The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte (JFGC) is a non-profit community building organization supporting a $5 million annual fundraising campaign. We impact and enrich lives here at home and around the world every day, supporting more than 60 Jewish organizations and initiatives that build community, foster Jewish identity, and nurture and care for the Jewish people. As part of a network of more than 140 Federations across North America, we are a vibrant community hub that connects resources, volunteers, leaders and expertise to care for people in need, advocate for Israel, and ensure a thriving and sustainable Jewish future.
Our greatest resource is our people — the staff, volunteers, partners and leaders who help make greater Charlotte’s Jewish community a welcoming home. We offer a collaborative, friendly, inspiring, and flexible work environment. We are one of Charlotte's most highly respected philanthropic organizations and we are currently seeking an Education & Engagement Director.
Federations are among the largest supporters and conveners of local Jewish engagement in North America. JFGC’s education and engagement efforts aim to increase, deepen and diversify Jewish engagement in the greater Charlotte area. Diverse focus areas and demographics include families with young children, young adults, teens, interfaith families, newcomers, Jewish diversity and belonging, and adult learning.
Our engagement and education work is centered on two primary approaches: relationship-based engagement, which prioritizes meeting people where they are and connecting them to Jewish life in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them; and creating a culture of belonging, which empowers every Jew to feel part of a community.
The ideal candidate for this position is approachable, creative, a conscientious go-getter, passionate about Jewish life and making Judaism relevant and exciting to diverse populations. Through learnings and research from the field, the Director will design and implement initiatives for diverse groups in our community. The Director will keep their finger on the pulse of the greater Charlotte Jewish landscape through communal relationships and partnerships, collaborating with a network of organizational partners to build the effectiveness and interconnectedness of our community’s engagement and education ecosystem.
Job Responsibilities and Essential Job Functions
- Demonstrate expertise and familiarity with a broad range of Jewish engagement and community building programs and models from across the Jewish world and the ability to leverage this knowledge to address the unique needs, approaches and programs in the greater Charlotte community.
- Be a thought leader in best practices for actively bringing Jewish traditions and teachings to life for diverse cohorts. Design and implement new and innovative options for Jewish learning.
- Work interdepartmentally to develop and implement meaningful programming and experiences for cohorts with similar interests to connect, build, and deepen relationships with one another, with Jewish life and with the important work of the Federation.
- Develop and implement Federation’s NextGen initiative, engaging young adults (ages 21-45) through meaningful experiences, strategic partnerships, and leadership development. Collaborate with internal stakeholders on strategies for cultivating young leaders and engaging young adult donors with the Federation.
- Assist in overseeing the Federation’s cornerstone NextGen leadership program, the Bernstein Leadership Group (BLG), managing and sustaining relationships with past, current and potential participants, and managing the operations and developing content of the monthly sessions.
- Build and foster collaborative relationships with organizations in the Charlotte area that actively work to engage Jewish young adults and promote Jewish learning.
- Maintain a close working relationship with community institutions to understand their educational needs and to ensure that the department provides opportunities to support their work through professional growth of educators and high quality program models for Jewish educational institutions.
- Identify, recruit, train and support volunteer lay leaders.
- Directly supervise two part-time direct reports.
- Prepare and manage budget for the Education & Engagement department.
- Attend community events, and participate in programs to enhance the visibility of Federation and maintain an up-to-date awareness of program priorities throughout the Jewish community.
- Utilize digital media to further the goals and heighten awareness of the Education & Engagement department.
- Performs other duties as required or assigned by supervisor.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
Required Work Experience
Prior experience in the Jewish non-profit sector and/or prior management experience preferred.
Key Skills and Qualifications
- Outstanding verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and experience in relationship management.
- Demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse range of participants and stakeholders with diplomacy and sensitivity.
- In depth knowledge of Judaism and Israel.
- Demonstrates a commitment to pluralistic Jewish community building.
- Ability to work collaboratively across organizations, departments and disciplines.
- Highly organized and detail oriented with the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and needs, ability to prioritize and juggle multiple demands.
- Possess a growth and learning mindset.
- Strong Social Media skills; excellent computer skills, including a high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
- Self-starter, creative pathfinder, able to navigate ambiguity and complexity.
- Flexible team player, who can both take and provide direction.
- Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience working for Jewish organizations, deep knowledge of Judaism, Jewish culture and traditions, and a personal commitment to Jewish values.
Other Job Related Requirements
- This position requires some weekday office hours plus occasional weekends or evenings with the ability to create a hybrid work environment.
- Position requires periodic travel locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
- This position must be based in the greater Charlotte area.
How We Care For YOU
The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte proudly offers a competitive compensation and benefits package which includes:
- Competitive Compensation, Commensurate With Experience
- Four Weeks of Paid Time Off, Days Off for Jewish Holy Days, and Early Closure for Shabbat
- Generous Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Benefits
- 401k Plan with an Employer Contribution and Match
- Professional Development and Skill Building Opportunities
- Flexible and Hybrid Work Environment
- Shalom Park Discounts for JCC Membership and Shalom Park Schools
- Free and Accessible Parking
The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
More information about our organization is available at www.jewishcharlotte.org
Interested candidates should direct inquiries, resumes, and cover letters to
Tair Giudice, Chief Impact Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org