Governance and Staffing
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Yael Kakoon, Executive Director
Yael Kakoon holds an MA in social work from Tel Aviv University.
She has created and run sign language interpreter training programs at Tel Aviv University, Beit Berl College, and Bar Ilan. Yael was the Jewish Agency's main social worker for new deaf immigrants and was the first to develop services specifically for this new population. She then trained other social workers to specialize in this field.
The specific positions she held are as follows:
2008 to present: Coordinator of Interpreter Training Program in Bar Ilan University
2004 to present: Executive Director, The Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel
2003 to 2008: Coordinator of Interpreter Training Program in Bet Berl College
2000-2005: Staff Guidance Counselor, Ranana Rehabilitation Center
1996 - 2004: Professional Director, The Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel
1993-1995: Community Services Coordinator, The Association of the Deaf
1991-1993: Coordinator of Deaf New Immigrant Services, The Jewish Agency
1987-1988: Rehabilitation Worker, The Holon Rehabilitation Center
Board Policies and Practices
STAFFING AND SALARY INFORMATION
The Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel has one full-time, and eight part-time staff members. The highest salary (including benefits) was 128,474 new Israeli shekels (approximately $31,000); the second highest salary was 110,900 new Israeli shekels (approximately $27,000).
The Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel has approximately 28 volunteers, most of whom are deaf persons themselves who work in a variety of areas including helping with office work, repairs, putting up shelves and the like, and helping out with various events.