Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) is seeking a full-time, experienced Community Organizer to lead our community organizing efforts. JFREJ is a membership-based organizing group that fights for racial, social, economic and gender justice in New York City. JFREJ was founded in 1990 to fill the need for progressive Jewish leadership in confronting the growing racial and ethnic tension and economic disparity within New York City. Utilizing community organizing, political education, and arts and cultural programming, we seek to expose injustice and win policy changes at the local and city-wide level. Our work provides a unique opportunity for Jews in New York to build a Jewish identity with justice at its core, and to partner with ally organizations led by low-income people, immigrants and people of color.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

— Coordinate JFREJ’s campaign work, including campaign strategy and work-planning, identifying and reaching out to potential and long-term members, organizing campaign meetings, and supporting members’ implementation of campaign work.

— Develop the leadership of JFREJ members through trainings, political education, and one-to-one meetings.

— Schedule a minimum of five one-to-one meetings per week.

— Complete an additional 5 hours per week of outreach through building relationships with diverse Jewish communities, house meetings, and public events.

— Support arts and cultural programming in JFREJ, including community building activities and Jewish holiday events.

— Attend coalition meetings, and represent JFREJ to other community groups and the media.

— Recruit dues-paying members and provide support fundraising events, including our annual Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk-taker Awards

Qualifications:

— 3 to 5 years experience in community, labor, electoral or advocacy organizing

— Experience working in Jewish communities

— Strong commitment to struggle for racial, economic and gender justice and to JFREJ’s mission

— Good communication, facilitation, and writing skills

— Well-organized, able to manage details efficiently, and multi-task

–Ability to work independently and with supervision, as well as being an enthusiastic team player

— Supervision experience preferred

— Desire to learn and openness to challenge

— Computer proficiency, including word processing, web skills, and internet research tools. Familiarity with databases preferred

Sephardic Jews, Mizrahi Jews, people of color, women, transgender, transsexual, intersex people, people with disabilities, immigrants, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people and people who have lived in poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

Start Date: Wednesday , January 2, 2008

Hours:

Schedule requires flexibility including evening and Sunday hours. Shabbat and Jewish holiday observance is respected and will be accommodated.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience (or $40-42K). Position includes health, dental, transitchek, 3 weeks vacation time, and generous comp time policy.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume and two references to dara@jfrej.org. In the subject line put: senior organizer or mail to the address below:

Senior Organizer Search
JFREJ
135 W. 29th St. Suite 600
New York NY 10001
dara@jfrej.org

Applications due by Friday, November 16th, 2007