If there’s one subject that engenders near unanimous agreement in the Jewish community, it’s support for Israel. That’s so much the case that Jewish community organizations nationwide have made support for the Jewish state a formal part of their programming. To fulfill its program, the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, serving this fast-growing North Carolina metropolis, has hired Sageview Executive Search, a division of Sageview Consulting, to fill the position of Director of Community Relations and Israel Affairs.
Prime among his or her duties, the person holding this position, which reports to the Federation CEO and is part of senior management, will be responsible for developing strategies that highlight the organization’s priorities regarding Israel. These include combating anti-Semitism and the so-called Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. As part of this mission, the Director will be charged with educating the greater community on the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, which is so often the subject of misinformation in the general media. This will involve closely monitoring events in the Middle East, and keeping lay leadership aware of developments so as to be fully able to take informed action when appropriate.
With respect to Israel and other matters, the Director will also be responsible for creation of a deliberative process involving all parts of the city’s diverse constituencies that allows them to debate their opinions and find common ground on all matters affecting the city’s Jewish residents. He or she will also be charged with building relationships with Charlotte’s leadership class, including government officials, interfaith leaders, academics, and others in positions of influence. Successful implementation of these community relations programs will result in a stronger and more unified Jewish community, and one more closely knit into the life of an ever more prominent American city.
In filling this position, the Federation is seeking someone with demonstrated leadership in designing and carrying out community development programs, with a strong commitment to, and knowledge of, Israeli history and current issues. The successful candidate will know and understand how governments work and how to motivate them, using social media, public speaking, op-eds, and other public relations tools. He or she will have a bachelor’s degree minimum, with a preferred Master’s in a related field, along with at least four to six years of experience in Jewish communal service, public affairs, Israel advocacy, or a related field.
If interested, please contact Carin@Sageviewconsulting.com.
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