The Israel Action Network (IAN) is a strategic initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, created to counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy. Israel today faces an intensive and increasingly sophisticated assault on its right to exist as a sovereign democratic Jewish state. IAN was created to educate, organize, and mobilize the Jewish Federations, Jewish Community Relations Councils and allied organizations to develop strategic approaches to counter these assaults, and develop innovative efforts to positively change the conversation about Israel in support of a negotiated, two-state solution. Our work is grounded in building strong relationships with people of faith, human right advocates, political and civic leaders, friends and neighbors, in order to empower our communities to facilitate a broader understanding of Israel and Israelis, and inspire effective action on key issues of mutual concern.
The Community Strategy Manager is a full-time position reporting directly to the IAN Deputy Director. The Community Strategy division is a critical resource for the network of Jewish Federations, Jewish Community Relations Councils, and allied organizations which helps strengthen community capacity to counter assaults on Israel’s legitimacy. Its activities include the implementation of educational and capacity building programming, strategic planning, broad national outreach, community campaign organizing, and rapid response to crises and current events affecting Israel.
- Aid Jewish Federation professionals and leadership in developing appropriate responses to various campaigns aimed at the delegitimization of Israel.
- Provide strategic guidance to communities dealing with BDS challenges.
- Organize large-scale mobilizations to thwart national BDS campaigns and train volunteer activists for mobilizations.
- Develop and present workshops and presentations to be given in communities around the country.
- Represent IAN at various conferences.
- Conduct intensive training and development of constituency-based outreach with targeted communities. Create models and distill best practices for use by other communities.
- Develop strategy and build a broad-based coalition of Jews and non-Jews who can counter delegitimization efforts.
- Provide community strategic and operational support to Jewish students on campus, particularly in partnership with Hillel and the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) to ensure that there is an effective counter to delegitimization, a coordinated coalition effort, and that students feel safe and supported in these efforts.
- Monitor Israel activities on university campuses in the United States.
- Notify community institutions and develop coordinated effective strategies and campaigns when necessary.
- Assist with the development and implementation of training programs for community members and students.
- Liaise and work with partner campus pro-Israel organizations on strategic responses and long-term capacity building projects.
- Assist in the development of guides, factsheets, and other written materials.
- Assist in providing rapid response to community-specific and national issues.
- Conduct research on a variety of Israel-related issues.
- Participate in meetings with IAN staff and partner organizations.
- Organize local support amongst community members for the Israel Action Network and develop programming to increase community capacity to counter assaults on Israel’s legitimacy.
- Under direction from the Deputy Director and in partnership with allied organizations, develop various initiatives aimed at promoting constructive engagement, dialogue, and peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians.
- Other related tasks as necessary.
Qualifications and Attributes:
- Excellent program administration, community organizing, and event organizing skills.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
- Well-developed presentation and public speaking skills.
- Working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), social media platforms, and internet research techniques.
- Knowledge of Middle East Affairs, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace efforts, delegitimization, the BDS movement, and the history and contemporary issues of Israel.
- Attention to detail and accuracy.
- Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities.
- Commitment to the mission of the Israel Action Network.
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, International Relations, Jewish/Middle Eastern studies or a related field.
- Minimum 2-4 years of experience in grassroots organizing, community relations, government relations, political campaigns, campus Israel organizing, Jewish communal service, or a related field.
- Significant domestic travel, some Israel travel. Must be able to work long hours and occasional Sundays.
- Strong team player and self-starter, with ability to work under pressure.
- Strong intellect and knowledge of the subject matter, ability to strategically organize information and people to achieve a goal, ability to deal with diverse groups of people in high-intensity situations, ability to deliver in a timely fashion in a complex environment.