Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement

POSITION SUMMARY

The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo (“JFGT”) is seeking a Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement (“DICE”). Working with and under the supervision of the JFGT Community Program Director, the DICE will implement and staff programs designed to enhance opportunities for connections to meaningful Jewish life in Northwest Ohio.  The successful candidate will be an open-minded, innovative leader and team player, with strong interpersonal skills, who has a desire to cultivate relationships at all levels. The DICE is a full-time non-exempt employee of JFGT and requires residency in the Toledo area.

BACKGROUND

JFGT is the central address for Jewish philanthropy, community programing and services for the Jewish community of northwest Ohio and part of southeast Michigan. JFGT includes a successful endowment program thorough the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation, (TJCF), a seven-figure annual campaign, a professionally staffed Jewish Community Relations Council, a preschool in its own building, PJ Library program, an active Next Jewish Generation program, Hillel programs at two regional universities, dedicated programming for community members age 60 and better, a Jewish Family and Social Services division that operates a food pantry and provides transportation coordination, patient advocacy services, and in home care coordination and support.  The JFGT also operates the Toledo Jewish Community Cemetery Association that maintains two cemeteries.

JFGT’s annual campaign has consistently generated over $1 million dollars from over 525 donors for many years. TJCF has been cultivated within the Toledo Jewish community for over 25 years and is responsible for an investment portfolio of approximately $50 million dollars. TJCF coordinates contributions and distributions for 58 donor advised funds. TJCF provides management supervision for four supporting organizations with over $18 million dollars in assets as well as dozens of restricted and designated funds including Lion of Judah Endowments and Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowments.

The Toledo Jewish community is small but continues to support three synagogues as well as Chabad. Toledo boasts the University of Toledo, the Toledo Mudhens, the nationally recognized Toledo Zoo and the Toledo Museum of Art.  Toledo is at the cross-roads of America with easy north/south highway access on I-75 and east/west highway access on I-80. It is within 50 minutes driving to Ann Arbor, 55 minutes to Detroit, 2.5 hours to Cleveland, and 4 hours to Chicago.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research, plan, implement, and staff programs and create opportunities that increase inclusion and engagement of members of the local Jewish community, who identify as belonging to organized Jewish denominations, people who identify as Jews of no religion, and Jews of all genders, racial and sexual orientations, age and ability, in JFGT programming and leadership.
  • Build meaningful relationships with local Jewish community members age 22-45 to inspire participation and interest in Jewish values, culture, continuity, experiences, connections, relationships, knowledge and understanding of Jewish life here, in Israel and around the world.
  • Assist with the planning, staffing and management of leadership development and/or internship programs for local Jewish community members age 18-45.
  • Implement, expand and staff existing JFGT community engagement programs as requested by the Community Program Director including, but not limited to: (1) PJ Library/PJ Our Way; (2) Next Jewish Generation; (3) Baby’s Bibs and More; (4) Welcome to Jewish Toledo; and (5) other community-wide programs.
  • Assist with and attend meetings of the JFGT Jewish Senior, Family and Social Services Committee and JFGT Community Programs Committee, as requested.
  • Assist with budgeting and marketing related to all major responsibilities.
  • Cultivate a sense of teamwork and cooperation in support of JFGT’s mission.
  • Represent JFGT and TJCF at community activities and events and be a visible presence at events in the Jewish and non-Jewish community, as appropriate and requested, to increase JFGT exposure.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in non-profit programming and/or engagement.
  • Technical proficiency with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and donor database software.
  • Effective at forging strong interpersonal alliances at all levels both within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to attract, inspire and involve lay volunteers in JFGT programming.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Jewish customs, traditions, the Jewish community, and the Federation field.

Salary commensurate with experience ($55,000-$65,000) plus benefits including healthcare, pension, paid vacation, sick time, cellphone allowance, professional development expenses, YMCA membership.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to tina@jewishtoledo.org