Director Russian Jewish Division

Jewish United Fund Of Metropolitan Chicago Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago

JOB OBJECTIVES: Under the supervision of the Associate Vice President, the Director of the JUF Russian Jewish Division (RJD) is responsible for the development and oversight of outreach to the Russian-speaking Jewish community in Chicago. Priorities will include the development of the Advisory Board, fundraising, budgeting, programming, leadership development and RJD staff supervision. The Director will have general oversight of administrative functions of the Russian Jewish Division and serve as a JUF liaison to the broader Russian-speaking Jewish Community in Chicago.


Development and Oversight

  • Serve as a partner to RJD's Advisory Board of lay leaders. Recruit new members within the Russian Jewish Community, lead Board orientation and training

  • Oversee public relations for the Russian Jewish Division and serve as a JUF liaison to the broader Russian Jewish Community in the Chicagoland area

  • Oversee a variety of programs related to outreach and leadership development initiatives geared toward Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals, young families and community members

  • Establish and execute RJD's budget. Maintain grants and other funding sources

  • Maintain the relationships with the established community partners, foundations and other Jewish organizations

  • Attend monthly JUF executive staff meetings, all staff meetings, bi-weekly Campaign and Donor Officers meetings and other required activities


  • Spearhead fundraising activities including planning, organizing and executing RJD's annual fundraising gala

  • Build and maintain a portfolio of donors from the Russian-speaking Jewish community (Donor Officer responsibility)

  • Directly support JUF Annual Campaign integration on an ongoing basis in addition to mandatory campaign-related activities

Supervision of Staff

  • Coach and supervise RJD staff: Program Associate, Director of Young Family Outreach and Administrative Aide

  • Conduct weekly meetings with each RJD staff member and weekly RJD staff meetings

  • Conduct annual performance reviews, provide opportunities for professional growth and development


  • BA or MA degree and minimum 4 years work experience in Jewish community

  • Fluent in English and functional in Russian

  • Strong understanding and extensive knowledge of Russian Jewish culture, Jewish community, and non-profit management

  • Strong Jewish background and experience working with and motivating Jewish young professionals and lay leaders

  • Proven ability to manage staff and create a vibrant team environment

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to be a self-starter and handle multiple projects

  • Proven ability to plan, implement and measure strategies and programs

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with multiple stakeholders

  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office Suite of Products and major Social Media Websites

  • Availability for evening and/or weekend events/meetings


Russian Jewish Division (RJD) is a division of the JUF Campaign department. RJD is a community of young professionals and young families of the Former Soviet Union background. RJD provides a welcoming space to navigate the Jewish community, build friendships and develop leadership skills. RJD's mission is to engage the community in the pluralistic aspects of Jewish life from across the spectrum of observance. While continuing to tailor to the specific needs of our young adult community, RJD serves as a resource and 'connection' to JUF and the Jewish community at large.

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Director Russian Jewish Division

Jewish United Fund Of Metropolitan Chicago