Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. Established in 1913, WRJ now represents tens of thousands of women in hundreds of women’s groups in North America and around the world. Its mission is to strengthen the voice of women worldwide and empower them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.
WRJ educates and trains sisterhood and congregational leadership in the areas of membership, fundraising, leadership skills, advocacy for social justice, and innovative and spiritual programming. Through its YES Fund (Youth Education, and Special Projects), WRJ provides financial support to the various institutions of Reform Judaism.
The Communications & Programs Associate will provide critical support to marketing and communications projects, social justice initiatives, WRJ Board and leadership programs, conferences and events, and other special projects, to continue and progress the mission of WRJ.
The successful candidate will be an individual who:
You are passionate about communications, social justice, leadership development, and the work of women of Reform Judaism (WRJ).
You are an expert collaborator who enjoys working on diverse teams and doing diverse types of tasks.
You are a skilled writer and editor and can adjust your voice, as necessary. Public relations experience is a plus.
You have high-quality project management skills and are organized and detail oriented.
You have a knack for prioritizing the multiple projects on your plate so that you are spending your time in an optimized way and delivering quality work on schedule.
You are extremely comfortable with technology – including social media, email systems, databases, websites, and even video and graphic design software – and with learning new systems and skills.
You have a strong customer-service attitude and interact well with diverse groups and individuals.
You bring a “whatever it takes” mentality and are ready to roll up your sleeves to get the job done and do it well.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:
Board and leadership:
Help onboard new board members and off board outgoing board members, including work on virtual tribute journal, Uniongram project, and other honors.
Assist with creating registrations, agendas, PowerPoint decks, visual aids, and other content for board webinars, meetings, and training.
Conferences & events:
Provide customer service for event registrations.
Check wrjregistrar email inbox and field or forwarded questions as needed.
Assist with planning select conference workshops and programs, including coordinating plans and communication with speakers.
Provide support for mobile event app and website content.
Act as lead contact for the Tour Company and participants on the WRJ civil rights trip (2022).
Manage weekly digest emails which includes editing submitted pieces; gathering advocacy alerts, program/event information, and news items for inclusion; formatting into constant contact; and posting in Yammer and on the WRJ blog.
Produce a monthly program calendar using constant contact and distribution to staff and lay leaders.
Coordinate email marketing surrounding major WRJ events and fundraising campaigns.
Help develop and post content on social media channels.
Assist with press releases and public relations as needed.
supervise good & welfare project.
Assistance with other communications projects such as website updates and small graphic design projects.
Work with religious action center (RAC) legislative assistant on advocacy initiatives alongside M&C manager.
Plan and run advocacy-related events.
Help develop and publish a quarterly advocacy e-newsletter.
Other projects as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required.
2-4 years of experience in a corporate or nonprofit setting.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, databases/CRM, and internet applications. Knowledge of online form and survey tools, as well as Zoom meetings and webinars, required.
Top-notch written communication skills and experience using different forms of media. Constant Contact experience strongly preferred.
Graphic design knowledge and/or Canva experience is a plus.
Knowledge of marketing strategies, public relations, digital tools, social media, and best practices.
Hootsuite and/or Drupal or web content platform experience is a plus.
Proven customer service skills.
Experience with volunteer and committee management.
Advanced organizational and planning skills.
Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multitask with limited supervision.
Proven ability to coordinate activities and see a project through from start to finish.
Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detail-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment, and ability to quickly learn new processes and procedures.
The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, some of which (later) may involve travel.
Experience in nonprofit, social justice, and/or Jewish organization is a plus.
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! Apply Online. Alternatively, please mail your resume and cover letter to: Union for Reform Judaism, Attn: HR Talent Manager, 633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
The URJ is a welcoming and inclusive environment that promotes 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.