CIJA is Hiring

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|August 05, 2022

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of Jewish life in Canada through advocacy.  

As a mission-driven organization, CIJA connects the power of a strong, national network to regional efforts in every Canadian province. Our team provides advocacy support to Jewish and pro-Israel communities across the country, including on university campuses. We offer competitive compensation and a full range of benefits, a primarily office-based work environment, opportunities for travel and professional development, and a highly collaborative, multi-functional team-based approach to work. 

We are now recruiting candidates to work with our Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa teams.  Successful candidates for all positions will share the following qualities and qualifications: 

  • a postsecondary degree and 3-5 years of relevant experience in journalism, politics, education/training, community organizing, or research/policy 
  • a passion for politics and public policy 
  • exceptional interpersonal and communications skills 
  • a personal affinity for working within a mission-driven organization  
  • availability for some travel and work outside “normal” working hours, and  
  • knowledge of the Canadian Jewish community and its public policy agenda 

Functional areas: 

Training and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)  

  • Training community advocates and trainers on advocacy priorities is a key element of the CIJA program. This training portfolio extends to the corporate and public sectors, where EDI training programs too often ignore antisemitism and Jewish concerns. CIJA’s Training manager will create and implement training programs that address this significant challenge.  This job is for you if you have experience in the development and delivery of training programs and in the EDI space. Ideally based in Toronto.   

Government Relations (Ontario) (May be combined with another functional area) 

  • This Toronto-based position is integral to CIJA’s GTA and Government Relations teams, with lead responsibility for CIJA’s government relations strategies throughout Ontario with provincial and municipal governments. An organized team player with exceptional people skills and an ability to build meaningful relationships with stakeholders throughout the political sector, you have excellent communications ability, a strong knowledge of Ontario’s political landscape, familiarity with the community’s public policy agenda, and a willingness to learn. 

Policy (Ontario) (May be combined with another functional area) 

  • As an integral member of the Communications and Government Relations teams, you will facilitate the development of CIJA’s policy priorities and craft many of CIJA’s communications materials. This fast-paced, goal-oriented opportunity requires excellent communications skills and experience in the field of politics and/or public policy. Exceptional research skills and command of written English are key requirements, as are good familiarity with the public policy process. 

LGBTQ+ Liaison (May be combined with another functional area) 

  • The LGBTQ+ liaison staffs CIJA’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Council and serves as CIJA’s liaison with LGBTQ+ groups across Canada and internationally.  You will map out and provide support for CIJA’s activities during Pride season and in collaboration with local Federations, organize an activity around the local Pride (ex: Shabbat dinner, breakfast, speaker, parade, service). You will identify key targets within the LGBTQ+ community, identifying key issues and suggesting positions that CIJA could take in relation to these issues.  You will also act as a resource for your colleagues within CIJA and the organized Jewish community with regard to the lived experience of LGBTQ+ individuals.  This function requires significant travel, particularly during Pride season.   

Partenariats et de la mobilisation des communautés (Québec) 

  • Ce poste a pour mandat de mobiliser des intervenants externes tels que des groupes ethnoculturels, des communautés religieuses, des ONG et d’autres groupes d’intérêt, et de favoriser l’établissement de relations entre eux et le CIJA. Le ou la titulaire de ce poste créera, entretiendra, renforcera et élargira un solide réseau de relations, et élaborera des stratégies pour faciliter la collaboration entre le CIJA et ces autres organisations et communautés. Il sert également de point de contact entre le CIJA et les organismes et organisations de la communauté juive afin de créer des occasions de sensibilisation, de formation et d’échange de l’expertise du CIJA. Il ou elle gère en outre le programme de jeunes ambassadeurs professionnels basé à Montréal. Fluency in both spoken French and English, together with strong writing skills in either French or English, are required.

To submit your cover letter and CV or to receive a detailed job description for one or more of these positions, please contact [email protected] . Please include position title in email subject line. 


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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is the advocacy agent of Jewish Federations across Canada.