Kehillah Community Engagement Specialist (hybrid)

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA, United States

Posted Date 9/23/2022
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is seeking a Community Engagement Specialist to oversee the Kehillot for Center City Philadelphia and Lower Merion.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Kehillah program aims to weave together a vibrant, collaborative, and interconnected Philadelphia Jewish community. There are eight Kehillot (Hebrew for community or neighborhood) throughout Greater Philadelphia. We are recruiting a full-time postion to oversee the Center City Philadelphia and Lower Merion Kehillot.  The program focuses on relational engagement with individuals, families, and underserved communities, creates a two-way feedback loop between the Kehillot and the Jewish Federation, and expands the pipeline of potential new leaders and supporters for the Jewish Federation and the entire Jewish community. 
This position sits within the Leadership and Community Development & Engagement Department of the Jewish Federation. This person reports to the Director of Community Development. This position works cross functionally within the Jewish Federation, and will work in close collaboration with the Jewish Federation affinity and fundraising team. 
The Community Engagement Specialist will focus on relational engagement with individuals, families and underserved communities, creating a two-way feedback loop between the Kehillot and the Jewish Federation and expanding the pipeline of potential new leaders and supporters. The Specialist weaves together a more vibrant, collaborative, and interconnected Philadelphia Jewish community.
The eight Kehillot are located in:
  • Bucks County
  • Buxmont
  • Center City Philadelphia
  • Chester County
  • Delaware County
  • Lower Merion
  • Northeast Philadelphia
  • Old York Road
The Community Engagement Specialist will focus on the following areas within each Kehillah:
  • Relational engagement: Connect with individuals and families within their Kehillah to understand their interests and needs, help them feel like they belong within Jewish community and life, and to serve as a concierge service connecting them to Jewish experiences and institutions, including the Jewish Federation. This would include a focus on underserved populations throughout our community (ie: Jews of Color, interfaith/multi-faith Jews; Russian and Hebrew speaking Jews, Jewish individuals with disabilities, Orthodox Jews, LGBTQ+ Jews, etc).  (30% of time)
  • Leadership development: The Specialist will identify and engage leaders throughout the community, in event chair and local board roles. S/he will amplify voices that reflect the diversity of our community. Local leadership groups will determine their goals for the year, in consonance with the Jewish Federation’s priorities. Specialists will also connect potential leaders with leadership opportunities throughout the Jewish Federation, including committees, Israel missions, etc. (20% of time) 
  • Programs and gatherings: Plan and create accessible and inclusive community-based programs that leverage the power of shared resources. 2 large gatherings per year (Hanukkah celebrations, Purim celebrations, festivals) as well as 2 or more smaller, thematic experiences (Shabbat across a community, movie/film discussions, facilitated conversations).  (40% of time)
  • Jewish Federation integration and communications: The Specialists are responsible for building and maintaining a digital presence on Facebook and e-newsletter, where they advance Kehillah opportunities as well as Jewish Federation opportunities and messaging. Specialists will help craft and share campaign fundraising messages that are specifically tailored to the Kehillah audience three times/year and will work with Jewish Federation’s campaign team to identify potential prospects. (10% of time)
Qualifications and Job Requirements:
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills. Able to get along with and work well with diverse personalities
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task in an environment that requires managing multiple activities and priorities
  • Proven ability to take a project from concept through completion
  • Familiarity with Jewish Traditions with the ability to lead Jewish events and connect effectively within the Jewish community
  • Basic knowledge of Philadelphia Jewish Community preferred
  • Ability to work evenings, occasional Shabbat and Sunday events
  • Ability to think strategically, and approach relationships with future development in mind.
Education & Training Requirements:
  • Bachelors degree required,
  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience, preferably with experience building relationships, planning events, and overseeing projects,
  • Proficiency with Google Suite, Microsoft Office and social media applications a plus,
Work Conditions & Environment:
  • Specialists will work in a hybrid environment, with approximately one day/week in an office, and the remainder of time remote and in the community.
  • Specialists will be provided with a laptop.


Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a hybrid work schedule, medical, dental, vision, prescription drug program, life insurance, generous paid time off and 403b retirement savings program.

Our Mission

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia mobilizes financial and volunteer resources to address the communities’ most critical priorities locally, in Israel and around the world.

Commitment to Diversity

We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. This includes Black, Latinx, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.


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