Full Time

Jewish Community Relations Council Director

Jewish Federation, Foundation and JCC of Greater New Haven Woodbridge CT

Position Title: Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Director
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer
Classification: Full Time/Exempt
Salary Range: $80,000 - $90,000
Date: November 2021

OVERVIEW
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven strives to represent the Jewish community in key areas of concern; rising anti-Semitism, community security, advocacy for Israel, diversity, equity, inclusion, social responsibility, and relationship building with community partners. Jewish education is of central importance to a healthy and vibrant Jewish community that values life-long learning, enrichment and understanding.

Overall Responsibility

Under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer, the JCRC Director will create and implement a comprehensive plan to expand Jewish community relations and community outreach and engagement effort and oversee the Center for Jewish Life & Learning. Additionally, this role will be a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) subject matter expert who will be the architect strengthening diversity in the Greater New Haven Jewish community.

Key JCRC/DEI Responsibilities
• Is a key member of the Federation staff team and works collaboratively whenever possible
• Works in partnership with the JCRC chairman to identify, recruit and train a diverse JCRC committee representative of varying viewpoints and community demographic groups
• Stewards the JCRC committee in building and carrying forth a robust agenda
• With the assistance of the marketing department, the JCRC director develops and maintains an e-communication strategy to inform the Jewish community of important information pertaining to safety & security, advocacy or other matters of import
• Provides substantive information to inform the community through the Federation’s website and Shalom New Haven newspaper and will ensure that the JCRC webpage and corollary web pages are kept up to date
• Develops and maintains strong relationships with elected officials and their staff
• Develops and maintains strong relationships with interfaith leaders
• Monitors news media to be current and aware of issues and areas of concern
• Represents the Greater New Haven Jewish community at appropriate forums such as the JCPA, JFACT and other community action bodies
• Provides regular updates of JCRC activities to the JFGNH Board of Directors
• Recommends communal response to potential areas of advocacy
• When requested, assists the Federation’s development efforts
• Plans and leads missions (ie; Washington, DC, Alabama, State Capitol)
• Develop and/or implement outreach activities, campaigns, and strategies to cultivate community awareness, build relationships and engagement with the Greater New Haven Jewish community.
• Help create best practices to mobilize local and state partnerships between communities, organizations, religious groups and schools.
• Identify and build strategic local partnerships
• Serve as an internal expert to educate JFGNH, Foundation & JCC staff and board on critical DEI-related issues and lead implementation of JFGNH’s DEI Statement of Commitment.
• Serve as a Jewish community expert to educate synagogue and agency boards on critical DEI-related issues and how to become welcoming communities.
• Monitor and evaluate community outreach and diversity initiatives.
• Attends staff meetings.
• Other related duties as assigned.

Key Responsibilities – Center for Jewish Life & Learning

• Is a key member of the Federation staff team and works collaboratively whenever possible
• Works to identify, recruit and train diverse committee(s) representative of varying viewpoints and community demographic groups
• Provides a central resource for Greater New Haven Jewish educators including internal support for Jewish content/programming for the Federation, Foundation & JCC
• Stewards Principal’s Council (regular communications in person or online meetings)
• Works with Principal’s Council to plan professional development workshops
• Offers creative and engaging adult education programs including an annual community-wide learning event (ie; Taste of Honey/Limmud)
• Acts as an internal liaison to the Young Emissary program
• Acts as an internal liaison/coordinator for Life-long Learning (ILR)
• Oversees & supports Jewish Teen Education (JTE)
• Collaborates on emerging leadership development program
• Supports CEO in distribution of Talmud Torah Meyuchad funds for students with disabilities
• Acts as a liaison to the Library volunteer coordinator
• Coordinates bi-annual March of the Living trip
• Is flexible to support other opportunities that may arise
• Yom Ha’atzmaut & other Jewish holiday programming
• Represents GNH with Partnership2Gether community SNEC Afula/Gilboa

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree in a related area of study or equivalent experience; Advanced or Rabbinic degree is a plus.
• A minimum of 5 years of experience specializing in community outreach including the development of strategy through implementation.
• A thorough understanding of community outreach and DEI principles, practices, and procedures

Please apply in confidence to:
Judith Alprein, CEO
jalperin@jewishnewhaven.org
no phone calls please

The Jewish Federation, Foundation, and JCC of Greater New Haven is an EEO, AA employer and encourages individuals of all faiths and backgrounds to apply.

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree Preferred and 3-5 years of experience.