Affinities Department, Program Associate - Detroit

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Bloomfield Hills MI

About the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit:
As the primary instrument of Jewish philanthropy and engagement in the Detroit area, we are a community-driven organization committed to taking care of the needs of the Jewish people and building a vibrant Jewish future, in metropolitan Detroit, in Israel and around the world.

About Federation’s Affinities Department:
With the goal of creating varied and meaningful entry points into Federation and engaging the Gen X demographic, Federation’s Affinities Department was created six years ago, and today is one of Detroit Federation’s most successful departments, housing a long list of professional and special interest groups, mission/leadership/ community education programs, large-scale community events, and serving as a convener and connector for Gen Xers into Federation and the Detroit Jewish community.

As a member of Federation’s Affinities Department’s team, the Affinities Program Associate will oversee and implement affinity group programming and initiatives both for defined segments of the Gen X demographic, along with the broader Detroit Jewish Gen X community. 

The Affinities Department Program Associate position offers the right person a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference in our community — as well as to explore, learn and grow as a professional.


Who are we looking for?

  • A highly creative and entrepreneurial individual who is driven to succeed
  • A team-player who can work well with a passionate group of professionals and lay leaders
  • A self-starter who can manage a variety of tasks and details while serving a big-picture goal
  • A dynamic and innovative programmer who can plan and oversee a slate of events and programs to reach and engage Gen Xers throughout the community
  • A community-minded individual who is committed to building a better Jewish future and relationships with Jewish Detroit Gen Xers

Primary responsibilities:

  • Work with Affinities staff and leadership to strategize, develop and implement innovative and exceptional programs and events
  • Develop and lead events and programs on a variety of scales 
  • Meet one on one with individuals looking to get involved with Affinities
  • Cultivate effective relationships with lay leaders, donors and colleagues
  • Solicit gifts at telethons and/or face-to-face meetings
  • Assist in programs and identify new individuals for outreach
  • Assignments may include support to or collaboration with other departments as needed

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Strong team player 
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
  • Experience with social media tools
  • Passionate about supporting and growing our Affinities offerings, while strengthening Jewish identity and connection to Detroit Jewish life, Federation, and Israel
  • Strong cultivation/engagement skills and programming experience
  • Familiarity with Jewish culture and the Jewish community 
  • An ability to handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively
  • Must be able to work some evenings and some weekends 
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and social media tools

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