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WRJ Events Associate

Overview and purpose:

The WRJ Events Associate plays a critical role in planning for and implementing WRJ’s major conferences and events, including the WRJ Fried Women’s Conference and WRJ’s presence at the URJ Biennial. The Events Associate works closely with the WRJ staff and the Fried Women’s Conference planning committee to develop, coordinate, and carry out WRJ’s conference plans and programs. This includes registration, workshops, receptions, and special events, worship services, and other conference-related tasks.

You:

You are passionate about events and the work of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). You are an expert collaborator who enjoys working on diverse teams and different types of tasks. You have high-quality project management skills and are extremely organized and detail-oriented. You have a knack for prioritizing the multiple projects on your plate so that you are spending your time in the most optimized way. You are comfortable with technology and learning new skills and systems. You have a strong customer service-oriented attitude and can interact well with diverse groups and individuals. You bring a “whatever it takes” mentality and are ready to roll up your sleeves to get the job done and do it well.

Us:

Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. Established in 1913, WRJ now represents about 35,000 women in over 350 women’s groups in North America and around the world. Its mission is to strengthen the voice of women worldwide and empower them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values. WRJ educates and trains sisterhood and congregational leaders in the areas of membership, fundraising, leadership skills, advocacy for social justice, and innovative and spiritual programming. Through its YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects), WRJ provides financial support to the various institutions of Reform Judaism. The Fried Women’s Conference (FWC) is WRJ’s largest gathering with several hundred attendees: both rising and experienced leaders. The conference is where Reform Jewish women – both sisterhood and individual members – come together from around the world for three days to learn and hone leadership skills, participate in personal enrichment programs, create connections and network with other WRJ women, experience meaningful worship, and learn from poignant speakers.

What you’ll do as our Events Associate:

  • Develop, build, and manage event registration systems, including quality testing, report building, and customer assistance/troubleshooting
  • Plan and manage onsite conference registration
  • Manage logistical and programmatic elements for various conference programs, such as early-morning and late-night sessions
  • Work directly with lay committees to manage specific conference components, such as coordination of the choir and worship with their respective leaders
  • Solicit vendors and oversee logistics for a small exhibit hall at FWC; assist with plans and needs for WRJ’s exhibit booth at Biennial
  • Create PowerPoint decks for plenary sessions and other presentations
  • Assist with event logistics such as ordering and preparing office supplies, materials, decorations, and gifts
  • Provide administrative support for all events-related components
  • Undertake special projects or additional tasks as assigned 

You Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 2+ years of relevant event planning experience
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, including task prioritization, timeline development, multitasking, and attention to detail 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish positive working relationships with colleagues and key stakeholders 
  • Takes initiative and works independently
  • Works well in a team environment and can take direction from others
  • Highly flexible and adaptable 
  • Strong computer and technology proficiency, including Microsoft Office Suite, database/content management systems, registration systems, and mail merge; knowledge of music/production and graphic design helpful
  • Preferred knowledge of the core values and work of Women of Reform Judaism and the Reform Movement  
  • Available to travel to and work the WRJ Fried Women’s Conference (April 28-May 3, 2020 in Phoenix).
  • Ideally based in NYC, but remote work is possible.
  • This position is a part-time 17 hours a week position from November 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020, and reports to the Manager of Meetings & Conventions.


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 for this position online. 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.  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.

Organization: 
WRJ
Locations: 
Manhattan , NY
Category: 
Events & Programming
Employment Type: 
Part Time
Contact: 
Close Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Organization Type: 
URJ