Decriminalizing Communities Organizer
Jewish Community Action
$40,000-$45,000 per year
August 7, 2020
Jewish Community Action is a 25-year-old membership-based nonprofit organizing the Jewish community for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. The Decriminalizing Communities Organizer will provide leadership and continuity to one of JCA’s flagship campaigns, the Decriminalizing Communities campaign, which combines our criminal justice reform and immigrants’ rights campaigns in fighting against the excessive detention and incarceration of poor & BIPOC communities and for the freedom and dignity of all. This will involve ongoing and close relational work with a core group of JCA members, and strategic and relational organizing with a core set of partners. This organizer also serves as the primary staff coordinator for JCA’s ongoing “Deep Canvass” campaign, which equips JCA members with a powerful relational / outreach tool to move hearts and minds of our neighbors and fellow congregants on issues such as immigration and criminal justice reform. The DC Organizer will report to the Organizing Director.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Organizer will work closely with JCA members, leaders and staff of partner organizations, and other JCA staff in order to carry out the activities related to the Decriminalizing Communities campaign. Responsibilities will include:
- Taking a lead role in organizing the Decriminalizing Communities Leadership Team, comprised of JCA members;
- Taking a lead role in organizing the Deep Canvass leadership team and working with them and our allies to continue to evolve the deep canvass tool to remain a vital part of these campaigns;
- 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;
- Working with congregational leaders to develop action plans to increase synagogue involvement in the Decriminalizing Communities campaign;
- Monitoring, conducting research on, and providing analysis of public policy initiatives and opportunities related to criminal justice and immigration reform;
- Identifying issue and coalition opportunities for JCA and developing and maintaining relationships with key community leaders;
- Working with JCA staff to create and run innovative and meaningful trainings and educational programming for JCA members;
- Coordinating action and outreach opportunities such as door-to-door canvassing and phonebanking;
- Organizing and assisting in the coordination of public events – such as turnout, setting up public meetings and hearings, and conducting pre-meetings with members;
- Working with the JCA communications staff to document and publicize the work of the Decriminalizing Communities campaign in various media;
- 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
- Experience in community, labor, or faith-based organizing and familiarity with social and economic justice issues. Should have some experience working on issues related to criminal justice reform and/or immigrants rights. Familiarity with the Jewish community and personal connection to immigrant and/or criminal justice-impacted communities preferred. Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of work and life experience preferred.
- Excellent communications skills, written and spoken;
- Attention to detail and good organizational skills;
- Community organizing and leadership development skills;
- Ability to facilitate 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;
- Knowledge in basic computer usage including internet research, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office;
- Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.
The organizer will ideally begin Sept 2020.
Competitive benefits, including paid sick, vacation time, and Jewish holidays.
This is a full time position, salary range is $40 – $45k.
How To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to Dave Snyder at [email protected]. We will accept submissions until August 7th.
Jewish Community Action is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.