Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice is the nation's leading progressive Jewish organizational voice dedicated to organizing and mobilizing Jewish Americans to find solutions to the most pressing problems in America. Inspired by Jewish values, Bend the Arc is creating justice and opportunity for all through community organizing and investing, leadership development, civic engagement, and progressive political activism. We work beyond religious and institutional boundaries to leverage the Jewish community's historic roots in domestic affairs and civil rights to shape the national conversation and a build a more equitable and just America. Bend the Arc's range of programmatic work includes community organizing, leadership development, community investing, political advocacy, and national and local campaigns.
General Statement of Duties:
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice is seeking an experienced Community Organizer for the San Francisco Bay Area. The Community Organizer organizes volunteer activists to participate in campaigns, develop partnerships and campaign strategy, support the development of leaders, and build public support for campaigns in the Jewish community -- all in the context of building a vibrant Jewish social justice movement. The Community Organizer cultivates grassroots engagement and leadership, educates Jewish community about local and national social justice struggles and campaigns, trains volunteers in organizing skills, and builds Bend the Arc's profile as a valuable and accountable community partner. The Community Organizer builds and maintains collaborative relationships with both Jewish communal partners and regional partners, including social justice organizations, broad-based and issue-oriented organizing communities, and labor allies.
Bend the Arc seeks a community organizer who is experienced, strategic, solution-oriented, and collaborative; excels at building relationships within and outside the Jewish community; and is motivated to further Bend the Arc's mission, vision and values. This person will team with the coordinator of our cohort-based leadership development program for young changemakers, while maintaining primary focus on organizing. S/he will also collaborate with organizing staff at partner organizations in other cities, and will often supervise interns.
Identifies, oversees and implements campaigns and initiatives, including developing campaign and base-building strategy within a larger movement-building context
Develops and implements organizing skills trainings for leaders and members
Cultivates members as leaders and organizers in Bend the Arc's grassroots campaign work in the region; recruits, trains and supervises local organizing lay leaders, staff and interns
Proactively builds relationships and facilitates collaboration with local and statewide social justice organizations and organizing communities, Jewish institutions, organizations and synagogues, and other key stakeholders
Tracks information about volunteer attendance and participation to assist in outreach
Represents the organization in a variety of public forums & community events
Works with communications staff to create effective messaging and communications about local campaigns
Collaborates with local and national development staff to support fund development, including sharing stories about the work and integrating grassroots fundraising approaches into organizing
Works with Regional Director and Jeremiah Fellowship Coordinator to integrate fellows and other lay leaders into campaigns and to integrate organizing into leadership development programming.
At least three years demonstrated success in community organizing, preferably including experience organizing in faith-based or community-based context
Ability to build and maintain strong one-to-one and institutional relationships with a diverse array of people, including a variety of age groups and Jewish identifications, and with partners from diverse communities
Ability to identify, develop and mentor volunteer leaders and teams
Keen political understanding and strategic thinking
Demonstrated success at keeping multiple projects organized; good short- and long-term planning skills; strong administrative and time-management skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skill
Inquisitive, sense of humor, proactive, solution-oriented, collaborative, conscientious, responsible and efficient with a positive attitude; skilled and effective team player
Computer literacy required (e.g. Word, Excel)
Independent means for travel throughout the region for meetings, fundraising, program events, etc. Operation of a motor vehicle requires valid and current California driver's license. Expenses of work-related travel are reimbursed by Bend the Arc.
Flexible schedule; ability and willingness to work some nights and weekends
Formal training in organizing
Experience with social justice work in a Jewish context
Knowledge of labor movement/landscape, and/or the regional/statewide Jewish and social justice communal landscapes
Leadership training, service learning and/or Jewish educational experience
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