Employee Engagement Manager

Union for Reform Judaism | Remote, United States

Posted Date 7/08/2022

Location: Remote/Online (Default)/In person meetings, as needed

Department: People, Culture & Risk Management

Reporting to: Director, People & Culture and Strategic Initiatives

Salary Range: $65,000 - $70,000 plus competitive benefits package

Organization: URJ (default)  

Employment Type: Full Time, Benefits Eligible          

 The Role

The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) People, Culture & Risk Management seeks an accessible and experienced  Employee Engagement Manager to help to make the URJ a great place to work. With a focus on impact, retention, and growth, and the principles of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI), the Employee Engagement Manager will collaboratively create and foster a positive organizational culture that enhances employee connection to the URJ mission and values, shared outcomes, and other employees. 

What You Will Do

The Employee Engagement Manager reports to the Director, People & Culture and Strategic Initiatives, and is responsible for the following:

Employee Engagement Strategy

  • Collaboratively create and support a comprehensive and sustainable employee engagement strategy. Work with Director of People & Culture and URJ leaders to develop strategies and demonstrable links between engagement and their strategic goals.
  • Create and implement innovative employee engagement initiatives across the organization to cultivate a workplace where employees from a wide range of backgrounds (including People of Color, LGBTQ+ identifying, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups) feel connected to each other and the work and prioritizes REDI principles.
  • Seek staff feedback in an ongoing, meaningful, and authentic way. Design, deploy, and evaluate effective and efficient engagement assessment tools, including surveys, focus groups, and other measures.
  • Create and/or edit tools, training materials, and resources to help partners and leaders successfully build action plans based on assessment results.
  • Identify and address issues and solutions related to employee engagement.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to identify unique division/location needs while balancing the overall purpose and requirements of the employee engagement strategy.

All-Staff Support & Experiences

  • Leverage all-staff experiences to create and sustain dialogue around engagement.
  • Coordinate all-staff calls in partnership with URJ Leadership.
  • Coordinate formal and informal learning and development and community building experiences that align with URJ mission and shared outcomes.
  • Provide learning and professional development opportunities for employees related to equitable and inclusive work-place culture including managing across differences, cultural competency, and equitable hiring practices.
  • Create and implement ongoing employee recognition system.
  • Support the planning and execution of annual all-staff retreat.

Internal Communications & Employee Intranet Management

  • In partnership with Organizational Effectiveness and People, Culture, and Risk Management teams, expand upon, maintain, and oversee organization-wide intranet. The URJ’s intranet (The Service Center) serves as a self-service resource, information, org-wide communications hub to make it easy and effective to work as OneURJ.
  • Collaborate with key partners and individual contributors related to maintenance and growth of the Service Center.
  • Coordinate internal communications (writing and publishing) in collaboration with Vice President of People, Culture and Risk Management. Manage process, systems, and calendar for org-wide communication.
  • Collaborate with necessary stakeholders to support org-wide alignment of internal messaging.

Team & Organizational Support

  • Support People, Culture, and Risk Management team in org-wide hiring of temporary and seasonal employees.
  • Support all aspects of the employee life cycle, from onboarding to offboarding, in partnership with other members of the department.
  • Work with leaders across the organization to identify challenges and needs and suggest plans to improve people systems.

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves):

To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas:

  • Employee Engagement. Have an eye on the human side of business by creating a work environment that strategically elevates the employee experience.Able to create and / or update policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure they accessible to all employees and align with organizational values. Able to effectively and efficiently help employees navigate challenges, set goals, and create organizational change.

  • Project Management & Systems. Thrive on organizing systems and is highly detailed oriented, all while seeing the big picture and how it all fits together. Able to set priorities, manage deadlines, and coordinate complicated activities. Excel at time management, multi-tasking, and the ability to balance competing priorities – yours and others – with limited assistance. Creating strategies and systems to help yourself and other work more efficiently. Willingness to ask for help and guidance. Ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment and to quickly learn new processes and procedures. Detail-oriented. Ability to visualize assigned projects as an important part of a larger whole moving the URJ to success in its priority areas.

  • Curiosity & Passion. Ability to ask thoughtful and intentional questions to elevate a project or experience. Desire to understand “The Why” behind something. Desire to make good things better.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and able to utilize different forms of relevant media.

  • Radical Candor. Embrace open and honest dialogue. Curious and willing to respectfully question the norm with an eye on growth and organizational alignment.

  • Data Management and Evaluation. Able to read and evaluate both quantitative and qualitative data. Able to articulate and translate data findings to others and interpret potential practical implications of the data.

  • REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and executing on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities.


  • Occasional in-person meetings, as needed
  • Occasional travel to camps during the summer

About Us

Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success. 

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. We acknowledge that due to racism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, that our communities are not whole until everyone experiences a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, we stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of our communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for our communities to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership. Together, our employees and stakeholders, are creating Reform Judaism of today.

Application Process

Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We look forward to hearing from you! Please click the link to APPLY ONLINE! Alternatively, please mail your resume and cover letter to: Union for Reform Judaism, Attn: Talent Management, 633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.

Salary65000.00 - 70000.00 Annual
Full Time
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