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Director of Community Strategy- The Jewish Leadership Council

  • Location: London NW4
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: Competitive
Reports to: Chief Executive
Key relationships: Director of Policy and Public Affairs; CEOs of the JLC member organisations
Division: Communal Strategy

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the long term strategic planning of the Jewish community. The Jewish Leadership Council’s (JLC) Director of Community Strategy will lead on working to resolve long
term strategic issues impacting the community. The successful candidate will work closely with the JLC’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs.
This role would ideally suit a candidate who is interested in the major strategic challenges affecting the community and is willing to apply their strategic organisational, diplomatic and political skills to working
across the community to address them.
The position is based at the JLC’s offices in Hendon.

  • Coordinate, project manage and oversee the implementation of the strategic initiatives taken on by the JLC with and on behalf of its members, in the key areas, including (but not limited to);
Centrality of Israel to Jewish Life
o Work with the External Affairs team closely to ensure that the JLC pursues policies, which lead to the strengthening of connections between Israel and the Diaspora.
Elderly Care
o Continue the work of the JLC’s Elderly Care Commission and oversee the implementation of its recommendations, which include overseeing the implementation of decisions taken at the JLC’s Elderly Care Conference
o Identify new methods of funding for elderly care and work with the Elderly Care Commission to examine future areas of collaboration.
Youth Mental Health
o Monitor the pilot programmes being run in Jewish schools and work with the Community Wellbeing Task Force to roll out subsequent, additional programmes.
o Implement decisions taken by the Community Wellbeing Task Force regarding other areas
of investment and work with the JLC and funders to ensure that any new areas of work are sustainably funded and professionally supported.
Financial Sustainability of the Jewish Charitable Sector
o Coordinate with JLC Members a Commission to ensure the sustainability of the Jewish Charitable sector and then work to implement recommendations on potential shared services.
Sustainability of Regional Jewish Communities
o Work to create an audit of regional assets and then work with local Rep Councils to ensure that Regional Jewish communities are fully involved in decisions as to the long term sustainability of their communities.
Virtual Community Database
o Work with the External Affairs team to create a database to increase the ability of the UK Jewish community to work more closely together as a “virtual community”, to allow for consultation, common projects, consensus building and so on. The UK is the perfect community in which to trial this activity, due to our mature community organisations and existing strong data links, and ability to leverage other funding.
  • Co-ordinate and manage the work of specialist consultants and advisors who will be hired to implement specific projects.
  • Deliver the JLC’s strategic work on time and within budget
  • Co-ordinate, plan, prepare, document and support meetings of advisory groups, commissions, stakeholders and trustees.
  • Ensure that each area of strategic planning is driven forward with clarity, and to agreed outcomes.
  • Report to the JLC Board of Trustees, Council and Funders on the progress of the JLC’s strategic work.
  • Report with confidence to the media and other stakeholders
  • Experience of policy planning and implementation.
  • Aptitude and passion for identifying and implementing solutions to address the strategic issues which impact the community.
  • Methodical and research/data-driven approach to problem solving.
  • Diplomatic and political skills.
  • Negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Ability to report clearly and concisely to Boards, Trustees and key stakeholders.
  • Passionate and hardworking.
  • A good team worker.
  • Ability to work on various multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent, productive and effective working relationships.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to use own initiative.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Strong organisational and effective time management skills.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point presentations.
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community and its issues.
Salary: Competitive
Holiday allowance: 20 days (in addition to relevant Jewish holidays and the normal statutory entitlement)
Core Working Hours: Monday - Thursday 08:45 - 17:45; Friday 08:45 – two hours before the commencement of the Sabbath. Out of hours work where required
Full /Part time applicants are both welcome
Performance Review: At least once per year
Deadline for applications: 22nd March 2019