Jewish Job: Congregational Organizer At Jewish Community Action

Job Title:

Congregational Organizer

Organization Name:

Jewish Community Action

Job Type:

Full-time; 40 hours per week

Salary Range:

$43,000-$49,000 per year


Feb. 25, 2022

Job Summary/Description:

Jewish Community Action is a 25-year-old membership-based nonprofit organizing the Jewish community for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. We balance an organizing approach that honors both our coalition partners, especially those led by the people most impacted by each issue, and our members, including those Jews affiliated with a local synagogue, and unaffiliated Jews and non-Jews compelled by our values and practices. The Congregational Organizer will focus their attention on building relationships with lay leaders and Rabbis at congregations in the Twin Cities and greater MN, supporting their leadership and discerning through those relationships where JCA can be an effective partner in the coming years.

The Congregational Organizer will report to the Organizing Director, and will work closely with several other JCA staff assigned to our education and issue campaign work.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The Congregational Organizer will work closely with JCA members, Rabbis and other JCA staff in order to deepen and renew the connections between congregations and our ongoing work. Responsibilities will include:

  • Building relationships and working with JCA member leaders and Rabbinic partners at Adath Jeshurun, Beth El, Beth Jacob, Bet Shalom, B’Nai Israel, Mount Zion, Shir Tikvah, Temple of Aaron, Temple Israel Duluth, Temple Israel Minneapolis to learn about ongoing initiatives, priorities and challenges faced at each congregation as they pursue Tikkun Olam
  • Continuing to build and maintain an active base of involved leaders by inviting in new members and mentoring existing members into expanded roles through 1-1 relational meetings and group coaching
  • Designating 1-2 congregations per quarter to propose and provide a deeper organizing presence – including a 1×1 campaign with core lay leaders, educational programming connected to JCA campaigns, divrei Torah, volunteer opportunities for members connected to JCA campaigns, etc
  • Assisting in administrative tasks related to the position, including tracking outputs/outcomes and compiling reports for communicating progress to board and funders
  • Side by side with members and partners, continually evaluating and analyzing where we are, dreaming together of new possibilities, innovating on what we already have, making team decisions, working hard to implement them, recognizing defeats, and celebrating wins as we reach toward the world we want to see

Experience and Qualifications Requirements

Experience in community, labor, campus or faith-based organizing and familiarity with social and economic justice issues; familiarity with the Jewish community and personal connection to the community will all contribute to the success of the Organizer. Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of work and life experience preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Jewish community, culture and traditions
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills
  • Attention to detail and good organizational skills
  • Community organizing and leadership development skills
  • Experience in developing and conducting training and political education
  • Ability to facilitate virtual and in-person meetings
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • Ability to work independently, self-initiative
  • Team oriented, ability to work with diverse groups
  • Ability to imagine new possibilities while following through on existing commitments
  • Confidence using common electronic and internet tools, including internet research, Google Suite, Zoom, and EveryAction or other comparable CRM software
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends

Additional Information

The organizer will ideally begin on or before April 1, 2022

Competitive benefits, including paid sick time, vacation time, and Jewish holidays

This is an FTE position, the salary range is $43,000-$49,000, depending on qualifications and experience

This is a position covered by a collective bargaining agreement

How To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Dave Snyder at [email protected].