Chief, Jewish Identity and Engagement Officer

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Chief, Jewish Identity and Engagement Officer

Reporting to

Chief Executive Officer

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Job Summary

Jewish Identity and Engagement is a priority of Federation CJA, supporting our mission of enriching and strengthening Jewish life in Montreal. Our objective is to offer compelling and creative pathways for Jewish life and engagement that strengthen lasting and meaningful connections to and individual’s Jewish journey as well as to the Jewish community.

The Chief Jewish Identity & Engagement Officer (“CJIO”) is a strategic thinker, vision-driven, innovative professional, who makes up part of the management team driving Federation CJA. The CJIO will play the leading professional role in shaping the direction, vision, and execution in this priority area for Federation CJA, creating a culture of innovation, collaboration, trust and risk taking. Working with community partners; national and international thought-leaders, and ensuring excellence in the field, the CJIO will be the top professional representative of the Federation in the arena of Jewish identity.


• Serves as a senior professional driving strategies that will advance one of Federation CJA’s three priority areas.
• As a key member of the senior management team, is the strategic partner, leadership & donor relationship manager and charged with the oversight of the Jewish Identity and Engagement pillar of Federation CJA
• Responsible for managing the Jewish identity and engagement Department, consisting of the various touchpoints that intersect informal Jewish identity strengthening and engagement, including but not limited to GenMTL (Federation CJA’s single largest investment in this field) as well as donor funded collaborative such as the Passport to Jewish Life.
• Lead and manage a strong team of professionals and empower them to work together in favour of the objectives of the Jewish Identity pillar and the mission of Federation CJA. Including hiring, developing and supervising a dynamic professional team.
• Work closely with the Chief Development Officer and the Development team to enhance the financial resources through healthy supplemental giving dedicated to Jewish Identity and Engagement.
• Responsible for the budget of the Department, with input and guidance from the senior management team.
• Successfully manage and lead the committees of lay leaders charged with advancing the work and mission of the Jewish Identity Pillar.
• In collaboration with senior management and lay leadership, will develop the theory of change for Federation CJA’s Jewish identity pillar and recommend the allocation of resources to meet the theory of change.
• The senior manager overseeing the work of the Passport to Jewish Life collaborative. Working with major Foundations and philanthropic families and develop the relationship with such in order to achieve the objectives of the Passport to Jewish Life.
• Work closely with all departments to optimize impact and ensure cross-organizational collaboration.
• Implement programmatic initiatives to foster a culture of learning at Federation CJA, starting with the Jewish identity pillar.
• Implement best practices in data assessment and evaluation and ensuring appropriate training of staff.
• Meet with community leaders to educate and raise awareness of the Federation CJA’s activities through one-on-one meetings, board presentations, and advisory council meetings.
• Develop and deepen partnerships with Jewish and secular stakeholders, including, but not limited to Federation’s partner agencies, day schools, congregational schools and synagogues.
• Establish and maintain relationships with donors, volunteers, program participants and community partners.
• Participate in ongoing dialogue with other Jewish Identity professional leaders nationally and internationally to stay abreast of cutting-edge issues and innovative opportunities on the Jewish identity horizon.
• Provide regular reports to key stakeholders and participate in meetings with funders.

Education, Knowledge and Skills

• An enthusiastic leader, bridge-builder and innovator
• Strategic thought leader
• Fundraising skills and experience are an asset
• Forward thinking, open-minded, willing to take risks and committed to excellence.
• Superior interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of people and stakeholders.
• Able to multi-task, prioritize and manage multiple projects, with attention to detail and follow-up.
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience working in Jewish Communal life, preferably in the field of Jewish identity
• Superior management and supervision skills. Effective team leader of staff and volunteers.
• Strong organizational skills including financial management required.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills as required in the Province of Quebec.
• Experience working with senior lay volunteers required
• Strong knowledge of basic office computing, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and basic database skills required

Application Procedure

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae directly to [email protected] before October 25th, 2019.


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