InterfaithFamily (IFF) is seeking a Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago (IFF/Chicago). The full-time Director will take over at an exciting time for InterfaithFamily, building on our success and past work in Chicago to become a research and innovation hub for InterfaithFamily, helping implement our new strategic plan to expand our impact with interfaith couples and families and support organizations to become more inclusive.
The ideal candidate is an ordained Rabbi or Cantor who is passionate about working with interfaith couples and families, has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and is comfortable working with or learning a variety of technology tools.
The Director will join our existing community of practice, which consists of full-time rabbis serving in Atlanta and Cleveland, and 11 InterfaithFamily Rukin Rabbinic Fellows.
The Director will be responsible for connecting with interfaith families and couples, connecting couples and families to one another, and to Jewish institutions and professionals that could be the right fit for them. Responsibilities fall into four areas:
- Community Engagement: Develop relationships with interfaith couples and families, and Jewish professionals, clergy and institutions; represent IFF/Chicago and the needs of interfaith families at community events and meetings, and develop relationships with IFF/Chicago stakeholders.
- Facilitation, Training and Professional Development: Teach Jewish professionals, clergy and lay leaders how to include and support interfaith couples and families. Facilitate programs for parents of young children and workshops for engaged or newly married interfaith couples. Help codify curriculum for above programs.
- Counseling and Officiation: Provide consultations and rabbinic support for people in interfaith families, including officiation at lifecycle events, and follow up with Chicago area requests from the IFF Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service.
- Management: Manage grant goals and deliverables; manage the program budget; potentially hire and supervise an IFF/Chicago Program Manager, and work with Program Manager to develop biweekly and monthly reports.
Required Skills and Experience
- Rabbinic or cantorial ordination from an accredited Jewish seminary
- At least 3 years of experience in the Jewish community working in or with Jewish organizations
- Experience working with, and understanding of the needs of, interfaith couples and families in Jewish life
- Creativity in approaching relationship- and community-building; approachable manner and strong ability to engage with people; be a “connector”
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication (written and oral) and presentation skills
- Ability to adjust to dynamically changing priorities, manage multiple projects and resources with competing priorities and timelines, innovate and learn new tools and processes, pitch in and “get hands dirty” in a small, entrepreneurial national non-profit
- Collaborative working style, detail oriented, ready to take ownership, self-starter, resourceful, flexible, persistent and persuasive
- Comfortable with new technologies and proficient with standard office products and software
This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director, InterfaithFamily/Your Community Initiative.
Equal Opportunity Employer. InterfaithFamily (IFF) provides equal opportunity to all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, body configuration, age, disability, marital status, height, weight, or political belief. This policy applies to all employees and applicants for employment.
How to Apply
Please email or fax cover letter and resume to:
firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 617 965 7772
InterfaithFamily is the only national organization laser-focused on supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and helping build inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content and resources; connections to welcoming organizations, Jewish clergy, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and programs for interfaith couples and families.