DJJ is Hiring!


PROGRAM ASSOCIATE – Job Description 

Detroit Jews for Justice (DJJ) employs the tools of community organizing to make life in Michigan more sustainable, equitable and joyous for all, with a particular emphasis on people of color, low-income workers, the unemployed, women, GLBTIQ folks, immigrants, and others struggling against systemic bias. We draw on the richness of Jewish traditions, history, thought and culture to deepen and sustain our work.

Through education, leadership development, grassroots campaigns, community building, arts and culture, DJJ renews the Jewish ethic of working for social justice. Our goal is to build a membership base that can participate in meaningful ways in campaigns addressing injustice at the systemic level, and also mobilize in response to timely issues. We use the strength of old relationships and the dynamism of new ones to support each other to step up and become active.


DJJ seeks to hire a full or part-time Program Associate to help manage DJJ’s growing programs and provide administrative support to both DJJ and Congregation T’chiyah.  The Program Associate will report to the Executive Director, who also occupies the position of Rabbi for Congregation T’chiyah, the Reconstructionist Synagogue that founded DJJ.  DJJ also employs a full-time Community Organizer.  These three individuals comprise the staff of DJJ and together are supported by, and support, a growing body of volunteer activists. Since the bulk of the role is about supporting DJJ leaders to create programming, the right candidate does not have to be Jewish.  


  • Provide administrative support to ED/Rabbi across both parts of her job.

  • Maintain internal systems pertaining to website, database, and communications

  • Work with ED and Fundraising Committee to develop and review program budgets

  • Assist ED in identifying, cultivating, and stewarding community partnerships

  • Work with ED, CO, and leaders to develop Arts and Culture as a powerful driver of DJJ’s overall strategy

  • Manage existing arts and cultural relationships and help to develop new ones

  • Support volunteer leaders in planning and executing team meetings

  • Work w/ event chairs and team leaders to direct four or five large-scale annual programs - Leadership Shabbaton, Festival of Rights (Chanukah), Purim, Labor Seder and Awards Event

  • Support and develop new DJJ programs through multifaceted political, cultural, and educational programming

  • Help evaluate programs for quality and effectiveness

  • Create compelling written content for promoting events; edit other staff and volunteers’ written communications

  • Manage donation records in the database, including timely gift-processing and tax receipting

  • Generate membership, donation, and activity reports

  • Manage timely presentation and completion of project reviews and regular status updates



  • Demonstrated ability to work humbly with people of different backgrounds and a reverence for the richness that diversity bring

  • Experience organizing and executing high-quality programming

  • Proven ability to break down large projects into smaller discrete tasks that can be distributed to member leaders

  • Reliable transportation

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including writing for publicity and fundraising as well as public speaking and presentations

  • Four-year degree from an accredited college or university

  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Knowledge of CRM databases

  • Experience with marketing and communications planning

  • Ability to organize and execute work independently, including when facing time-sensitive deadlines

  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively, and respectfully with other staff and volunteers

  • A sense of humor

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including at times evenings and weekends

  • Knowledge of the racial, socioeconomic and political landscape of Metro Detroit a major plus

  • Fundraising and grant-writing experience a plus

  • Knowledge of Jewish culture and religion a plus\


Salary is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health insurance, vacation, and paid sick time.

DJJ began seeking candidates for this position on March 26, 2017.  This search is to fill an immediate need.  We will close the search as soon as we find the person we wish to hire.  If you are interested, please apply immediately.  

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and (3) professional references to:  Note: This email address is only live when DJJ is hiring.  

Detroit Jews for Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination

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