The Trustees of EcoJudaism are delighted to launch the search for our first Executive Director.
We seek someone with a deep understanding of the Jewish community as well as a passion to protect the natural environment in the spirit of tikkun olam.
This exciting recruitment represents the next stage in the EcoJudaism journey to become a central environmental force in Anglo-Jewry, bringing together the entirety of the Jewish community in pursuit of world-changing goals.
We are looking for someone with the desire and energy to make the EcoJudaism vision a reality and inspire diverse groups to bring EcoJudaism into the centre of Jewish and environmental activism.
Email chair@ecojudaism.org.uk for an initial informal conversation with Abi Levitt, chair of EcoJudaism, as the start of the recruitment process.

EcoJudaism’s Vision

EcoJudaism is an action-oriented Jewish response to all aspects of current environmental crises and involves teaching, inspiring, influencing.

Our mission is to take communities on the journey from bal tashchit (don’t waste and don’t destroy) to tikkun olam (saving the planet for future generations). EcoJudaism engages Jewish communities in practical ways to save the planet.

EcoJudaism has five strategic pillars:

  1. Educational leadership and programming: delivering strong educational programming in the field of environmental learning.
  2. Action: facilitating practical initiatives e.g. environmental audits.
  3. Influencing: leading debate in driving people and communities to act, within their communities and beyond.
  4. Communication: sharing the issues within and beyond the community and what people can do about it.
  5. Connection: connecting with other faith-based and community environmental groups

 

Executive Director for EcoJudaism

The time has come to appoint our first executive to run the organisation.  Starting in early in 2024, the Executive Director will be accountable to the trustees of EcoJudaism and will drive forward, and contribute to, the Board’s strategy.

The Executive Director will meet regularly with the Chair of Trustees and report regularly in writing and in person to the trustee body.  They will engage extensively within and beyond the Jewish community in the UK and will be a highly visible figure.

 

Overall Goals of the Executive Director Post

  • To advance the work of EcoJudaism in all its aspects.
  • To develop strategy in partnership with the trustees and the EcoJudaism Advisory Group.
  • To manage the other employed member of the team, the Director of Operations, and all other staff in carrying out the work of EcoJudaism.
  • To implement the agreed strategy together with the Director of Operations and others as appropriate.
  • To build the sustainability and maintain the financial viability of EcoJudaism.
  • To promote EcoJudaism across all the denominations and the diversity of the Jewish community.
  • To develop relationships with related bodies in other faiths.
  • To seek out best practice from other organisations.
  • To devise, promote and run the education programme.
  • To engage with research into the environmental impact of activities and the way in which member organisations have mitigated their impact on the environment.

 

Role of Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for making major corporate decisions and setting the charity’s strategic direction in partnership with the Board. They are accountable to the Board of Trustees and will often be the public face of the organisation.

The Executive Director will be responsible for bringing on board new staff members and partners and managing the organisation within the parameters listed above.

 

Person Specification

  • Passionate about the mission and vision, both from a Jewish and an environmental perspective. It is not necessary for the post holder to be Jewish, but understanding and empathy with the Jewish community is essential.
  • Understanding of issues relating to environment, ecology, etc. and empathy with the mission – someone who cares about the climate and biodiversity crisis and has a level of literacy in the core issues.
  • Has experience in managing a small, mainly remote team.
  • Has a track record of recruiting and motivating volunteers.
  • Comfortable navigating and working in, and beyond, the Jewish community.
  • Able to communicate clearly and compellingly to individuals and groups in a range of forums about the importance of EcoJudaism’s work.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership:

  • Provide high quality leadership to enable the charity to flourish in support of its mission.
  • Embody the charity’s values, inspiring others to do the same.
  • Motivate and inspire volunteers and staff.
  • When funding allows, to oversee and implement recruitment of an Education Officer and an Events Administrator.
  • Develop and performance manage staff.

Strategy:

  • Strategic thinker with the ability to develop and articulate a clear vision as to how the charity can be expanded sustainably in the future.
  • Take a lead in developing the charity’s strategy alongside the Board.
  • Create strategic partnerships outside the charity.
  • Act as an ambassador for EcoJudaism.
  • Commitment and drive to carry this out.

Funding:

  • Build a viable pipeline of annual funding to meet the income requirements as agreed with trustees.
  • Grow the funding opportunities and networks from individual major donors and grant making trusts – by researching, applying, and securing funding from funding partners and grant making organisations.
  • Deliver reports on impact and performance as required by funders.

Products and services:

  • Ensure that the range of EcoJudaism activities, events and products are reviewed and developed to ensure that what is provided by the charity is of high quality, relevant and valued by users.
  • Review the audit awards process to ensure that criteria is sufficiently demanding and the impact and benefits for participating organisations can be assessed and articulated.
  • Build a revenue model for participation in the audit awards.

Finance and governance:

  • Maximise the efficient utilisation of resources.
  • Successful financial planning and budget management.
  • Communicate financial and management information to trustees in order to enable them to exercise their statutory responsibilities.
  • Produce regular financial reports and forecasts and manage the charity budget.
  • Ensure full and accurate reporting including the preparation of an annual report and financial statements to the Charities Commission.
  • Ownership of governance issues, policies and processes, management and compliance.
  • Carry out all roles and responsibilities required by the Charities Commission.

Communications:

  • Raise the charity presence and profile.
  • Oversee brand consistency, ensuring it reflects the EcoJudaism values internally and externally.
  • Represent the organisation at meetings and events and in the wider public sphere.
  • Be the face and voice of the charity – its principal ambassador.

 

Salary: £60-70K FTE
Permanent part time: 3 days per week