Director, Clergy & Congregations

HIAS | Silver Spring, MD, United States

Posted Date 12/03/2021


HIAS seeks a Director, Clergy & Congregations to build the capacity of the Jewish community to support the rights and safety of refugees in the United States and around the world. Hundreds of congregations and clergy engage with HIAS each year through educational programs, advocacy, direct service, solidary actions, border delegations and more. HIAS seeks a professional who can harness that interest, based in intimate familiarity with the needs, interests, challenges and opportunities of working with both congregations and clergy. The Director, Clergy & Congregations will develop structure that support HIAS’ existing work with congregations, as well as new pathways for the Jewish community to welcome refugees and asylum seekers with open hearts and arms. The Director, Clergy & Congregations is a new position and an integral component of a deeply collaborative Community Engagement department and Public Affairs division. 

Please note, the salary range for this position is $100,000-110,000 and can be located in Silver Spring, Maryland, New York, New York, or remotely in the United States.


  • Recruits, cultivates and manages significant relationships with clergy on behalf of HIAS, liaising with clergy and supporting them to take action through district advocacy efforts, media and other expressions of support for the rights and safety of refugees. 

  • Develops a cohesive program for clergy, incorporating learning experiences and leadership opportunities. 

  • Identifies a powerful cadre of top tier clergy leaders to serve as spokespeople and advocates, presenting an inspiring Jewish moral voice for welcoming refugees. 

  • Cultivates and expands the HIAS Welcome Campaign Synagogue Action Network, developing and implementing a strategy to support 500+ congregations across the country to take action for refugees and asylum seekers. 

  • Develops regional networks of congregations and clergy in cities with strategic importance to HIAS’ work. 

  • Builds connections between congregations with years of experience in welcoming refugees to their local communities and congregations newly beginning this work. 

  • Recruits congregations to participate in core HIAS programs such as Refugee Shabbat, HIAS Welcome Circles (sponsorship of refugee families), Advocacy Weeks of Action, Pro-Bono Legal Volunteering and more. 

  • Creates materials for clergy and congregations that are as clear as they are comprehensive, to ensure ease in accessing information about current priorities and projects. 

  • Collaborates frequently with individual clergy and congregations to assess the best approach for making an impact.  

  • Serves as a one-stop resource for information about how to be involved with HIAS’ work. 

  • Develops evaluation metrics for clergy and congregation efforts, and gathers, records and analyzes relevant data. 

  • Plays a critical support role in HIAS’ rapid response efforts and other HIAS Community Engagement department efforts as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Rabbinic, Cantorial or equivalent ordination strongly preferred. 

  • 6-8 years of relevant work experience, with 3+ years of experience specifically in a congregational setting, as well as high familiarity with Jewish clergy and congregations, and extensive experience working in the Jewish community. 

  • Deep knowledge of how the Jewish community engages in social justice organizing, solidarity work and volunteering, and experience in engaging Jewish communities to take action. 

  • Demonstrated experience in leadership development, building networks, relational organizing and conducting trainings. 

  • Familiarity with refugee and immigration issues preferred. 

  • An understanding that sometimes the Jewish community must lead on social justice issues, and sometimes it must follow and be in solidarity with others. 

  • Expert relationship builder, with a curiosity and empathy for others and what motivates them; an understanding that every connection can lead to worthwhile projects that advance our greater mission. 

  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.   

  • Experience in program implementation and assessment, with strong problem-solving and analytical skills. 

  • A very strong team player who thrives working on close-knit teams. 

  • Receptive to feedback and excited to grow and lead in a highly collaborative context. 

  • Strong attention to detail and a commitment to high quality standards, even under quickly changing circumstances and tight deadlines. 

  • Passionate about the safety, rights and dignity of refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. 

  • Eagerness to join a team working to build a more just and compassionate world. 


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process: 

Step 1: Submit your application! 

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter. 

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager. 

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees. 

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey. 

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening. 

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS! 

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step. 


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.  

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values. 


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 


Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger 

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice 

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy 

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership 

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World 

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience 


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status. 

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