The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington envisions an open, connected, and vibrant Jewish community that cares for each other, fosters Jewish learning and journeys, embraces Jewish peoplehood and Israel, and acts as a force for good in the world. As a mission-driven non-profit organization, we work to inspire, build, and sustain vibrant Jewish life in a changing world by mobilizing our community in common purpose, intentional innovation, and effective action. To achieve this vision and mission, our strategic plan identifies a core pillar of our work as serving as a center for community thought leadership & action that develops a deep cohort of lay leaders in Federation, and lay and professional leaders across the community, who have a shared vision for the community, networks, and commitment to community responsibility. A key component of this work is Federation’s own Board of Directors, Executive Committee and other governance structures. Learn more at shalomdc.org.
Candidates should be located in or willing to relocate to the Greater Washington (DC, MD, and Northern VA) region. This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, with 2-3 days a week required in our headquarters or a Northern Virginia field office. The health and safety of our professional team and community remains a top priority, and all Federation employees are required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
The Governance & Leadership Coordinator reports directly to the Chief of Staff (COS) and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Assistant Director of Jewish Leadership & Learning (JLL), other inter-departmental Federation professionals, and key lay leaders, to coordinate the operations of Federation’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Nominations Committee and other governance processes.
The Federation’s Board of Directors is a large community-based board of 130 members, reflecting the breadth of the Jewish community of Greater Washington, including agency presidents, rabbinic leadership, and other lay leaders representing geographic, demographic and identity-based diversity. The Board meets five times a year to engage the breadth of diverse leaders in the boardroom in generative thinking to collectively confront the biggest issues facing our community, as well as fulfilling enumerated fiduciary responsibilities, such as voting on allocations and the Federation budget. The Executive Committee of 18 Officers meets approximately monthly to address day-to-day governance and fiduciary responsibilities. The Governance & Leadership Coordinator is responsible for ensuring these governance meetings run smoothly and effectively, including preparation of materials, technical coordination of both in-person and online meetings, and coordination of meeting follow-up.
Additionally, the Governance & Leadership Coordinator takes a leadership role in managing and leading Federation’s Leadership & Nominations Committee, which is responsible for identifying and recommending new leaders for Federation’s Board and committee, and has been endeavoring to tap into a breadth of expanded networks to make important strides in broadening the diversity of the Board, by age, geography, and personal identities such as LGBTQ+, Jews of Color, interfaith families, religious denominations, people who identify as disability self-advocates, and other “differences that make a difference” in our Jewish spaces. The Governance & Leadership Coordinator is also responsible for managing Federation’s extensive efforts underway to inculcate a culture of belonging on the Board and in other governance structures at Federation.
The ideal candidate is personable, detail-oriented, and technically-savvy, and must enjoy working collaboratively in a fast-paced entrepreneurial and results-oriented environment. They must also exercise the highest level of good judgment and discretion in a variety of situations and bring strong communication, administrative, organizational and technical skills.
Board Support, Documentation and Liaison
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A People-Friendly Workplace
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is an equal opportunity employer offering people friendly environment, including:
In building our professional team, Federation strives to model our vision of an inclusive community and vibrant future. As an equal opportunity employer, we invite and encourage applications from all candidates of all backgrounds and identities. We know that no applicant's experience will align 100% with the listed qualifications. Don't let that hold you back! We encourage you to apply and look forward to meeting you.