JOB OPENING – American Jewish Congress Policy Director

Overview:
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 focused on advancing Jewish interests and rights both at home and abroad. Founded in 1918 by American Jewish leaders, including Justice Louis Brandeis, Albert Einstein, Golda Meir, and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, we represent both the legacy and future of the Jewish community. More information about the American Jewish Congress can be found at https://ajcongress.org.

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 Monitoring: Maintain up to date awareness of policy issues affecting the Jewish community, as discussed in the policymaking community (media, advocacy organizations, think tanks, Congress, Executive Branch). Identify policy opportunities for the organization to explore, as needed.
  • Policy Analysis: Draft products for both internal and external audiences that help the general public, allies, and policymakers to understand the policy issues we are advancing.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Support the organization’s direct outreach to and engagement with our key stakeholders on the specific policy issues that matter to them.
  • 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 friends and neighbors from these critical partner communities.
  • Activity Management: Keep the organization’s leadership informed about policy activities through consistent reporting and presentations. Assist in the work of the organization’s Advisory Board to Counter Domestic Terrorism and White Supremacy.

Qualifications:

The candidate must have at least five years of experience working on policy issues for advocacy groups, in government, or for political organizations or candidates. Other requirements include:

  • 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 Antisemitism.
  • 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.

Compensation and Benefits:
Salary range is $75,000 – $90,000 and will be commensurate with experience. 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:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@ajcongress.org.

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