Director of Communications

Moving Traditions is seeking a smart, strategic, and experienced Director of Communications who will embrace our mission and who will have the opportunity to make a major impact on our national organization. A key member of the Development and Communications team, the Director is responsible for Moving Traditions’ communications strategy, leadership, and implementation, nationally and in six staffed regions. The Director will create and execute an integrated communications plan to promote and enhance awareness of Moving Traditions’ mission and strategic objectives across multiple platforms, and among key stakeholder audiences. The Director will possess communications, marketing, and organizational skills, and will understand development to benefit a non-profit organization with high visibility and impact in the Jewish community.

We are looking for a communications leader with the ability to:

  • Develop and execute an integrated communications plan to advance Moving Traditions’ brand identity, awareness, and the visibility of its programs and priorities across key stakeholder audiences, both at the national level and within six key regions.
  • Work closely with the Chief of Advancement to create and execute a development plan that expands and maintains funding sources, including but not limited to foundation and corporate grants, individual donations, charitable events, and marketing opportunities.
  • Drive donor support and program success for the organization through e-newsletters and other email campaigns and by writing and editing marketing materials, op-ed pieces, annual reports, and other collateral.
  • With the support of the Development and Communications Manager, oversee the development and maintenance of the website.
  • With the support of staff, manage all social networking and web content. Develop and manage relationships with social media outlets, including online publications and blogs. Serve as visionary for and experimenter with new social media channels.
  • Manage relationships with national and local media, working with regional staff to build local relationships.
  • Develop and implement direct mail and communications components of events and other fundraising ventures.
  • Identify emerging and ongoing issues and with leadership and other staff, create thought-leadership and other effective communications responses to build the organization.
  • Serve as the internal communications consultant by informing and engaging internal stakeholders, working with colleagues to conceive and implement projects and training staff to build communications capacity.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and reach of Moving Tradition’s communications, including email campaigns, web content, and social media, through quantitative and quantitative methods. Recommend new tools and tactics as needed.
  • Work with the Field Team to ensure that Moving Tradition’s program partners incorporate consistent product and organizational messages across all media while conforming with the organization’s visual standards.
  • Help advance speaking engagements and presentations at conferences.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Required Background:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related area. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 7-10 years progressive communications experience in the non-profit sector.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of communications and familiarity with development principles.
  • Strong background in writing, public relations, including national and local-based media, brand messaging, and business development.
  • The ability to craft key messages and communicate them with impact to a broad audience, including funders, the media, thought leaders, and staff.
  • Knowledge of Judaism and Jewish community and gender issues. Experience with social change efforts a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience preparing, writing and processing grant proposals.
  • Fluency with new forms of media and social media in a professional capacity.
  • Ability to effectively manage staff.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong attention to detail and organization skills, ability to prioritize and excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a deadline driven environment.
  • Some travel required.

Established in 2005, Moving Traditions emboldens teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning.  Moving Traditions connects the issues youth care about most—body image, social and academic pressure, friendship, romance, and sexuality—to enduring Jewish values, fosters positive peer-to-peer relationships through our trained educators and mentors, and inspires participants to develop an ongoing connection to Jewish community. By promoting a more inclusive and expansive view of gender and identity for Jewish youth of all genders, we create a more vibrant, engaging Judaism that helps all pre-teens and teens to flourish. To date, Moving Traditions has partnered with more than 400 congregations, JCCs and other Jewish entities across North America. We operate six staffed regions in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia.

Moving Traditions is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory, diverse work environment. Moving Traditions does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law in any of its programs or activities.

Compensation is competitive.  Please email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:  careers@movingtraditions.org

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