Robert Kraft searching for head of new antisemitism foundation

on the hunt

Lior Mizrahi

2019 Genesis Prize Laureate Robert Kraft with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Genesis Prize Co-Founder Stan Polovets.

Do you have what it takes to be the executive director of a brand-new foundation tackling antisemitism? Your dream job may be waiting. 

New England Patriots owner and Kraft Group CEO Robert Kraft announced last month the creation of a foundation to combat antisemitism. Kraft pledged to contribute $20 million of his own money — along with the $1 million Genesis Prize he received in Jerusalem last month — to establish the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism.

Now all Kraft needs is a quarterback to lead the Boston-based foundation, and headhunters Heidrick & Struggles are assisting Kraft in his search for the perfect candidate. A job specification document has been circulating among Kraft’s associates and Jewish nonprofit professionals seeking a “proven leader” who can work to “educate individuals, create understanding, spur personal action and counter misinformation.”

The candidate will serve as the lead fundraising executive, spokesperson and face of the foundation; oversee its targeted campaigns and activities; establish a marketing and PR plan; and function as its chief executive. 

A spokesman did not respond to a request for comment from Jewish Insider about details of the foundation. It was not immediately clear if the executive director will be the foundation’s sole full-time employee. 

The ideal candidate, the job description dictates, will have a “passion for the mission of combating antisemitism, bigotry, and hatred,” be able to specifically target those under 35, and have more than 10 years of experience leading campaigns in a “corporate, public, nonprofit, or philanthropic context.”

Despite the focus on outreach to those under 35, the foundation’s backers indicated that the job is best suited to someone ages 35-50. 

Kraft, who has long been a prominent philanthropist to Jewish and Israeli causes, was caught in a police sting operation earlier this year and charged with soliciting prostitution. The charges, which he is fighting in court and has apologized for, have not stopped his high-profile activities, including accepting the Genesis Prize from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and attending a dinner at the Treasury earlier this month alongside President Donald Trump and Qatari Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.  

Along with Kraft’s own funding, Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich pledged a $5 million gift to the fledgling foundation.

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