We're looking for an Organizer for Campaigns & Education
Position: Organizer for Campaigns and Education
Location: Detroit, MI
About Detroit Jews for Justice:
DJJ organizes Metro Detroit Jewish community to participate in movements for racial and economic justice.
We envision a region that is more equitable and joyous for all, with an emphasis on supporting the rights and leadership of people of color, low-income workers, the unemployed, women, LGBTQI, immigrants, and others struggling against systemic oppression. We draw strength from Jewish tradition, thought and culture to sustain our work. Detroit Jews for Justice was founded by Congregation T’chiyah to live out its mission of making social change central to the life of its congregation and committed to being a social justice organization engaging the entire Jewish community of Metro Detroit.
About the Position:
As a key member of a dynamic team, the Organizer for Campaigns and Education will work collaboratively with DJJ’s Executive Director and Organizer for Culture and Resources, along with DJJ’s cadre of passionate volunteer leaders.
Since 2015, DJJ has worked in coalition with community partners to fight for racial and economic justice in Metro Detroit. Centered in the Jewish principle of Doykayt/hereness, the work of DJJ is focused on local issues, which have recently included water, regional transit, and workers rights. Southeast Michigan is home to a Jewish population of approximately 70,000, primarily residing in the northern suburbs of Oakland County. Long segregated, Jews in Metro Detroit are seeking responsible ways to be in relationship with the city and its residents, as well as engaged citizens and neighbors. The Organizer will deepen partnerships with synagogues and other Jewish institutions to educate and engage their constituents on issues affecting the health and well-being of the city, region, and state.
Now in its 5th year of this work, DJJ has been warmly welcomed into the social justice community in Detroit. The Organizer will steward those existing relationships and support leaders to represent DJJ in a range of movement spaces. They will build and support strong teams for each of our core issues (currently water and housing).
The Organizer will have three main areas of work - base-building, campaign work, and liaison cultivation and development. The Organizer will identify and engage volunteer leaders and coach, mentor, and train these leaders to organize and build power. The Organizer will excel at building relationships with volunteer leaders and organizational partners within and outside of the Jewish community; be skilled in fostering intergenerational community; be highly motivated and goal oriented; and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Leadership Development. Through mentoring, coaching, and training, the Organizer will prepare volunteer leaders to take on greater and greater responsibility and move them up DJJ’s ladder of engagement. The Organizer will also track member/leader engagement and growth, and facilitate regular election cycles for DJJ’s leadership structure.
- Building and supporting highly effective teams. The Organizer will manage and build teams of lay leaders across various solidarity issues and campaigns. The Organizer will equip the leadership of these teams to be the face of DJJ with our community partners. The Organizer will support these teams to host education programs, recruit new members, and share opportunities for solidarity and direct support with the broader membership.
- Recruitment. The Organizer will steward recruitment initiatives of new DJJ members/leaders, both inside the City of Detroit and in the Detroit suburbs. This includes organizing new leader orientations and stewarding the ongoing intra-organizational relationship-building practices.
- Campaigns and Actions. The Organizer will support, develop, and recruit DJJ members/leaders to lead independent but interconnected teams for each solidarity issue, and provide greater support for DJJ’s identified “primary campaign.” The work of the campaign team is always conducted in coalition with community partners, and focuses on education, coordination of volunteer opportunities, communication and resource sharing, and occasional organization of public actions.
- Public Face. The Organizer will occasionally represent DJJ publicly and build relationships with elected officials and coalition partners and/or equip leaders to hold these relationships.
- Other. The Organizer will support Arts and Culture and Development/Grassroots Fundraising initiatives, collaborating on and providing support for annual Purim festival, Hanukkah action, and End-of-Year fundraising campaign.
Skills and Qualifications:
- 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in community, faith based, campus, legislative, and/or electoral organizing
- Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusion, commitment to anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices and experience organizing in a multiracial context
- Ability to build and maintain strong one-to-one and institutional relationships with a diverse array of people, including a variety of ages and affiliations, and with partners from diverse communities
- Demonstrated ability and/or training in conflict resolution
- Strong interpersonal skills; specifically the ability to identify, recruit, develop, and mentor volunteers
- Experience planning and leading trainings
- Demonstrated success at keeping multiple projects organized; good short- and long-term planning skills; strong administrative and time-management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Formal training in organizing strongly preferred
- Commitment to the mission and vision of Detroit Jews for Justice
Compensation and Hours:
This is a full-time position with a variable work schedule including frequent evenings and weekends. Annual salary range is $40,000 - 45,000 DOE, and includes paid time off, flex time and benefits.
Deadline to apply is Sunday, June 2nd. Please submit your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Organizer for Campaigns and Education” in the subject line of your message.
Detroit Jews for Justice values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture because we recognize that diversity within our staff helps us organize and work well with diverse Jewish and progressive constituencies. Candidates should be willing to work within the Jewish community, but may be of any (or no) faith or background . We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction. Detroit Jews for Justice is an equal opportunity employer.