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Executive Director: Shema, The Jewish Environmental Network

  • Location: Home working or within shared workspace
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience on a freelance basis
This is an excellent opportunity for a pioneering, dynamic and entrepreneurial individual to take on the leadership of an exciting and important new venture. This will initially be a 2 day per week freelance position.
Shema’s mission is to motivate and enable Jewish people and organisations to play their full part in adapting to and preventing further ecological breakdown and climate change.
We seek to inform people and inspire environmental leadership. Ecological breakdown presents a moral hazard, and we believe that faith groups have a unique and vital role to play in responding. 
Shema is being established as a networking hub to support, nurture, leverage and amplify climate change and environmental projects within the Jewish community in the UK. 

Shema will:

1.     Coordinate
    Hub for Jewish community’s access to environmental action
    Leadership role – mandate for the Jewish response to climate change
    Foster strategic & creative partnerships between emerging groups and established communal institutions
    Coordinate efforts at key moments in communal calendar
2.     Communicate
    Hold database/mailing list; send out newsletters
    Facilitate communication between all Jewish environmental groups
    PR for all initiatives and activities – amplifying voices; raising the issues in Jewish and other media
    Signposting for individuals and organisations to find ways to engage
3.     Educate
    Compile and disseminate resources
    Develop new resources to fill gaps

Key Responsibilities for Exec Director:
•    Further developing Shema’s strategic plan and budgets
•    Spearheading fundraising efforts
•    Overseeing all communications and campaigns
•    Developing brand, website and social media presence
•    Press and media management
•    Mobilising and managing volunteers
•    Establishing long term organisational structure
•    Developing a supporter database
•    Instigating and fostering key partnerships
•    Networking within and beyond the Jewish community to forge strategic connections
•    Overseeing development of educational programmes and resources

What we are looking for:
The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional with a track record of project management, communications and strategic leadership. A previous role within the Jewish community would be a distinct advantage but not essential as would a background in environmental issues and experience in fundraising. 

Person Specification:
•    Demonstrable experience of operating at a strategic level 
•    Strong leadership, networking and relationship-building skills
•    Entrepreneurial spirit, with a passion for the environment and combatting climate change and motivated to be a champion for Shema
•    Understanding of operations of small charities, including the role of Board/Trustees 
•    Understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the not-for-profit sector
•    Experience of working within the Jewish community / strong links with the community
•    Experience of service on/working with a charity board
•    Experience of fundraising – trusts/foundations and individual donors
•    Experience of campaigning
•    Potential to bring in new strategic partners/sponsors and opportunities
•    Understanding of Charity Commission/Company House requirements

Hours: 2 days per week, flexible hours
Start date: 1st October 2019 or sooner
Location: Home working or within shared workspace
Salary: Freelance role, salary commensurate with experience
Reporting: You will report to the Shema Advisory Board 
- Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, Dr Laura Miller, Dr Lucy Michaels, Dr Stephen Herman, Shulamit Morris-Evans, Neville Sassienie, Clive Lawton

For more information and to apply please email yael@theworkavenue.org.uk