National Director – League for Human Rights

Position: National Director – League for Human Rights (LHR)

Reports to: CEO

Location: Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal

Position Summary:

Purpose of Role

The National Director of the League for Human Rights must be a passionate and cause-driven individual with excellent communication skills. This position oversees the operations of the advocacy team of B’nai Brith Canada. In this capacity, the National Director develops and implements the strategies and initiatives that enable LHR to carry out its mission of fighting racism, antisemitism and all forms of bigotry through advocacy, education, coalition building, government relations, communications and media relations, leadership cultivation and engagement and relationships with other communities. The National Director manages other LHR staff, and directs the efforts of our regional offices with respect to LHR Advocacy. Frequent dialogue and coordination with the communications department is essential. The National Director reports directly to the CEO of B’nai Brith Canada in Toronto.

 

League for Human Rights Programs and Policy

  • Develop, adapt and implement programs shaped by needs of the regions and aligned with national priorities in the areas of human rights, education, antisemitism, prejudice, and diversity, hate crimes, extremism and terrorism.
  • Increase understanding of LHR’s policies and positions within regions and among B’nai Brith leadership and donors.
  • Represent LHR at a broad range of public forums and in the media.  Respond to events, issues and incidents related to LHR’s mission
  • Strengthen and cultivate relationships with government officials, civic, religious and communal leaders, law enforcement and other stakeholder groups
  • Organize, lead, coordinate, report, complete and publish B’nai Brith’s Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents
  • Contact or oversee contact of all relevant police forces and other police organizations across Canada to collect accurate information required for completing and publishing the Audit
  • Responsible for management of all advocacy staff members nationally and the success of the LHR’s anti-hate hotline
  • Ensure that staff are properly trained, supported, and mentored
  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring and onboarding of new LHR staff members
  • Establish the goals and expectations for the LHR team and metric to measure effectiveness.
  • The National Director will also be responsible for the development of advocacy reports and collateral materials including reports, presentations and messaging, as well as public engagement strategies for the League

 

Research & Analysis

  • You will be responsible for managing research and monitoring human rights developments relevant to B’nai Brith
  • You will also track political and policy developments that could affect the Jewish and human rights communities, and in close consultation with the CEO, develop and manage the national LHR policies and agenda
  • Regular analysis of government grant opportunities

 

Regional Development

  • Liaise with regional Jewish communities and other groups as necessary
  • Develop, grow and maintain a strong volunteer LHR leadership group to assist in achieving the goals of B’nai Brith in Canada
  • Integrate university campus leaders in your strategy to achieve B’nai Brith’s goals and objectives for the LHR

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Identify key stakeholders, help develop and deliver appropriate messages and influence the agenda through effective communications in collaboration with the CEO and communications department (publications, events, face to face interactions etc.).
  • At all times display diplomacy, discretion, tact and political acumen
  • Develop, manage and monitor communication channels in support of strategy delivery
  • Act as a liaison between B’nai Brith and national media resources to ensure a successful coordinated communication result, in collaboration with the communications department
  • Work directly with the CEO and professional and volunteer leadership to analyze communication needs, determine objective plan strategies and design effective and comprehensive policy strategies and programs in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Provide reactive crisis and issues management support as required
  • This role requires an entrepreneurial mindset. Your advocacy and the relationships you have, and will build, enable the growth of our brand and presence by ensuring a favorable environment for LHR messaging and a strong network of partners and stakeholders
  • Accountable for human and financial resources in the LHR.  Manage all role relevant budgets and third party relationships
  • Write or supervise the writing of materials in various formats (new media, brochures and newsletters, memoranda, feature stories, etc.) to meet the specific communication objectives for the governmental and academic segments, as may be necessary
  • Some national travel will be required
  • Other projects/duties as assigned or needed

BEHAVIORS/COMPETENCIES AND DESCRIPTION: 

 Communicate Relentlessly – openly and effectively share information, ideas, opinions and thoughts and attentively listen to and build on the ideas of others
Builds and maintains relationships – Connect with and influences others to create and maintain relationships built on mutual respect, understanding, confidence and trust
Displays drive and purpose – Demonstrate focus, energy and persistence to achieve objectives despite obstacles.
Lives the Values – Align own actions with B’nai Brith values, and role model honesty, integrity and appreciation of individual and cultural differences

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. Required Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an applicable field
  • Graduate or Professional Degree preferred
  • Excellent communications skills including public speaking; ability to represent complex and diverse issues in an articulate and compelling manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work with broad range of leaders and advocates; ability to build coalitions and establish strategic partnership
  • Outstanding leadership ability and team building, managerial, supervisory and organizational skills;
  • Commitment to B’nai Brith Canada’s and LHR’s mission, highly motivated with ability to demonstrate initiative and motivate others
  • Ability to readily understand and interpret research studies, statistics, and polls
  • A track record of success as an advocate for social change
  • Self-starter with excellent organizational abilities and Ability to Multi-task; Ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; Strong attention to detail
  • Awareness and in depth knowledge of the key issues facing B’nai Brith and Canada’s Jewish community
  • Able to communicate effectively to a wider range of stakeholders using a broad range of styles
  • Ability to effectively articulate B’nai Brith messaging in both private meetings and at public events
  • Strong attention to detail, copy reading and copy writing
  • Ability to assimilate large amounts of information, and proactively identify and articulate key points of relevance
  • Apply judgement to situations that are often highly ambiguous and rapidly changing
  • Ability to interact with all levels within the organization, including senior level executives and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to develop comprehensive strategic plans and the ability to translate these plans to executable operational plans and tactical activity
  • Demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines.

Required Length & Type of Experience: 

  • 7-10 years experience in a leadership role in an NGO, government, academic or the corporate sector

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