Assistant Director, Policy and Advocacy

Conference of Presidents | New York, NY, United States

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Posted Date 9/12/2023

The Conference of Presidents advocates on behalf of the Jewish community around the world and is a key point of contact for communal, national and world leaders.

This staff member is responsible for handling all logistical elements of the Conference’s many policy committees, including scheduling, communications, and agenda setting. They are also focused on strategic planning for these committees, which includes setting short and long term policy goals. They will play a key role in our work to coordinate a community-wide response to the National Strategy to Combat Antisemitism. In addition to these responsibilities, they are responsible for drafting and editing relevant grant proposals, speeches, editorial content, regarding these committees as well as other COP priorities, and providing detailed research on any COP-related matter.

This position requires excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills and the ability to research and synthesize information, to write and edit quickly and concisely. We seek candidates with political acumen and deep familiarity with US-Israel relations, outstanding professionalism, independent judgment, and discretion who can work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of attention to detail and accuracy.  We seek someone who can deftly multi-task and work simultaneously on a variety of projects.  This position offers a great opportunity to interact with Jewish communal leaders representing diverse constituencies, and to deepen one’s understanding of Middle East issues and vital Jewish communal concerns.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Conducting research on all matters of concern to the Conference of Presidents, including current events, studies, and thought pieces related to COP activity
  • Consistently monitoring news sites and social media for news relevant to the Conference of Presidents
  • Drafting and editing relevant grant proposals, speeches, editorial content, and press statements
  • Scheduling meetings of relevant COP committees, working groups, and task forces
  • Efficiently communicating with members and leaders of these committees about upcoming events, ongoing projects, and completed items
  • Drafting public and annotated agendas for meetings of task forces and working groupsContribute to development and implementation of strategic initiatives to counter antisemitism, including adoption of IHRA definition, and strengthen the US-Israel relationship
  • Represent the Conference of Presidents on campus related matters including regular participation in ICC and Hillel partner programming
  • Brainstorming and facilitating external speaker involvement in COP events, including Zoom sessions, in-person events related to antisemitism, and the COP’s annual Mission to Israel
  • Coordinate Shine A Light policy activities with our member organizations and partners
  • Contribute to development and implementation of strategic initiatives to counter antisemitism, including adoption of IHRA definition, and strengthen the US-Israel relationship
  • Monitor legislation and policy initiatives that relate to antisemitism on local and state levels
  • Coordinate and facilitate coalition meetings and communicate effectively with members to promote collaboration, negotiation, and problem solving
  • Leverage opportunities to share best practices with Conference members

Qualifications and Background:

  • 2-5 years’ work experience in Jewish community relations, community organizing, politics, government, or advocacy (Campus leadership experience counts)
  • Background knowledge of current events in Israel and the Middle East
  • Familiarity with Jewish community organizations and priorities
  • A track record as a self-starter who pursues excellence, with the maturity and self-discipline to work independently and in collaboration with a team
  • An excitement for learning new skills in a fast-paced organization
  • Enjoy working within a small entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven and results oriented
  • Commitment to advancing the Conference of Presidents mission
  • Appreciation for and experience navigating diversity within Jewish life


  • Strong writing skills to draft correspondence, proposals, and reports
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills and a detail-oriented approach with meticulous record keeping abilities
  • Ability to effectively monitor and manage several projects and priorities at all times and shift gears when priorities change in real time
  • Ability to interface with colleagues, donors, community partners with warmth, a professional demeanor, and to communicate with clarity
  • High-level research skills and effective writing skills, including in short time frames
  • Proven ability to assimilate information gathered through research and consultations, and to apply that information across multiple organizational programs and initiatives with strategic partners
  • Track record in managing competing organizational priorities and working effectively under pressure of extremely short deadlines
  • Exceptional writing, analytical and organizational skills, and the ability to communicate in a clear, concise and logical manner

Benefits: Paid vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, vision and retirement plans, early closing for Shabbat and Jewish holidays

Salary range:  $ 60,000-80,000

About the Conference of Presidents

The proven and effective voice of organized American Jewry for more than half a century, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations advances the interests of the American Jewish community, sustains broad-based support for Israel and addresses the critical concerns facing world Jewry.  The Conference is at the forefront fighting antisemitism and BDS, rebuilding coalitions at home to counter extremism and divisiveness, and supporting international sanctions and other actions to counter Iran’s aggressive behavior and support for terrorism.

The Conference is the preeminent forum where diverse segments of the Jewish community come together in mutual respect to deliberate vital national and international issues.  Recognizing that common interests and goals far outweigh differences, the Conference, with its 50 member national organizations, sets policy and priorities, deliberates proactive strategies and takes collective action. Maximizing community resources, expertise, and energy enables the Conference’s achievements.


Salary60,000.00 - 80,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days
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