Chicago Director, Chicago-Metro Based Position (FT)

18Doors | Chicago, IL, United States

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Posted Date 8/23/2023

Who We Are

We’re 18Doors, the only national Jewish non-profit laser focused on understanding, connecting with and communicating the needs of interfaith couples and families where one spouse is Jewish, and one has another spiritual or religious background. 18Doors has a website full of essays, advice, resources and recipes; programs for interfaith couples and families; a Jewish clergy referral service; rabbinic fellowship program and professional development for Jewish leaders, professionals and organizations—all focused on helping couples and families to connect and build the Jewish life they want.

Role Overview

18Doors has worked in Chicago for over a decade, directly engaging thousands of interfaith couples and families in programming and officiation services, as well as via our digital strategy. 18Doors is now prepared to scale those efforts, not by adding more engagement staff, but by shifting our approach. You will build the community’s capacity to engage interfaith couples and families by elevating the knowledge and skills of local Jewish professionals and lay leaders to serve this population. This will be accomplished by training and supporting organizational partners to deliver 18Doors’ codified curriculum,  providing professional development experiences to Jewish clergy, professionals and lay leaders and increasing the visibility of interfaith issues among the Chicago Jewish community. In the end, you will become THE community resource for supporting organizations in offering places of belonging for Jewish interfaith couples and families across the Chicagoland area.

You will start by completing a listening tour to supplement the most recent Chicago Jewish community study, with a focus on interfaith couples and families, their current needs and how 18Doors and other local organizations are meeting those needs. This initial research will help you not only deepen your knowledge of existing experiences and offerings for interfaith couples and help you identify opportunities for additional support, but also to forge relationships for your future work.

This is a key new position that will inform the future of 18Doors’ work across the country. The Director will report to the Chief Program Officer and will work collaboratively with colleagues across 18Doors.

Who You Are

You are an entrepreneur, thought-leader, network weaver and facilitator with an extensive knowledge of interfaith engagement and empowerment. You like building concepts from scratch and are comfortable with learning quickly. You understand how to collect and analyze data and then use it to inform your work. You are not afraid to make mistakes, but rather see them as learning opportunities for you and others. You have a knack for communicating complex ideas and concepts in ways others can easily understand.

You are also knowledgeable about the Chicago Jewish organizational landscape or have demonstrated experience of quickly learning about a community and embedding yourself in it. You are a natural relationship builder who knows how to leverage those relationships to achieve great things.

We want our team to reflect the diversity of our world, and of interfaith couples and families.?? 

18Doors is committed to diversifying our employees and welcomes applications from those groups that have historically been underrepresented in our organization—people of color,?people with disabilities and transgender and non-binary people.?

Essential Job Duties

You will begin your role by conducting a listening tour to understand the current ways Chicago’s Jewish community serves interfaith couples and families and identify areas for 18Doors to support, enhance and deepen those efforts. Your initial research will inform how you will accomplish the work described below, but will not significantly change the areas of work.

  • Create and pilot a partnership programequipping organizational and clergy partners with the skills, knowledge and support to deliver 18Doors’ codified curriculum, share resources, and collaboratively create new materials.
  • Provide consulting services and professional development to Jewish clergy, professionals and lay leaders interested in strategies and concepts for engaging and empowering interfaith couples and families. 
  • Develop a network of professionals and lay leaders who are passionate about programming for and outreach to this demographic. 
  • Routinely convene professionals to share best practices and foster cross-organizational collaborations that better serve interfaith couples and families.
  • Raise the profile of 18Doors and the importance of serving interfaith couples within the Chicagoland Jewish community. This may include speaking at events or community meetings, writing articles and attending local gatherings and conferences.
  • Create and regularly convene a stakeholder advisory council to advise on your work, serve as champions for 18Doors and our mission locally, and to introduce 18Doors staff to prospective donors. 
  • Track data to measure impact and adjust strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness. 
  • Document processes, projects, learning and impact to support scaling of this model to other communities. 
  • Coordinate interfaith programs to fill gaps in the existing offerings. 

Experience & Qualifications

  • Dedication and excitement about 18Doors’ mission and vision 
  • A deep understanding of the needs of interfaith families and Jewish institutions, including the existing research that has been conducted about interfaith families. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Chicago Jewish community or a demonstrated ability to learn about and embed yourself quickly in a new community. 
  • Skilled network builder with an ability to work with partners inside and outside an organization to achieve desired results. 
  • A strong facilitator, trainer and coach. Experience training trainers on how to offer workshops, mentoring and professional development a plus. 
  • Knowledge of user-centered design. Experience using it in nonprofit settings a plus. 
  • Comfort making data-driven decisions, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Entrepreneurial and creative thinker, ability to dig in and turn ideas into reality. 
  • Ability to set priorities, work independently, multi-task, problem solve, and coordinate projects successfully across remote teams.?
  • Strong computer and internet skills, including Microsoft products (Outlook, Teams, Word and Excel). 
  • Excellent written and communications skills, including with remote colleagues. 
  • This position will require extensive local travel and twice annual staff retreats. 
  • Lives in, or is willing to move to, the greater Chicagoland area. 
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the Jewish nonprofit sector or demonstrates transferrable skills and knowledge.?

Do you not meet all the qualifications above? You may still be a great candidate and we encourage you to apply if you meet the majority of the qualifications. Here’s why: Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet about 60% of the qualifications, but those with historically marginalized identities apply only when they meet 100% of the requirements. We look forward to reviewing cover letters and resumes from candidates with diverse experiences who could benefit 18Doors and who believe they can do this role.

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Employer sponsored 3% annual 401K contribution with no required employee contribution 
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including 100% employer paid medical, prescription, dental and vision insurance for staff 
  • Life, short-term and long-term disability insurance 100% employer paid 
  • Medical and Dependent Care FSA accounts 
  • Annual $500 technology stipend reimbursement and company provided PC 
  • Employer paid home office setup as needed including chair, monitor, printer, etc. 
  • 25 days off for Jewish and secular holidays, including U.S. election day, having the office closed the week of July 4th and the last week of the calendar year
  • 120 hours per year of paid vacation time within the first 3 years of employment and 160 hours per year after that 
  • 4 days per year of paid time to volunteer for the organization or cause of your choice 

Equal Opportunity Employer

18Doors is the only national organization laser-focused on supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and helping build inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content and resources; connections to inclusive organizations, Jewish clergy, professionals and programs; resources and training for organizations, clergy, and other program providers; and programs for interfaith couples and families.

Equal Opportunity Employer. 18Doors provides equal opportunity to all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, body configuration, age, disability, marital status, height, weight, or political belief. 18Doors is committed to diversifying their employees and welcomes applications from those groups that have historically been underrepresented in our organization—people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people. This policy applies to all employees and applicants for employment.

We will be accepting applications for this position until September 15, 2023.

Employment Type




Salary75,000.00 - 90,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
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