Director of Policy Initiatives

Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Employment Types:
New York, NY, USA
90,000 – 110,000 USD per year
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The Director of Policy Initiatives’ primary duties are to work in concert with the Chief Program Officer to sustain and expand the diverse network of organizations, community leaders, public officials, experts and others working to bolster broad-based support for Israel, to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism, and to counter Jew-hatred. The Director of Policy Initiatives is responsible for driving special projects, facilitating and implementing initiatives and executing a wide range of day-to-day and longer-term complex assignments.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities

Policy and Program Development

  • Contribute to development and implementation of strategic initiatives to counter antisemitism, including adoption of IHRA definition, and strengthen the US-Israel relationship
  • Lead policy-related efforts advancing organizational objectives with member and partner organizations
  • Monitor legislation and policy initiatives that relate to antisemitism on local and state levels
  • Provide project management and implementation support for diverse range of organizational projects, initiatives and programs
  • · Develop and oversee initiatives involving a broad and diverse group of constituents
  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct educational and training activities

Strengthening Partnerships

  • Foster and strengthen partnerships to leverage a broader base of support to confront antisemitism
  • Lead Conference coalitions in the Campus and Education spaces and serve as liaison to member organizations in this area
  • Coordinate and facilitate coalition meetings and communicate effectively with members to promote collaboration, negotiation, and problem solving
  • Leverage opportunities to share best practices with Conference members

Research and Analysis

  • Lead research and analysis to support Conference work
  • Work across the organization to identify and track metrics to use in program design, program evaluation, and performance management

Qualifications and Background:

  • 5-7 years’ work experience in Jewish community relations, community organizing, politics, government, or advocacy
  • Background knowledge of current events in Israel and the Middle East
  • Familiarity with Jewish community organizations and priorities
  • A track record as a self-starter who pursues excellence, with the maturity and self-discipline to work independently and in collaboration with a team
  • An excitement for learning new skills in a fast-paced organization
  • Enjoy working within a small entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven and results oriented
  • Commitment to advancing the Conference of Presidents mission
  • Appreciation for and experience navigating diversity within Jewish life


  • · Strong writing skills to draft correspondence, proposals, and reports
  • · Exceptional organizational and time-management skills and a detail-oriented approach with meticulous record keeping abilities
  • · Ability to effectively monitor and manage several projects and priorities at all times and shift gears when priorities change in real time
  • Ability to interface with colleagues, donors, community partners and clergy with warmth, a professional demeanor, and to communicate with clarity
  • Ability to analyze data, glean insights and trends, and prepare summary charts and graphs
  • Exceptional networking, public speaking and written communication skills
  • High-level research skills and effective writing skills, including in short time frames
  • Proven ability to assimilate information gathered through research and consultations, and to apply that information across multiple organizational programs and initiatives with strategic partners
  • Track record in managing competing organizational priorities and working effectively under pressure of extremely short deadlines
  • Exceptional writing, analytical and organizational skills, and the ability to communicate in a clear, concise and logical manner

Benefits: paid vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, vision and retirement plans, early closing for Shabbat and Jewish holidays

Salary range: $ 90,000-110,000

About the Conference of Presidents

The proven and effective voice of organized American Jewry for more than half a century, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations advances the interests of the American Jewish community, sustains broad-based support for Israel and addresses the critical concerns facing world Jewry. The Conference is at the forefront fighting antisemitism and BDS, rebuilding coalitions at home to counter extremism and divisiveness, and supporting international sanctions and other actions to counter Iran’s aggressive behavior and support for terrorism.

The Conference is the preeminent forum where diverse segments of the Jewish community come together in mutual respect to deliberate vital national and international issues. Recognizing that common interests and goals far outweigh differences, the Conference, with its 53 member national organizations, sets policy and priorities, deliberates proactive strategies and takes collective action. Maximizing community resources, expertise, and energy enables the Conference’s achievements.