San Francisco, CA
Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. Among Jewish advocacy organizations, AJC is the leader in the global arena. We are known for our unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and faith leaders in more than 100 countries. In addition to our New York headquarters and Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the United States and around the globe and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide.
The regional AJC San Francisco office advances local and global Jewish advocacy initiatives to secure the welfare of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values. We do this by activating Jewish lay leaders and building relationships with local diplomats, elected officials, interfaith and intergroup leaders.
A primary role of the assistant director will be in the area of strategic communications to significantly expand AJC’s visibility, further our advocacy impact and support fundraising efforts. S/he will also be responsible for recruiting, organizing and inspiring local Jewish supporters to advance AJC’s impact locally and globally, through shared advocacy initiatives with local ethnic and religious community leaders.
The successful candidate will be an organized team-player, strong project manager, and exceptional communicator. Familiarity with journalism or public relations, political organizing, international relations and Jewish advocacy is ideal, with preference for those with Northern California experience and connections.
The Assistant Director does all of this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.
Specific Responsibilities include the following:
- Advance AJC’s advocacy efforts and visibility by developing and implementing a strategic communications program that ensures that key constituencies are engaged with agency activities and concerns.
- Develop relationships with a wide range of media providers to position AJC San Francisco as a dynamic, relevant, vigorous and visible presence in Northern California.
- Work with regional director and staff on positioning key issues.
- Develop opportunities for media exposure through interviews, op-eds, etc. that enhance AJC’s visibility.
- Actively support development and constituency building activity.
- Create action alerts and other email correspondence to engage membership and community.
- Work with the Director and lay leadership to further advocacy relationships with important AJC constituencies including interethnic community leaders.
- Design and implement advocacy campaigns, initiatives and programs with Jewish lay leaders and community partners to advance our advocacy impact, particularly combating antisemitism, bigotry and extremism.
- Recruit and develop lay volunteers, with particularly focus on ACCESS-aged (30-45) for advocacy roles and for financial support.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- 5 to 7 years of relevant experience
- Excellent writing, critical thinking, and presentation skills; journalism, public relations or communications background highly preferred.
- Demonstrated experience with organizing lay leaders and developing interethnic and coalition advocacy initiatives.
- Commitment to AJC’s mission and key advocacy areas such as combatting antisemitism and promoting human rights and multicultural understanding.
- Broad knowledge and experience with social media advocacy and relevant communication and database software.
- Ability to solve problems creatively, diplomatically, and pragmatically within the organization and in the community.
- An entrepreneurial mindset; able to identify and pursue opportunities and flexibility to adapt and seize changing opportunities.
- Availability for early morning, evening and weekend meetings, and occasional travel.
Please submit your application on: https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/rjdrvx51rkd8bw/