About JOIN for Justice
JOIN for Justice, Inc., the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN for Justice or JOIN), is a national organization with staff located across the country dedicated to training, supporting, and connecting Jewish organizers, clergy, and lay leaders with their communities. A catalyst for change and a trusted leader in community organizing, JOIN is building a powerful field of Jewish leaders effectively organizing for justice, both inside and outside Jewish communities in the United States. JOIN responds to the escalating demand for skillful leaders who use organizing principles and practices to achieve positive social change. JOIN provides a powerful grounding, reinforcing social justice commitments within Jewish value systems while supporting participants to foster a more meaningful sense of Jewish identity.
We believe that Jewish leaders and Jewish communities are called to play an instrumental role in fighting for social justice, and that we have distinct ways that we can contribute if we organize and work in partnership with other communities. Since our launch in 1998 as a local organizing fellowship in Boston, JOIN has grown into an influential national organization not only training thousands of young adult Jews, but also Jewish leaders in communities across the country organizing for justice. Led by an incredibly talented staff who are well-known and well-respected in the social justice community, JOIN’s goal is to make a difference, not a statement.
In 2019 we launched a growth plan to train 10,000 organizers and to guide our long-term strategy including: 1) Developing a pipeline of Jews of Color and organizers with disabilities, able to lead in Jewish and non-Jewish settings, 2) Developing the power of organized Jewish communities to fight for racial, economic and disability justice in coalition with other groups and, 3) Supporting the Jewish Social Justice/Justice sectors to make a powerful impact through strategic campaigns.
The Jewish Organizing Fellowship is a year-long leadership program that trains young adults within and beyond the Jewish community. In recent years, JOIN has expanded its original Fellowship program to include The Empower Fellowship that trains Jewish leaders with disabilities in community organizing. In 2022, JOIN is launching the groundbreaking Jews of Color Organizing Fellowship that will train Jews of Color across the country in community organizing.
JOIN’s Clergy Action as Lived Leadership program invests in promising rabbinical students, rabbis, and cantors by training them to use community organizing tools such as relationship building, leadership development, and collective action with their congregations and organizations.
JOIN’s Online Institute provides a virtual space where Jews across the country can learn how to move from feeling overwhelmed and powerless to understanding how to strategically join with others to act effectively on their values—and do something that will really make a difference.
JOIN offers a range of Consulting and Training Services to strengthen the organizing practice of individuals, organizations, and coalitions in the Jewish community to accomplish systemic change for social justice in the United States.
More information about JOIN can be found on the web at: http://xxxxxxxxxxxxx
JOIN for Justice is at an exciting juncture in JOIN’s and our country’s history. As we continue to implement our strategic plan and expand the reach of our programs, JOIN seeks a dynamic Executive Director to guide the organization by holding our strategic vision, building relationships with key stakeholders, fostering a vibrant, thriving staff culture, and strengthening the organization’s infrastructure.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have oversight of a $1.5M budget and 11 staff responsible for programs, development, operations, and administration. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a fast-growing organization that has trained over 7000 leaders and 100 partners in community organizing for social justice.
Partner with the Board and Staff to ensure implementation of the existing strategic plan and develop a clear, compelling vision for the future of JOIN.
Continue to champion JOIN’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, particularly with respect to racial justice and disability justice.
Develop a communications strategy that will position JOIN for national impact, recognition, and reach.
Expand the communities that partner with and learn from JOIN including building and maintaining donor relationships in order to fund the organization’s programs and growth.
Ensure the development of curricula that is effective and takes into account the best of organizing traditions and emerging models and includes the wide array of communities JOIN trains.
Strengthen and grow organizational and administrative infrastructure and ensure clarity and consistency in staffing structure, policies, and processes.
Strategic Vision & Leadership
Ensure that JOIN’s vision and values are expressed in every aspect of the organization, including its culture, personnel, and programs.
Cultivate and nurture a high-functioning team, rooted in respectful relationships and a shared appreciation for JOIN’s vision.
Work with the Board to identify, cultivate, recruit and retain diverse and exceptional board members and lay leadership.
Communications & External Relations
Manage the design, implementation, content, messaging and engagement strategies that will position JOIN for broader impact and success.
Work with staff to establish a clear, resonant brand that reflects JOIN’s mission.
Oversee the development of nuanced messaging that can cater to different audiences (funders, staff, partner organizations, fellows) and communicate complex ideas to a variety of stakeholders.
Ensure that communications and marketing strategies are consistently articulated both internally and externally.
Fundraising, Community Engagement & Partnerships
Effectively communicate JOIN’s mission externally and build partnerships and coalitions with stakeholders, funders, community leaders, and adjacent organizations within the Jewish and social justice worlds.
Serve as JOIN’s chief spokesperson, acting as a key driver in donor and partner cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
Collaborate with development staff to implement an expansive fundraising strategy to increase funding from major donors & foundation support.
Pursue innovative streams of income and partnerships to diversify sources of revenue, ensuring that there are resources to support the expansion and innovation of programs.
Infrastructure, Operations & Finance
Assess the current financial status of the organization and work in close coordination with the Board to continue a plan for financial sustainability and growth.
Develop long and short-range financial plans, monitor the budget and ensure that sound financial controls are in place; set financial priorities accurately to ensure that JOIN is operating in a manner that supports the needs and values of the program and staff.
Oversee the organizational infrastructure and establish clarity and consistency in policies, processes and internal operations to support staff and delivery of programs.
A strong understanding of community organizing philosophies is a must; demonstrated activism and/or professional experience in community organizing is preferred.
Excellent interpersonal skills; able to build and maintain relationships across the diverse slate of JOIN constituencies and partners.
Strong storytelling and communication skills; able to convey complex ideas to a wide variety of stakeholders and ensure a shared understanding of JOIN’s mission and impact.
Can incorporate an intersectional analysis of power and social identities into community organizing.
Familiarity with and commitment to Jewish values.
Possesses humility, high emotional IQ, and superior active listening skills.
Excellent mediating and facilitating skills; can create and hold space for the diversity of political perspectives and beliefs within the JOIN community, while continuing to foster a sense of belonging for all constituents.
Ability to collaborate on developing fundraising strategies, cultivate, solicit and steward major donors and to inspire high-net worth individuals and major foundations to financial leadership.
Transparent and creative with proven success in building, developing, and empowering individuals and teams thereby allowing innovation to grow.
Experience working with a collective bargaining unit within a nonprofit context is preferred.
130K-150K, subject to flexibility depending on feedback from the market.
Health, dental & medical coverage
Flexible Spending Account options
403b matching after one year of employment
12 days vacation PTO (paid time off) per year that increases with continued employment; 12 days sick leave PTO per year
Office closures for 10 federally recognized holidays, 13 Jewish holidays, and 2 floating holidays
At JOIN for Justice, we believe social justice fights require the voices of those most directly impacted by injustice. JOIN is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff team -- via internal training, structured reflection exercises and an ongoing investment in the leadership development of staff. JOIN strongly encourages people of color, indigenous people, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants to apply.
This position description is based upon material provided by JOIN for Justice. JOIN is an equal opportunity employer.