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JALSA is seeking a Lead Organizer based in our office in Boston. The Lead Organizer is responsible for managing all organizing staff, interns, and members. The Lead Organizer works to set the strategic vision of the organization and to build the leadership and infrastructure to reach that vision. This role reports to the Executive Director and is an excellent position for an organizer with more than two years of experience organizing and supervising who wants to build Jewish community power to address the root causes of injustice in our state and society.
- Supervise and manage the organizing staff, interns, and volunteers across the state. This includes both in person and remote supervision with an investment in the growth and development of all staff organizers and the creation of a strong, relational team culture
- Collaborate closely with the Director of Communications to document and publicize organizing work through weekly action alerts, social media, organizational materials and all ongoing communication work
- Work closely with the Executive Director on overall strategy and focus of the organization’s work
- Build and maintain the organization’s base of members through 1-1 relational meetings with prospective members and building deep relationships with existing members
- Manage and create member led teams around priority issue areas including affordable housing, environment, economic justice, immigration and criminal justice reform
- Develop members into leaders of the organizing work through trainings, one on one support, and educational opportunities.
- Be knowledgeable on legislative process and tools of advocacy such as writing testimony, lobbying visits, bill hearings, and in district meetings
- Represent organization on statewide and national coalitions through creating and maintaining organizational relationships, committing to asks on behalf of the organization and organizing to fulfil those asks.
- Build and develop systems and infrastructure to support the organizing goals of the organization and big picture visioning of the organization as a whole
- Track and compile data around member engagement and campaign tactics
- Lead JALSA’s grassroots campaigns including setting goals, creating field plans, and organizing members to reach those goals. This includes organizing tactics such as door knocking, phone banking, standouts, GOTV, rallies, and legislative forums.
- Educate members on grassroots campaigns and issue areas by running trainings and creating resources
- Utilize VAN within campaigns to reach beyond our current membership
- Work with synagogue leaders and clergy to create relationships and shared goals around priority issue areas and campaigns
- Guide the organizing work while maintaining a big picture vision of JALSA’s unique value added to addressing root causes of inequity
Qualifications and skills
- Two or more years of experience in community, labor, or faith-based organizing
- Experience with grassroots campaigns and legislative campaigns
- Excellent communication skills both written and spoken
- Excellent relational skills
- Tremendous attention to detail
- Ability to plan agendas and facilitate meetings
- Ability to manage multiple projects and campaigns simultaneously
- Strong supervision and management skills with experience managing one or more staff
- Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team
- Strong group dynamic skills and ability to work with diverse groups and communities
- Ability to navigate big picture visioning and specific campaign goals
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekend hours
- Comfortable with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Docs.
- Exceptional time management and the ability to prioritize tasks
- Openness to feedback and learning on the job
- Belief in the mission of the organization
- Prior experience with VAN and other Voter Files
- Prior training in anti-oppression, equity and inclusion organizing
- Familiarity with Jewish community spaces, institutional or non-institutional
JALSA is an equal opportunity employer. We carefully consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
Benefits include paid sick time, vacation time, and Jewish holidays. This is a full time position, salary commensurate with experience
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume to JALSA Executive Director Cindy Rowe at email@example.com and indicate your name and “Lead Organizer” in the subject line. The organizer will ideally begin no later than June 2018 with immediate start available. We will review applicants on a rolling basis until position is filled.