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JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE SEEKS DC COMMUNITY ORGANIZER 

Job Title: DC Community Organizer
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: DC Senior Organizer

ABOUT JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE

Jews United for Justice advances economic, racial, and social justice in the Baltimore-Washington region by educating and mobilizing our local Jewish communities to action. We move our region closer to equity and justice by advancing primarily legislative issue-based campaigns that make real, immediate, and concrete improvements in people’s lives and build the power of working-class and poor communities of color. Through these campaigns we develop leaders, build our Jewish grassroots community, shift the consciousness of our community, and build the collective power needed to undo systemic racism and inequality. Learn more about JUFJ.

SUMMARY

JUFJ is seeking a talented full-time Community Organizer to continue building and mobilizing our constituency to win local issue campaigns in the District of Columbia.

The DC Community Organizer’s primary responsibility will be to work with the Under 3 DC Campaign to ensure implementation of universal access to quality childcare and health and support services for all DC children ages zero to three, plus higher wages for low-paid childcare workers. Read more about Under 3 DC. They will also support and help lead JUFJ’s other organizing work. 

The ideal candidate will excel at building relationships and working with a team to make an impact. They will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle a heavy workload without dropping the ball. This position reports to JUFJ’s DC Senior Organizer and is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by the NPEU.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Partner with volunteer leaders to plan and lead our DC campaign work including developing campaign strategy; planning campaign actions, events, and meetings; and working with community allies and organizations. 
  • Continue to recruit and expand JUFJ’s base of volunteer leaders and supporters.
  • Support and train active leaders and community members to successfully take on increasing leadership roles, own their pieces of work, and feel connected with JUFJ as a whole. 
  • Represent JUFJ in coalitions and play a leadership role in them when called upon.
  • Build new and maintain existing relationships with allies, organizational partners, synagogues, and elected leaders.
  • Plan and execute JUFJ’s educational and community building programs, facilitating and presenting as needed.
  • Collaborate with communications staff to create bi-weekly newsletters, maintain JUFJ’s social media and web presence, and input necessary data into our data management platform, EveryAction.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Jews United for Justice seeks candidates who are results-oriented, excel at building relationships, and have demonstrated success with making thoughtful strategic decisions and managing complex projects while remaining attentive to both details and process. 

The Community Organizer will have: 

  • At least 3 years of professional experience in community organizing or progressive political advocacy. 
  • Demonstrated ability to break down large projects into smaller discrete tasks that can be distributed to multiple volunteer leaders who then feel ownership over their piece of work.
  • Experience planning community-building programs and facilitating large and small meetings.
  • Outstanding leadership qualities and the ability to inspire, develop, and connect with Jewish social justice activists and community leaders.
  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting high standards and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.
  • Proven success developing relationships with community members and partners, and building a base to support a cause.
  • The ability to master a complicated political landscape quickly and thoroughly.
  • Strong formal writing skills and experience producing expository and persuasive content, especially in a community organizing context.
  • Strong listening and conflict management skills.
  • A sense of humor, low ego, and a genuine commitment to working in a collaborative team setting.
  • A passion for making positive change in the world coupled with ability to develop short-and long-term strategies for achieving desired outcomes 
  • Availability and willingness to regularly work nights and some Sundays (schedule varies week-to-week). 

Also Highly Desired: 

  • Familiarity with Jewish cultural norms and navigating Jewish institutions. 
  • Familiarity with the DC political landscape and change-making groups.
  • Familiarity with the concepts and methods of community organizing.
  • Familiarity or experience with online organizing tools and techniques.
  • Experience with EveryAction or similar database.
  • Experience overseeing and managing volunteers.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@jufj.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but for priority consideration, please submit by Friday, September 11, 2020. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding the status of their application.  

COMPENSATION

Annual salary of $45,000 – 55,000 based on experience and qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package included.

Jews United for Justice is committed to building a diverse team that draws on the strengths of people with a variety of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. You do not need to be Jewish to apply.

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