Head of Strategic Collaboration

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Head of Strategic Collaboration

About the JLC

The Jewish Leadership Council [JLC]’s vision is a UK Jewish community with diverse, effective and sustainable leadership driving innovative and impactful organisations securing our community’s future.

Our mission is to support development and excellence in our member organisations, challenging them to lead the way in sustaining, building, and celebrating vibrant Jewish communities across the UK.

Collective responsibility and collaborative leadership have been the driving principles of the JLC since it was founded and underpin how the JLC:

 connects and coordinates the Jewish charitable sector
 strengthens and supports leadership across our community
 magnifies and amplifies the individual voices and collective voice of our member organisations

We are proud that the JLC’s current 37 members are communal organisations from across the spectrum of Jewish life, including national synagogue denominations, care organisations, education charities, regional representative councils and the Board of Deputies.

Working for the JLC

The JLC is run by a small professional staff and led by Co-CEOs, Claudia Mendoza and Michelle Janes. We are a goal driven organisation that is committed to working flexibly and creatively. We embrace personal and team development and see building relationships as a vital tool of our success. We are led by our organisational values:

Be creative

We look to bring fresh approaches and to add value to our members’ new ideas through innovation
Think long-term We take seriously our unique strategic responsibility to take the long view and plan for the sustainability of the community

Work collaboratively

We work with our members and partners to achieve the best results

Act responsibly

We consider the long-term effectiveness and reputation of our organisation, our members and the Jewish community in all that we do

Be inclusive

We value diversity and work to make sure that our decisions at all levels are informed by a wide variety of perspectives

Use evidence

We base what we say and do on the best research and on our members’ experiences and expertise

The role

The Head of Strategic Collaboration will work closely with the JLC Membership Manager, Lead and the Co-CEOs to facilitate increased and improved capabilities, cooperation and collaboration across Jewish communal organisations and leaders. Their work will enhance and enable community sustainability.

This role combines two of the three tenets of our purpose: connecting and coordinating the Jewish charitable sector and strengthening leadership across our community.

They will identify areas in which to develop collaborative projects based on evidence, data and need.

They will drive collaborative strategic initiatives, supported by the JLC, managing a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. Current projects include the areas of youth mental health, digital development and charity income research.

They will build positive and productive relationships and manage stakeholders to nurture collaborative efforts, implementing key strategic initiatives. They will have a keen interest in strategic planning and will be able to diplomatically and effectively work across the community when approaching challenge.

They will work in collaboration with our Communications team to utilise and expand the JLC Community Portal to support strategic collaboration and as a resource for our members and the wider community.

Person specification

We are passionate about the role of the JLC in the community and specifically the way in which we are able to facilitate collaborative initiatives to sustain, build and enhance vibrant Jewish communities across the UK.

We are looking for someone who is committed and enthusiastic about driving change with a proven track record of success in significant projects. This role requires someone who is driven, dynamic and innovative. They will be an excellent relationship builder with strong written and verbal communication skills. They will be able to manage meetings with those in positions of influence within community organisations, building support for the projects undertaken.

This role will give you an opportunity to work with the community’s major Jewish communal organisations within a dynamic and exciting team. It will provide opportunity and scope for personal and professional growth, supported by our leadership.

Specific responsibilities

 Lead and manage delivery of current key initiatives driven by data and evidence on time and within budget. Current areas of work include youth mental health, digital development and charity income research to better understand the financial sustainability of the Jewish Charitable sector
 Coordinate specific multi-stakeholder projects, managing consultants and advisors where appropriate
 Measure, analyse and report on the impact of strategic collaborative work, giving recommendations for action and next steps where necessary
 Understand and engage with broad communal activity and trends in order to explore and articulate the key challenges for the JLC to address
 Devise and deliver future areas of strategic collaboration, presenting rationale, need and proposed action to the Co-CEOs, JLC Trustees and JLC Council of Membership for consultation and approval
 Communicate updates and engage the wider JLC team and members where appropriate
 Working together with the Membership Manager, understand and respond to the challenges our members face, highlighting opportunities for collaboration to meet these challenges and further our members’ individual and collective impact

Essential Qualities

 Knowledge of the UK Jewish community and its infrastructure
 Demonstrable experience of working with and leading multiple stakeholders
 A proven track record of an ability to drive and implement change
 Experience of working both independently and within a team
 Excellent planning and organisational skills
 Ability to manage and report on multiple projects whilst prioritising effectively
 The ability to build effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders
 A methodical and research/data driven approach to problem solving
 Aptitude and passion for identifying and implementing strategic solutions

Desirable Qualities

 Experience leading large complex meetings with multiple stakeholders
 Knowledge of the Third Sector and key areas of challenge and development
 Experience of budget planning and management
 Experience in coaching or leadership development

Application Information and Further Details

If you are considering applying for this role and would like any more information, please be in touch with Natasha Glass – natasha@thejlc.org

Applications should be made by sending your CV and covering letter to Natasha Glass at the email above, setting out why you want to join our team.

This role is advertised as a full time position. We would also welcome and consider applications from participants who are looking to work more flexibly including part time or with a job share.

Our offices are located in Hendon, NW4

The salary range of this role is: £40,000 – £43,000 commensurate with experience

We offer a holiday allowance of 20 days in addition to relevant Jewish festivals and bank holidays

We provide employees with access to an Employee Assistance Programme that extends to their immediate family and provides support and services when needed

Deadline for applications: Friday 4th June 2021

The Jewish Leadership Council is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

Charity Registration Number: 1115343. The Jewish Leadership Council is a company limited by guarantee.
Registered in England and Wales No: 5742840.

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