Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish path that is authentic, profound, and helps all members of our community seek and live their purpose to the fullest.
Our spiritual leaders and our nearly 1,800 member families share a vision of a diverse, dynamic, and inclusive community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life, while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. We are committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating our practices and programs to create a vibrant Jewish life for the 21st century.
B’nai Jeshurun seeks a talented and energetic professional to join the Community Engagement department and build on our community’s longstanding commitment to social action and social justice. The title and scope of work for this position are flexible and will be fully defined based on the qualifications and interests of the candidates. The position can be structured as a Program Associate so as to oversee BJ’s social action (direct service) programs and some of our social justice educational efforts; for a candidate with community organizing experience, it can be structured as a more senior position (either Program Coordinator or Program Manager) and include oversight of BJ’s organizing and advocacy initiatives. In either case, the scope of work will also include collaboration with other departments to incorporate social action and social justice into programming and fundraising activities.
This position reports to the Director of Community Engagement, and will interface with all members of the Community Engagement department, the programmatic staff, and lay leaders from across the congregation.
The successful candidate will bring passion and creative ideas for engaging BJ members in the work of social change; the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and maintain attention to detail; the flexibility to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; and the maturity to partner with colleagues across the organization, as well as with lay leaders and external partner organizations.
B’nai Jeshurun is committed to creating a staff culture and congregational community that is accessible, inclusive, and equitable. In particular, we have been on a journey over the past several years to understand the history and impact of racism in America, within the American Jewish community, and within the BJ congregation and staff in particular. We seek to build a community and staff that reflects and celebrates the diversity of America, as well as of the Jewish community, and are looking for team members who want to be part of our ongoing learning, and to contribute to it.
People of Color, Jews of Color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Manage and oversee ongoing BJ’s social action (direct service) programs, as well as one-off volunteer opportunities such as Blood Drives and MLK weekend programs. Specific responsibilities vary by program, and overall include:
food and supply ordering
managing volunteer co-chairs and leaders
Managing relationships with relevant partner organizations
Grant management of city and state grants (HPNAP, EFAP, City Council)
Ensuring promotion of programs and engagement of new volunteers
Together with the Director of Community Engagement and relevant committees, plan and implement social justice educational programming such as lectures and panel discussions. For a more senior level variation of the position, this area of work would be held more independently.
Collaborate with the Family Life and Learning department to appropriately incorporate social action and social justice into programming for children of all ages.
Collaborate with Development department to plan and execute select fundraising initiatives (eg: Giving Tuesday campaign in support of BJ’s social action work)
Oversee BJ’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, if and when it returns
Provide administrative support for BJ’s social justice committees, task forces, and havurot (Refugee & Immigration Committee, BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Task Force, Environmental Advocates). For a more senior level variation of the position, this area of work would include oversight of these committees and their organizing and advocacy components.
Maintain relationships with partners and elected officials (Repair the world, JCC Harlem, WSCAH, Met Council, ESN/NYDIS, Linda Rosenthal’s Office, Helen Rosenthal)
Work with operations team on building sustainability including community drop off for composting (if and when that returns)
Participate in and support major BJ-wide programs and experiences, including but not limited to:
Staffing select High Holy Days services
Supporting membership department as needed during membership season
Participating in significant community events (in recent years this has included Sanctuary Centennial Celebration, Spring fundraiser, and Building Rededication)
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
2 + years relevant experience (for more junior position) or 4 + years (for more senior position);
Commitment to and experience in social change work (either as a professional or volunteer);
Demonstrated ability to move ideas and programs forward;
Talent for juggling multiple tasks under tight deadlines and performing in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment;
Highly organized and detail oriented;
Ability to build relationships with diverse individuals and populations;
Familiarity with the Jewish tradition and calendar, or willingness to learn.
Personal Qualities and Values
Commitment to life-long journey of learning, especially regarding diversity, equity and inclusion;
High emotional intelligence and maturity;
Relational orientation and team player;
Flexibility, willingness to listen effectively, seek and receive feedback;
Humble confidence, openness to being mentored;
Belief in stretching oneself and growing as a spiritual practice; and
Sense of humor.
$45-55K for Program Associate level; $50-60K for Program Coordinator level; $60-70K for Program Manager level