World Jewish Restitution Organization
The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) is an umbrella organization of 14 leading world Jewish organizations in North America, Israel and Europe established to address the restitution of Jewish property wrongfully taken by the Nazis and their allies during the Holocaust. The WJRO negotiates with European countries in pursuit of a measure of justice for Holocaust survivors and their families, and Jewish communities in Europe. The funds obtained through ongoing WJRO negotiations provide financial aid to Holocaust survivors, sustain and revitalize Jewish communities in Europe, and preserve Jewish heritage sites.
We are looking for a strategic Washington Representative who is based in Washington, DC. As Washington Representative you will educate, raise awareness, and share information regarding WJRO interests with Congressional staff, the Administration and foreign governments represented by their Embassies located in Washington, DC. You will have the opportunity to build strong relationships with key stakeholders to further promote our mission. Additionally, you will help in the effort to secure restitution of Holocaust-era private and communal Jewish property.
The ideal candidate is a dedicated team player and organized self-starter who can manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. Your creativity, sense of ownership and exceptional communication skills will enable your success in this role. This position may involve foreign travel.
- Develop a network of contacts with public officials and staff. Build and maintain relations with Congress, including relevant Senators and Representatives, staff members of key Congressional committees and committee groups, and with the Administration, U.S. State Department and other relevant government agencies;
- Raise awareness and educate Congressional and Administration staff on Holocaust-era property restitution and promote legislation, letters, statements, and other actions in support of restitution;
- Prepare reports and inform WJRO leadership on key Federal activities and developments within Congress, the Administration and key Agencies;
- Participate in negotiations with target countries regarding restitution;
- Represent WJRO at meetings with foreign officials;
- Track and record developments regarding Holocaust restitution in relevant countries;
- Develop ongoing relationships with various media;
- Act as a liaison with other relevant Jewish organizations.
- Undergraduate degree; graduate degree preferred in Government Affairs, Public Policy, Law or related fields;
- Minimum five years of working for or with the US Government;
- Ability to comprehend legislation and to effectively communicate complex regulatory subjects to others;
- Goal oriented strategic thinker with creative problem-solving skills;
- Historical knowledge of World War II and the Holocaust;
- Preferred experience in working with Jewish communal organizations;
- Superior verbal and written communication skills;
- Superior organizational and analytical skills;
- Advanced interpersonal skills;
- Ability to build strong working relationships with individuals across the political and advocacy spectrum;
- Ability to influence key internal and external decision makers.
The WJRO is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of any category protected by law, including (without limitation) race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
To apply please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please; only qualified candidates will be contacted.