Assistant Director, U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations

American Jewish Committee | New York, New York

Background

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.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director will help bolster AJC’s ongoing commitment to strengthening Muslim-Jewish relations, as part of a broader commitment to Interreligious Relations.

The Assistant Director does all this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.

Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

I. Policy Formulation

Work closely with the director to help guide the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council’s domestic policy agenda, including:

  • Coordinate legislative outreach to Congress with AJC’s Congressional team.
  • Manage the regularly held teleconference of the Council’s domestic policy group, and report on this group’s deliberations, through the director, to the co-chairs of the Council.
  • Draft policy position papers of the Council.

 II. Communications Strategy

Develop, lead and implement a media engagement strategy for the Council, in close consultation with the director and AJC’s MarComm  and Media teams.   These duties include:

  • Represent the Council with different audiences.
  • Lead the production of a series of Public Service Announcements highlighting the contributions made by Muslims and Jews to the US, focusing on the narratives of individual Muslims and Jews.

 III. Regional and Local Muslim-Jewish Advisory Councils

Serve as the lead national staff person in interfacing with regional directors in creating and sustaining regional offices, consulting closely with the director.   

IV. Council Event Support

Support as necessary the policy agenda and logistical arrangements for the national Council’s meetings and public events, which occur roughly five times per year.

 V. Other Muslim-Jewish engagement

Support work outside the framework of the Advisory Council in the field of Muslim-Jewish engagement, as needed.  

Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree required
  • Public policy experience required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including drafting of policy papers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy
  • Well-developed organizational and time management skills
  • Dependable
  • Respect for and adherence to confidentiality is required
  • Well-developed customer service orientation
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • A self-starter, willing to take the initiative 
  • A team player as well as able to work independently 
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure 
  • Passion for the mission of AJC and Muslim-Jewish relations
  • A demonstrated commitment to high ethical standards and values
  • Computer skills required: MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint
  • Event planning experience including logistics and communications
  • Willingness to attend meetings and programs outside of standard working hours

AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to Apply

American Jewish Committee