Job Opportunities at JALSA

 
 

Lead organizer- Boston, MA

ROLE:

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.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

Bonus:

  • 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

HOW TO APPLY

Please email your cover letter and resume to JALSA Executive Director Cindy Rowe at cindy@jalsa.org and indicate your name and “Lead Organizer” in the subject line. We will review applicants on a rolling basis until position is filled. Benefits include paid sick time, vacation time, and Jewish holidays. This is a full time position, salary commensurate with experience

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.

 

Organizer – Western Massachusetts

JALSA is hiring for a part-time Western Mass based organizer to continue to run and develop JALSA in Western Mass. JALSA, founded in 2001, is a membership based Jewish Social Justice organization, devoted to the defense of civil rights, the preservation of constitutional liberties, and the passionate pursuit of social, economic and environmental justice for all people. JALSA West formed in September 2017.

This organizer is responsible for managing and facilitating the current structures of JALSA West (activist teams that are currently running and forming, the Steering Committee, relationships with Synagogues and coalition partners) and to think creatively and strategically about expanding and increasing membership of JALSA West: how do we organize the Western Mass Jewish community writ large to move on progressive statewide politics? What do we need to make that happen?

JALSA focuses on legislative issue areas including but not limited to: immigration, climate justice, gun violence, criminal justice, economic justice, and housing justice issues. We currently work in coalition with Raise Up Massachusetts, Jobs With Justice, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, the MA Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, the Carbon Fee and Rebate Pricing group, and many upper and lower Valley area synagogues.

History: Forty former board members of the American Jewish Congress (New England Region) founded JALSA in 2001 to act on their Jewish values through the pursuit of social justice. JALSA now consists of Professional staff located in Boston, an Executive Committee, Advisory Committee and a Board made up of leaders in both the Jewish and social justice communities.

Responsibilities:

Develop strategy and tactics

  • Develop relationships and work in partnership local coalitions

  • Exercise independent judgment to meet campaign goals

  • Develop creative campaign tactics and implement strategic plans

  • Plan work and create work plans and structures for volunteers and local group leaders to carry our campaigns to advance JALSA priorities

Build Relationships and Organization

  • Work closely and effectively with Western Mass JALSA Steering Committee

  • Have structured conversations and interactions with local group leaders, including Jewish communal and spiritual leaders and activists to advance organizational goals

  • Encourage people to take action and to take ownership of their local groups

  • Assess group leaders and activists; identify and develop leaders

  • Debrief and reflect; engage in critical analysis

  • Create a culture of accountability, commitment, warmth and hope in all interactions with local group leaders, volunteers, and other staff

Volunteer Management

  • Effectively plan and delegate work

  • Manage time and resources to maximize organizational impact

  • Coordinate the work of volunteers and group leaders; provide guidance and mentorship

Qualifications

  • One or more years of organizing experience for a political campaign, community, or advocacy organization; in particular demonstrated ability to work with young adults.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Outstanding leadership qualities and the ability to inspire and connect with Jewish social justice activists and community leaders.

  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting high standards and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.

  • Proven success developing relationships and building a base to support a cause.

  • The ability to master a complicated political landscape quickly and thoroughly.

  • Demonstrated ability to break down large projects into smaller discrete tasks that can be distributed to multiple volunteer leaders.

  • The ability and willingness to work some nights and weekends (schedule is flexible).

  • Experience planning programs and facilitating large and small meetings.

  • A sense of humor, a passion for social justice and making positive change in the world, and a genuine commitment to working in a collaborative team setting.

  • Ability to work with volunteers to develop their skills in communicating through social media platforms

Also Highly Desired

  • Familiarity with Jewish cultural norms and navigating Jewish institutions.

Reporting Relationships

  • This position reports directly to Boston JALSA Lead Organizer and/or Executive Director

  • This position reports on a dotted line to the Western Mass Steering Committee

To Apply

This part-time 10 - 15 hour a week position includes benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Cindy Rowe at cindy@jalsa.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a preference for applications before September 1.