Chicago Community Director (Non-Rabbinic Role), 18Doors Chicago

Who We Are

We’re 18Doors, the only national Jewish non-profit laser focused on understanding, connecting with and communicating the needs of interfaith couples and families where one spouse is Jewish, and one has another spiritual or religious background. 18Doors has a website full of essays, advice, resources and recipes; programs for interfaith couples and families; a Jewish clergy referral service; rabbinic fellowship program and professional development for Jewish leaders, professionals and organizations—all focused on helping couples and families to connect and build the Jewish life they want. We want our team to reflect the diversity of our world, and of interfaith couples and families.

Who You Are

You are well connected in the Chicago area and understand and have experience with the Chicago Jewish communal landscape. You are outgoing and empathetic and have a deep understanding of the needs and experiences of Jewish interfaith couples. You have substantial program planning and relationship building experience and understand how to set and meet goals.  

You will be responsible for taking over the work in our Chicago Innovation Hub at an exciting time for 18Doors. You will build on our success and past work in Chicago and help expand our programs and offerings for interfaith couples, parents with young children and grandparents; build partnerships with other Jewish organizations and lay leaders; and help organizations to become more inclusive. You will work closely with the Rukin Rabbinic Fellows in the Chicagoland area who provide pastoral care and counseling; and facilitate programs for interfaith couples and parents of young children. Working closely with 18Doors’ Chief Program Officer, you will serve as a “test kitchen” for innovation, piloting new programs responsive to the needs of Chicago’s interfaith couples and families, with the potential to scale those programs nationally.

We want our team to reflect the diversity of our world, and of interfaith couples and families. 18Doors is committed to diversifying our employees and welcomes applications from those groups that have historically been underrepresented in our organization—people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people.

Job Responsibilities

The Chicago Community Director will be responsible for connecting with interfaith families and couples, building a community presence, and establishing partnerships with local Jewish institutions and professionals. 

  • Community engagement: Develop relationships with interfaith couples and families with young children including those who come through 18Doors’ officiation referral service, sign up for our email series, connect over social media or other avenues

  • Design, develop and facilitate programs that meet the needs of:

    • Interfaith couples to build connections with others like them
    • Parents with young children to bring Jewish into their home
  • Collaborate with organizations who are also serving these populations

    • Co-sponsor or develop complementary programs
    • Support organizations’ efforts to be inclusive of interfaith couples and families and provide professional development with support from 18Doors’ Director of Professional Development
  • Cultivate relationships with stakeholders, leaders, and potential donors and develop a local Leadership Council to support our work

  • Build community presence and visibility for 18Doors by attending professional meetings, young adult or young family events, and other means

  • Connect people to 18Doors’ offerings and to other programs in the Chicago Jewish community

  • Monitor the budget for the program

  • Collect feedback from couples on their experiences

  • Record and track activities for reporting purposes

  • Document the process, program design, and outcomes so that we can replicate the programs in the future

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • A deep understanding of the needs and experiences of Jewish interfaith couples and families with young children

  • Experience working in the Chicago Jewish community

  • Substantial program design and implementation experience, preferably in outreach/engagement programming

  • Outgoing, warm and empathetic with an ability to network and build relationships

  • Entrepreneurial and creative thinker, ability to dig in and turn ideas into reality

  • Community organizing, outreach, or other engagement work a plus

  • Excellent organizational skills and follow through

  • Ability to build trust, be a “connector” and have customer experience orientation

  • Ability to adjust to dynamically changing priorities, manage multiple resources, innovate and learn new tools and processes, pitch in and “get hands dirty” in small non-profit

  • Collaborative working style, forward thinking, detail oriented, ready to take ownership, flexible, persistent and persuasive

  • Comfortable with new technologies and proficient with standard office products and software

This position requires some availability during nights and weekends, as well as travel throughout the Chicago metropolitan area once in-person events resume. 

Employment Type

Full Time

Salary Range


Equal Opportunity Employer. 18Doors provides equal opportunity to all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, body configuration, age, disability, marital status, height, weight, or political belief. This policy applies to all employees and applicants for employment.