Full Time

Program Director, Israel Education Center - Chicago

JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Chicago IL

What you’ll be responsible for:

You will be responsible for helping to expand education, crisis response, and programs through JUF’s Israel Education Center (IEC). In this role, you will contribute to overall messaging, strategy, and public relations material to further IEC’s mission of inspiring the next generation to build a strong commitment to Israel.
What you’ll be doing:
  • Responsively and strategically develops and refines content to support the IEC’s objectives and programmatic goals (e.g., presentations, frameworks and tools, fact sheets, antisemitism resolutions, training handbooks, speeches and articles, curricular components, IEC website and social media content, etc.)
  • Supports program delivery, acting as a speaker, instructor, mentor and coach to program participants and trusted resource to campus partners.
  • Works closely with the IEC Director to nurture relationships with all campus stakeholders.
  • Contributes to IEC’s rapid response efforts as needs arise (e.g., for individual students, groups of students, related to student government actions and resolutions, and specific to types of Israel-related issues on campus, etc.)
  • Oversees campus student leadership delegations and develops educational materials for staff.
  • Expands opportunities for high school students outside of Write On for Israel (WOFI).
  • Responsible for tracking Israel-related programming across the spectrum on campus and in high schools in the area.
  • Works in cooperation with Department of Campus Affairs and Student Engagement staff, donor staff, and other JUF departmental staff.
  • Supports JUF Campaign and mandatory campaign-related activities on an ongoing basis.
What you need to succeed: 
  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • 3+ years Jewish communal or campus experience preferred
  • Strong organizational skills, contributing to high-level strategy and managing varied, tactical program details
  • Flexible mindset as priorities change and ability to multi-task within time constraints
  • Familiarity with the Israel-related-campus landscape and antisemitism-related-campus landscape
  • Fluency in American political dynamics related to Israel, antisemitism, etc.
  • Comfort with and interest in coaching, mentoring, and supporting students as they navigate their personal, communal, and academic development
  • Comfort with speaking to groups on sensitive subjects
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written) are critical
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite of Products 
  • Able to work nights and weekends
  • Must have driver’s license for travel purposes
*Please include a writing sample or cover letter.*
What you’ll love about us:

JUF is one of the largest non-profit social welfare institutions in Illinois. We provide food, refuge, health care, education and emergency assistance to 500,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and millions of Jews around the world. 
Time off:  Up to 22 days paid time off, up to 10 sick days, 8 paid federal holidays and up to 13 paid Jewish holidays, and 6 weeks paid parental leave.
Health Benefits:  Medical, dental, and vision insurance.
Prepare for your future:  401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan.
Additional Benefits:  Additional health and wellness benefits, financial benefits, professional training, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

JUF is currently working remotely for most positions and will return on a hybrid basis in the near future.

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