Community Engagement Specialist

JCFS Chicago | Skokie, IL, United States

Posted Date 12/02/2021

The Community Engagement Specialist facilitates education in the Jewish community on topics related to refugee resettlement and the Jewish call to action; oversees HIAS Immigration & Citizenship’s Refugee Co-Sponsorship initiative; and works in partnership with congregations and other Jewish organizations to convene the Chicago Jewish Coalition for Refugees. 


  • Design and facilitate educational programming on topics related to refugee resettlement and the Jewish call to action for teens and adults.
  • Oversee and implement HIAS’ Refugee Co-Sponsorship Program. This includes:
    • Recruiting congregations and organizations to be co-sponsors.
    • Facilitating information sessions and educational programs on the co-sponsorship experience.
    • Co-facilitating training for individuals who will be serving in volunteer tutor and mentor roles.
    • Serving as liaison between the co-sponsoring community and the HIAS program and supporting the co-sponsoring community throughout their tenure as co-sponsors.
  • Partner with a lay steering committee to convene the Chicago Jewish Coalition for Refugees. This includes:
    • Facilitating quarterly meetings, setting agendas, confirming speakers, and discerning ways to take action in support of refugees and asylum seekers. 
    • Collaborating with HIAS leadership and Coalition members to evaluate and periodically refine the mission, vision, and actions of the Coalition.
    • Organizing period meetings with elected officials to discuss issues related to refugees and asylum seekers.
    • Engage in outreach to grow Coalition membership.
  • Represent HIAS Immigration & Citizenship at relevant meetings, programs, and events in the Jewish and broader communities. Coordinate efforts with JCFS’ Community Services program where appropriate.
  • Remain current in knowledge of refugee resettlement and related topics.
  • Assure accountability by collecting data and producing statistics documenting outreach, education sessions, co-sponsor communities, etc.
  • Attend HIAS Immigration & Citizenship and JCFS Chicago meetings as assigned and works collaboratively with colleagues to strengthen the HIAS program and JCFS Chicago agency.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, plus at least two years of relevant community outreach or organizing experience.
  • Excellent administrative organizational skills which ensure multiple competing priorities are addressed and completed in a strategic and thoughtful manner.  
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and planning skills required.
  • Ability to work, interact and communicate effectively with a diverse range of community stakeholders and JCFS staff across multiple program areas.
  • Knowledge of or experience working in Jewish community engagement and/or with refugee and immigrant communities is preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.


JCFS Chicago offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.

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JCFS Chicago is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area. Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS

JCFS Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer: disability/veteran JCFS provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application

Full Time
Community Outreach | Engagement | Other
Organization Type
Community Relations | Outreach
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | leave early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | sick leave | vision
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