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Lead Organizer, Florida

Overview and purpose:

The RAC seeks a top-notch organizer to join the team redefining Jewish social justice in the Reform Movement for the 21st century. The RAC-FL Lead Organizer will help build out the RAC’s field organizing efforts to leverage the unique power of the Reform Movement to confront the unique social justice challenges of our time. This position reports to the Director of Organizing.


You have the ability to develop and run campaigns to win legislative and corporate policy change at the local, state, and federal levels. You can develop strong public relationships with senior rabbis, elected officials, press, funders, and leaders of powerful coalitions as well as the ability to create productive relationships with the clergy of all faiths, lay leaders, community organizers, and Jewish professionals. You possess the capability to teach others, particularly to train and mentor them to be able to become leaders and teachers of congregation-based community organizing efforts. You have the experience to effectively build and deepen a network of leaders who in turn develop their own networks of leaders; ability to assess and develop potential talent.


The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is a dynamic network of congregations, lay leaders, clergy and professionals across North America. Our progressive, inclusive approach unites thousands of years of Jewish tradition and values with modern Jewish experience to strengthen Judaism today and for future generations. Through programs, information and networking opportunities provided by the URJ, our nearly 900 member congregations enhance their capacity to build and expand community, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership.

What you’ll do as our RAC-FL organizer:

The RAC-FL Lead Organizer will work with the Leadership Team of clergy and lay leaders to:

  • Build on successful cross-congregational campaigns of Reform synagogues in Florida, including the 2018 effort to pass Amendment 4, which reinstated voting rights to over 1 million Floridians who had served their full sentences for felony convictions.
  • Engage Florida Reform Jews and other interested Jewish constituencies in strategic listening, research, and action campaigns.
  • Develop broad networks of powerful and strategic constituencies within the Reform Movement: clergy, youth, young adults, and synagogue members through ongoing leadership development and skills training as they engage in campaigns.
  • Coach Reform synagogues to expand the social justice/community organizing work in their own congregations.
  • Involve Florida Reform Jews in broad strategies such as petitions, call-in days, coordinated in-district legislative visits, and visits to Tallahassee.
  • Develop innovative messaging and communications that further campaign goals and motivate Reform Jews to engage with RAC-FL.
  • Engage our financial stakeholders through regular updates and invitations to participate in our work and identify and recruit new sources – individual and institutional – of funding.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Five years’ experience developing and running campaigns at the local or state level.
  • Top-notch oral and written communication skills
  • Passion for social and economic justice, with a particular focus on the role of congregations in social change.
  • Proven ability to bridge and build powerful, reciprocal relationships across difference and to help others do the same. Such as training in and a solid analysis of racial and structural injustice and how to transform it through organizing
  • Skills to analyze legislative proposals in the context of Reform Movement policies and priorities
  • A proactive inclination to propose innovative ways to impact issues and engage congregants, clergy, and teens in our campaigns.
  • A proven ability to think strategically, do a power analysis and understand the dimensions of power at work in the public square.
  • Love of the Jewish community and an appreciation of synagogues’ ability to transform individuals and communities. Familiarity with Reform Judaism and the Reform Jewish community.

Application process:

Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining how your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We’re looking forward to hearing from you! Apply Online.

The URJ maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, sex, 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.

Advocacy/Social Action/Outreach
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Close Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020
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