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Bend the Arc

Senior National Organizer

Employment type
Full-Time
Posted
about 1 month ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

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.

Overview:

The Senior National Organizer will guide the distributed organizing “Moral Minyan” program,https://www.bendthearc.us/minyan, which includes organizing volunteer leaders to build teams and organize in their city in the context of Bend the Arc’s campaigns, and also providing supervision to other distributed organizers. The Senior National Organizer is an integral part of Bend the Arc’s Field Team.

The Organizer will excel at building relationships with volunteer leaders and organizational partners within and outside of the Jewish community; be driven by a desire to build progressive movement power; have a commitment to racial justice and racial equity and an ability to apply an anti-oppression lens to their work; be highly motivated and goal oriented; and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Key Responsibilities:

● Organize several Moral Minyans, including supporting them to establish strong teams, take public action, build relationships with most directly impacted communities, set goals, develop leadership, expand their base, embrace an anti-oppression lens for their work, and work toward being a diverse, inclusive, multi-racial and equitable team

● Develop and expand/organize the distributed organizing Moral Minyan program, in alignment with organizational strategy and priorities

● Supervise distributed organizers working with Moral Minyans around the country

● Interface with the Jeremiah program, https://www.jewishpartnership.us/jeremiah, a leadership development program for young adults that is helping to seed new Moral Minyans

● Define and develop a team of volunteer coaches to supplement organizer support to Moral Minyans

● Connect Moral Minyans to priority national campaigns

● Develop systems and protocols for distributed organizing

● Serve as facilitator and trainer

● Use NationBuilder and other digital tools to support organizing

● Other Field Team activities as needed, e.g. defined roles in support of 2020 national conference and 2020 election

● Coordinate with and respond to Development Department, DC and Communications Department requests

Skills and Qualifications:

● Demonstrated success at distributed/remote organizing, and the ability to articulate and implement strategies for successful distributed/remote organizing

● At least four and preferably more years of demonstrated experience in organizing, including remote organizing, but also potentially including community, faith based, campus, legislative, and/or electoral organizing;

● Formal training in organizing strongly preferred;

● Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusion, commitment to anti-oppression practices and experience building relationship with and taking leadership from people of color in a multiracial organizing context;

● Experience supervising organizing staff, including ability to hold members of your team accountable to their goals and support and develop their leadership

● Ability to build and maintain strong one-to-one and institutional relationships with a diverse array of people, including a variety of age groups and affiliation levels, and with partners from diverse communities;

● Ability to identify, recruit, develop, and mentor leaders;

● Experience planning and leading trainings;

● Strategic thinker with understanding of federal, statewide and local politics and advocacy

● Demonstrated success at keeping multiple projects organized; good short- and long-term planning skills; strong administrative and time-management skills;

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

● Commitment to the mission and vision of Bend the Arc;

● Experience working respectfully and collaboratively with volunteers to build their skills and commitment and inspire their best work and build effective teams;

● Understanding of online-to-offline organizing strategies and organizing to scale;

● Commitment to organizing with/within the Jewish community;

● Understanding or desire to use Jewish teachings, text, and/or history in organizing work;

● Creativity, flexibility and comfort working in a fast-paced campaign environment with teams;

● Experience using NationBuilder or other CRM and CMS programs; NPG VAN is preferred; Relay is preferred; Word, Excel, Google suite, Facebook and Twitter required;

● Ability to travel occasionally and work some evenings and Sundays. Travel will be in and out-of-state as needed (anticipated up to 4 times a year).

Compensation and Hours:

This is a full-time position, with work schedules including evenings and weekends. Annual salary range is $60,000 - 70,000 DOE, and includes paid time off, including extensive Jewish holidays, and benefits.

 

To apply

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] with “National Organizer” in the subject line of your message. Please combine resume and cover letter in one document, and note your current city of residence and/or plans/hopes to relocate. No phone calls, please. We sincerely regret that we will not be able respond to all applicants. Only those considered for the position will be contacted to interview.

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.