The Manager of Community Engagement – Canada will be responsible primarily for the growth and strengthening of Canadian Reform Judaism by developing programming strategies and services to Canadian congregations; working closely with the lay leadership of the CCRJ, URJ Canada and URJ Canada Steering Committee, in partnership with Canadian congregation’s lay leadership s and the URJ staff partners. Additionally, this position will be responsible for managing the administration of the CCRJ office, including administrative support for the CCRJ Pension Plan, all URJ Canadian entities, and Canadian affiliates.
This position will supervise the Community Engagement and Administration Coordinator.
- Represent the URJ in Canada and serve as a voice of the Canadian Reform Movement in partnership with the lay leaders; send a consistent message and heighten awareness of available resources;
- Support pro-actively the needs of the Canadian Reform community, in partnership with lay leaders (including representatives from Canadian congregations) and URJ staff (in particular, the Strengthening Congregations Team) to strengthen URJ congregations;
- Develop and implement strategy in collaboration with lay leaders to reach unaffiliated Jews in all communities in Canada with the goal of encouraging affiliation with Reform synagogues thereby supporting synagogues in their outreach efforts to attract new members, grow and sustain their communities;
- Advocate on behalf of the Reform Movement in Canada in the areas of social action and youth outreach, as well as in disaster relief efforts and other critical issues; collaborating with colleagues at the URJ to serve as a Canadian resource and provide the Canadian perspective on common issues;
- Maintain and strengthen working relationships with all Canadian Reform Affiliates, including Camp George, NFTY, ARZA Canada, Leo Baeck Day School, the CFWUPJ, WRJ, MRJ, the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto (RRGT) and the Reform Mikvah of Greater Toronto;
- Oversee the Canadian Reform Movement’s social action efforts, continuing to build relationships with socially conscious organizations across Canada; work closely with the Religious Action Centre to develop programs geared specifically for Canada;
- Oversee the Reform Movement Affiliation Commitment (RMAC) process for the Canadian congregations, working with the Manager of Finance Canada, including providing periodic reports to the RMAC department act as liaison to congregations regarding the RMAC process, and reviewing status with RMAC director and CCRJ president.
- Provide administrative support for the activities of the URJ Canada Community, working with the URJ Canada Steering Committee and congregational leadership, including preparation of agenda and meeting minutes for the Steering Committee;
- Oversee administrative support for ARZA Canada, working with the Engagement Coordinator, by assisting with Board meetings, engagement with the congregations;
- Perform administrative duties for CCRJ and URJ Canada, including:
- Maintain corporate minute books and other corporate governance records for CCRJ, URJ Canada and the CCRJ Pension Plan;
- Maintain banking resolutions, on-line updates; work with Director of URJ Finance/CAO Canada to monitor and negotiate credit card fees with Moneris;
- Provide administrative support for the CCRJ Pension Plan, including:
- Preparing and filing all reports with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), with CCRJ President and GWL CSR, as required; assisting with annual audit; and
- Organizing and providing administrative support for the bi-annual CCRJ Pension Plan Governance Committee meetings and annual information session for all members; maintaining member files for new applications and terminations;
- Provide temporary and permanent letters of authorization to the Ministry for out-of-province clergy seeking to perform marriages in Ontario; maintain records for the Ministry as clergy leave the province;
Communication: Is able to write and speak articulately and clearly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get a spoken message across that has the desired effect; Adjusts and fine-tunes communication in response to both verbal and non-verbal cues
Integrity and Attention to Detail: Maintains impeccable level of honesty and accountability regarding all matters and especially when related to financial matters; focuses on attention to detail and ability to acknowledge and correct errors as needed;
Influencing Others: Encourages others to cooperate, participate, provide resources or make decisions, in service to the work at hand; Uses verbal and nonverbal skills to communicate respect for others, and to generate energy passion and commitment to an idea; creates an environment that others want to participate in.
Initiative: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for worthwhile activities; not fearful of taking calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding but achievable objectives for self and others; balanced approach using both creative, innovative and analytical strategies
Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all colleagues who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with people at all levels of the organization; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable.
Personal Resilience: Can effectively cope with change and uncertainty; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty; is flexible.
Project Management: Identifies the key objectives and scope of a proposed project; garners needed resources and project support, develops a realistic and thorough plan for achieving key objectives, keeps team members briefed on progress, implements action plans, communicates progress to sponsors, identifies and resolves barriers and problems.
Self-Development: sets appropriate personal work objectives, measures own progress, identifies personal gaps in knowledge, understanding and skill; undertakes appropriate activities to develop needed skills; seeks regular feedback on performance; knows personal strengths and weaknesses, is sensitive to changing personal and organizational requirements and changes accordingly.
Strategic Management: Is future oriented and can visualize the larger picture of where the organization is heading; identifies and prioritizes strategic objectives that are consistent with the vision of the organization; creates effective action plans to carry out strategies; balances risk with desired outcomes.
Team Orientation: demonstrates interest, skill and success in team environments; places group goals ahead of personal agendas; steps up to offer self as a resource to other members of the team; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others.
University/College degree, some postgraduate study very desirable. Three to five years of work experience in social work, business, or non-profit management required. Knowledge of Judaism and the Reform Movement necessary.
Automobile and air travel necessary.
Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Manager of C&A-Canada. Sumbissions will be considered on a rolling basis.