Director, Government Affairs, Appropriations, Communal Security - JFNA

The Jewish Federations of North America Washington DC

REPORTS TO:  Managing Director, Public Affairs



The Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”) consist of 146 Jewish Federations and dozens of Network communities which collectively raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually to support flourishing Jewish life and the needs of the Jewish people in their home communities and around the world. The Jewish Federation system, among the top 10 charities on the continent, leads the largest network of volunteer and professional leaders who build and sustain Jewish communities that are healthy, safe, caring, welcoming and inclusive, educated and engaged, involved in the broader community, and deeply connected to Israel and the global Jewish people.


Public Affairs: Over the past two decades, JFNA has maintained a position of leadership on domestic public policy and funding issues that affect Federations and their communities.  Notably, the Public Affairs division has developed significant expertise regarding the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which protects faith-based organizations, related Homeland Security and Justice Department programs that combat hate and address communal security, as well as select appropriations such the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program (HSAP), which supports Survivors and their caregivers through the Administration for Community Living in HHS. This position offers the Jewish communal system expertise in government affairs in support of these issues and others that may arise in the areas of all appropriations priorities and communal security.


This position is a member of JFNA’s government affairs team, which focuses on the breadth of JFNA’s government affairs priorities crafted to support flourishing Jewish communities.  For more on our work in Congress and with the Admiinistration please see



  • Serve as lead advocate and lobbyist on all appropriations
  • Serve as lead advocate and lobbyist on all legislative proposals, administrative regulations, and public policy issues before Congress and the Executive Branch for related communal security and anti-hate issues;
  • Work with and steward relevant work groups of professional and lay leaders in the Federation system (as well as other major Jewish networks to the extent possible) to develop relevant policy proposals and recommendations regarding appropriations and communal security and anti-hate matters on behalf of the system;
  • Support Federations and other Jewish communal agencies’ ability to successfully apply for NSGP and other such grant programs;
  • Build & maintain relationships with key Members of Congress and the Administration and their staff;
  • Work collaboratively with the JFNA Livesecure team; 
  • Prepare detailed background memoranda, grassroots action alerts, resolutions, and other documents on these policy issues for Federation lay and professional leaders;
  • Represent JFNA in coalition meetings on NSGP, other communal security and anti-hate policy issues, help build relevant coalitions, and work collaboratively with national and local organizations that focus on these issues;  
  • Serve as a lead staffer for JFNA in the roll-out of major new federal initiatives that impact on communal security;
  • Make presentations on relevant policy issues to designated groups on issues of interest; and
  • Contribute to the preparation of JFNA publications, newsletters, webinars, and other presentations on these policy issues.



  • At least five years of experience on Capitol Hill (relevant committees such as Appropriations and Homeland Security Committees a significant plus), a relevant Executive Branch agency (DHS, OMB, DOJ, etc.), and/or at a government relations department at a nonprofit or for-profit organization focusing appropriations and/or communal security;
  • Extensive knowledge of Federal legislative and regulatory processes; 
  • Extensive knowledge of Federal Emergency Management Agency is a significant plus;
  • Excellent advocacy, writing, research, and oral communication skills;    
  • Good contacts with Members of Congress and Federal officials who make and implement Federal appropriations and/or nonprofit security policy;
  • Knowledge of the organized Jewish community and the Federation system is very helpful.  


Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample (up to 4 pages in length) to


As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, JFNA celebrates and welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.



JFNA is committed to supporting local Jewish Federations and to identifying the best talent for the system. If a current Federation employee is hired for this role, we will work with the local Federation to ensure appropriate timeline and communications strategy. We welcome initial confidential inquiries to learn more about the role; however, current Federation employees who move to a finalist round of interviews will be asked to communicate with the Federation about their candidacy.