Director, JCRC/Vice President Community and Government Relations

Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo 6465 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania OH

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 (JFGT).  The Director will provide professional leadership and responsibility for JFGT’s community relations and public affairs activities. The Director will work in cooperation with JFGT’s Chief Executive Officer and the JCRC Chairperson to set 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. The Director reports to the JFGT CEO. In coordination with the CEO 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.

The Vice President Community and Government Relations (“VPCGR”) position is a more senior role for a full-time, exempt professional employee of JFGT.  This position and title could be filled by a candidate for the JCRC Director role with the right mix of experience and qualifications.  The VP has an expanded role as part of JFGT’s leadership team.  We are looking to fill one of the two positions.

Over the last three years, Toledo has allocated significant resources for professionals and engaged with dedicated lay people to build a well-regarded and deeply successful community relations program.  The position offers the right candidate the opportunity to fulfill professional goals in a community that values and understands the importance of Jewish community relations.  Our JCRC has a structure and a task force model that is not the traditional “committee” experience.  Task force chairs work with community members on projects that are developed, executed, evaluated and improved.  The model works because it values people’s time and creates enthusiasm around action that leads to results.  We are seeking a candidate who sees the big picture, is not interested in silos, seeks growth and wants to work on a team to fulfill JFGT’s mission to deliver a Jewish future.


BACKGROUND 

With an annual operating budget of over $4 million dollars and a staff of over 30 full time team members, JFGT is the central address for community services, programing, and philanthropy for the Jewish community of northwest Ohio and part of southeast Michigan. JFGT includes a successful endowment program through the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation that stewards over $50 million dollars in community assets, a seven-figure annual campaign, a Jewish Senior, Family and Social Services division including a community food pantry in its own building, a professionally staffed Jewish Community Relations Council, a preschool in its own building, the PJ Library program, an active Next Jewish Generation program, Hillel programs at two state universities, exceptional programs for community members age 55 and better and a Toledo Jewish Community Cemetery Association that operates and maintains two cemeteries.  The JCRC division of JFGT has a budget of over $360,000. 

The Toledo Jewish community is small but mighty and continues to support three synagogues (Reform, Conservative and Orthodox) as well as Chabad in its own building.  Toledo boasts the University of Toledo, the Toledo Mudhens, and the nationally recognized Toledo Zoo and Toledo Museum of Art.  Toledo is at the cross-roads of America with easy north/south highway access on I-75 and east/west highway access on I-80.  It is within 50 minutes driving to Ann Arbor, 55 minutes to Detroit, 2 hours to Cleveland, and 4 hours to Chicago. 


QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree and approximately 2-3 years of experience in relevant or related field, or equivalent demonstrable work experience.
  • Role requires residency in the Toledo area.  Limited work from home may be negotiated.
  • Demonstrated excellence in:
  1. Community relations-navigating challenging and polarized political environments and understanding of community dynamics with nuance and tact.  
  2. Project management and attention to detail. 
  3. Working independently with consistency and follow through to set goals, multi-task, and create work plans.
  4. Embracing and fostering collaborative leadership.
  5. Open-mindedness with the ability to see multiple sides of issues and be nonpartisan, when appropriate.
  6. Oral and written communication skills with the ability to represent complex and diverse issues in an articulate and compelling manner and to tailor messaging to diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  7. Interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a broad range of leaders and advocates to develop beneficial relationships.
  8. Building coalitions   and   establishing strategic partnerships.
  9. Advanced knowledge of, and experience advocating to combat, antisemitism (history, contemporary manifestations and intersections with other forms of extremism), knowledge of extremist movements and other forms of hatred and bigotry.
  10. Advanced knowledge of and advocating for Israel and experience in educating on multiple complex and nuanced issues regarding Israel.

 

REPORTING 

The JCRC Director or VPCGR will report directly to the CEO. 


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES 

Management of JCRC 

  1. Ensure a representational and well-functioning JCRC consisting of community members is maintained, with planned meetings at least six times per year.  
  2. Execute and update, as needed, an approved strategic plan for addressing community engagement, including interfaith and intrafaith relations, Israel advocacy and engagement, antisemitism, hate and Holocaust education, government and media affairs and current issues and civic engagement.  
  3. Act as a liaison between the JCRC and the JFGT Board/Staff to ensure that there is a smooth and productive positive working relationship between the JCRC and JFGT. 
  4. Develop and maintain strong relationships with other JCRC professionals, Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”), Jewish Council for Public Affairs (“JCPA”), Partnership2Gether and national/regional Jewish community organizations. 
  5. Prepare formal, timely monthly reports of JCRC activities for the CEO and the JCRC Chair to report to JFGT Board that includes a chronological order of events and how they link back to the mission and goals set by the JCRC and JFGT. 
  6. Assist with selecting and developing content for social media, website, and online calendars, with the assistance of the JFGT Communications and Marketing Team.
  7. Prepare and issue periodic newsletters, draft statements and emails to the community, as necessary and appropriate.  
  8. Develop, present and adhere to an appropriate budget for JCRC activities. 
  9. Identify new and innovative opportunities that support the JCRC mission including but not limited to writing grants and cultivating donor relations as they apply to JCRC-related issues. 
  10. Work with Ohio Jewish Communities (“OJC”), a consortium of the 8 Ohio Jewish Federations that supports a full time President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director, Operations & Member Relations, who provide statewide government advocacy and community relations.

Educate and build consensus among the Jewish community. 

  1. Collaborate on programs with JFGT 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 CEO. 
  4. Work with overseas Jewish agencies such as Partnership2Gether, ORT, The Jewish Agency, and JDC.  
  5. Attend conferences relevant to the Director/VPCGR position when necessary and approved by the CEO. 
  6. Organize candidate forums to educate the community about candidates and candidates about legislative matters of importance to the Jewish community.

Represent the Toledo Jewish community to public entities. 

  1. Represent interests of the mainstream Jewish community to public entities, including city, county, state and federal government, public and private schools, universities, non-profits and businesses. 
  2. Coordinate media opportunities and either write statements and/or speak or defer to the JCRC Chair, Board, or CEO when requested.  
  3. Assist local school boards, administrators, teachers and parents to address issues relating to Jewish holiday observances and representing balanced views about Israel and the Middle East in curriculum and materials.
  4. Support Hillel when needed as a resource to combat BDS and/or any anti-Israel, and/or antisemitic activity at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. 
  5. Organize, plan and execute, with JFGT programming staff, public acknowledgment of major Jewish observances, such as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaShoah; Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Ha’Zikaron; Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut; and Kristallnacht. Also, organize, plan and execute, with JFGT programming staff, the annual Diversity Day lecture for area middle and high school students about the Holocaust. 
  6. Maintain a public JCRC presence at local multi-faith and/or multi-cultural events.

Proactively engage in building bridges in inter-faith and inter-group settings. 

  1. Lead and participate in planning programs that bring the Jewish community together with other faith, ethnic and minority 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 CEO and organize committee/community members to speak on panels. 
  3. Coordinate and prepare materials for public speaking, presentations, and meetings for the JCRC representatives. 
  4. Meet and maintain good working relationships with faith leaders in other faiths. Actively participate in the Multi-Faith Council of Northwest Ohio.

JFGT and JCRC Chair Support 

  1. Be an active and positive participant within the JFGT staff. 
  2. Recruit and educate JCRC members that represent broad viewpoints in the community and support the JCRC Chair. 
  3. Attend and provide support for community wide events, as needed. 

Other Duties as assigned.

Some evening/weekend work required.   

Additional duties expected of the VPCGR

Supervision and Management of the Community Relations Programming Specialist (“CoRPS”) and coordination with the Community Asset, Safety and Security Manager (“CASSM”).

Supervise, manage, inspire, and evaluate the CoRPS to help them successfully fulfill the major responsibilities set forth in their job descriptions.  Work with the CASSM to address safety and security needs, as well as the coordination of safety grant opportunities.

Expanded Israel-related duties

  1. Working with JFGT’s Campaign Department and Finance Department, lead the Israel & Overseas Allocations Committee that determines where approximately 10% of JFGT’s Annual Campaign revenue is allocated and disbursed. 
  2. Working with Partnership2Gether and independently, build relationships with organizations operating in Israel and overseas that request grants from JFGT.
  3. Plan and lead future Israel Missions for Jewish Toledoans and for Toledo-area civic and business leaders.
     

Participation as an active and contributing member of the JFGT Leadership Team

  1. Serve as a role model by offering feedback and demonstrating the desired skills and expected work ethic of JFGT Leadership Team member.
  2. Help to create thinking that empowers people and fosters an environment in which the team can collaborate and translate vision into reality.
  3. Effectively communicate throughout JFGT, within the community, and with the Board.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Standing/lifting as necessary; ability to drive to meetings; sitting and close computer work.


SALARY AND BENEFITS

Depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate, we will hire either a JCRC Director or a VPCGR for a salary between $75,0000-$95,000.  In addition, JFGT offers the following additional benefits:

  • Generous Paid Time Off including early close for Shabbat and Jewish holiday closures
  • Extended Illness Benefits
  • 85% contribution to single participant coverage in group health (HMO and high deductible plans with HSA available) and dental plan
  • Vision and other supplemental insurance available for employee purchase
  • 401(k)—New employees are immediately eligible to make voluntary contributions.  After one year service, JFGT contributes 7% annually of base salary (3% safe harbor with an additional 4% discretionary contribution)
  • Group life insurance
  • Cell phone plan reimbursement up to $600 per year
  • YMCA/JCC max membership for you and family
  • Reduced preschool tuition
  • Laptop computer
  • Professional development and conference expenses including potential travel to Israel

Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Interested applicants, please forward cover letter, resume, and reference to Pam Hoadley at pam@jewishtoledo.org.