Position: Washington Associate
Start Date: Immediately
Location: Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Washington D.C. Office
About Bend the Arc:
Bend the Arc is helping to build a movement of progressive Jews across America who are building a country that lives up to our values of justice and equality for all. We are the only national Jewish organization focused solely on promoting these values here in the U.S.
Our vision at Bend the Arc is to build and activate Jewish power to help transform our country to be inclusive, equitable, and supportive of the dignity of every person across race, class, gender and faith. But we live in a moment when the President and his allies in Congress are fanning bigotry and hatred, and their disregard for democracy, religious freedom, and human rights present an existential threat to our values and our country. As Jews, our history and moral tradition call us to be bold and courageous in the face of this threat — we know it will take many of us, coming together to take collective action alongside partners in frontline communities, to resist and to win.
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 Washington Associate will work closely with the Washington Director, Deputy Washington Director, and PAC Director to support the implementation of Bend the Arc’s goals in the advocacy and political arenas. They will represent Bend the Arc on Capitol Hill and in coalitions, provide logistical support to the Department, and work with our growing national field in their in-district advocacy.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Build and maintain relationships with members of Congress and their staffs
- Represent Bend the Arc in coalitions
- Draft and send Capitol Hill communications, vote recommendation letters, talking points and other materials for in-district advocacy
- Maintain the organization’s congressional relationship management and communication database
- Assist PAC Director in PAC functions and operations
- Provide logistical and scheduling support for meetings and events
- Track political news and polling, and conduct legislative research as requested
- Attend and report back on coalition meetings and lobby visits
- Provide additional administrative support for staff as requested, including office management tasks
- Work on special projects as assigned
Skills and Qualifications:
- At least 2 years of experience working with social, economic, and/or racial justice organizations, Jewish organizations, and/or Capitol Hill experience
- Understanding of executive, judicial, legislative, and political processes
- Experience in building relationships with organizational partners, elected officials, and other key stakeholders
- Strong organizational skills, with the ability to track multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, pay attention to details, execute tasks and projects to completion, and adept at rapid response work
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
- Strong verbal, written communication and research skills
- Desire to promote a progressive agenda
- Commitment to social justice, to the values and goals of Bend the Arc, and a desire to work at an organization with a high emphasis on mutual respect, intentional workplace culture, and a commitment to racial equity
- Experience with Google platforms (Gmail, Drive, Docs, etc.) required
Compensation and Hours:
This is a full-time one-year position, with the possibility to make permanent. Occasional evening or weekend work necessary, based on need. The annual salary range is $50,000-$58,000 DOE, and includes paid time off, and health and retirement benefits.
The deadline to apply is May 20 or until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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.