Director, Community Relations & Rose Project

Jewish Federation of Orange County | Irvine, CA, United States

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Posted Date 3/14/2023

Help us build a more perfect world.

Jewish Federation of Orange County (JFedOC) is seeking a seasoned professional to support organizational growth by fostering strategic relationships that advance JFedOC interests and leverage resources for the Jewish community. This position is part of the leadership team and directs strategic partnerships, community collaborations, government affairs (similar to JCRC positions) and acts as an organizational spokesperson to support Federation’s purpose: amplifying Jewish life in Orange County, in Israel, and globally. You can learn more about the Federation and recent activities of its Rose Project here and here.

We are looking for someone who can drive forward our mission by ensuring effective community relations. Once here you will:

  • Direct and set priorities for Rose Project and staff the Rose Council 
  • Develop and oversee Rose Project community programs (e.g., Student to Student, Driving Out Darkness, etc.) including supervision of staff, budget management, and internal reporting
  • Ensure that communal program messaging is clear, thoughtful, engaging, and resonant with multiple stakeholders
  • Promote JFedOC leaders and programs as subject matter experts on key Jewish communal initiatives to advance Federation’s objectives
  • Represent JFedOC at meetings, collaboratives, and initiatives, and where appropriate to advance Jewish communal interests
  • Engage in policy research related to JFedOC priorities and draft op/eds, letters to the editor and other communication, as needed
  • Determine priorities for Jewish public affairs advocacy and community awareness in alignment with JFedOC objectives of combating antisemitism and hate, and strengthening a connection with Israel
  • Serve as an organizational spokesperson and partner in developing internal and external communications
  • Build and strengthen relationships and mutual understanding with ethnic, racial, faith-based, and civic organizations in furtherance of community initiatives
  • Establish and maintain ties with government officials, elected and appointed, at the local, state, and federal level to advance Jewish communal interests
  • Lead annual advocacy and relationship building programs with Jewish and non-Jewish organizational partners to combat antisemitism and hate
  • Advocate on government funding for JFedOC and community partners as well as on public policy issues of concern at the local, state, and national levels
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

 Your experience and mindset:

  • Chances are you have a graduate degree in political science, Jewish studies, law or non-profit management
  • You have a track record of community organizing and success demonstrated in the work you’ve done over the last 5-8 years in a JCRC or similar role
  • You are a passionate advocate for Jewish justice, thrive as part of a team, have excellent interpersonal skills, are an effective communicator verbally and in writing, and can pivot between operating as part of a team and operating independently with minimal supervision
  • Along your career you have developed high-level expertise communicating in writing, consensus building, and oral communication
  • You are laser focused and work at a fast pace when it comes to solving problems and can achieve multiple tasks at once in order to effectively meet deadlines
  • You are familiar with the organized Jewish community, both locally and nationally, and the Federation system
  • You believe in the mission and vision of JFedOC to strengthen community and you desire to participate in our programs and events

What does it mean to be part of the JFedOC team?

We are a small team driven by intellectual curiosity that wants to build a more perfect world. We laugh and take the work seriously because we believe what we do is existential to the Jewish future. Beyond caring co-workers and friendship, we offer a generous and comprehensive employee benefits package.

Application instructions:

Please provide your resume, and a cover letter that touches on why you are excited to be part of the JFedOC team and how your unique expertise can strengthen our ability to achieve the organization’s mission. Please email resume and cover letter to: [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Jewish Federation of Orange County is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit discrimination and harassment against employees, applicants for employment, individuals providing services in the workplace pursuant to a contract, unpaid interns, and volunteers based on their actual or perceived: race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles), religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition, genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), sex and gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, uniform service member status, military or veteran status, and any other consideration protected by federal, state, or local law.


Salary70,000.00 - 90,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Community Organizing | Community/Govt. Relations | Director | Programming | Public Speaking
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Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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