Jewish Federation seeks to hire someone for the position of DIRECTOR OF KEHILLOT. The Kehillot (Hebrew for “communities”) are the eight geographic regions within the Jewish Federation’s five-county catchment area. The Federation Kehillah funding supports a coalition of lay and professional leadership in each region, and supports grass-roots community building efforts within each region. This staff person will:

  • manage the program’s alignment with Federation’s overall goals
  • be in regular communication with the coordinators of each Kehillah and respond to the challenges they need assistance with
  • ensure that regular data collection and analysis occurs
  • engage with the Kehillot’s volunteer leadership as appropriate
  • steward the Federation’s Community Engagement Committee working on strategy
  • developing tools for strengthening work with under-represented populations

We intend to hire a professional with 10+ years of program and committee management experience who will in turn report to a Federation professional with deep knowledge of the program and the players, the Senior Director of Leadership Development and Engagement.

Major responsibilities for this position include

  • Serve as the central point of contact and task manager for eight, part-time Kehillah Coordinators who work throughout Greater Philadelphia as grassroots community organizers.
  • Serve as Jewish Federation’s representative to the volunteer leadership of eight Jewish Community Coalitions.
  • Provide Jewish Federation messaging and resources to Kehillot Coordinators and volunteer leadership to ensure consistent and effective representation of the organization’s objectives.
  • Oversite of a $300k grant, including data collection and the preparation of semi-annual evaluation reports. Work with Jewish Federation’s evaluation team on data analysis as needed.
  • Staff the Community Engagement Committee, a Jewish Federation volunteer body that assists with setting engagement strategy for the Kehillot, with a special emphasis on strengthening our work with under-represented populations.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with Jewish Federation’s development colleagues to share leads and work towards organization-wide objectives.

Successful candidates for this position will have the following skills, abilities and experiences

  • General and business knowledge equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of progressive experiences in community services programming and general management of larger, sophisticated local community-based nonprofit charitable organizations that rely heavily upon volunteer support from the communities they serve for their success.
  • Familiarity with the contemporary American Jewish communal landscape. Knowledge of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community is preferred.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with staff, volunteers and community stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic and tactical plans.
  • Proven organizational, analytical and planning skills.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to move from over-arching objectives to specific and actionable tactics.
  • Proven ability to relate to a diverse audience
  • Awareness of group and organizational dynamics
  • Proven ability to work with peers in a collaborative environment
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Access to a car

For More Information and to Apply

Submit resume and a letter detailing your qualifications and compensation requirements, in confidence, to jobs@jewishphilly.org.

Our Mission

Since 1901 the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia mobilized financial and volunteer resources to address the communities’ most critical priorities locally, in Israel and around the world. We are the region’s only organization that mobilizes individuals to care for, enrich, and convene our local and global Jewish community.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. This includes Black, Latinx, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.