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California Senior Organizer

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) seeks a talented and experienced California Senior Organizer to join the team of those who are redefining Jewish social justice in the Reform Movement– the largest Jewish denomination in North America – for the 21st century and ensuring that Reform Jews join with congregations and organizations of other races, classes and faiths at the forefront of social change. This individual will help the RAC take effective action and meaningfully engage the Reform Movement to achieve its bold vision for a better world in three ways:

  • Co-leading Reform California, a statewide initiative of the Reform Movement, by guiding top lay and clergy leaders and congregations in statewide organizing campaigns around immigration justice, criminal justice reform and other issues. These statewide campaigns pursue systemic social and economic change; build power across lines of race, class, and faith; advance the moral, ethical, and justice priorities of the Reform Movement; train future Jewish clergy and leaders to work for justice; and create vital and transformative Jewish life.
  • Develop Northern California Reform congregations through coaching, training and other support to use the tools of community organizing to strengthen their congregation’s social justice work. 
  • Anchor a Reform Movement-wide initiative to deepen the involvement of entire congregations in the work of social justice

The goals of this work are to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly those who are part of vulnerable populations, through public policy change that promotes justice and equality for all; strengthen Jewish life through engagement in community-wide justice efforts; and deepen the power and purpose of the Reform Movement’s pursuit of Tikkun Olam, world repair, through ongoing state and campaigns for racial and economic justice.

The California Senior Organizer will work with clergy and lay leaders to:

  • Engage California Reform Jews and other interested Jewish constituencies in strategic listening, research, and action campaigns to discern the issues that are in their hearts and the campaigns that are ripe for action and to move our country closer to equality, justice, and opportunity for all.
  • Develop broad networks of powerful and strategic constituencies within the Reform Movement – clergy, youth, young adults, synagogue members, future clergy (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion students), and HUC-JIR faculty– through ongoing leadership development and skills training as they engage in campaigns.
  • Build strategic partnerships across lines of race, class, and faith, based on strong relationships and including joint strategy-setting and justice actions in effective coalition.
  • Work with local, state, and/or national partner coalitions and organizations on campaigns that will improve the lives of vulnerable populations in California and the country and build power toward the transformation of California so it better reflects the Jewish values of fairness, compassion, and the inherent dignity of every individual. 
  • Involve Reform Jews in broad strategies such as petitions, call-in days, direct action, and coordinated legislative visits.
  • Develop innovative messaging and communications that further campaign goals and motivate Reform Jews to engage in social justice and the RAC’s campaigns
  • Promote the personal spiritual transformation that leads to activism by creating powerful moments and experiences that connect justice campaigns to Torah, Jewish ritual, holidays, and tradition.
  • Learn about and relate to the broader justice and congregational community of California, including both Jewish leaders from outside the Reform Movement and non-Jewish leaders from other races, classes, and faiths, to develop a clear power analysis of California and build enough power to make significant social and economic change.
  • As a member of the RAC Organizing/Field staff team, this individual will also  participate in (to varying degrees): The planning and implementation of the annual and bi-annual URJ and RAC national gatherings and conferences; weekly staff and supervisory meetings; general fundraising strategies; strategic planning; Reform Movement social justice visioning; evaluation of RAC work; national issue campaigns; efforts to train Reform clergy, lay leaders and RAC staff in the principles and practices of community organizing; and building relationships with other partners in the Reform Movement. 

WHAT YOU’RE GREAT AT:

  • Campaign Strategy Development – ability to develop and run organizing campaigns to win legislative and corporate policy change at the local and state level.
  • Power Analysis and Vision – ability to see legislative and corporate campaigns as steps to build power towards a larger transformation of the State of California. 
  • Relationship Building – ability to develop strong public relationships with senior rabbis and other Jewish clergy, Reform lay leaders, elected officials, press, funders, and leaders of powerful coalitions as well as the ability to create productive relationships with clergy and lay leaders of all faiths, community organizers, and Jewish professionals.
  • Teaching and Coaching – ability to teach others, particularly to train, coach and mentor them to be able to become leaders and teachers of community organizing efforts in their congregations.
  • Leadership Development – ability to effectively create and develop a network of leaders who in turn develop their own networks of leaders; ability to assess and develop potential talent.
  • Facility with Public Policy – skills to analyze legislative proposals in the context of Reform Movement policies and priorities
  • Understanding of Politics – ability to think strategically, do a power analysis, and understanding the dimensions of power at work in the public square.
  • Imagination – ability to envision what might be possible, and to engage in creative and critical thinking with others.
  • Evaluation – ability to reflect and evaluate; self-reflection as well as the ability to evaluate the performance of others and their activities.
  • Expression – ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  • Collegiality – ability to work collaboratively and to be a positive member of a staff team. 

WHAT YOU BRING:

  • Experience developing and running campaigns at the local, state, and/or federal level.
  • Experience of the full organizing cycle within a synagogue.
  • Passion for social and economic justice, with a particular focus on the role of congregations in social change.
  • Commitment to our mission of empowering people everywhere to win campaigns on the critical issues of our times.
  • Desire to be part of a collaborative team and ability to help the team be greater than the sum of its parts.
  • proactive inclination to propose innovative ways to impact issues and engage congregants, clergy, and teens in our campaigns.
  • Love of Jewish community and an appreciation of synagogues’ ability to transform individuals and communities. Familiarity with Reform Judaism and Reform Jewish community.
  • Strong willingness to take risks, to fail and to adapt. An eagerness to evaluate current practice and look for ways to improve our practice to be more effective and have more impact.   

The California Senior Organizer will be supervised by the RAC’s California Organizing Director. This position is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Excellent salary and benefits. 

TO APPLY:

Please send salary requirement with cover letter and resume to careers@urj.org; Subject: California Senior Organizer.

 

Organization: 
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Locations: 
San Francisco , CA
Category: 
Advocacy/Social Action/Outreach
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Contact: 
Close Date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017