Jewish and Other Faiths Inclusion Manager
RespectAbility’s mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. RespectAbility is a diverse, disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities, and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future.
RespectAbility’s Faith Inclusion efforts work to create a model for religions, as faith and faith-based organizations are important parts of the fabric of many lives. Our model will deepen and grow out of our long-time focus on the Jewish community, where we work to equip Jews with disabilities and Jewish organizations with the capacity to ensure that interested Jews can participate in and contribute to all aspects of Jewish life and organizations. We believe that RespectAbility’s model and resources can contribute to best practices for all faiths and support faith communities as they support full participation and leadership opportunities for people with disabilities. RespectAbility presently works in partnerships with established organizations and with change makers to build disability inclusion.
This newly formed position of Jewish and Other Faiths Inclusion Manager will lead our ever expanding Jewish inclusion work, and will work with senior management and the board to develop and implement work in other faiths.
- Work with our board, staff and volunteers to achieve the goals outlined for our Faith Inclusion work in our strategic plan. See respectability.org/2021strategicplan.
- Create and promote widespread use of RespectAbility’s inclusion resources throughout the Jewish world. See: respectability.org/faith-inclusion.
- Create a clear plan for duplication and adaptation to other faith-based initiatives, while partnering with faith and disability leaders from those groups.
- Coordinate with the Speakers Bureau Associate to ensure that Jewish Speakers from our National Disability Training Bureau are broadly utilized at Jewish conferences and organizations and will be recognized for their leadership potential.
- Promote consistent and varied efforts to ensure that Jews with disabilities and their loved ones are included in Jewish life and communities and an integral part of the fabric of all aspects of Jewish community leadership.
- Build and strengthen relationships with major Jewish organizations to create or ensure a Community of Practice And Innovation (COPI) centralizing Jewish inclusion practices and training.
- Coordinate and co-promote events within the COPI to ensure maximum impact.
- Promote inclusive and accessible advocacy by linking joint constituencies, enabling the Jewish community to raise a collective voice in the pursuit of the best policy outcomes for Jews and others with disabilities.
- Maintain and expand RespectAbility’s One-Stop Shop for Disability Inclusion Solutions for Faith Communities, which offers timely answers to Jewish and other faith organizations and individuals on how to welcome, serve, and include people with disabilities.
- Identify & develop best practices that can be replicated and provide needed training in those practices by preparing and deploying Jews with disabilities to train organizations and Jewish inclusion professionals on these practices. This will include both tools and training.
- Lead the creation, editing, and weekly distribution of RespectAbility’s Jewish Disability Perspectives, a weekly newsletter that fosters important perspectives and practices in Jewish inclusion while promoting the work of RespectAbility.
- Recruit, mentor, and train Jewish Inclusion Apprentices and Jewish Development Apprentices in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program. This program trains the next generation of Jewish leaders with disabilities to advance inclusion in the Jewish community and other faith-based communities.
- Interface with the development department and the executive team to ensure continued support from Jewish funders for this work.
- At least three years of experience focused on disability inclusion within the Jewish community in state or local government or advocacy.
- Four or more years professional experience in business, nonprofit or government settings (can include fellowships). One or more of these years should be in the Jewish communal ecosystem.
- One-two years of people and program management experience.
- Rabbinic, Doctoral, and/or Masters Degree in Jewish or religious studies, or special education or vocational rehabilitation or similar field strongly preferred but is not required.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to interact with people of different backgrounds at a different level.
- Passion for Judaism, and the rights of people to participate in their faith in general. General awareness of Jewish laws, observances, cultural issues, cultural touch points, and annual calendar.
- Ability to work in broad coalitions that might include multiple faiths in a nonpartisan capacity. Anticipated key partnerships will include JFNA, NJHSA, Leading Edge, and representatives from each of the movements of Judaism.
- Demonstrated proficiency with the full suite of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
- Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, demonstrated by past professional, personal or volunteer efforts around people with disabilities, people of color, underserved communities, underrepresented groups, and other identities.
- Organized self-starter with the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
- Hebrew language skills desirable.
- Connection to and experience with the disability community is a must as is some familiarity with the Jewish and faith inclusion areas.
- Organized and systematic research skills that recognize that Google and other search tools represent pieces of a research strategy, not an entire research strategy.
- Must have empathy and patience and be extremely well organized. Training in empathetic connection is a plus.
- Team player who is upbeat and excited to work in a new, growing and mission-driven organization.
Salary range $50k-$70k plus employer-paid health insurance, optional dental insurance, paid time off and holiday time, retirement matching and other benefits. The position will work remotely, and can therefore be based anywhere although the successful candidate should be prepared to travel for both collaboration and conferences. This is an exempt position, although we do provide courtesy vacation hours for any hours worked past 50.
To apply please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: [email protected].
RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.