About the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (UJFT) provides critical funding to Jewish agencies, institutions, and programs locally and around the world through our Annual Campaign. With the support of donors and volunteers, the Federation builds and fosters a vibrant and engaging Jewish community. Through its beneficiary agencies, the Federation provides support for Jews in need wherever that need may be, Jewish education for children, teens, and adults, care for Jewish elderly and those with special needs, and support for Israel.
About the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater:
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), a standing committee of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, serves as the public policy and advocacy arm of the Federation and is the instrument through which the organized Jewish community can explore and develop policies on issues affecting the community. The JCRC educates and engages the community on key international, federal, state, and local issues build consensus, establishes relationships, and builds coalitions with ethnic, religious, governmental and civic organizations and the media, to ensure a vibrant Jewish community that is able to take positions and advocate in pursuit of social justice.
Specifically, the JCRC:
• Spearheads the development of the public policy agenda and vets and educates on issues and current events to foster understanding and cooperation within the Jewish and broader community;
• Advocates at all levels of government for public resources to support the activities of the Federation and partnership agencies, Israel’s safety and security, and other issues of priority concern;
• Builds relationships and mutual understanding with ethnic, racial, faith-based, and civic groups;
• Harnesses the power and resources of the Jewish community in supporting its social justice agenda; and
• Promotes through education and action, strong protection, and support for Israel and the Jewish people at home and throughout the world.
The JCRC Director is responsible for leading the JCRC in implementing its mission and programmatic direction, under the direction of the JCRC Chair and lay leadership, reporting to the Chief Program Officer, CEO, and Board of Directors of the UJFT.
• Establishing and maintaining strong ties with government officials, elected and appointed, at the local, state, and federal level;
• Liaising and undertaking advocacy and public policy work with the Jewish Federation of North American’s (JFNA) Washington Office, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) were aligned. Ensuring an effective voice for the Tidewater Jewish community within these organizations;
• Monitoring local, national, and international events for Jewish priorities and Israel advocacy, and working with leadership and community members to set policy, provide education, and mobilize community actions; and
• Organizing education and advocacy opportunities for the community.
• Working with JCRC leadership to cultivate relationships and represent the interests of the Jewish community with religious, non-profit, civic, corporate, political, ethnic, and academic arenas, as well as the media; and
• Engaging and working with local Jewish communal organizations, agencies, and community members to advance the objectives of the organized Jewish community.
• Educating and advocating for Jewish causes and issues including Israel, anti-Semitism, and against the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement;
• Monitoring local, national, and international events, working with volunteer leadership to set policy and mobilizing leadership and volunteers for action as needed
• Working closely with Federation colleagues; ensure that the community is educated on JCRC priority issues through Federation and JCRC events, communication vehicles, social media, local Jewish News, monthly board reports to partner agencies, Federation Board of Directors, and identified others, as well as continuing to explore other marketing opportunities;
• Planning and executing community events, including but not limited to, Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day, Israel Today, and other national speaker engagements, as related to the JCRC mission;
• Support new and existing grants in collaboration with the Federation Development Director providing information and reporting as needed;
• Oversight of the Be A Reader (BeAR) Literacy Program; and
• Leading the day-to-day operations of the JCRC including administrative duties of management, budget planning and adherence, communications, committee work, and supervising support staff
• Other duties as assigned
• Knowledge and understanding of government affairs, legislative processes, and advocacy
• Experience working with diverse constituencies to develop consensus
• Demonstrated leadership experience in promoting mission-critical programs and initiatives
• Commitment to Israel and comprehensive background on Israel-related issues, politics, people, and history
• Excellent oral and written communications skills, including public speaking, writing of letters, op-ed pieces, and responses to community issues
• Experience with social media and other forms of digital communication
• Strong knowledge and understanding of Jewish practices, customs, history, and community infrastructure
• Ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks; strong organizational skills
• Personable, enthusiastic, self-motivated professional; comfortable in a fast-paced working environment, including occasional nights and weekends
• Ability to work closely with others in a team environment, and effectively interact with all
• Ability to create and manage project/program budgets and timelines