Full Time

Israel and Global Jewry 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 an Israel and Global Jewry 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 focus on building strong, dynamic relationships between the Charlotte Jewish community, Israel, and global Jewry. Our current priorities include countering antisemitism and anti-Zionism, elevating Israel education and engagement, and strengthening Jewish identity in our community. 

The ideal candidate is someone with a deep understanding and love of Israel and American and global Jewry. This person is excited to do this work in deliberate and impactful partnership with local volunteers and our Israeli partners in the Hadera-Eiron region, and will passionately articulate the impact of JFGC’s support of Israel and global Jewry to members of the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

This position reports to the Chief Impact Officer, and, together with their Government Relations and Public Affairs counterpart, will comprise the professional leadership of the JCRC.  

Job Responsibilities and Essential Job Functions
Israel Engagement and Education

  • Work closely with local Jewish and secular schools and organizations in Charlotte to promote Israel education and engagement. 
  • Maintain a deep, current understanding of relevant content areas, demonstrating a capacity for nuance and the ability to hold multiple perspectives; 
  • Curate high level content that enables community members to navigate the complexity of Israeli history, society, current events, and politics.
  • Along with the CIO and the Government Relations and Public Affairs Associate, staff the Jewish Community Relations Council, facilitating their work in crafting responses, statements, and positions as appropriate regarding unfolding events related to Israel and local and world Jewry.  
  • Coordinate and implement all activity relating to Charlotte’s participation in the SE Consortium - Hadera-Eiron Partnership 2Gether program.  
  • Work cross-functionally to integrate Israel content and programming across multiple departments. Develop and execute outreach and communication strategies to broaden community connection and awareness of Israel and global Jewry. 

Countering Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism 

  • In partnership with the CIO, lead JFGC initiative on countering antisemitism and anti-Zionism.
  • Responsibilities include executing against the goals as identified by JFGC board; fostering a sense of Jewish pride throughout Charlotte; and collaborate with Jewish community partners to develop and implement communal strategies. 
  • Work closely with the Government Relations and Public Affairs Associate and other NC Federation professionals to lead the development and implementation of Federation’s efforts to confront and combat the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign on a local and statewide level. 

Advocacy and Community Organizing

  • Coordinate organizational and grassroots efforts to proactively address issues related to Jewish identity, antisemitism, and Israel in the greater Charlotte area and on college campuses.    
  • In conjunction with the Chief Impact Officer, serve as a resource to media, government officials, and Jewish and non-Jewish community leaders on matters relating to Israel and the Jewish community.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with local elected officials, school administrators, and interfaith partners, drawing on these relationships to raise awareness of and address antisemitism and other forms of hate and bias.  

Preferred Education
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience. 

Required Work Experience
Minimum of two years’ experience in Jewish programming and/or advocacy.

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the history and present day affairs of Israel, Judaism, global Jewry, and antisemitism
  • 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