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Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, a 501(c)3 religious organization, employs full-time and part-time staff who support the values and principles of the synagogue. If you are committed to advancing Jewish life in New York City and helping others to embrace their heritage, consider joining our staff.  Career opportunities for Jewish educators, nursery school teachers, administrative, facilities, and marketing staff are listed as they become available. 

Director of Communications and Public Relations

The Director of Communications and Public Relations is a member of the senior staff. The Communications Director will develop and oversee the synagogue’s messaging and coordinate the synagogue’s overall strategy for internal and external communications, marketing, media, and public relations. Within the synagogue’s fast-paced results-oriented environment, the Communications Director will work collaboratively with other senior staff members — clergy and directors of the nursery school, religious school, and teen initiative — to develop and implement communications, marketing, and public relations strategies that will expand the membership, influence, and impact of the synagogue. The Communications Director manages one full-time Marketing Manager and two part-time videographers, and utilizes outsourced graphic designers and other vendors. 

Some key performance metrics of the job, among others, are:

  • Frequency and quality of coverage in print and online media
  • Online readership, traffic, and other metrics of reach and usage of Stephen Wise communications
  • Membership acquisition and retention rates
    Satisfaction levels among Stephen Wise members with communications

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with the senior rabbi, executive director, and senior staff to develop communications, marketing, and public relations strategies that will expand the membership, influence, and impact of the synagogue
  • Identify, refine, and implement the synagogue’s core messages to ensure organizational consistency
  • Attend school and communal events and religious services in order to capture the essence of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in communications
  • Coordinate and lead community education meetings, workshops and events. Examples: local and national policy briefings, volunteer and service learning programs, sponsorship of and participation in relevant rallies and protests, and overseas missions.
  • Identify significant media and public policy issues that can be leveraged to promote Stephen Wise Free Synagogue and, by drawing more attention to the synagogue, can assist in fundraising
  • Manage press relations, pitch stories, and track results; focus on NYC and national opinion media
  • Develop stronger ties between the synagogue, members, prospective members, and the public at large by:
    • overseeing and developing a progressive website and web presence that will enhance the connection between the synagogue and its members, and brand Stephen Wise Free Synagogue as a major force in Jewish life and in national and international religious affairs.
    • Devising, implementing, measuring, and managing effective communications strategies, which could include blogs, video, e-mail, postal, and major social media platforms 
    • creating, executing, and managing content syndication and distribution strategies
      building media attention by elevating the clergy and synagogue in news outlets

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Significant client-side communications experience. Not-for-profit organizational/institutional experience preferred
  • Media relations: pre-existing relationships with journalists, editors, and major bloggers at the following types of media properties: NYC media properties, national opinion media
  • Experience using social networks to build community and advance an organization’s message
  • Understanding paid social media and techniques such as targeting ad placement in a segmented market
  • Experience in framing social and values-related messages, and in branding institutions;
  • Success in building the profile and reputation of an institution and the thought leaders within the institution; helping thought leaders create outstanding content
  • Detail orientation; willingness to implement; strong organizational and persuasion skills
  • Familiarity with major issues facing the Jewish people
  • A strong understanding (experience preferable) of positioning a not-for-profit organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
The Director of Communications and Public Relations will report directly to Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch,  senior rabbi, in coordination with the executive director, Sandra Divack Moss. Rabbi Hirsch is a visionary with a unique combination of deep religious commitment, keen global awareness and influence, and sophisticated strategic insights. Since joining Stephen Wise in 2004, Rabbi Hirsch has led a dramatic revival in Jewish life. He has served on numerous boards of national and international bodies and is currently an officer of the New York Board of Rabbis and a member of Partnership of Faith, an interfaith body of New York religious leaders. Rabbi Hirsch is a prolific writer and world-class speaker.

Sandra Divack Moss started her career by establishing Dorot, a model intergenerational community service organization. She went on to work as a consultant, helping organizations develop and implement strategies for growth, consulting with various organizations, including the Eldridge Street Project and UJA Federations of North America. She has been the executive director of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue since 2009.

COMPENSATION
• Full-time salary commensurate with experience.
• Generous benefit package.

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Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Stephen Wise  is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.