The Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council will work on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, in conjunction with the leaders and volunteers on the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) to:
- Foster amicable relationships between the Jewish community and other ethnic, racial, and religious groups.
- Enlist government, public and community support for Jewish policy issues and Israel.
- Develop public affairs initiatives and vehicles for community engagement for the Federation.
- Advocate positions on legislation and government funding affecting the Jewish community.
This position reports to the President and CEO and works closely with Federation leaders in representing the voice of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. This role will provide strategic and creative leadership to strengthen the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in the realm of community and government relations. This includes local, national, and international activities, advocacy for Jewish policy issues, and strengthening connections both inside and outside of the Jewish Community. The mission of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is to strengthen relations and mutual understanding within and beyond Philadelphia’s Jewish community and to support the State of Israel. The JCRC, on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is a key face of the organized Jewish community to all communities (religious, ethnic, government affairs, etc.) in Greater Philadelphia.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Council Relations includes but not limited to:
- Serves as the lead Federation professional for the Jewish Community Relations Council and other committees and task forces identified by the CEO.
- Manages Community Relations professionals who oversees all JCRC Committees and programs including but not limited to Israel and overseas, holocaust programming and government/domestic affairs.
- Supervises the development and manages JCRC programs, including correspondence with community members, agenda planning and execution, development of educational materials, recruitment of speakers and attendees, and preparation of promotional materials.
- Engages with diverse constituencies in the Jewish community to develop leadership for the JCRC that reflects political, religious, and geographic balance.
- Ensures a commitment to a deliberative and respectful process to debate complex issues and shape consensus.
- Collaborates with the JCRC, under the guidance of the Federation Board and other community leadership to raise and address issues of concern to the Jewish community and the community at large.
- Grows a coalition of community agencies to build a consensus voice within the Jewish community around key issues including but not limited to the safety and security of the Jewish community, support for Israel and creating allies that strengthen the Jewish community.
Outreach / Public Affairs includes but not limited to:
- Monitors and interprets community responses to a broad range of domestic and international issues and aid in developing an organizational response when appropriate.
- Researches and provides information, technical assistance, and guidance on a broad array of domestic and international issues as required for community education, engagement, and mobilization when appropriate.
- Maintains strong ties within the community that includes elected officials, the diverse range of religious and civic leaders, and the media.
- Monitors media outlets and collaborates with media partners to ensure that the Jewish public agenda is appropriately and accurately covered.
- Develops and staffs a Policy Board that is reflective of the diversity of the Jewish community.
- Identifies appropriate groups and audiences of potential assistance and community influence, i.e. ethnic community groups, faith-based groups, civic groups, government agencies, etc.
- Provides guidance to school districts, municipalities and individual citizens, in conjunction with constituent organizations, in disputes relating to school prayer, anti-Semitism/Israelism, Americanism and church/state matters
- Maintains ongoing dialogues between the Jewish community and other communities in order to advance intergroup understanding and open channels of communication Meets regularly with community group representatives to discuss matters of interest to the Jewish community and non-Jewish communities and seeks collaborative opportunities to promote, advocate and educate in order to advance those causes and concerns.
- Forms volunteer advisory groups as needed to assist in advancing Jewish interests in the broader Greater Philadelphia community.
- Forms and participates in coalitions in order to lend support of the Jewish community to the needs and concerns of the community at large, and non-Jewish community groups in particular.
- Represents the local Jewish community at interfaith gatherings, commemorative events and in media.
Program Development and Intra-agency Role includes but not limited to:
- Recruit new leaders and volunteers and deepen the engagement of existing volunteers.
- Prepare, manage, and administer an annual program budget and plan.
- Maintains webpage and regular reports of activities
- Works with Marketing & Communications in shaping the Federation/JCRC message to the non-Jewish community and the media, including representation to the media where appropriate.
- Serves on the Federation’s Crisis Management Team as needed.
- Cooperates with the Director of Government Affairs in securing community support and government funding for its programs as well as advising and interactions with government officials on local, state and federal level including monitoring relevant legislation.
- Supervises the Holocaust Education and Remembrance Committee and works with its members to develop an agenda for future programming
- Creates and executes issue-specific programs that further an understanding of the topics on the Jewish communal agenda, both within the Jewish community and the broader community.
- Works with Federation’s Kehillah staff to develop community relations in the various regions of the Greater Philadelphia area.
- Continuously reviews ongoing program and project results and impact on the budget.
Qualifications and Job Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
- Minimum of 3-5 years successful experience in Jewish programming or advocacy.
- Strong knowledge of Israeli history and current affairs, as well as history of anti-Semitism and methods to combat.
- Must be able to work with diverse populations while acting as a representative for the Jewish community and the Federation.
- Exceptional collaboration skills with the ability to obtain buy in while generating solutions with diverse groups.
- Ability to forge and maintain strong relationships with media and elected officials.
- Must be able to represent the interests of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in a professional and respectful manner, even if those interests differ from your own.
- Results-driven achiever with exemplary planning and organizational skills.
- Superior written and verbal communication skills.
Physical demands and working conditions
Requires the ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile, and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files, as well as sitting at a computer desk. Travel by automobile will be required regularly, as well as the potential for international and interstate travel. The position requires the availability to work evenings and weekends at various community and organization-sponsored events. This position does not require heavy lifting.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY
Submit a resume and a letter detailing your qualifications and compensation requirements, in confidence, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
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