Part Time

Community Relations Specialist

Jewish Federation of Ottawa 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa ON

Community Relations Specialist – part-time

Reporting to the Director of Communications, this new position is responsible for the advocacy work of the organization. Primarily, this involves combatting antisemitism and advocating on issues of importance to the Jewish community (e.g. accessible affordable housing), including support for the Jewish State of Israel. The mandate is executed by forming strong and productive relationships with all levels of government, other ethnic and religious and communities, other at-risk communities (e.g. LGBTQ+, Indigenous people) and key stakeholders (e.g. school boards). 

Success in this role means that the community’s advocacy work is consistently and professionally executed and that the community is supported through any crisis. It involves developing personal relationships with elected officials and allyship with other ethnic, religious and at-risk communities. Additionally, it entails providing advice and guidance to grassroots activists. This is a part-time salaried position based on 3 days/week, understanding that these will not be uniform throughout the year.

Specific responsibilities will include:

Government relations:

  • Organize and participate in personal meetings on an annual basis with local political leaders at all levels of government, to discuss issues of concern to the Jewish community
  • On-going and active correspondence with political leaders
  • As appropriate, and working with the Communications and Community Relations Committee (CCRC), organize election roundtables with candidates from all major parties
  • Liaise with Federation’s advocacy partner CIJA to coordinate agendas and act on action alerts to optimize efforts

Relationship Building:

  • Build and nurture relationships with leaders of other ethnic, religious groups and other at-risk communities
  • Organize periodic and relevant events (e.g. Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag rising, Black History Month, Indigenous/Jewish speaker events)
  • On-going communication with public school boards and work with CIJA to facilitate appropriate training
  • Act as a resource for university partners to prepare for, and respond effectively and strategically, to anti-Israel/antisemitic incidents on campus
  • Working with the Director of Communications to develop and implement a social media strategy that highlights the diversity of Ottawa, while actively monitoring and responding to issues of concern on social media
  • Attend meetings of the CCRC to share advocacy and community relations activity

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills: Strong, sophisticated written communication skills; Superior verbal skills; Social media savvy
  • Well-organized with diligent follow-up
  • Experience in government relations
  • Deep understanding of the history of Israel, the Middle East and antisemitism
  • Superior relationship-building skills
  • Self-starter and energetic


We are looking to hire immediately. If you are interested in applying, please do not hesitate to send your resume to Pauline Colwin at pcolwin@jewishottawa.com.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree Required and 3-5 years of experience.