Volunteer Engagement and Community Organizing Coordinator

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Valley Beth Shalom | Encino, CA

Valley Beth Shalom

Published 11 days ago

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Position:  Volunteer Engagement and Community Organizing Coordinator

Status: Salary, Exempt

Reports to:  Rabbi Noah Farkas

Schedule: Typically Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5 PM; Flexible; Some evenings and weekends required.

Job Description: Volunteer Engagement and Community Organizing Coordinator works closely with the VBS community to facilitate meaningful volunteer engagement in social justice and social service work. The job includes community organizing, programming and education components. These include staffing a volunteer-led community organizing/advocacy task force focused on finding public policy solutions to homelessness in LA, and service work such as coordinating volunteer-run in-synagogue food bank, days of service, High Holiday collection drive, and participation in the annual Los Angeles homeless count.  The overall goal is to foster a strong volunteer culture while making a meaningful impact on our world.

Responsibilities & Tasks: The Volunteer Engagement and Community Organizing Coordinator’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Community Organizing:
  • VBS Homelessness Task Force:

The program manager staffs VBS’ community organizing and advocacy team. This includes leading organizing work by training volunteers and modeling  organizing principles and practices: one-to-one conversations, researching problems, defining issues for campaigns, identifying allies and building coalitions to carry out effective campaigns. It also includes working with volunteer leaders and Rabbi to assign meeting roles and leading all monthly Task Force meetings, sending out minutes, tracking roles and responsibilities for members between meetings, recruiting new task force members, communicating with members to keep them up-to-date and informed. The program manager also works with coalition partners to develop coalition policy, strategy and tactics to win policy changes that increase affordable housing and housing and services for homeless individuals and families in LA city and county, and the state of California. VBS works closely with LA Voice and SCANPH on housing policy. The program manager maintains those relationships and  represents VBS at regular meetings with coalition partners and in office meetings and public hearings with elected officials and their staffs.

  • Programs:
  • Project Pushcart - High Holiday collection drive (Sept or Oct)

Work with volunteer co-chairs to select collection drive projects and food drive for SOVA and VBS food pantry for the High Holidays. Recruit and coordinate volunteers to staff drive. Create promotional materials for print and online distribution. Ensure that all collections are properly sorted and distributed after the holidays to appropriate agencies.

  • Mitzvah Day (November)

Work with volunteer co-chairs and committee to organize annual event (usually second Sunday in November) for all members to participate in hands-on mitzvah projects. Work with heads of schools and parent organization representatives to ensure maximum participation from school families. Work with Director of Hebrew school to coordinate Hebrew school classes participation and rotation through stations. Coordinate with Cedars-Sinai to arrange blood drive, recruit donor captains and volunteers for blood drive. Create promotional materials for print and online distribution.

  • Homeless Count (January)

Work with Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Service Planning Area Coordinator to serve as a deployment site for annual volunteer count of homeless residents of Encino and surrounding areas. Attend site coordinator training. Recruit volunteers to serve as site coordinator assistant. Recruit volunteers to work as counters on the night of the count. Ensure that count data is properly uploaded and reported to LAHSA and all materials returned to them.

  • JWW Walk to End Genocide (April)

Work with VBS’  Jewish World Watch volunteer leaders to recruit members to participate in the annual Walk to End Genocide.

  • VBS Food Bank: (Ongoing)

Coordinate with volunteer leaders to make sure food bank is stocked, volunteer shoppers are reimbursed, volunteers are scheduled adequately for shifts to pack bags and sort donations. Distribute food to clients. Field requests from clients for other kinds of social service help. Direct them to appropriate agencies. Encourage and promote food drives to constituent groups in the VBS community to help stock the food bank.

  • Individual Volunteer Service Project Matching:

Talk with individual VBS members/ youth/ bar and bat mitzvah students/chavurot and other VBS affiliated groups about finding appropriate volunteer opportunities for them inside or outside VBS. Maintain current information on volunteer service opportunities in various categories of interest to share with members in person and via the VBS social action web page. Maintain a list of current suggestions for bar and mitzvah service projects.

  • New projects and interest groups:

Talk and meet with individuals and groups who are interested in leading new service projects. Work with Rabbi and volunteers to determine if the synagogue and the members have the necessary capacity and interest to start new projects (whether one-time or ongoing) and work with volunteers to launch such efforts.

  • Educational Programs:
  • Working with Schools:

Assist schools as needed to create meaningful, age-appropriate social justice and service projects for their students in the Day School and Hebrew School.

  • Adult Education Programs:

Work with Clergy and Program Director to develop and carry out public issues and public policy forums that provide opportunities for the VBS community to engage with and learn from thought leaders on social justice issues in the public sphere.

  • Communications:

Work with Communications Director and and Coordinator to make sure that all Chesed opportunities and achievements are communicated effectively to the congregation through email, website, social media and print communications.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Minimum 1-3 years of work experience
  • Community organizing experience a plus
  • Social Media proficiency required
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent communication abilities (oral and written)
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Friendly, welcoming and inclusive
  • Positive and can-do attitude
  • Willingness to go the extra mile

Compensation: $40,000-50,000 plus benefits

 To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to

Equal Opportunity Employer: We’re an equal opportunity employer. You need not be Jewish to apply. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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Encino, CA