GatherDC NoVA Community Coordinator
GatherDC’s NoVA Community Coordinator will help hundreds of Jewish 20s and 30s who are new or new(ish) to the NoVA area connect to Jewish opportunities, build lasting friendships, and discover meaningful Jewish identities.
We are looking for a personable, enthusiastic individual who is early in their career and excited to join an innovative grassroots Jewish nonprofit organization. This position comes with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
TITLE: NoVA Community Coordinator
LOCATION: Washington, DC / Northern Virginia (hybrid)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, November 27 @ 11:59pm EST
ANTICIPATED START DATE: January 7, 2023
Frequently cited statistics show that historical biases in hiring lead to less applications from women and underrepresented groups unless they have 100% of the qualifications. GatherDC is committed to removing bias in hiring; as such, we encourage you to break that statistic and apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications! We look forward to your application.
WHO WE ARE:
GatherDC is the central platform for post-college/pre-family Jewish life across the DC-area and is building one of the most dynamic and inclusive cities for millennial and Gen Z Jewish life. We strengthen the fabric of Jewish life throughout the DMV, facilitating innovative opportunities for meaningful and relevant Jewish learning and stewarding relationships to help Jews in their 20s and 30s connect to Jewish organizations and to each other. We work with the rich network of Jewish communal synagogues, JCCs, and organizations to help them best serve young Jewish adults, and we champion relationship-based engagement, understanding that a thriving Jewish ecosystem is only as strong as the relationships we build with individuals and with the wider community.
WHO YOU ARE:
The NoVA Community Coordinator will work closely with the GatherDC engagement team to help connect thousands of Jewish 20s and 30s who are new to NoVA—or are “re-emerging” and are now beginning to seek community and opportunities for Jewish engagement—feel welcomed, supported, and guided in finding their people and place in Jewish NoVA. You will be an integral player in welcoming, concierging, and connecting new community members to the area, and you will spend your days identifying new ways to help young adults in their 20s and 30s connect with Jewish life in their region, increasing access and connection to Jewish organizations, institutions, and groups in NoVA, and facilitating the building of more meaningful Jewish identities. You likely have a year or two of professional experience, but are in the early stages of your career and are excited to take on a growth role at a dynamic organization with substantial opportunity to try new things and flex creatively and professionally.
WHAT YOU’LL DO*:
Manage GatherDC’s NoVA Engagement Portfolio 50%
- Maintain a 1:1 engagement portfolio: meet (primarily) new-to-NoVA and 20s Jews for 1:1 coffees across the Northern Virginia region; serve as the main engagement touch point for these community members; maintain and build these relationships through regular follow-up and touchpoints.
- Work closely with the DC Community Coordinator to share engagement trends (particularly among 20s), plan/execute experiences, and connect community members to opportunities across the DMV.
- Act as key liaison to feeder institutions (e.g. universities, Hillels) to ensure a smooth pipeline to post-college DC Jewish life.
- Serve as primary contact for local partner organizations.
- Support the Engagement Team with in-person GatherDC experiences, including GatherDC Happy Hours, High Holidays experiences and Alternative Yom Kippur, Passover, and Mini Gatherings.
- Bring fresh ideas, new insights, and creativity to everything we do.
Immerse yourself in DMV Jewish community 30%
- Organize and execute bi-monthly happy hours in varying NoVA neighborhoods (Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax Counties) for 50-100 Jewish young adults
- Represent GatherNoVA at Jewish DMV community events by attending other peer organization’s events and programming (at least 1-2x per month)
- Stay tapped into Jewish NoVA institutions, organizations, Jewish professionals, and social media to remain up to date on all Jewish happenings in the DMV.
- Maintain, update, and expand GatherDC’s NoVA Asset Map.
- Keep the pulse on community needs, shifting community dynamics, and ways that GatherDC can continue to serve young adults in Jewish NoVA.
General office tasks 20%
- Work with team members to bring innovative projects to life.
- Maintain regular personal data entry to track, evaluate, and evolve engagement efforts with personal New-to-NoVA and 20s portfolios.
- Update website’s NoVA content, including our online calendar’s NoVA section.
- Execute office tasks as needed, including logistical preparation for your events, sending life cycle gifts to community members, etc.
*These are considered the essential functions of this role. Please note that this role will require a regular in-person meetings across Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax Counties, in addition to Zoom/virtual meetings.
- You have 1 to 3 years of professional experience.
- You’re self-motivated, working equally well independently and as part of a team.
- You’re a self-described people person and believe in the power of community.
- You have Salesforce (or equivalent CRM) proficiency. (Preferred)
- You are either from NoVA or have lived there for a significant period of time.
- You are able to travel independently for regular in-person meetings across Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax Counties.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
- You’re a savvy connector. You are able to build and maintain strong relationships with both peers and colleagues. You are able to bring genuine energy and enthusiasm to your interactions and relationships and are able to propel dynamic conversations to connect with anyone you meet.
- You’re a nimble learner. You may not know everything, but you're able to learn what you need when you need it. You're able to learn and understand things quickly and easily, using both successes and failures as learning experiences. When faced with a challenge that calls for doing a task a different way, you dive in and try different ways until you land on the perfect solution.
- You’re an independent self-starter. You are able to ideate and take action with minimal direction, and are highly motivated by successfully achieving your objectives. You’re comfortable with sitting in discomfort while you work through problems, and you’re able to move past roadblocks or difficulties to find alternative solutions to reach your goals.
- You’re collaborative. You are able to bring your own strengths to a team environment and successfully harness the skills at the table in pursuit of a shared goal. You understand the value of openness, flexibility, feedback, and connection in working toward shared outcomes and recognize that a rising tide lifts all boats.
- You “get” the GatherDC approach. GatherDC prioritizes people over programs and understands that cultivating genuine one-on-one relationships is the key to building connection, community, and meaning-making. You’re able to shift your paradigm to our people-first philosophy and let that guide every aspect of your work.
- You value difference and diversity. You recognize the value that different perspectives, cultures, and life experiences bring to your internally- and externally-facing work. You actively seek to understand different perspectives and how they might apply to/affect your own work, and you are able to adjust your own expectations, communication, and work styles to authentically connect with people of all backgrounds.
PLEASE APPLY IF:
- You like making new friends.
- You enjoy change and creativity.
- You have a deep passion for NoVA Jewish life.
- You are an awesome human being.
BENEFITS & SALARY:
- We offer a competitive salary ranging from $50,000–$60,000, commensurate with experience based on Gather, Inc.’s organizational salary bands.
- We provide amazing benefits, including robust employer-sponsored healthcare options, generous discretionary and sick leave, retirement matching, an annual professional development stipend, and more.
- We are excited to have you join us at the GatherDC townhouse in Dupont Circle on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but are fully set up for the hybrid lifestyle and remote flex days to hold onto the flexibility we’ve been afforded over the last two years.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We know the job application process is never a walk in the park, but we try to make our hiring process as transparent and painless as possible. While we cannot have a conversation with every applicant, we commit to reaching out to every single person who crosses our screen to let them know where they stand in the process within a timely manner (this usually looks like one business week). We recognize the time and effort it takes to prepare and submit this application, and we appreciate your consideration of this role.
For everyone looking for a peek behind the curtain, here’s what our general process will look like:
Role is live and accepting applications through November 27th.
Candidates with applicable experience will have a 15-minute phone call with Gather’s internal screener
Candidates who advance to the interview stage will have a 60-minute Zoom conversation with the Hiring Manager
Candidates who advance to the second stage will have two 45-minute Zoom conversations with GatherDC staff members
Hiring Manager will be checking references.
Offer will be extended!
Winter Break—Gather offices closed
Feel like a long process? We know. It does to us too. Between a three-day team retreat, Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays—we’ve got a lot of away-from-inbox time to work around! We promise we’re working as hard as we can to move through this process as quickly as we can while giving both your applications & our staff’s energies during this season the time and attention they deserve.
So you’ve made it to the bottom. Ready to apply!?
Please use this link to submit your resume and cover letter. Contact [email protected] with any questions.
We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish organizations. This includes Black, Latinx, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.