Community Relations Director
Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee - Nashville, TN

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Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

The Community Relations Committee (CRC) is a constitutional committee of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee (the “Federation”.) The CRC is the intergroup and public policy advocacy arm of the organized Nashville Jewish community. The CRC maintains an affiliation with and membership in the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) an umbrella group consisting of local CRCs and other national Jewish organizations that deal in the public policy, social action and Israel advocacy arenas.

The CRC Director, who reports to the Executive Director of the Federation, provides professional leadership in assuming responsibility for community relations and public affairs activities in the Nashville Jewish community with outreach and collaboration with other Jewish and non-Jewish agencies and institutions.

The Director works in cooperation with the CRC Chair to determine the priorities for the local Jewish community relations agenda, and oversees the core work of the CRC which includes issues related to Israel advocacy, anti-Semitism, public policy, social and economic justice and interfaith/inter-ethnic relations.

The Director serves as a resource to media, government officials and Jewish and non-Jewish community leaders on matters relating to the broad spectrum of the CRC’s mission and agenda. The Director develops and maintains constructive working relationships with leadership in the Jewish and general communities to promote Jewish security and advance the interests, needs and concerns of the Nashville Jewish community.

Duties and Responsibilities:
CRC Responsibilities:
Work with the CRC Chair and committee members to develop and implement a Jewish community relations and public affairs agenda

Work with diverse constituencies of the Jewish community to reflect a broad spectrum of political, religious and demographic perspectives

Work with the CRC to address priority issues in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, educational programming, political advocacy, social justice projects and public position papers

Work to develop and nurture future leadership for the CRC.

Jewish and non-Jewish Community Responsibilities:
Represent the interests of the Jewish community within the community-at-large, through coalition building and cooperative efforts with religious, civic, academic and political leadership

Participate in a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations to initiate, nurture and maintain relationships with key Nashville area and Tennessee influentials, including policy makers and opinion leaders, elected officials, interfaith organizations, religious, academic and political influentials

Prepare major CRC-created policy decisions for presentation to the Federation Board of Directors for consideration

Help facilitate the annual Community-Wide Yom HaShoah commemoration in cooperation with the Nashville Board of Rabbis and the congregational educators

Communicate with rabbis and Jewish communal organizations on issues of importance

Communicate with the media and the community-at-large on issues of Jewish concern or on CRC position statements as needed and on behalf of the Nashville Jewish community

Monitor local, national and international events, working with the CRC to set policy and mobilize leadership and community for action as needed

Maintain CRC as the convening address for the Nashville Jewish community’s community relations agenda

Maintain communications with CRCs in Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville on issues of concern statewide.

Administrative Responsibilities:
Prepare and oversee the annual CRC budget with the CRC Chair

Collaborate with Federation staff and volunteers to support and enhance the work of the CRC

Work with other Jewish communities in Tennessee as needed

Work with national bodies (Jewish Council for Public Affairs and others) on local, national and international issues of relevance to the Jewish community

Create and maintain a CRC community e-newsletter containing information on local, national and international current events as well as action alerts.

Indicators of Success:
Involvement of a group of knowledgeable CRC members

Positive working relationships with interfaith partners, elected officials, and Jewish communal agencies and organizations

Confidence of Jewish community leadership in the policies and direction of the CRC

Strong CRC programming and community participation/attendance

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
Strategic thinking - the ability to develop long-term goals for the CRC

Academic degree (B.A. required, advanced degree desirable) preferred in fields such as Jewish communal studies, social sciences, law or public administration, marketing, communications and public relations

Strong leadership ability with a particular focus on providing vision and guidance in implementing the work of the CRC

Experience in community relations/public affairs

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Written and speaking knowledge of Hebrew preferred but not required

Excellent interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving skills

Ability to react or respond to stressful situations with diplomacy, tact, and nuanced approaches

Knowledge of Jewish values, history, heritage, culture and ideals

Passionate commitment to the Jewish community and to Israel

Experience working with coalitions of organizations

Event planning experience

Desired Education Degree/Level: Bachelor's

Career Level: 2-5 yrs. experience

How To Apply
Contact For Job: JFNA - MCLE - RW
Contact Title: Consultant
Preferred Contact Method: E-mail
Submit Resume to: personnel@jewishfederations.org

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