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Jewish Community Engagement Officer - Board of Deputies

  • Location: Kentish Town
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: £24,210 - £31,465 dependent on experience
  • Employer: Board of Deputies
This post will be responsible for engaging with different parts of the Jewish community around the UK, including synagogues and community organisations. The role will look athow the Board of Deputies can better support Jewish communities, make its work understood by them and find opportunities to mobilise grassroots community activism in support of the Board of Deputies’ objectives. Key to this will be organising community visits for the President, Honorary Officers and Chief Executive. The post will also look at ways to increase support for the Community Contribution and other grassroots and community-based fundraising initiatives. 

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

1. Community Engagement
  • Develop a programme of two-way engagement and communication between the Board of Deputies, and its constituent member synagogues and organisations.
  • Lead a recruitment drive for synagogues and community organisations not currently in membership of the Board of Deputies.
  • Ensure strong engagement with different sectors in the Jewish community, including different regions and religious denominations, including the Strictly Orthodox community.
  • This will include a visits’ programme for the President, Honorary Officers and Chief Executive and administrating and developing other community outreach initiatives like the Chief Executives’ Forum.
  • Project manage the Board of Deputies’ contribution to Limmud and other Jewish community events
  • Advise on the deployment of regional projects like the Jewish Living Experience Exhibition, Invest in Peace programme and Local Councillors’ Seminar series.
2. Community Mobilisation
  • Develop means of stimulating grassroots activism from Deputies, community members and other supporters, including demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns, developing digital resources to support this effort.
  • Support the work of the Regional Deputies’ Assembly.

3. Fundraising
  • Enhance support for the Community Contribution.
  • Plan and execute other grassroots and community-based fundraising initiatives.
4. Communications
  • Seek to improve the Board of Deputies’ presence and profile in local Jewish communities’ media, including newsletters, etc.
  • Monitor the media in relation to Jewish community news, assisting with PR, media relations and campaigns, including using social media and networking sites.
  • Deal with correspondence and community enquiries.
5. General
  • Support the work of the Finance and Organisation Division and other Divisions, including the Community, Education and Interfaith Division.
  • This role will require some work on evenings and weekends, and some travel around the UK.
  • Carry out such other tasks as may be requested occasionally by your line manager and the Chief Executive.
  • This job description and person specification is not prescriptive; it merely outlines the key tasks and responsibilities of the post. The key tasks and responsibilities are subject to change. Any changes will be made in consultation with the post holder. This Job Description is subject to alteration in response to changes in legislation or Board of Deputies operational procedures.
Person Specification:


  • Deep understanding of the UK Jewish community, including an understanding and respect for all its different religious traditions
  • Good working knowledge of the UK Jewish community’s institutions and priorities
  • Strong IT skills, including the ability to use social media
  • Events management
  • Direct experience of working with the different Jewish denominations
  • Experience of advocacy and awareness-raising
  • Experience of marketing to different sectors
  • Knowledge of CRM systems, especially Salesforce
  • Website management
Personal Attributes
  • A natural networker, able to connect with people from different backgrounds
  • Ability to work with all religious traditions within Judaism
  • Excellent research, written and verbal communication skills
  • Well organised with good time management, accuracy and an ability to work independently
  • A good team player, able to support other colleagues where necessary
  • Willingness to travel frequently around the UK
Closing Date: 9.30am, Monday 1 April 2019.