Full Time

Director of Government Relations

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston 5603 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston TX


Position :  Director of Government Relations

Department:  Planning

Reports to:  Chief Planning and Strategy Officer

Date:  March 2019


The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston (www.houstonjewish.org) is to preserve and enrich Jewish communal life through innovative and visionary leadership that is responsible and responsive to Jewish communities locally, nationally, in Israel, and around the world.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston seeks a Director of Government Relations who will act as the key point person for resilience, safety and security for Houston’s Jewish community.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

·         Holistically leverage resources to ensure the community is safe, secure and resilient regarding natural and manmade incidents and disasters;

·         Raise the visibility of the Federation and its work with elected and appointed government officials, maximize government resources available to the community, and work collaboratively with partner organizations to mobilize the community on issues of flood response, recovery and mitigation;

·         Coordinate a plan for community response to large scale flooding incidents and disasters.  The plan should ensure the coordination of community agencies that respond; the availability and mobilization of resources; and the development and distribution of preparedness materials for the public;

·         Identify, research, analyze, and advocate for critical government relations issues affecting the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and surrounding community (with a specific emphasis on security and other local priorities that impact the safety and well-being of the community);

·         Research, write, review, and edit reports, news releases, brochures, pamphlets, bulletins, and other publicity or educational materials in support of the above duties.



·         Strong understanding of the Federation, the Houston Jewish Community and the political landscape across the community, or of similar dynamics in like-sized communities;

·         Track record bringing together a diverse array of stakeholders to work toward a common cause, and ability to plan and execute convenings that raise awareness and build community and connection;

·         Excellent technology, written and oral communication skills;

·         Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;

·         Excellent interpersonal skills to establish, build, and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, board / committee members, donors, and volunteers;

·         Self-motivated, ability to work independently with limited supervision, willing to handle concurrent tasks and make appropriate judgments and decisions.




·         A minimum of 7 to 10 years of progressive experience in government and community affairs.

·         Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public administration, political science or communications required; advanced degree preferred.

·         Prior experience working for a Jewish organization a plus.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + Advanced Degree Preferred and 6-9 years of experience.