The American Jewish Congress is seeking to hire a Policy Director. This is a full-time position, is located in New York, and reports to the Executive Director. The American Jewish Congress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing Jewish interests and rights both at home and abroad. More information about us can be found at https://ajcongress.org.

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]. Applications will be accepted by Friday November 26th.

Primary Responsibilities

The Policy Director should be passionate about the organization’s core work in countering domestic terrorism and white supremacy; advancing peace and security for Israel; and standing up for American democracy and civil rights.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Policy Analysis: Draft products for both internal and external audiences that help the public, allies, and policymakers understand the policy environment within we are operating and how the American Jewish Congress is addressing the issues in this context.
  • Coalition-Building: Engage in coalition efforts with other Jewish organizations, as well as with representatives of other diverse critical partner communities. Identify opportunities for the organization to expand its coalition work to both ensure safety and equity for the Jewish community and for our allies in these critical partner communities.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Support the organization’s direct outreach to and engagement with key stakeholders and policymakers on the organization’s policy priorities.
  • Policy Monitoring: Maintain awareness of the issues affecting the Jewish community, as discussed in the policymaking community (media, advocacy orgs, Congress, Executive Branch). Identify policy opportunities to explore and engage. Keep the organization’s leadership informed about policy activities through reporting and presentations.
  • Program Management: Support the organization’s ongoing programmatic work with the Advisory Board to Counter Domestic Terrorism and White Supremacy and the Mayor’s Conference.


The candidate must have a minimum of 5-7 years of experience working on policy and programmatic issues for advocacy groups, in government, and/or for political organizations and candidates.

Other requirements include:

  • A network of stakeholder contacts, including Congressional staff, organizational allies, and Executive Branch officials.
  • Ability to think strategically and plan long-term.
  • Ability to tactically respond to rapidly changing policy events.
  • Expertise in American politics, foreign policy, and/or Jewish-related topics.
  • Excellent writing skills, with experience crafting both short and long form pieces.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, with experience delivering presentations and/or speeches.
  • Excellent organizational, facilitation, and project management skills.
  • Experience in engaging policymakers and/or government officials.
  • Experience in engaging and cultivating diverse policy campaign coalitions.
  • 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.