Communal Life Organizer at Shir Tikvah

Job Title:

Communal Life Organizer

Organization Name:

Shir Tikvah

Job Type:

Full-Time

Salary Range:

$57,000-$67,000/year

Deadline:

Aug. 8, 2024

Position Summary:

Organization Summary:

Shir Tikvah Congregation, a pluralistic and progressive congregation of approximately 550 households on occupied Dakota Land in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is seeking a Community Organizer to join our community in the summer of 2024.

Shir Tikvah is a k’hilah k’doshah (holy community), joyfully revealing the intersections of talmud torah (lifelong Torah study), t’filah (prayer), tzedakah (justice), and hachnasat orchim (radical hospitality). We creatively wrestle with tradition and innovation as we invigorate Jewish spiritual life and transform the world.

The Shir Tikvah community represents a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences regarding Israel/Palestine. We are dedicated to the value of B’tzelem Elohim (the sacredness of all human life), and recently lifted our collective voice to support, advocate, and pray for an immediate ceasefire by all parties and the end to all hostilities in Israel/Palestine. Learn more here: https://shirtikvahmn.org/israelpalestine

As a congregation, we are committed to expanding and deepening our racial justice work, both internally and externally; engaging our members deeply in the leadership of our congregation; growing our spiritual lives; and expanding our understanding and engagement with Torah. Read more about Shir Tikvah’s vision, purpose, and spiritual work here: www.shirtikvahmn.org.

Position Summary:

The Communal Life Organizer will lead our efforts in engaging new and long-time members, helping individuals find their place, or rediscover their place, in our community and build inroads to each other. Through the lens of social justice and guiding principles of communal organizing, this staff member will live their Jewish values in their justice work and get to know all Shir Tikvah members by learning about their interests, hopes for involvement, and potential avenues for relationship with other members. They’ll work with Shir Tikvah staff to develop and support systems and programming that help all members connect and find their place in the Shir Tikvah community, increase overall engagement, and create pathways to future leadership.

Through this position we hope to continue to build a community that inspires belonging and action.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities:

  1. Lead membership program (in coordination with staff and committees)
  • Develop and implement strategic approaches to membership engagement and outreach
  • Onboard new members and act as primary staff contact for prospective members
  • Manage membership campaigns as they relate to current and new programming or events
  • Implement an effective engagement strategy to re-engage members who are no longer actively involved in shul life
  • Be responsive to member feedback
  • Support lay leadership (via committees), nourish new leaders, and foster communal visions for what membership could be
  1. Community engagement
  • Meet with members in groups and one-on-one to assess member and community needs in order to develop and make informed programming decisions
  • Lead program development and oversight to create inroads for our community members to each other and participate in existing programming to develop relationships
  • Collaborate with lay leadership and provide staff support for several committees
  • Collaborate with rabbinic team to ensure that community voices are incorporated into all levels of spiritual/learning life
  • Collect and share pastoral care information with rabbinic team
  1. Justice
  • Steward communal justice commitments and galvanize community-wide engagement on a wide range of issues
  • Resource Voter mobilization
  • Foster community partnerships
  • Develop programing and learning opportunities
  • Develop and coordinate volunteers as they relate to justice-oriented work

Experience and Qualifications Requirements:

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to work both independently, taking the initiative to do what is necessary to get the job done, and to work collaboratively as part of a team
  2. Warm, self-motivated, and energetic with a vision for participation, collaboration, and growth
  3. Comfort and ability to regularly connect with wide range of members and partners across race, class, neurodivergence, generation
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  5. High degree of flexibility to adapt to evolving situations and needs
  6. Familiarity and curiosity about Jewish tradition and culture
  7. Commitment to the values of the Shir Tikvah community
  8. Comfort with challenging conversations and disagreement
  9. Background in community organizing or related skill set required

How to Apply

To apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter by August 8, 2024 to [email protected] for consideration.

Special Requirements:

To avoid any potential conflicts of interest and to maintain the integrity and impartiality of this position, candidates who are current congregants of Shir Tikvah are not eligible to apply. This requirement is essential to ensure that the individual in this role can perform their duties without any undue influence or bias.

Additional Information

Statement of Equal Opportunity:

Shir Tikvah is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to build a staff reflective of our values of equity and inclusion with regard to race, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, physical ability, age, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, and sexual orientation. Shir Tikvah is committed to racial equity and social justice, and we actively encourage non-traditional, GLBTQ, and candidates of color to apply.

In addition to salary, Shir Tikvah offers benefits that include health and dental insurance, paid time off including Jewish and secular holidays, and a retirement plan contribution.