Now Hiring! Jews of Color Caucus and Poor & Working Class Caucus Organizer (Temporary/Part-Time)

JFREJ is seeking a part-time and temporary organizer to staff JFREJ’s Poor & Working Class and Jews of Color caucuses

Type: Temporary / Part-Time. Jan. 1, 2022-Sept 1, 2022 (with the possibility of extension)

Salary: $25/hr for ~25 hours per month or ~5-7 hours per week

Reports to: Director of Organizing

Position Description

JFREJ is seeking a part-time and temporary organizer to staff JFREJ’s Poor & Working Class (PWC) and Jews of Color (JOC) caucuses between Jan-Sept 2022, with the possibility of extension. This part-time organizer would support the JOC and PWC caucuses to implement their visions and goals in 2022. The position will be mostly remote with occasional in-person events for ~25 hours a month.

About the Caucuses: In 2014, staff and JFREJ member leaders organized and started the JOC Caucus, the first identity based caucus within JFREJ. Since its founding, other member leaders have since started the PWC Caucus as well as the Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus, and a group for members who identify as or as having disabilities/chronic illness/neurodivergence. Both the JOC Caucus and PWC Caucus have contributed meaningfully to the organizing at JFREJ and share the similar purpose of creating a politically and culturally engaged affinity space that contributes to JFREJ's many campaigns and influences the overall political organizing strategy of JFREJ. These caucuses serve to ensure those on the margins of our community have their voices heard and leadership developed and included in decision making throughout the organization, working to shift the locus power within JFREJ. While the JOC Caucus has had many public facing events, notably hosting the first JOC National Convening in 2016 and annual Juneteenth Seders since 2018, the PWC Caucus has almost exclusively organized internally within JFREJ with a few exceptions.

Job Responsibilities

The Community Organizer will be responsible for the following:

  • Supporting the two caucuses’ leadership to implement its stated vision and goals for 2022. They will do this by: (1) 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. (2) 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 JOC and PWC Caucuses 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 JOC and PWC histories, racial justice & economic justice; commitment to feminism & disability justice in our movements.

Salary and Benefits: $25/hr for ~12 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 “PWC & JOC 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 Jan. 5. If you are reading this after that date, please still apply! We will continue reviewing until the position is filled, with the position starting around February 2022, if we have found the right candidate. 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; for all employment opportunities, people of color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, women and gender nonconforming people, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, and people who live or have lived in poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.