Organizer, Teen Justice Fellowship

URJ - NFTY | Remote, United States

Posted Date 6/02/2022
Description

ORGANIZER, TEEN JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP 

Location:         Remote/Online (Default)/In person meetings, as needed 

Organization:       URJ     

Employment Type:    Full Time, Benefits Eligible      

Department:        Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism 

Reporting to:        Director of Youth Organizing – Leadership Development 

Start Date:        July 1, 2022 

Salary Range:        $48,000 - $52,0000 plus competitive benefits package 

 

 

THE ROLE 

The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) seeks an Organizer to manage and expand the impact of the RAC Teen Justice Fellowship to help to create communities of belonging that build confidence and character of young people, so they are inspired as leaders to make the world a better place and pursue lifelong engagement in Jewish life. The transformative project-based learning experience engages high schoolers from a wide range of backgrounds (LGBTQ+, Teens of Color, Teens with disabilities and other non-dominant backgrounds) teaching them community organizing skills and advances the Reform Movement’s vision of creating a more just world by confronting the social justice challenges of our time. The Organizer is part of a new URJ Youth Organizing team that bridges the space between community organizing, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) and youth development by catalyzing a core belief in young people’s individual and collective power and partnering to create an inclusive, safe, and supportive year-round Reform teen community.   

WHAT YOU WILL DO 

The Organizer of the Teen Justice Fellowship reports to Director of Youth Organizing – Leadership Development and is responsible for the following: 

RAC TEEN JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP 

  • Program oversight, including all aspects of planning, logistics, and execution of fellowship.  

  • Marketing and communication of fellowship, including promotion and communication with current and potential participants, their families, other URJ programs, and congregations. Communication strategy should include before, during, and post fellowship messaging.  

  • Creation and facilitation of educational content during live (virtual) learning sessions. Content should focus on enabling participants to become community organizers.  

  • Hire, train, and supervise fellowship coaches, who will support and mentor program participants in developing a unique organizing project as part of the fellowship experience.  

  • Evaluate fellowship program, iterating as needed.  

  • In partnership with URJ Development team, update program funders.  

  • Prioritize and incorporate REDI throughout all aspects of position (program oversight, marketing, program content, hiring, evaluation, etc.)  

URJ YOUTH ORGANIZING TEAM 

  • Develop, train, and mentor teens as they increasingly grow NFTY to be a movement that 

  • Centers diverse teen leadership (including Teens of Color, LGBTQ+ identifying teens, teens with disabilities and other underrepresented backgrounds) and reflects the values, interests, and aspirations of teens and their peers. 

  • partners with Reform synagogues and like-minded communities.  

  • Engages and affirms alumni/volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds to be adult allies.  

  • Creates a vibrant and powerful youth community where teens from all backgrounds (including marginalized and underrepresented identities) can experience wholeness, justice, equity, love and joy in their Judaism.   

  • In partnership with a network of NFTY and URJ leaders, implement trainings, fellowships, and leadership trajectories that help teens actualize their power and build their vision of a Jewish community and movement. 

  • Be an active member of the larger team that brings together the full body of work with teens at the URJ including NFTY, Israel, Justice, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) and Camp Teen Leaders under one unified vision and infrastructure 

  • Resource for Reform Movement teen social justice learning (ex in NFTY, camps, etc). 

WHO YOU ARE & KEYS TO SUCCESS (THE MUST-HAVES): 

To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas: 

  • Social Justice & Community Organizing. Passion for social justice, with a particular focus on the role of teens in social change. Ability to develop and run educational experiences. Proactive inclination towards innovation.  Familiar with teachings and core ideas of community organizing. Dedicated to cultivating diverse leaders. Capacity to teach, motivate, and empower others to be community organizers. Ability to build networks that mobilize others as leaders. ? 

  • Time Management, Organization, & Flexibility Skills. Ability to assess needs and opportunities for success and willing to make changes “on the fly.” Able to manage projects and maintain organizational skills in a multi-tasking environment. Positive, assertive, and flexible outlook. Highly motivated self-starter, willing to try new things and ask for help. Comfortable making mistakes and learning from them. Able to take on challenges with a sense that “I can do it”! A go-getter attitude and personality will help propel the team and the program to the next level as we expand. Comfortable teaching and working in an engaging and ever-evolving virtual space.    

  • Communication and Customer Service. Comfortable speaking with various individuals (including teens, guardians of participants, coaches, fellowship alumni/ae, funders, and other supporters). Open and effective communication and a relatable and professional manner with internal and external stake holders. Strong presentation skills which include a high level of comfort, confidence, and enthusiasm in front of groups of teens and adults, both virtually and in person. Ability to represent the RAC effectively and professionally and the URJ via telephone, e-mail and face-to-face communication and able share the vision for the RAC and its programs. Effective oral and written communication skills and able to utilize and different forms of relevant media. 

  • Organizational Commitment & Knowledge. Willingness to understand and support the mission and vision of the organization and the intricacies of its general operations and functions. Beyond just the internal RAC community, a need to be well-versed in the general Jewish experiential education field, URJ congregations, and other related partners.   Love of the Jewish community and an appreciation of Jewish spaces’ ability to transform individuals and communities. Familiarity with Reform Judaism and the Reform Jewish community. Can develop strong public relationships with teens, synagogue professionals, and camp staff. Exhibits high “emotional intelligence,” prioritizes relationship building, is a good listener.  

  • Enthusiasm.  Has an excitement, energy, and drive to run a successful fellowship program and expand on its success. A great candidate will be able to develop coaches to inspire teens and ignite sparks of curiosity and interest about social justice and Reform Judaism in the hearts of teens. In a collaborative work setting, will love suggesting and listening to great ideas and quickly get to work implementing them.  

  • REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience or willingness to prioritize and execute on URJ Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities and lifting up voices that represent the diversity of the Jewish community. 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 

  • In-person at all L’Taken Social Justice Seminars in Washington, DC.  

  • In-person meetings, as needed 

  • Evening and weekend hours to accommodate teen schedules (1-2 evening meetings per week) 

  • Potential to be in-person at a URJ camp for part of the summer 

ABOUT US 

Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success.   

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. We acknowledge that due to racism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, that our communities are not whole until everyone experiences a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, we stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of our communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for our communities to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership. Together, our employees and stakeholders, are creating Reform Judaism of today. 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position.?We look forward to hearing from you!?Please click the link to APPLY ONLINE!  Alternatively, please mail your resume and cover letter to: Union for Reform Judaism, Attn: Talent Management, 633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017.  

The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.? 

Salary48000.00 - 52000.00 Annual
Duration
Full Time
Categories
Advocacy | Community Organizing | Community/Govt. Relations | Other | Youth Groups Advisor
Organization Type
Civil Liberties | Community Relations | Other | Outreach
Job Location
Remote

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