Manager, Center for Israel Engagement

Location: Paramus, NJ 07652

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to creating a vibrant Jewish community in northern New Jersey. Federation cares for those in need, deepens engagement in Jewish life, and strengthens the bonds among Jews in northern New Jersey, in Israel, and around the world. Our primary functions are community planning and allocations, financial resource development, and leadership development.

Position Summary:
The Center for Israel Engagement is one of Federation’s main programmatic departments. The Manager is responsible for planning large scale Israel programs that engage various demographics and communities within the northern New Jersey Federation catchment area. Programming should be designed to maximize community engagement by utilizing Israel as a resource to attract the community at large to Federation. A key part of successful programming and relationship building will be meaningful engagement of a committee of lay leaders and coordination with the fundraising team.
The Manager of the Center for Israel Engagement is responsible for Federation’s Israel travel programs, including Onward Israel and exchange programs under the Partnership2Gether program; this includes recruitment, interviewing, supervising, and implementing. The Manager of the Center for Israel Engagement is responsible for planning and executing Israel programming and the annual Israel Film Festival, including: managing volunteer/lay committees, communicating with outside partners and consultants; arranging for venues; and applying for county grants. The Manager of the Center for Israel Engagement is expected to contribute to the overall success of Federation’s fundraising strategy by creating strategic programming and relationship building in conjunction with fundraising staff.

• Plan and implement impactful Israel programming that connects the northern New Jersey community to, and engages them with, Israel.
• Manage Partnership2Gether, a program connecting northern New Jersey with our Israeli partnership city of Nahariya, including joint programming with the Director of Federation’s Israel Office (located in Nahariya); this includes planning itineraries for trips, supervising and staffing visits to New Jersey by Israelis, and developing impactful programming that builds bridges between our local community and the community in Nahariya.
• Recruit for and implement Federation’s Israel programs including the Onward Israel summer internship program.
• Plan and implement annual Israel Film Festival.
• Recruit, manage, and steward lay leadership for all Israel committees, including Parternship2Gether and the Israel Film Festival.
• Develop engaging programs with fundraising components/elements in conjunction with fundraising department.
• Work collaboratively with fundraising team to ensure continued engagement of current and prospective donors.
• Work with partner organizations to ensure Federation’s impact in the community.
• Participate in staffing organization-wide events.
• Other responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications and Skills:
• BA/BS degree.
• 5+ years’ experience in Jewish programming and working with lay leadership.
• Knowledge of and passion for Israel; knowledge of Hebrew a plus.
• Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented.
• Experience in program management, including logistics and budget management.
• Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, self-motivated, ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Sense of humor and flexibility.
• Strong personal commitment to the mission of Federation.
• Knowledge of local Jewish community a plus.
• Knowledge of fundraising or working with donors a plus.
• Flexibility to work some evenings and Sundays, as needed.
• Possible travel to Israel in a staff capacity, as needed.
• Experience and comfort in computer software and data portals, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
• Must have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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