Job Opening: Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Organizer

Job Opening: Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Organizer (Temporary / Part-Time)

Title: Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Organizer (Temporary / Part-Time)

Reports to: Director of Organizing

Salary: $25/hr for 20 hours per month

Job and Organization Overview

Jews For Racial & Economic Justice is the home for Jewish New Yorkers to organize alongside our neighbors and allies to fight for a New York where every community has the freedom, opportunity, and resources to thrive. Rooted in our Jewish values and our diverse histories, and with creativity, vision, and a lot of hard work, we’ll halt our city’s transformation into a playground for the wealthy and build a real democracy that works for all of us. Together we will dismantle the systems and institutions that perpetuate racism, inequity, and injustice, and grow something new and beautiful in their place.

We are currently seeking a part-time and temporary Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Organizer to staff JFREJ’s Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus between January/February-June 2021, with the possibility of extension. In 2014, JFREJ member leaders founded the first-ever Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus in the U.S. to give Mizrahi/Sephardi Jews a leftist political home where they could build community and organize through shared cultural and ethnic identities. Since its founding 7 years ago, JFREJ’s Mizrahi/Sephardi caucus members have been leaders in JFREJ’s campaigns and programs, broken new ground in ritual/spiritual organizing across the Jewish left in the U.S., and organized historic cultural events for the JFREJ community, such as Mimouna in 2019, one of JFREJ’s largest and most meaningful cultural events to date. Its members have grown into staff positions, including Executive Director, and served on the JFREJ board of directors. Over the last 7 years, JFREJ’s Mizrahi/Sephardi organizing has had an enormous impact on the landscape of the Jewish community in the U.S., and has inspired more Mizrahi and Sephardi organizing to grow across the country. It continues to embody enormous potential for organizational and communal transformation, growth, learning, and healing, as well as all the generative challenges that come with that work.

In the midst of coronavirus pandemic, there are new and growing responsibilities on our staff, especially related to rapid response. JFREJ therefore needs additional short-term capacity to make sure this caucus receives adequate support. This part-time organizer would support the Mizrahi/Sephardi caucus through a time-bound, 6 month strategic planning process to clarify its vision, strategies, and structures in alignment with JFREJ’s new and clarified organizing strategies and structures. The position will be entirely remote for 20 hours a month.

Job Responsibilities:

The Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Organizer will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing and executing a strategic, participatory planning process for the caucus to identify and agree on its purpose and goals for the next 5 years, in alignment with broader strategic priorities of JFREJ, with specific outcomes and events for 2021. The organizer will accomplish this by:
    • Conducting 15-20 one-on-one conversations with caucus members to gather data on experiences, desires, questions, concerns, and areas of excitement in February;
    • Building a planning team of 4-5 caucus leaders in February and March to develop the strategic planning process and to play facilitation roles at 2 planning retreats (each retreat 3 hours max via zoom), which will occur between March and April;
    • Managing recruitment and participation of 15-20 caucus leaders in each of the 2 planning retreats;
    • Ensuring the participation of 25-30 members in the planning process overall, whether via one-on-one, attending a meeting or retreat, or participating in a survey (if we go that route).
  • Through this strategic, participatory planning process, the organizer will ensure that the caucus accomplishes the following:
    • Clarifying its purpose and goals for the next 5 years, and specifically within JFREJ’s broader long-term priorities and strategies and its programmatic priorities for 2021;
    • Deciding together on how to use allocated programmatic funds from the Executive Director for 2021 caucus work, in alignment with JFREJ’s strategy and its member payment policy;
    • Creating a meeting calendar and structure for 2021 that helps build relationships, share organizational updates, make decisions, and get work done;
    • Identifying and confirming 4-5 members who are willing to join a new Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Leadership Team within the caucus for 2021, including 2 co-chairs, tasked with steering the caucus, supporting its members, and staying coordinated with other JFREJ leaders;
    • Achieving increased clarity about opportunities for participation in JFREJ’s organizing, with 15-20 caucus members participating in assemblies, neighborhood groups, campaigns, and/or role networks.
  • By the end of the strategic planning process in April, the organizer will focus on implementation through the following work between May and June:
    • Developing and supporting the team of 4-6 members who sign up for the Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Leadership Team to begin the work of implementation: planning caucus meetings, supporting internal events, base-building, and working toward greater coordination with JFREJ’s other leadership teams and work;
    • Support the caucus in planning 1 internal community building event of its choosing by the end of June 2021.
  • Working closely with the Director of Organizing to meet goals and deadlines through supervision every other week.

Qualifications:

Jews For Racial & Economic Justice seeks candidates who are results-oriented, excel at building relationships, and have demonstrated success managing complicated projects. The Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Organizer will have:

  • Alignment with JFREJ’s mission and values;
  • 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-building and base-building as a professional or volunteer community organizer, and an understanding of leadership development;
  • Strong group and meeting facilitation skills and experience mediating conflict in oppressed communities;
  • Demonstrated ability to break down large projects into smaller discrete tasks that can be distributed to member leaders;
  • A sense of humor and ability to roll with the punches in an ever-shifting political and movement landscape;
  • Commitment to, and experience with, collaborative team structure and work environments; and
  • Deep knowledge of and commitment to Mizrahi & Sephardi history, racial justice & economic justice; commitment to feminism & disability justice in our movements.

Salary: $25/hr for 20 hours per month. No benefits.

To apply: Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills, experience, and interests meet the qualifications of the position to hiring@jfrej.org, subject line “Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Organizer Application.”

JFREJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, transgender, transsexual, and intersex people, lesbian, gay, queer, and bisexual people, and people who live or have lived in poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

We will begin reviewing the first round of applications on Dec. 18. If you are reading this after that date, please still apply! We will continue reviewing until the position is filled, with the aim of starting the position by late January/early February. We will be in touch with all applicants to inform them if their application is moving forward. If you haven’t heard from us, it means we are still reviewing your application.