Overview and Purpose:
The Director of the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism, or CCRJ, is a senior leader responsible for developing and implementing the strategy to strengthen and grow the Reform Jewish Movement of Canada. This unique role in the North American Reform Movement requires a strategic leader to implement and execute the priorities of the Canadian and Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) strategies and goals. This position will manage a broad set of national functions including program, administration, fundraising and community engagement and be responsible for overseeing the administration and legal, governance, financial and organizational activities necessary to operate the CCRJ and the Canadian Reform Pension plan and support the operations of several affiliate organizations, including ARZA Canada and the Toronto Community Mikvah.
You are a seasoned leader who is a strategic thinker with a university degree and 10+ years of senior experience in the non-profit sector. You can inspire and attract professional and volunteer leaders to contribute to and support the mission. You can lead in a multi-stakeholder environment and can motivate through persuasion to have groups of people work on multiple issues to develop programs across Canada. You can create and maintain strong relationships with the CCRJ lay-leadership and work with its Board of Directors and board committees. You are a self-starter, resilient, able to influence a wide range of constituents, can manage multiple activities, and are well organized. You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You are a team player who can manage multiple staff, complex projects, and solve problems to implement a strategic plan. You have knowledge of Judaism, are well connected in the Canadian Jewish community and your values align with Reform Judaism.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is a dynamic network of congregations, lay leaders, clergy and professionals across North America. Our progressive, inclusive approach unites thousands of years of Jewish tradition and values with modern Jewish experience to strengthen Judaism today and for future generations. Through programs, information and networking opportunities provided by the URJ, our nearly 850 member congregations enhance their capacity to build and expand community, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership. The CCRJ strengthens and grows the Reform Movement in Canada by supporting and providing leadership to its Canadian stakeholders – Reform congregations affiliated with the URJ, its partner Camp George, and Reform affiliates.
What you’ll do as Director:
- Serve as the voice for the Canadian Reform Movement in partnership with lay leaders and the URJ throughout the Canadian Jewish Community and the broader community.
- Consult and develop partnerships with volunteer and professional staff in congregations, partners and affiliates and across all URJ departments to identify ways to work together to strengthen the Reform Movement in Canada
- Send a consistent message and heighten awareness of the Reform Movement in Canada and the CCRJ
- Act as the CCRJ liaison to Canadian Jewish Community professionals to advance the Reform Movement in Canada
- Provide oversight and support to Development Director to raise funds for CCRJ based on the strategic priorities
- Participate in cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of major donors
- Collaborate with Director of Finance/CAO Canada and Manager of Finance to develop and manage operating budget for CCRJ
Strengthen Reform Congregations and Affiliates
- Determine the needs and identify potential strategies for the Canadian Reform community, in partnership with professional and lay leaders from Canadian congregations and URJ staff, particularly from the URJ Strengthening Congregations team
- Visit congregations and build relationships with Canadian professionals and lay leadership
- Develop Canadian content, promote and attend URJ Biennials
- Maintain records for Reform clergy who can officiate in Ontario
- Provide services and URJ resources to congregations to support efforts to grow congregations
- Develop and implement strategies in collaboration with lay leaders to reach unaffiliated Jews across Canada to encourage affiliation with or add new Reform synagogues
Youth and Millennial Engagement
- Develop and operate national initiatives which support local communities to engage youth and young adults and promote leadership development
- Ensure youth voice in Tikkun Olam and other Reform Movement initiatives
- Oversee the Canadian Reform Movement’s Tikkun Olam efforts, continuing to build relationships with socially conscious organizations across Canada
- Work closely with the URJ Religious Action Center to develop Canadian-specific materials and programs
- Staff committee and support the development of a social justice strategy and advocate on behalf of the Reform Movement in Canada
Communications and Marketing
- Oversee the development of strategy and content for newsletter, website, social media and other vehicles
- Support Board and a committee to develop and manage a branding/marketing and communication strategy and tactics to support local and national Reform activities
- Support efforts to increase congregational and lay leadership collaboration through the use of online networking platforms and communications tools
- University/College degree.
- 10+ years of senior experience in the non-profit sector.
- Transparent and high integrity leadership.
- Experience and skill in working with a Board/lay leadership.
- High-level strategic thinking and planning with an ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers, and donors.
- Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers, and the Reform community.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
- A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
- Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
- Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Strong public speaking ability.
- Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
Please submit your application including your CV/resume and a one-page cover letter to email@example.com. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
The URJ maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.