The Executive Director of the Indianapolis acts as the chief executive officer of the JCRC and addresses antisemitism, Israel-related issues, and a range of domestic policy matters of concern to the Greater Indianapolis Jewish community. The Executive Director spearheads the community relations arm of the organized Jewish community, serving as the point person for engagement with the public, civic and government leaders, and other faith and ethnic communities.
OVERALL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Public and Community Relations Responsibilities in Both the Jewish & General Communities:
- Maintain JCRC as the central address for consensus-building and community relations.
- Work with diverse constituencies within the Jewish community to build consensus whenever possible that reflects a broad spectrum of perspectives.
- Serve as the chief resource and liaison between the Jewish and general communities through coalition building and cooperative efforts with religious, civic, academic, and government leadership.
- Serve as chief spokesperson for JCRC.
- Monitor local, national, and international events, brief JCRC leadership to set policies, and mobilize community for action as needed.
- Maintain open lines of communication with the media, government officials, schools and national organizations.
- Develop and implement programming to educate both the Jewish community and the broader community to proactively confront and combat antisemitism.
- Lead JCRC’s antisemitism crisis management and prevention efforts.
- Serve as a resource to, and initial line of defense for, families, schools and other organizations following incidents of antisemitism.
- Strengthen and expand JCRC’s Israel programming both inside and outside the Jewish community.
- Serve as a trusted resource for Israel information, or responses to Israel-related events, for public officials, civic / intergroup / faith leaders, and educators.
- Develop and implement strategies to confront local manifestations of the BDS movement and the delegitimization of Israel.
- Develop, strengthen, and maintain relationships with elected officials at all levels of government.
- Oversee domestic public policy and advocacy work, including coordinating legislative strategies, tracking ordinances and legislation of concern, testifying in front of government bodies, and issuing action alerts when appropriate.
- Work with JCRC’s Board to develop organizational goals, priority issues, and policy recommendations.
- Plan and lead engaging meetings to inspire involvement with and support of JCRC’s work.
- Develop and nurture future volunteer leadership for the JCRC.
- Strategically hire, develop, and manage professional team, maintaining a climate that attracts and motivates top-quality professionals.
Knowledge and Interests:
- Bachelor’s degree required (graduate degree preferred).
- Thorough understanding of antisemitism (both its history and current manifestations), Israel, the US-Israel relationship, and Israel-Diaspora relations.
- Deep knowledge of Jewish history, culture, values, and the American Jewish experience.
- Commitment to protecting the Jewish people, securing civil and human rights and religious freedom for all, and enhancing services for those most in need.
Skills and Experience:
- Ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships and open lines of communication with diverse constituencies.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; attention to detail and accuracy; ability to speak publicly with confidence and mature presence.
- Self-starter, strategic thinker, highly organized, good time manager, and strong interpersonal skills.
- Able to work both independently and on teams that include professional colleagues, Jewish community volunteers, and people with diverse backgrounds.
- Computer / IT proficiency: complete Microsoft office suite; savvy user of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn); ability to work with graphics, adobe, canva, HTML a plus.
- 3-5 years of relevant or transferable professional experience in public policy, government affairs, non-profits, Jewish community, or Israel advocacy.
Compensation package ranging from $110,000 to $140,000, based on qualifications and experience.
Please send your resume and cover letter indicating why you think you are the right fit for this position in the form below or to JCRC Board President, Miriam Dant: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JCRC WORKING CONDITIONS AND ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
The JCRC has been serving as the advocacy and intergroup relations arm of the organized Jewish community in Indiana since 1942. We work to build consensus within the Jewish community on public affairs issues and translate these positions into community action with the broader community, public officials, and other faith and ethnic communities. We focus on Israel advocacy and combatting antisemitism, and we act in coalition with other groups advocating civil rights and social and economic justice for all. JCRC maintains relationships with numerous ethnic and religious groups in Indianapolis, thereby providing the “central address” for public interaction between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Greater Indianapolis.
The JCRC is an independent non-profit agency, whose Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from Jewish organizations, agencies, and synagogues from throughout central Indiana. The JCRC is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and a member of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
The Indianapolis JCRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.