Full Time

Director, Planning & Engagement

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto 4600 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is the backbone of the Jewish community in the GTA, bringing together different agencies and programs in a coordinated approach to solve intractable issues. As the issues facing the Jewish community in the GTA become more complex, Federation is innovating to meet the needs of the community.

Through Federation’s annual fundraising campaign, the organization raises more than $60 million every year. In addition, the Jewish Foundation of Toronto holds more than $300 million in assets. In partnership with its network of over 100 vital beneficiary agencies, schools and summer camps, Federation provides leadership by working collaboratively to address complex large scale communal issues.

UJA Federation unites Jewish Toronto to act as one. It is where the Jewish community combines its collective strengths to fulfill its most important needs and aspirations. Currently, UJA’s key impact areas include:

  • Caring for the Vulnerable;
  • Strengthening Jewish education and Jewish identity; and,
  • Supporting Israel and global Jewish communities.

UJA Federation is in a unique position to be able to act as a backbone for several collective impact initiatives. As this work evolves, UJA is building its capacity to support complex collaborative initiatives across sectors.

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, the Director, Planning & Engagement works closely with colleagues and external partners in the planning and execution of engagement strategies with external organizations to drive progress in Federation’s strategic priorities, across program areas, while having responsibility for leading the Arts, Culture & Heritage portfolio. 

The role supports the goals of the Community Capacity Building department by bringing a strategic focus to collaboratively developing and implementing a plan to grow and deepen Federation’s relationship with our current partner organizations, explore new potential partnerships and identify areas for collaboration. This role will work together with colleagues to create innovative and successful partnerships to advance UJA’s mission and meet the Toronto Jewish community’s most critical needs while maintaining a culture of trust, collaboration, accountability and partnership

This position will staff and provide professional support to a volunteer committee tasked with working with Jewish Toronto’s arts, culture and heritage organizations. 

Working closely with Fundraising, Marketing and other Federation departments this position will ensure the alignment of work across teams. The Director will be part of a small team responsible for driving UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s community work forward.

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and collaborative candidate to build meaningful relationships and liaise with staff, lay leaders, agencies, service providers and other internal and external stakeholders, while being responsible for ensuring that UJA is seen as an effective and impactful community convener.

The Director will assist with internal and external functions including strategy, communications, community engagement, measurement and data functions, and financial management and be responsible for all aspects of project management and implementation of community initiatives.

Planning & Engagement:

  • Involvement with all facets of CCB mandate; working closely with colleagues to support the work being done to meet Federation’s strategic priorities.
  • Manage strategies for engagement of all stakeholders to support Federation’s goals.  This includes designing, implementing and evaluating innovative engagement strategies for the Toronto Jewish community.
  • Assist in creation of an ongoing strategic and viable plan that identifies current and future needs and funding priorities.
  • Building and maintaining fruitful professional relationships with existing and new community partners. Communicating the objectives of UJA’s strategic priorities to the community and potential partners, in coordination with the Communications and Marketing teams.
  • Develop a plan to better involve and incorporate feedback from partner organizations.
  • Support efforts of the CCB team to identify new and emerging trends in program areas, align strategic priorities with community partner needs, and better engage Federation stakeholders.
  • Support the CCB team in the development of Collective Impact initiatives and collaborative projects to enhance community impact.
  • Ensure coordination and strategic alignment with UJA’s strategic priorities and desired outcomes.
  • Manage strategies for engagement of people (both in and out of the workplace) in opportunities to support Federation’s community goals, including the design and management of community engagement experiences.
  • Manage implementation of episodic group volunteer experiences that support Federation priorities.
  • Understand and use community engagement-related technology processes to support organizational relationship culture, including relationship management (CRM) and technology software.

Arts, Culture & Heritage:

  • Staffing Arts, Culture and Heritage committee. Working with committees’ chair, setting the meeting agenda, recruiting new members and managing the relationships with the lay committee and Federation’s partner agencies. 
  • Working with UJA funded agencies, at the ED and program manager level. Overseeing and managing matters regarding grants, organization reporting responsibilities, UJA recognition, and engagement with community members.
  • Chairing the Kultura Collective, an alliance of Arts and Culture organizations (both UJA funded and not) that meet throughout the year to foster collaboration, share marketing resources and identify potential collaborations.

The Director will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with the community, day-to-day coordination of the effort and its many moving parts and being part of a high functioning team. The Director will be part of the Community Capacity Building team and report to the Chief Program Officer.

This is an outstanding opportunity to play a critical role in finding solutions to issues in Toronto’s Jewish Community. Therefore, first and foremost, the Director must have a deep commitment to the overall mission of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and be committed to delivering results against the mission while holding self to the highest ethical standards.

Education & Attributes:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required;
  • Six - eight years of professional experience in community outreach and engagement including direct experience working in or with community and/or faith-based institutions;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with an outcomes-based approach; proven experience of outreach and mobilization, managing to outcomes, and developing and using data to inform continuous improvement and decision-making;
  • Proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make strategic decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness;
  • Ability to effectively build organizational capacity including the processes that achieve outcomes; understanding of management and processes within non-profit organizations; experience and demonstrated success in setting effective goals, objectives, and outcomes; experience in managing budgets in resource-limited environments;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively cultivate, manage and maintain relationships with leadership, senior staff, consultants, and external partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility particularly as part of a team. Experience working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • The ability to inspire confidence and passion in external audiences and build effective relationships with a range of stakeholders;
  • An understanding of, or background in, Jewish Arts and Culture;
  • Advanced project management skills;
  • Ability to thrive in a fluid environment; demonstrated excellent judgment and calm under stressful conditions;
  • Flexibility and the ability to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed;
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Strong community engagement and facilitation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral);
  • Existing relationships with, or ability to build relationships with, a cross-sectoral range of stakeholders, including senior leaders;
  • Develop, implement, monitor and analyze the results of engagement initiatives;
  • Ability to synthesize nuanced, complex information and prepare clear, concise, strategic and actionable recommendations in service of CCB goals;
  • Ability to continually prioritize effectively against goals; and,
  • Intellectual quickness, curiosity, discipline, and resourcefulness. 

CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, permanent position. Excellent compensation and benefits.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, quoting REF# DPE-CCB-463 no later than April 28 to: recruitment@ujafed.org

Only those applicants invited for interview will be contacted. UJA Federation is an equal opportunity employer.

Alternate Formats and Accommodation: 
UJA Federation is committed to providing an accessible employment environment. We are committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and aim to ensure that dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of our corporate culture. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance so that we can arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.