2020 Jeremiah Cohort National Organizer

2020 Jeremiah Cohort National Organizer

Position Title: National Organizer

Reports to: Field Organizing Manager

Location: Anywhere in continental U.S. (May be remote)

Work Schedule: Full-time, including evening and weekend work schedules 

 

About Bend the Arc:

Bend the Arc is a movement of over 125,000 progressive Jews across America who are working

together to achieve our vision: to transform our country to be inclusive, equitable, and

supportive of the dignity of every person across race, class, gender and faith. We are the only

national Jewish organization focused exclusively on social change in the U.S.

 

For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re fighting for the soul of our

nation and rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump Administration’s attacks

on immigrants, Muslims, people of color, our communities, and our democracy.

 

The Bend the Arc family of organizations consists of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, our

501(c)(4) organizing and advocacy arm; Bend the Arc: Jewish Action PAC, a political action

committee dedicated to supporting candidates for federal office who champion our values; and

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, our 501(c)(3) education and leadership arm.

Headquartered in New York City, we have offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San

Francisco, with volunteer-led local groups organizing nationwide.

 

About the Position:

The National Organizer will support the development of locally-based organizing units (called Moral Minyans) which will be seeded by young adult fellows participating in the six-month Jeremiah Fellowship. The Jeremiah Fellowship, a part- time six month leadership development program, plays a key role in building Bend the Arc’s base of skilled and informed leaders. The Jeremiah Fellowship offers young adult  Jews who are committed to social justice the opportunity to lead organizing work in their city, and explore how Jewish values, culture and community can support and further their goals, and teaches them critical leadership skills while taking part in Bend the Arc’s social, economic, and racial justice campaigns and advocacy. 

The National Organizer will be an integral member of Bend the Arc’s field team, and will work closely with organizers and the Jeremiah Fellowship program team to ensure integration of the fellowship with Bend the Arc’s work. The Organizer will coach, mentor, and train Fellows and other volunteer leaders to build leadership teams and organize in their city in the context of Bend the Arc’s campaigns. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Jeremiah Fellowship Program Manager and adjacent program team (One Program Manager + One Organizer), coach and support the fellows in the program to build leadership teams, and engage in the work of Bend the Arc, including campaign work, base-building, and  public action
  • Support the fellows to set goals to move their work forward during the fellowship
  • Support the fellows to grow their leadership team to include other volunteer leaders
  • Support local leaders to plan activities that may include: actions and educational events related to Bend the Arc’s campaigns and issues, rapid response actions, community building events to advance local base-building goals, meeting with elected officials, building relationships with local partners, and engaging in online-to-offline outreach
  • Lay the groundwork for local alumni engagement
  • Complementing Jeremiah program content, support local leaders in developing relationships, skills, and political analysis
  • Incorporate Jewish values and content into organizing work
  • As a member of the Jeremiah training team, plan, create content for, lead sessions of, and staff Jeremiah Fellowship retreats. 

 

 

Required Skills and Qualifications:

 

  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Bend the Arc
  • 2-3 years of experience in community, faith based, campus, legislative, and/or electoral organizing. Remote organizing experience and experiencing organizing Jewish people  strongly preferred. 
  • Competency in a range of applications. The candidate will use NationBuilder, NGP VAN, Relay, Office & Google Suites, Facebook and Twitter to support organizing work
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusion, commitment to anti-oppression practices and experience centering people of color in a multi-racial organizing context
  • Ability to build and maintain strong one-to-one and institutional relationships with a diverse array of people, including a variety of age groups and affiliation levels, and with partners from diverse communities
  • Ability to include Jewish content and inspiration in organizing work
  • Ability to identify, recruit, develop, and mentor volunteer leaders to build their skills and commitment and inspire their best work and build effective teams
  • Experience planning and leading trainings, and experience with curriculum development
  • Understanding of federal, statewide and local politics and advocacy and how to identify and influence power structures at play.  Formal training in organizing strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated success at keeping multiple projects organized; good short- and long-term planning skills; strong administrative and time-management skills; comfort working in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of how to take online community members into real life action and scale up organizing and recruitment efforts 
  • Ability to travel and work some evenings and Sundays. Travel will be in and out-of-state as needed 
  • For applicants considered for remote work, must have previous professional experience working remotely
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google platforms (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Hangouts, etc.), as well as comfort learning new technology and systems

Compensation, Benefits and Work Schedule:

This is a full-time position, with work schedules including evenings and weekends.  Annual salary range is $50,000-$55,000 DOE. 

 

Bend the Arc offers a comprehensive benefits package including: 

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc for individual coverage and generous employer contribution toward monthly premiums for dependent and family coverage; 
  • Long and short term disability benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc; 
  • 401K with employer contribution after your first year; 
  • Paid time off for vacation, sick leave, holidays (up to 23 paid holidays in a year), Caregiving / Personal Leave of Absence, and Comp time; 
  • Adoption Assistance Program providing reimbursement of up to $1,500 for qualified adoption expenses;
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account;
  • Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account for eligible health related expenses
  • Commuter Benefits;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Life Insurance fully paid for by Bend the Arc

 

 

To Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter stating why you want to join the staff at Bend the Arc and in this particular role to jobs@bendthearc.us.  The title of the position you are applying for should be the subject line of your message.  Only those applications submitted with a cover letter will be reviewed by our hiring team.  

 

Due to the number of applications we receive, we sincerely regret that someone from our hiring team will not be able to respond to all applicants.  Only those considered for the position will be contacted to interview. No phone calls please.  

 

Bend the Arc values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture because we recognize that diversity within our staff helps us organize and work well with diverse Jewish and progressive constituencies. Candidates should be willing to work within the Jewish community, but may be of any (or no) faith or background. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction. Bend the Arc is an equal opportunity employer.

 

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.