Full Time

Director, Jewish Community Relations Council - Milwaukee

Milwaukee Jewish Federation 1360 N. Prospect Ave, Milwaukee WI

About the Organization
Through the development of community-wide financial support, planning and allocations, the mission of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation (MJF) is to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people, to enhance the quality of Jewish life and to build a strong unified Jewish community in Milwaukee, in Israel and throughout the world. Learn more about the Milwaukee Jewish Federation at https://www.milwaukeejewish.org/.

A department of the MJF, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) protects and defends the Jewish community through relationship building, coalition work, government affairs, public affairs, and advocacy. The local Jewish community’s central body to address and prevent antisemitism, the JCRC is engaged in alliances and coalitions and represents the Jewish community in the community-at-large.

The Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council leads MJF’s community relations and public affairs activities, focusing on issues related to antisemitism, government relations, domestic policy issues, social and economic justice, interfaith/intergroup relations, and Israel advocacy and education. The Director works closely with the JCRC Board Chair and volunteer leaders to set priorities, build consensus, and represent the community in a variety of settings. The JCRC Director serves as a resource to media, elected officials, and leaders throughout the community.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Public Affairs

  • Speak on behalf of the Jewish community in public spheres related to antisemitism, Israel, and other areas of Jewish community concern.
  • In close collaboration with MJF’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, communicate with the media and the community-at-large on issues of Jewish communal concern.

Legislative Affairs

  • Develop relationships with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level.
  • With the Wisconsin Jewish Conference, work with elected officials and other government officials on legislative issues to protect and secure the Jewish community.
  • Collaborate with faith and ethnic communities on legislative issues.

Volunteer Leadership

  • Work with the JCRC Board and Community Council to develop and implement a Jewish community relations and public affairs agenda.
  • Build and reflect community consensus through the work of the JCRC Community Council.
  • Nurture current JCRC volunteer leadership skills and cultivate a strong pipeline of future leaders.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Prepare and oversee annual JCRC department budget.
  • Manage and supervise JCRC staff.
  • Serve as an advisor to MJF’s senior leadership team.
  • Collaborate with MJF departments, including Marketing, Israel Center, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, and Holocaust Education and Resource Center on education and outreach programming.
  • Oversee the work of the Wisconsin Jewish Conference.
  • Work with national and international bodies (Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Federations of North America) on issues of relevance to Jewish community.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Skills/Characteristics

  • Knowledge of and passion for Judaism, Jewish community and related issues
  • Commitment to representing the needs of a broad, diverse Jewish community
  • Ability to navigate complicated or stressful situations with diplomacy, tact, and equanimity
  • Ability to thrive in an environment with tight deadlines, changing priorities, high-pressure, and irregular hours
  • Exceptional skills in public relations, public affairs and communication
  • Commitment to Israel and ability to communicate with sophistication and nuance on relatedissues
  • Knowledge and understanding of government affairs, legislative processes and advocacy
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to advocate for the JCRC within the organization, in the Jewish community, and the community-at-large

Required Experience

  • Senior leadership experience in community relations/public affairs
  • In-depth knowledge of Jewish values, history, heritage, culture and ideals
  • Experience working with volunteer leaders and diverse constituencies to develop consensus
  • Management and supervisory experience
  • Experience working with coalitions of organizations
  • Advanced degree preferred in fields such as Jewish communal studies, social sciences, law or public administration

Supervisory Responsibility
This role supervises 2 Associate Directors and an administrative assistant, and serves as the main contact for a government affairs contractor.

Hours and Benefits
The Milwaukee Jewish Federation has a hybrid work environment: we are in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays, and work remotely on Mondays and Fridays. Typical office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 am-5 pm, and Friday, 8 am-3 pm. This role will require frequent local travel and occasional evening and weekend hours.

This position is eligible for 15 vacation days and 7 personal days annually. In addition, MJF observes 7 federal holidays as well as Jewish holidays that prohibit work, typically adding between 11 -17 additional paid days off annually depending on the Hebrew calendar. Other benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid parental leave, health savings and flexible spending accounts, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, and 401K plan.

Work Environment and Physical Demands
For in-person days, this job operates in a professional office environment with pleasant working conditions, good lighting and ventilation, and moderate noise level. This role uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and filing cabinets. There will be frequent computer usage which will require arm and hand dexterity as well as all vision abilities to be successful. This is largely a sedentary role, however occasional filing and transport of program materials will be required. This would require the ability to lift and/or move up to 15-20 pounds, usually waist high. Must be able to travel to community locations for offsite meetings and events.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required to perform the job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
The Milwaukee Jewish Federation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


To Apply
Milwaukee Jewish Federation has partnered with Sageview Consulting. To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to: Carin Maher, Sageview Consulting, 719-419-2700, Carin@sageviewconsulting.com