Full Time

Director, Resiliency Roundtable - JFNA

The Jewish Federations of North America New York NY

DEPARTMENT:  Community and Jewish Life
REPORTS TO:   Associate Vice President, Community and Jewish Life


The Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”):  The Jewish Federations of North America 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.


Part of JFNA’s new Community and Jewish Life division, the Coordinator of the Resiliency Roundtable will be responsible for a newly established partnership between JFNA and the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA). This multi-year, grant funded initiative will strengthen the capacity of Jewish education and engagement organizations to better address mental health needs of youth,parents, and youth professionals, and support the work of of NJHSA as they aim to build capacity of member agencies to provide mental health and related support services for children, adolescents and parents.  The Director will implement partnerships and efforts involving a wide range of stakeholders to strengthen Jewish communal responses to the mental health through trainings, professional development, a national research project, and grants to communities and organizations. The Resiliency Roundtable is a building this emerging field and the only forum that brings together the engagement and clinical worlds. This partnership brings necessary expertise to engagement spaces, and positions Jewish human service agencies as vital resources for Jewish families. It represents two wide-reaching arms of the Jewish communal system working closely together to model cross-sector collaboration.


Primary Responsibilities:
Working in close partnership with the Resiliency Roundtable Steering Committee and a newly-hired lead professional at NJHSA on this project, the Director will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive, networked approach to addressing wellbeing in the Jewish community.  A Wellness Coordinator will report to this position. Responsibilities includes:



  • connecting with mental health and wellbeing experts in the Jewish and secular communities
  • working in collaboration with JFNA’s Director of Partnerships, build meaningful relationships by convening local/national Jewish educational and engagement organizations for learning, sharing of best practices and explore potential collaborations and partnerships; develop topic- or setting-specific affinity groups within the broader Community of Practice
  • collaborating on developing ‘shared frameworks’ to unite the emerging field of Jewish wellbeing and mental health, and incorporating Jewish frameworks and concepts into mental health and wellbeing strategies  


  • overseeing a centralized approach to offering a variety of trainings for professionals and lay leaders which teach how to identify and support those who are struggling
  • leading an effort to deploy peer-to-peer trainings in a variety of formal and informal education settings to help young people promote healthy environments and relationships

Grants to Communities and Organizations

  • serving as a resource and consultant to external stakeholders eager to learn about these topics
  • developing a grants strategy to support national and local organizations and communities to adapt effective efforts and create community-wide plans to address mental health and wellbeing needs
  • assisting, leveraging and promoting NJHSA efforts to build capacity of agencies to provide virtual and other supportive service delivery for Jewish communities that are under-resourced, and create a clear, efficient and easily accessible process for education/engagement agencies/programs to access mental health resources in their local communities.
  • helping to scale and coordinate the use of technology or digital offerings to increase social supports for young people

Additional Duties as Directed

  • developing a data collection strategy and maintaining a robust database
  • supporting fundraising efforts as needed
  • supporting other Community and Jewish Life team-wide efforts and JFNA convenings (ex. GA) as needed
  • ensuring that the Resiliency roundtable leverages resources and learnings from across JFNA and pursuing opportunities to align the work of the Resiliency Roundtable with other aspects of JFNA’s work on behalf of the Federation system


The successful candidate will have a social work or clinical background, or deep experience and knowledge of issues related to wellbeing concepts and practices.  They will have an expertise in building and supporting collaborations and developing trusting relationships with multiple stakeholders in a fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment. This position is remote but will require travel.  The Director of the Resiliency Roundtable reports to the Associate Vice President, Community and Jewish Life and will oversee one Wellness Coordinator.


  • minimum 5 years of experience in the mental health or wellness space
  • proven ability to think and communicate strategically to a variety of audiences
  • excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • experience managing and growing effective collaborations and partnerships   
  • experience managing a professional team
  • agility with shared evaluative frameworks, evaluation and research
  • a highly organized self-starter with demonstrated ability to take initiative and problem-solve creatively and collaboratively

To Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and resume to Sara.Allen@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.