Now Hiring! Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Organizer (Temporary/Part-Time)

We are currently seeking a part-time and temporary Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Organizer to staff JFREJ’s Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus from Fall 2021-Spring 2022, with the possibility of extension.

Dates: October 2021 through Spring 2022, with the possibility of extension

Type: Temporary, part-time, no benefits

Salary: $25/hr for ~12 hours per month (some extra hours, ~5-10, for months with an event or program)

Reports to: Director of Organizing

Position Description

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 eight 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 eight 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.

This part-time organizer would support the Mizrahi/Sephardi caucus to implement its vision and goals in 2021, and support the caucus to articulate and implement goals for 2022. The position will be entirely remote for ~12 hours / month.

Job Responsibilities

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

  • Supporting the caucus leadership to implement its stated vision and goals for the second half of 2021, and to articulate any changes to goals for 2022. They will do this by:
    • Holding regular caucus meetings, supporting the leadership team or working groups, and holding one-on-one conversations with caucus members to support their planning, progress, and implementation.
    • Ensuring events/programming align with caucus and organizational values and goals.
  • Facilitating group decision-making using caucus structures to determine how to use the caucus budget.

  • Implementing a meeting calendar and structure that helps build relationships, share organizational updates, make decisions, and get work done;

  • Developing the leadership of caucus members to build organizing skills, engage in political education, and participate in larger JFREJ organizational efforts and campaigns when desired.

  • Continue to grow the caucus membership through regular identification of new leaders, recruitment to the caucus, and one-to-one meetings with interested members

  • 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.

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.” If you have any questions about the position, please email zahara@jfrej.org.

We will begin reviewing the first round of applications on July 26. We will continue reviewing until the position is filled, with the position starting on October 1. 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.

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.