The American Jewish Congress is seeking to hire a Director of Communications. This is a full-time position, based in New York, NY.
The candidate will join a dynamic and fulfilling team in a fast-paced environment. While leading the communications strategy, the Director of Communications will be part of our high-level engagement with Government Officials, Members of Congress, and international leaders and partners. Moreover, the Director of Communications will have an integral role in shaping the organization’s messaging about our efforts to impact policy on issues that matter to the Jewish community. Through crafting elaborate materials, the person will help to enhance the flagship programs and events of the organization, including the annual International Mayors Conference in Israel, the Science Diplomacy initiative, antisemitism monitoring programs, and much more.
A key member of the Executive Staff, the Director of Communications will work closely with and report directly to the organization’s President, Mr. Jack Rosen of Rosen Partners, and the Board of Directors.
The American Jewish Congress is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated the advancement of Jewish interests and rights and the betterment of the Jewish community worldwide.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range is $80,000 – $120,000 and will be determined based upon experience and qualifications for the role. Employee is entitled to all paid holidays, including Jewish holidays, plus 15 days of paid time off annually. Health insurance is included.
How to Apply
Please send a one-page cover letter, resume and one writing sample to [email protected].
The Director of Communications should be passionate about the organization’s core work in countering antisemitism; advancing peace and security for Israel; and combatting the evolving threats facing Jewish communities around the world. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
· Strategic Communications: Develop a strategic communications plan that expands our base of support and builds organizational identification through social media, email, and traditional media activities.
· Media Engagement: Identify, prioritize, and secure media opportunities for the organization, including placing OpEds, booking media appearances, inserting quotes into stories, and shaping coverage of our issues. Actively cultivate press relationships with bookers, producers, and reporters to ensure coverage of our work. Serve as lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization.
· Social Media, Email, and Website: Develop and implement digital activities, including social media and video campaigns, email distribution, and website management.
· Writing and Messaging: Provide messaging guidance for all external communications. Lead in the drafting and distribution of all external press materials, including press releases, statements, talking points, blog posts, OpEds, memos, and videos. Prepare speeches, presentations, and other supporting materials as needed.
· Rapid Response: Prepare rapid response messaging guidance that provides consistent organizational reaction to near term, quick turnaround developments.
The candidate must have a minimum of 5-7 years of experience working in communications for advocacy groups, in government, and/or for political organizations and candidates. Other requirements include:
- A network of media contacts, including print reporters, cable news outlets, and editors.
- Ability to think strategically and plan long-term.
- Ability to tactically respond to rapidly changing communications events.
- Expertise in social media strategy and execution.
- Expertise in email campaign writing and distribution.
- Excellent writing skills, with experience crafting both short and long form pieces.
- Experience developing press materials about complex policy issues for diverse audiences.
- Experience working with reporters, including as an on-the-record spokesperson.
- Experience in video editing.
- Experience in planning media events.
- Ability to meet tight deadlines and work effectively in high intensity environments.
- Creativity and self-motivation.
American Jewish Congress’ Equal Opportunity Policy
The American Jewish Congress is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.