Full Time

Director, JEDI Education and Community Engagement - JFNA

The Jewish Federations of North America New York NY

DEPARTMENT:  Public Affairs 
REPORTS TO:  Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor

The Jewish Federations of North America ("JFNA") represents 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs.  The Jewish Federation system, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, builds and sustains flourishing Jewish communities in North America and protects and enhances the well-being of the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.



In support of its new strategy, JFNA has embraced Jewish equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) as a core organizational priority in supporting flourishing Jewish communities and creating a culture of belonging within the Jewish community and in broader society.


The Director of JEDI Education and Community Engagement will work closely with the Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs advisor, senior leadership, and community partners across the Jewish communal ecosystem and broader society to develop and implement the day-to-day management of JEDI’s critical ongoing focus areas of education, engagement and empowerment. This role will specifically manage two critical JEDI areas of work: the Community Cohorts and Fellowships, including the curriculum development and updating, and MOED, the multiracial community network and resource group for Jewish People of Color, their families, the broader Jewish community, and society at large. In addition to these responsibilities, the Director will support JEDI’s lead professional and lay leaders in managing program operations.



The Director's primary responsibilities will focus on managing the JEDI's Education and Community Engagement pillars including, but not limited to:


  • Writing and revising JEDI Curriculum, tools and best practices. Assisting in development of guides, factsheets, resources, and other written materials.
  • Stewarding JEDI Community Cohorts and Fellowships and creating an impact measurement tool.
  • Adapting the curriculum to support best practices within JFNA and for JFNA lay cohorts.
  • Relationship-building and community consulting across the Federation system, the wider Jewish communal ecosystem, interfaith and beyond to support education and community engagement.
  • Assisting in providing rapid response to community-specific and national issues.
  • Managing JEDI Operations and supporting MOED and other related initiatives of JEDI.
  • Working with the Israel Action Network (IAN) team to advance projects that intersect IAN and JEDI portfolios.
  • Speak publicly to various audiences within and outside the Jewish community.

The ideal candidate:

  • Strong commitment to ethical practices.
  • Brings a minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience in institutional change and/or diversity, equity and inclusion work.
  • Has experience in education, teaching pedagogy, and curriculum writing.
  • An understanding of the organized Jewish community, particularly successful strategies for building coalitions and achieving buy-in.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator.
  • Strong interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Passionate, idealistic, mission-driven, and self-directed with integrity.
  • Strong project management and implementation expertise.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Extremely organized with the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment. Has a proven track-record of successful use of a sophisticated approach to social change, Jewish equity, diversity and inclusion, overall project management, and data analysis.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, calm under pressure, confident and collaborative, and thrives in a fluid, fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment.


Please submit your cover letter and resume to isaiah.rothstein@jewishfederations.org


As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, JFNA celebrates and welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Our JEDI Values are about creating an environment where Jews of all backgrounds see themselves in all our organizational leadership and programs.