JCRC is embarking on a new strategic plan to address rising antisemitism and hate, delegitimization of Israel, widening racial and economic inequities, and a weakening of our democracy. We are seeking a driven, skilled, and tactful professional to serve as our Director of Jewish Community Engagement to help implement our ongoing programmatic strategy that advances JCRC’s critical community relations work. In particular, the Director of Jewish Community Engagement will steward our reimagined Bay Area Leadership Council, and build strong and trusted relationships with Jewish communal leaders.
o Manage the ongoing work and goals of the JCRC Leadership Council, our non-fiduciary leadership and deliberative body, consisting of Member organizations (Bay Area synagogues and Jewish agencies), and at-large Members (JCRC lay leaders representing diverse constituencies across the Jewish community).
o Develop one-on-one and council-wide strategies to cultivate at-large Council Members’ leadership roles in JCRC: serving in ambassadorial roles in the community, financially supporting the organization, and participating in committee structures. The Council is JCRC’s most important leadership pipeline for future Board Members.
o Prospect and bring in new at-large Members, prioritizing diverse Jewish voices and perspectives into leadership and volunteer positions in JCRC, with an emphasis on Jews of Color, LGBTQ Jews, Millennial and Gen Z Jews, institutionally unaffiliated Jews, and other underrepresented voices in Bay Area Jewish life.
o Strengthen JCRC’s relationships and ongoing partnerships with Jewish member organizations and their professionals in the Leadership Council, as well as non-member partner organizations, to advance JCRC’s work. Develop and lead Jewish community programming, collaborations, and events with Jewish and civic agencies that further JCRC’s advocacy and policy goals.
o Cultivate and expand JCRC’s member organizations across the Bay Area, and in particular underrepresented areas of organized Jewish life.
o Work closely with relevant staff to ensure working committees of the Council are aligned with the broader organizational strategy and build organizational capacity to strengthen our field work in the Jewish and civic arenas.
o Plan and lead engaging council meetings, with a culture to inspire involvement with the ongoing work and developments in the organization, including working with policy staff to provide education on policy issues and leading consensus-building process.
o Represent JCRC in Jewish professional settings and roundtables, at Jewish community events, and elsewhere as needed.
o Identify, recruit, and train Jewish organizations, leaders and supporters to develop critical skills, like public advocacy, participation in civic life, relationship building with elected and civic leaders, and volunteer opportunities with our organizational partners.
o Mobilize the Jewish community to take action on issues of ongoing or acute concern to JCRC, the Jewish community, and our partners.
o Serve as the “go-to convener” for Jewish leaders and organizations on issues of concern. Validate and lift up participants with diverse viewpoints and lived experiences, and work to build consensus where possible.
o Promote a strong culture of philanthropic support with Council Members and lay leaders of JCRC.
o Ensure that development staff is well-informed about the ongoing Jewish community relations work and issues priorities, and providing support to the JCRC grant writer and lay and staff gift solicitors on an ongoing basis.
o In partnership with the Director of Development, cultivate and solicit JCRC Council Members and lay leaders for their support of JCRC.
o In partnership with the Director of Development, prospect new potential supporters through ongoing work in the Jewish community.