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Director, Strategic Communications

Job Title
Director, Strategic Communications
Work From Home
Yes
Description
Location:                            Remote/Online/In person meetings, as needed
Organization:                    Union for Reform Judaism
Employment Type:          Full Time, Benefits Eligible               
Department:                     Marketing, Audience Development and Sales
Reporting to:                    Assistant VP, Marketing, Audience Engagement, & Sales Management
Direct Reports:                Yes (2)
Start Date:                        February 2024
Salary Range                    $110,000-125,000 plus competitive benefits package
Level/Salary Grade:        People Manager (Advanced) / E
                          
THE ROLE
The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Marketing, Audience Engagement & Sales team seeks a Director of Strategic Communications. The Director of Strategic Communications will play a crucial role in shaping and executing the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and Religious Action Center (RAC) communications strategy. The portfolio will focus on strategic planning, content strategy, storytelling, writing and communication, and oversight of the PR and editorial team. 

WHAT YOU WILL DO
The Director of Strategic Communication reports to the Assistant VP, Marketing, Audience Engagement, & Sales Management and is responsible for: 
• Strategic Planning: Develop and implement strategic communication plans that support organizational objectives, enhance brand reputation, and help the URJ be a distinct and relevant voice across audiences. Monitor industry trends, public sentiment, and emerging issues to proactively address communication challenges and opportunities. Collaborate with leadership to provide strategic communication counsel and support decision-making processes.
• Content Strategy: Develop and implement a comprehensive content strategy aligned with organizational goals and objectives. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify key messages, themes, and content opportunities. Oversee the creation and maintenance of high-quality, engaging, and consistent content across all URJ digital channels.
• Storytelling: Craft compelling narratives that effectively communicate the URJ and RAC mission, values, and key messages. Lead the development of storytelling frameworks to enhance the brand identity and develop compelling content to resonate with target audiences. Collaborate with stakeholders to gather and refine stories that showcase impact and success.
• Writing and Communication: Produce clear, concise, and persuasive written materials. Lead organizational-wide communications and provide thought leadership on executive messaging. Lead the website content strategy.  Ensure content is of high quality, aligned with organizational messaging, and relevant. Collaborate with the social media team to develop and implement strategic communication plans, ensuring cohesive and effective messaging across all platforms.
• Oversee PR and Editorial Team: Lead and facilitate regular meetings with Public Relations, Content Strategy, and Editors to ensure collaboration within the team and across the organization. 

WHO YOU ARE & KEYS TO SUCCESS (THE MUST-HAVES):
To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas:
• Strategic Thinking & Content. Strategic thinker with strong writing and communication skills. Demonstrated experience in content strategy and storytelling with large-scale impact and reach across North America. 
• REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and executing Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQIA+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities. Demonstrated commitment developing content that appeals to and reflects diverse audiences, including People of Color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented voices. Open-minded and committed to honest conversations and self-reflection about race, racial justice, and equity.  
• Storytelling. Exceptional writing and editing skills, with the ability to adapt style to various audiences and communication channels. Experience in communication strategy and planning for current events and crisis management.  
• Leadership. Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to inspire and lead a high-performing communications team. Experience in a leadership role managing communications for an organization. Skilled communicator and people manager who can strategize, plan, and delegate effectively. Ability to listen, discern challenges, and identify solutions. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities.

ABOUT US
Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success.  
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. We acknowledge that due to racism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, that our communities are not whole until everyone experiences a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, we stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of our communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for our communities to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership. Together, our employees and stakeholders, are creating Reform Judaism of today.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Apply Online and include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We look forward to hearing from you!    

The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, 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 individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+. 

 

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