Jewish Community Action is a 23 year old membership-based nonprofit organizing the Jewish community for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. The East Metro community organizer will help renew and deepen JCA’s presence and support of social justice and leadership development organizing with the Jewish community and our partners in St. Paul and east metro communities, including suburban Ramsey, Washington and Dakota Counties. This will involve ongoing and close relational work with a core group of JCA members, and strategic and relational organizing with a core set of partners. The community organizer will report to the Organizing Director.
Experience in community, labor, or faith-based organizing and familiarity with social and economic justice issues. Familiarity with the Jewish community preferred. Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of work and life experience preferred.
The East Metro Community Organizer will work closely with JCA members, leaders and staff of partner organizations, and other JCA staff in order to renew and advance our organizing in St. Paul and the East Metro. Responsibilities will include:
Continuing to build and maintain an active base of involved leaders by inviting in new members and mentoring existing members into expanded roles through 1-1 relational meetings and group coaching;
Working with synagogue social action leadership at Mount Zion, Beth Jacob and Temple of Aaron synagogues to identify goals and support them in achieving goals related to community organizing, social justice and civic engagement;
Conducting 1-1 relational meetings with key partners in St. Paul and the East Metro, particularly from immigrant, African American and LatinX-led organizations, as well as working class/tenant’s rights organizations, to build & renew relationships with JCA and identify opportunities to work together;
Taking a lead role in organizing the St Paul/East Metro housing campaign, drawing on and adapting JCA’s experience organizing similar campaigns in the West Metro suburbs;
Working with JCA staff to create and run innovative and meaningful trainings and educational programming for JCA members in St Paul and the East Metro;
Coordinating action and outreach opportunities such as door-to-door canvassing and phonebanking;
Assisting in administrative tasks related to the position, including tracking outputs/outcomes and compiling reports for communicating progress to board and funders;
Side by side with members and partners, continually evaluating and analyzing where we are, dreaming together of new possibilities, innovating on what we already have, making team decisions, working hard to implement them, recognizing defeats, and celebrating wins as we reach toward the world we want to see.
Excellent communication skills, written and spoken;
Attention to detail and good organizational skills;
Community organizing and leadership development skills;
Ability to facilitate meetings;
Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects;
Ability to work independently, self initiative;
Team oriented, ability to work with diverse groups;
Ability to imagine new possibilities while following through on existing commitments;
Knowledge in basic computer usage including internet research, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office;
Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.
The organizer will ideally begin no later than September 16th 2019.
Competitive benefits, including paid sick, vacation time, and Jewish holidays.
This is a ¾ time position, salary commensurate with experience, within a range of $30-33k.