Associate Director, IAN Community Cohort

The Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”): The Jewish Federations of North America represents 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs. The Jewish Federation system, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, builds and sustains flourishing Jewish communities in North America and protects and enhances the well-being of the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide.

JFNA’s Israel Action Network (IAN) is focused on creating a national network of confident and connected Federation professionals with the resources to impact relationships in the most important sectors of civic life. This grassroots led effort will enable the Federation system to address each local community’s challenges and opportunities proactively and strategically – thereby impacting national trends and enabling a flourishing and safe Jewish community. On issues related to the delegitimization of Israel and antisemitism, IAN is the central address for Federations providing expertise, education, and national leadership.

IAN will create a pilot task force of community leaders to study, test, and model effective strategies and responses to antisemitism and Israel delegitimization through civil society. Each participating Federation will designate a professional and a lay leader to lead their communal work in the cohort. IAN will work to provide the necessary support and training, expert consultation and materials, and other resources aimed at advancing local responses to antisemitism and delegitimization.

Position Description:
The Associate Director, IAN Community Cohort will be responsible for supporting and leading this community building effort sharing models and best practices, offering expertise, helping to activate them around shared issues, and serving as an early warning system of national antisemitism/antizionism trends.

Essential responsibilities will include:
• Steward pilot task force in regular and ongoing strategic planning to pilot and scale most effective civic engagement models for the Federation system.
• Assist in development and implementation of key performance indicators for community activations.
• Establish regular ongoing coordination across the Federation communities to share key challenges and issues in civil society related to antisemitism and Israel delegitimization to build common strategies.
• Bring continental and global experts to help shape local and national approaches, produce materials, and serve, as ambassadors to key organizations (churches, labor unions, etc).
• Develop and share common, relevant, accessible messages in coordination with the rest of the Public Affairs team and marketing and communications colleagues.
• Develop and coordinate systemwide local and national responses to common challenges.
• Oversee evaluation process and share key learnings with JFNA/IAN stakeholders.
• Partner across JFNA to ensure that the initiative and its learnings are integrated with and benefits from resources and services across the organization.

• Minimum 5-7 years of relevant experience;
• Experience with community relations and coalition building strongly preferred;
• An understanding of the issues and the organizations involved in combatting antisemitism, antizionism and BDS;
• Familiarity and connection with elected officials, as well as local, state, and national politics is a plus;
• An understanding of the organized Jewish community, particularly successful strategies for meaningfully engaging volunteers;
• Strong inter-personal and multidisciplinary project skills;
• Extremely organized with the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment;
• A persuasive and passionate writer /communicator;
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative: Ability to develop analytical and evaluative systems;
• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people;
• Ability to travel.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, JFNA celebrates and welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Application Instructions

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance, Paid Holidays, FSA
  • Other Benefits: All staff currently work remote due to COVID-19. Some in-person meetings will be required in the Washington, DC or New York City office prior to returning to the office full-time.
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: N/A
  • Job Posted: 2021-09-09
  • Times this job has been viewed: 231 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Community Outreach, Community/Govt. Relations, Associate Director
  • Organization Type: Federation, Public Affairs
Job Location
The Jewish Federations of North America/Israel Action Network
800 8th Street Northwest
Washington , DC 20001


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