Justice, Mishegas

Everyone out there trying to make a difference in your communities…

Here’s another great job opportunity in the Washington DC area! Jews United For Justice (JUFJ), DC’s local Jewish social justice organization, is hiring a Community Organizer (and yes, the position has actual responsibilities). JUFJ mobilizes the DC-area Jewish community to stand with our allies in other communities to work for social change that makes the region better for everyone. (You read about JUFJ in these pages a few months ago, when it ran a successful campaign to make the DC income tax more progressive, led by upper income earners saying “Please tax me!”)
The new full-time community organizer’s first project will be to lead a social justice campaign in Montgomery County, Maryland, along with a team of volunteer leaders. The full job description is after the jump.

Jews United for Justice Seeks Community Organizer
Jews United for Justice is a community organizing group in the Washington, DC area that mobilizes the Jewish community to stand with our allies in other communities to work for progressive social change that makes the region better for everyone. We have an amazing team of committed volunteer leaders, and the staff’s role is to support and multiply our activists’ impact. Our four-person staff is funny, friendly, enjoys working together, and is dedicated to making change. In recent years we’ve won new taxes on high income earnings to fund critical anti-poverty programs; living wage
laws; and legal protections for workers.
JUFJ is seeking a full-time Community Organizer to join our growing staff to strengthen the organization’s activist base and serve as lead staff on JUFJ’s upcoming Montgomery County (MD)-based campaign. The ideal candidate will excel at building relationships and working with a team to make an impact. He or she will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle a heavy workload without dropping the ball. The position reports to the Program Director.
Job Responsibilities
The Community Organizer will be responsible for the following:

  • Partnering with volunteer campaign co-chairs and leaders to plan and lead a local community organizing campaign. This includes developing campaign strategy and planning campaign actions, events, and meetings.
  • Building JUFJ’s base of volunteer leaders by meeting with prospective leaders and representatives from local synagogues and organizations
  • Supporting and training active leaders and community members to successfully take on increasing leadership roles
  • Supporting JUFJ’s educational programs and other organizing efforts as needed

Jews United for Justice seeks candidates who are results-oriented, excel at building relationships, and have demonstrated success managing complicated projects. The Community Organizer will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting (and exceeding) high standards and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles
  • Proven success in relationship development and base-building as a professional or volunteer community organizer
  • Demonstrated ability to break down large projects into smaller discrete tasks that can be distributed to multiple volunteers
  • A sense of humor and enjoy working in a collaborative team setting
  • The ability to master a complicated political landscape quickly and thoroughly
  • Access to a car to attend meeting locations that are not accessible via public transit

The following are a plus but not requirements:

  • Familiarity with Jewish social justice work
  • Familiarity with the Washington-area Jewish community
  • Familiarity with the concepts and methods of broad-based organizing (through IAF, Pico, Gamaliel, or DART) or with the methodology of other community organizing groups such as Midwest Academy
  • Experience developing and implementing campaign strategy
  • Proficiency in conversational Spanish

Salary range is $34,000-$40,000, depending on experience, plus excellent benefits. Please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three professional references to [email protected].
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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