As identified in Southern Arizona Jewish Community Pathways to Enriching Jewish Life and in the most recent Tucson J strategic plan, our community wishes to elevate and embrace diverse and innovative approaches to Jewish life. We will do this by creating an easily accessible, welcoming, and vibrant environment through establishing micro-community platforms and networks, with links to a wide variety of diverse offerings such as social justice, spirituality, the arts, environment, etc.); community-wide Jewish celebrations; and, curated spiritual and cultural experiences for affinity groups across the generational spectrum. In addition to enhancing the Jewish lives of those currently engaged, the community also is committed to attracting those who are unaffiliated and/or disengaged to a rich and meaningful Jewish practice or journey, in whatever form that may take for them.
This position is housed at the Tucson J, the town square of Jewish life in Tucson and Southern Arizona and reports to the Tucson Js Director of Jewish Life and Learning. Guided by values rooted in Jewish tradition, the Tucson J is open to all people of all ages and all abilities. Everyone belongs, while some may choose to formally join. While the position is housed at the Tucson J, this is a community engagement role, where programming and meeting may take place in our physical space or out in the community, beyond the walls of our facility. The J practices radical inclusivity and is a safe non-judgmental space for all. Our Southern Arizona Jewish community is incredibly diverse with Jewish families and individuals self-identifying as: Just Jewish, Not Jewish, Culturally Jewish/Secular/Humanist, Jewish by Birth, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, multi-faith, Israeli American, Jews of Color, LGBTQ, single-parent, differently abled/special needs, low-income, middle-income, and affluent. The J welcomes the participation of self-identifying Jewish families of all backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
The Director of Community Engagement alongside the other members of the engagement team and in close collaboration with the leadership and membership of the Jewish Ecosystem in Southern Arizona will work towards the goals of:
We are searching for a dynamic individual to be the face of our communitys engagement work who will serve as the inaugural Director of Community Engagement. This individual is knowledgeable about Jewish practices and resources and will connect Southern Arizonans with one another and with local and on-line resources. The Director of Community Engagement will foster meaningful Jewish journeys and help Jews of Southern Arizona to find their place in the Jewish community, meeting them at their individual entry points. This leadership position will direct the engagement work emerging from the collaborative efforts of the Ecosystem, including pilot projects such as the newly established Relationship Based Engagement Initiative that serves to elevate and embrace diverse and innovative community-based approaches to Jewish Life.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Responsibilities Include:
Ideal Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The Tucson Jewish Community Center is a 110,000-square-feet facility built in 1989. With more than 2,000 families and 5,000 members, the J is open to the Tucson community of all faiths.
We offer a robust schedule of events ranging from Arts & Culture to Sports & Wellness to Children & Family. At the J we offer something for everyone from 0 to 99!
Our beautiful Foothills location offers the perfect setting for your meeting, wedding, or other special event. Our trained professional will help you with all your rental needs, including catering.
If fitness is your main goal, we offer a full fitness facility and more than 100 free weekly classes included in your membership.
We are proud to offer a privately funded preschool serving 300 children during the school year from six weeks to pre-K. Additionally, we offer after-school care for elementary-aged children and provide transportation from over 20 schools daily during the school year.
Most importantly, we offer a sense of community and acceptance to the entire Tucson community. We invite you to step inside and feel the energy of the J!