest senior leadership team.


  • Office Management
    • Partner with the Regional Director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Midwest Regional Office.
    • Ensure the smooth functioning of the regional office in the absence of the Regional Director. Assist in budget preparation and general office management.


  • Innovation, Programming, and Profile Elevation
    • Help develop a culture in the region that encourages and rewards innovation to achieve ADL’s mission in the Midwest.
    • Work with team members to develop and execute an aggressive strategy to elevate ADL’s profile and reach in key markets as outlined in the ADL Midwest Bold Vision and tailoring them to local community needs and issues.
    • Develop strategies that successfully position ADL Midwest and our team members as experts and thought leaders.
    • Develop and implement community outreach, such as new initiatives and joint ventures with elected leaders and diverse interfaith and cross-cultural organizations active within the region e.g. African American, Hispanic and Latino groups, and faith leaders.
    • Work with Community Managers and other relevant ADL Midwest staff to develop and implement strategies that define ADL’s role and presence in non-Chicago markets, including the recruitment and cultivation of volunteer leaders, in-market programming, and the development and achievement of impact goals.


  • Represent ADL Midwest
    • Represent and serve as the public face of ADL Midwest in a variety of public forums to promote awareness of ADL’s mission.
    • As needed, represent ADL Midwest with public and elected officials and other dignitaries and community leaders.
    • As needed, respond to inquiries from the press and from members of the public, demonstrating authoritative knowledge of ADL’s policies and positions and relevant local, national and world events. Read, monitor, and respond to media reports and opinion
    • Travel to non-Chicago markets as necessary.




  • Respond to and resolve the most complex or sensitive complaints of discrimination, antisemitism, incidents, and other civil rights issues.
  • Manage, or work with team members to manage, regional volunteer engagement committees.
  • Participate and contribute to ADL’s Culture of Philanthropy across departments and regional operations.



  • High degree of tact and discretion
  • Proven diplomatic and conflict resolution skills are required.
  • Excellent administrative, organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Proven ability to work with and influence a wide variety of people.
  • Strong management and people development skills.
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills are required.
  • Ability to multi-task is essential. Basic computer skills are necessary.

Work Experience:

  • Between seven to ten years of progressively responsible human relations or community service experience required
  • Significant program and operational management experience needed


  • A Bachelor’s degree plus additional related college courses, professional training or equivalent experience required.

Work Environment:

  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary to represent ADL and to attend community events. Some travel within the region is required. Occasional overnight travel is required.
  • ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically): ADL is adhering to public health guidance regarding COVID-19. ADL will require that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL is requiring proof of vaccination. ADL is a hybrid environment; this role may require 3 days in the office.



  • This position has a salary range of $84,000 to $121,200. This salary range is reflective of a position based in Chicago, IL. Please note that actual salaries are commensurate with experience and reflect the budget for a given position, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations. For an overview of our total rewards package, please visit

ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of underrepresented ethnic groups, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.    


ADL will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation to support the interview process, please contact Talent & Knowledge at    


ADL will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable State, Local, and Federal laws. 


The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job, nor is it to be interpreted as a contract for employment.


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