Full Time

Jewish Community Relations Council Director, Federation of Greater Toledo

Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo 6465 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania OH

JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER TOLEDO
JOB DECRIPTION
Director, Jewish Community Relations Council

 

Position Summary


The Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is a full-time, exempt professional
employee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo (Federation). The Director will provide professional
leadership and responsibility for the Federation’s community relations and public affairs activities. The
Director will work in cooperation with the Federation Executive Director and the JCRC Chairperson to
determine the priorities for the local Jewish community relations agenda and will oversee the core work
of the JCRC including issues related to Israel advocacy, antisemitism, local, state and national government
relations, social and economic justice and interfaith relations. In coordination with the Federation
ExecutiveDirector and the JCRC Chairman the JCRC Director will serve as a resource to media, government
officials and Jewish and non- Jewish community leaders on matters relating to Israel and the Jewish
community.


Responsibilities


MANAGEMENT OF JCRC
1. Ensure a representational and well-functioning JCRC is maintained, with planned meetings at least quarterly, set agendas, and take minutes.
2. Develop a strategic plan and budget for addressing community engagement, education, Israel affairs, government relations and government advocacy.
3. Act as a liaison between the JCRC and the Federation Board/Staff to ensure that there is a smooth and productive positive working relationship between the JCRC and the Federation.
4. Develop and maintain strong relationships with other JCRC's outside of Toledo, JFNA, the JCPA, the Partnership and national/regional Jewish community organizations.
5. Prepare formal, timely monthly reports of JCRC activities for the Executive Director and the JCRC Chair to report to the Federation's Board that includes a chronological order of events and how they link back to the mission and goals set by the JCRC and Federation.
6. Manage and maintain social media, website, online calendar of events and coordination of community calendar. Prepare and issue periodic emails to the community.
7. Develop, present and adhere to an appropriate budget for JCRC activities.
8. Identify new and innovative opportunities that support the JCRCmission.


EDUCATE AND BUILD CONSENSUS AMONG THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
1. Collaborate on programs with Federation partners on the local and national level with speakers, courses and educational opportunities that bring new perspectives on current issues related to Israel, antisemitism and legislation relating to Jewish and non-Jewish issues of relevance to our community.
2. Research and institute best practices from other JCRC’s and like-minded organizations for evaluation and possible implementation in our community.
3. Develop innovative programming ideas with the JCRC and implement them as approved by the Executive Director.
4. Work with overseas Jewish Agencies such as the Partnership, ORT, The Jewish Agency, and JDC.
5. Attend conferences relevant to Director position when necessary and approved by the Executive Director.


REPRESENT THE TOLEDO JEWISH COMMUNITY TO PUBLIC ENTITIES
1. Represent interest of the mainstream Jewish community to public entities, including city, county, state and federal government, public and private school and universities.
2. Coordinate media opportunities and either write statements and/or speak or defer to the JCRC Chairperson, Board or Federation Executive Director when requested.
3. Assist local school boards and parents to address issues relating to Jewish holiday observances and representing balanced views about Israel and the Middle East in curriculum and materials. Support Hillel when needed as a resource to combat BDS and any anti-Israel, antisemetic activity on campus.
4. Organize, plan and execute, with Federation programming staff, public acknowledgment of major Jewish observances, such as Holocaust memorial day, Yom HaShoah, Israel's Independence Day, Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Remembrance Day, Yom Hazikaron, and Diversity Day. Maintain a public JCRC presence at community commemorations such as MLK Day.


PROACTIVELY ENGAGE IN BUILDING BRIDGES IN INTER-FAITH AND INTER-GROUP SETTINGS
1. Program and participate in planning programs that bring together faith communities and other
ethnic communities.
2. Build positive relationships across the Jewish and non-Jewish Community through coordination of speaking and meet and greet opportunities for the JCRC Director, JCRC Chair and Federation Executive Director and organize committee/community members to speak on panels.
3. Coordinate and prepare materials for public speaking, presentations and meetings for the JCRC representatives.
3. Meet and maintain good working relationship with faith leaders in other faiths.


FEDERATION AND JCRC CHAIR SUPPORT
1. Be an active and positive participant with the Federation staff.
2. Recruit and support the JCRC Chairperson
3. Attend and provide support for community wide events, as needed.
4. Other Duties as assigned. 


Position Qualifications
EXPERIENCE
1. Requires a BA/BS and approximately 2-3 years of experience in relevant or related field, or equivalent demonstrable work experience.
2. Demonstrate excellence in:
a. Community relations-navigating challenging and polarized political environments and complete community dynamics with nuance and tact.
b. Advocacy to combat antisemitism and hate, and in support of Israel.


SKILLS/ATTRIBUTES:
1. Project management and attention to detail. Ability to work independently with consistency and follow through in order to set goals, multi-task, create work plans, and execute strategic thinking ability to vision and passion for innovation.
2. Embraces and fosters collaborative leadership.
3. Open-minded. Can see multiple sides of issues and be nonpartisan.
4. Strong oral and written communication skills to represent complex and diverse issues in an articulate and compelling manner and to tailor messaging to diverse audiences and engage multiple stakeholders.
5. Highly effective interpersonal skills, ability to work with a broad range of leaders and advocates and develop mutually beneficial relationships; ability to build coalitions and establish strategic partnerships.
6. Advanced knowledge of antisemitism (history, contemporary manifestations and intersections with other forms of extremism), knowledge of extremist movements and other forms of hatred and bigotry.
7. Knowledge of Israel advocacy issues.


Supervision

The Director of the JCRC works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director of the Jewish
Federation of Greater Toledo. Evaluations will be based upon achieving metrics on agreed goals.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree Required and 3-5 years of experience.