The Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC) seeks an Executive Director to advance the collective interests and influence of the California Jewish community at the state-level. This position reports to the JPAC Board of Directors and is responsible for the performance of JPAC administrative tasks including managing all day-to-day operations, staff and volunteers, the website and JPAC’s online presences, and event and meeting planning. The Executive Director will also have responsibility for overseeing a portfolio of work in legislative affairs, public advocacy, revenue development, relationship building, and coalition building inside and beyond the Jewish community. Additionally, a successful Executive Director will ensure the stability, growth, and influence of the organization through active engagement of JPAC Board members and JPAC member agencies in the work, over-sight and management of JPAC professionals and consultants.
With the needs of California’s diverse Jewish community on the rise in the areas of safety and security, older adults aging with dignity, services and programs for the most vulnerable, a strong CA-Israel relationship, and combating antisemitism and hate, we are looking for our next Executive Director to provide leadership and to support to the Board of Directors and JPAC member organizations in order to grow the organization, build and implement a bold vision and strategic plan that advances Jewish interests in California government.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
A. Manage and convene the JPAC Board of Directors and Member organizations
• Convene JPAC member agencies to discuss ongoing issues and needs. Serve as a facilitator and consensus builder to ensure maximal alignment around JPAC’s priorities.
• Develop strong and cooperative working relationships with JPAC Board members and member agencies to maintain and increase engagement.
• In partnership with the Board Chair, prepare and lead board meetings and board committee meetings (including the Executive Committee and other ad hoc committees around specific issues that emerge as needed.)
• Serve as parliamentarian and ensure that all internal processes as dictated by JPAC’s bylaws, are enforced, including voting rules.
B. Administration and Operations
• Manage all JPAC operations to meet organizational goals including communications, contracts, compliance with state filing requirements, quarterly lobbying reports.
• Oversee the annual budget, and in partnership with the Treasurer, ensure adherence to procedures and controls related to JPAC finances.
C. Public Advocacy and Relationship Building
• Together with Sacramento-based lobbyist, and in coordination with JPAC member agencies, build relationships with elected and appointed officials and their staff, coalition partners, and community leaders to promote JPAC and develop collaborations.
• Organize events as needed to promote JPAC and our work with members of the State legislature, Governor’s office, and administrative agencies.
• Directly and in partnership with JPAC member agencies, promote the work of JPAC in local Jewish communities and in other key communities (ethnic groups, interest groups, faith groups and key influencers).
• Represent the Jewish community at civic forums, conferences, and events, and secure speaking engagements, to promote JPAC work and elevate the organization’s profile.
D. Plan annual JPAC Advocacy Day in Sacramento and/or other events and convocations
• Coordinate all logistical aspects including, but not limited to, invitations, marketing, recruiting, announcements, hotel reservations, meals, audio/visual requirements, assign lobbying groups, etc. to achieve JPAC event goals.
• Write and disseminate all documents required for Advocacy Day or other JPAC events including backgrounder sheets, talking points, and all other relevant materials.
• Oversee topical planning, including speakers and developing ideas for keynotes or panel discus-sions, working with a Board sub-committee as needed; organize lobbying sessions with elected officials and other decision makers; follow up on activities and evaluate events as needed.
E. Membership Dues and Fund Development
• Develop and execute a comprehensive financing plan to ensure long term strength and stability of the organization. Oversee all aspects of JPAC revenue generation, including timely payment of dues; oversee development and fundraising if and as appropriate and as determined by the Board of Directors.
• Identify and recruit new member organizations to grow the coalition.
F. Legislative Affairs
• Consult with the Board and individual Member Agencies on legislative priorities and budgetary needs, and build consensus areas to formulate JPAC’s legislative agenda.
• Working in partnership with JPAC Sacramento-based lobbyist, lead JPAC through the legislative cycle, finalizing legislative positions and endorsements, consulting with and lobbying legislators, tracking and reporting on progress of legislation, and engaging and updating Board Members on an ongoing basis.
• Mobilize Jewish organizations and California’s Jewish community at large to support and engage with JPAC’s policy agenda.
G. Management and Staffing
• Hire and manage JPAC staff, interns, and volunteers as needed; conduct annual performance reviews, and provide opportunities for professional development and growth; manage all other JPAC contractors as appropriate.
• Manage the ongoing work of the Sacramento-based Lobbyist, setting expectations and goals for policy and budget work, lobbying meetings, strategy development, and relationship building in compliance with Board policy and priorities.
Qualifications and Experience:
A. Undergraduate degree required. Graduate degree in a related field of policy or politics is pre-ferred.
B. An established track record as a public-facing leader, including prior experience serving in a sen-ior management role. Experience with non-profit and/or Jewish organizations is preferred.
C. Demonstrated success building connections, collaborations, and coalitions with individuals and other groups on issues of common concern.
D. Professional experience in government affairs, policy, and/or politics. State-level experience in these areas is a plus.
E. Proven ability to grow and sustain financial resources through a variety of strategies, including fee generation and other development strategies.
F. Extensive knowledge about Jewish life and community, including organizations, issues, and causes in California is important.
G. Public speaking and spokesperson experience with the media.
H. Technical capacity to use technology to convene meetings, conferences and work remotely.
A. Dedication to supporting and advancing the Jewish community of California.
B. Excellent leadership skills of people, processes, strategy, and analytical thinking.
• Collaborative and consensus building skills and the ability to navigate complex political dynamics, bringing together constituencies, and lifting up and validating diverse viewpoints.
C. Strong presentation and speaking skills, with effective listening and facilitation skills.
D. Key attributes also include integrity, humility, empathy and a deep commitment to the mission and purpose of JPAC as the voice of the organized Jewish community in the State of California.
Terms of Employment:
Reports to the JPAC Board with direct supervision by the JPAC Board Chair. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skills and experience. Director will generally be expected to work out of their home. Additionally, access to conference and temporary working space may be available as needed in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Occasional travel required.