Full Time

Government Relations and Public Affairs Associate

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte 5007 Providence Road, Suite 101, Charlotte NC

About Us
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 a Government Relations and Public Affairs Associate to help lead our Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).  

Job Summary
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), a department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, serves as the primary community relations body for the organized Jewish community in the greater Charlotte area. 

The JCRC operates as a central coordinating and resource body to: 

  1. Cultivate understanding and joint action among diverse groups within the Jewish community; 
  2. Cultivate meaningful relationships and understanding with the broader Charlotte community to address issues of concern to the Jewish community; and 
  3. Foster increased understanding and appreciation for the Jewish community’s relationship with Israel among diverse groups of Charlotteans.

This position will strengthen the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte’s community and government affairs profile and influence. Our current priorities include countering antisemitism and combating the delegitimization of Israel. The ideal candidate is a skillful relationship and consensus builder who is able to engage a broad cross-section of the Charlotte community. This person is a passionate advocate for Israel and Jewish life and committed to the Federation’s mission and goals.  

This position reports to the Chief Impact Officer, and, together with their Israel and Global Jewry counterpart, will comprise the professional leadership of the JCRC.   

Job Responsibilities and Essential Job Functions

Outreach and Relationship Building

  • Working with JCRC lay leadership, establish and maintain a comprehensive outreach and relationship-building strategy with appointed and elected local, state and federal leaders and diverse religious, non-profit, civic, corporate, political, ethnic, and academic groups. 
  • In conjunction with the Chief Impact Officer, serve as a resource to media, government officials, and Jewish and non-Jewish community leaders on matters of importance to the Jewish community.

Legislative Affairs

  • Track national and statewide legislation, help develop JCRC’s policy agenda, and serve as a subject matter expert on public affairs issues relevant to the Jewish community. Participate in government affairs activities, maintaining regular contact with state, local and national officials.
  • In conjunction with the JCRC leadership, develop organizational goals, priorities, and policy recommendations that address the Jewish community’s needs with respect to Israel, antisemitism, and public affairs and community relations agendas.
  • Educate and advocate for Jewish priorities and issues including Israel, antisemitism, and against the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement. 
  • Act as a liaison with the Jewish Federation of North America’s (JFNA) Washington Office, the Israel Action Network (IAN), the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and other relevant Jewish organizations to undertake policy work where aligned, ensuring an effective voice for the Charlotte Jewish community. 
  • Collaborate with Jewish Federations across North Carolina to foster a strong statewide voice, effectively addressing issues of common concern on the state level.

Community Building and Convening 

  • Along with the CIO and the Israel and Global Jewry Associate, staff the Jewish Community Relations Council and other committees and task forces identified by the CIO, developing lay leadership for the JCRC that reflects political, religious, and geographic diversity, with a commitment to using a deliberative and respectful process to study complex issues and, where appropriate, shape consensus and take action.
  • Strengthen JCRC’s relationships and ongoing partnerships with communal Jewish organizations and their professionals, to advance JCRC’s work.  
  • Plan and implement community programming and events with Jewish and civic agencies that further JCRC’s advocacy and policy goals.
  • Mobilize the Jewish community to take action on issues of ongoing or acute concern to the JCRC and the Jewish community. Implement local advocacy campaigns, as identified by the JCRC Council and JFGC board. 
  • Represent JFGC and promote public awareness of JFGC and our JCRC’s mission. 

Preferred Education and Required Work Experience
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
Minimum of two years of experience in government affairs, advocacy, and/or Jewish programming

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • Knowledge and understanding of government affairs, legislative processes and advocacy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the history and present day affairs of Israel, Judaism, antisemitism, and anti-Israel bias. 
  • Ability to work effectively with, build relationships, seek common ground, and achieve consensus among diverse stakeholders with varied views.
  • Represent the interests of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte in a professional and respectful manner, even if those interests differ from your own.
  • Outstanding verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including public speaking and varied forms of writing. 
  • Highly organized, strong attention to detail, and deadline-oriented multi-tasker.
  • High-functioning, flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced and sometimes stressful environment.
  • Hebrew proficiency is a plus.
  • Excellent computer skills, including a high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Self-starter, creative pathfinder, able to navigate ambiguity, nuance, and complexity.
  • Flexible team player, who can both take and provide direction.

Other Job Related Requirements

  • This position requires weekday office hours plus occasional weekends or evenings and offers 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 an equal opportunity employer.
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Interested candidates should direct inquiries, resumes, and cover letters to
Tair Giudice, Chief Impact Officer, tair.giudice@jewishcharlotte.org