At JVP, we are growing, developing and mobilizing a powerful grassroots, multiracial base of Jews toward a future of Judaism beyond Zionism and the end of Israeli apartheid and occupation. We’re looking for a seasoned Organizing Director to join our team.
The Organizing Director will lead the organizing program for both JVP, our 501c3, and JVP Action, our 501c4. An organizer’s organizer, this position will invest deeply in the leadership, skills and capacities of our talented team of 9 organizers who are in turn supporting our powerful base of member leaders in our 70+ chapters, 18,000 members, a growing BIJOCSM network, havurah network of non and anti-zionist spiritual communities, and a base full of talented students, rabbis, health care workers, artists and more.
The Organizing Director will hold a long view of our organizing, campaigns and base building. They will work with staff and membership to win change using a diverse set of strategies: from local policy fights to rapid response direct action to electoral campaigns. They will support the cultivation of belonging and purpose within the organization through leadership development, political education, and community building.
The ideal candidate for this position will be someone who builds authentic relationships everywhere they go and is creative, collaborative, and passionate. This role is perfect for someone who is ambitious about the political opportunities of the electoral cycle, while grounded in a commitment to the transformational political change only possible from long-term grassroots organizing and movement building.
Essential Job Functions
Basebuilding, constituency-building, and leadership development: Responsible for the overall work of building power, leadership, community, and belonging in our multiracial, intergenerational base across both JVP And JVPA.
Building organizational praxis around racial justice and accountability to Palestinians: Play an integral role in supporting our staff and membership to live out our commitments to racial justice and accountability to our Palestinian partners in our organizing.
Create and run winning issue and rapid response campaigns: Use deep power analysis, issue-cutting skills, close, accountable relationships with coalition partners, and creative action planning to help organizers and member leaders run razor-sharp campaigns, and build an overall culture of campaigning that electrifies and focuses people.
Plan, run and win electoral campaigns: Develop, plan and execute creative field strategies as part of our mission to support elected officials and candidates who will fight for Palestinian rights and freedom. Lead on integrating vision and strategies across the family of organizations so that our electoral organizing efforts feed long-term, grassroots efforts to build our base, power, and movements.
Team management and leadership: Effectively build and lead the staff team of organizers. Supervise some members of the team, including senior organizers who are supervising others. Support the growth of staff skills and leadership, institute accountability and rigor into organizing practices, and pay close attention to how social power structures play out in organizing relationships. Manage budget for the organizing program.
Organizational leadership: Help set broad organizational strategy as informed by staff and member leadership. Ultimate responsibility for organizing team coordination/communication with other staff teams (eg campaign, congress, and communications teams). Regular relationship building and communication with members, partners, and donors.
At a minimum, you will:
- Have between 8 – 10 years of progressive leadership experience managing campaigns and organizing in grassroots organizations, at least 3-5 years in a managerial role.
- Have the proven ability to build, support, and develop a team, with excellent interpersonal and managerial skills.
- Demonstrated success developing the organizing skills and leadership of staff and volunteers.
- Proven ability planning, executing, and winning issue-based, rapid-response and electoral campaigns.
- Decisive & strategic in prioritizing. Demonstrated ability to handle, keep track of, and follow-through on multiple projects.
- Demonstrated ability to integrate racial / power structure analysis into personal practice, campaign/project development and execution, engagement with members, and in managing a staff team.
Ideally, you will:
- Have a commitment to and understanding of JVP’s political positions
- Knowledge of or experience with Jewish community
- Have a demonstrable commitment to grassroots fundraising and integration of fundraising with other organizational activities
Compensation and Benefits:
This is an exempt, salaried full time position. The salary range, dependent on experience, is low 70s to low 80s, with a robust benefits package. JVP full-time staff are eligible for up to twenty days of vacation time per year. Staff are eligible to accrue up to twelve sick paid days per year. All staff also have off 13 paid holidays.
To apply, please 1) upload in one PDF document a resume and a cover letter discussing your approach to organizing and 2) fill out the application form linked on this page (Apply Now)). Finalists will be asked to provide the names and contact information for 3 references.
Applications are due October 11, 2020.
MORE ABOUT WORKING AT JVP:
Location and Office Environment:
This position can be based anywhere. JVP is committed to providing flexible work arrangements that suit the needs of our staff.
JVP has developed core principles of sustainability and equity to guide our approach to workplace policies.
JVP defines sustainability as honoring the people who work at JVP as whole people doing work for the long haul, and creating the conditions that will enable JVP staff to do the work in a way that is both healthy and encourages work/life balance.
JVP defines equity as developing policies and practices that apply to everyone, while holding simultaneously the differing levels of accountability, independence and responsibility depending on role in the organization; while also recognizing, responding to and honoring the different contexts, realities and circumstances that each staff member brings and lives within.
These principles apply both to the conditions of the workplace – hours, regular salary reviews and raises, vacation days, flexibility to work from home, etc. – and the practices of our work – how many hours of the day staff are in meetings, taking time to have retreats, and striving for a culture of support and communication.
Addressing sustainability and equity as staff at JVP is a long-term, ever evolving project. JVP is committed to continuing to think together how to keep improving our conditions and practices, always in the context of the urgency of our mission.
Jewish Voice for Peace does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.
About Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 200,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.