Full Time

Associate Director, University Relations

Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, and Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) Vancouver BC

Job Title: Associate Director, University Relations

Type: 1-year contract, full time

Reports to: Vice President, Pacific Region CIJA

Salary range: $75,000 to $85,000

The Associate Director, University Relations will be responsible for coordinating CIJA’s advocacy activities with university administrations, and post-secondary entities across BC. This is a full-time, 1-year contract position on secondment from the Jewish Federation to CIJA.

The ideal candidate will be a confident, experienced individual with excellent judgment, flexibility, a capacity to master new tasks quickly, and the ability to work both independently and in a team. An organized team player with exceptional people skills and an ability to build meaningful relationships with stakeholders on campus, and in the Jewish community. The candidate will be able to analyze and advance advocacy concerns in the university and post-secondary system. The ideal candidate possesses excellent communications skills, a strong knowledge of the university and public education sectors, familiarity with the Jewish community, and a willingness to learn. This position reports to the Vice President, CIJA Pacific Region.


Key Areas of Responsibility 

  • Work closely with the Vice President, CIJA Pacific Region, and the Director, University Relations to develop and advance CIJA’s advocacy priorities in the university and post-secondary sectors.
  • Building and maintaining key relationships with university administrations, especially the President, VP Research, Provost, VP Communications, Human Rights staff, EDI Directors, relevant Deans, etc. in coordination with the CIJA Director of University Relations.  
  • Assessing and advancing advocacy concerns in the university environment.  
  • Interacting with university authorities to advance solutions to challenges experienced by Jewish students and staff related to antisemitism, anti-Israel incidents, and diversity and inclusion of Jewish experiences.
  • Coordinating public affairs relations efforts with CIJA staff across the country to develop and implement best practices for campus advocacy.  
  • Maintain and grow a network of relevant contacts.
  • Other duties as required. 


Job Skills and Requirements 

  • Outstanding organizational skills.  
  • Enjoyment working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.  
  • Proven capacity to solve problems.  
  • Comfortable making difficult decisions.  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.  
  • Experience in academia, including holding an advanced degree, is an asset.  
  • Experience in the field of politics and/or public policy is an asset.
  • Motivation supported by working with a collaborative team.  
  • Ease with public speaking.  
  • Experience in pro-Israel and / or Jewish advocacy is an asset. 
  • Proficiency in MS Office, and have the ability to effectively learn and use additional systems, including client database software and cloud-based applications.
  • Do not mind working flexible hours that include travel, evenings, and weekends as required.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume with cover letter (quoting “Associate Director, University Relations” in the subject line) to hr@jewishvancouver.com. Tell us how you can use your skills to benefit our team and the communities we serve!

Resumes that do not include a cover letter will not be considered.

We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.