Position Title: National Organizer
Location: New York City, Washington, D.C., or Oakland, CA preferred. Qualified candidates who live
elsewhere in the U.S. will be considered for remote work.
Hours: Full-time, including evening and weekend work schedules
Bend the Arc is 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.
General Statement of Duties:
The National Organizer will support the development of locally-based organizing units (called Moral Minyans) which will be seeded by young adult fellows participating in the six-month Jeremiah Fellowship. The Jeremiah Fellowship, a part- time six month leadership development program, plays a key role in building Bend the Arc’s base of skilled and informed leaders. The Jeremiah Fellowship offers young adult Jews committed to social justice the opportunity to lead organizing work in their city and explore how Jewish values, culture and community can support and further their goals, and teaches them critical leadership skills while taking part in Bend the Arc’s social, economic, and racial justice campaigns and advocacy.
The National Organizer will be an integral member of Bend the Arc’s field team, and will work closely with organizers and the Jeremiah Fellowship program team to ensure integration of the fellowship with Bend the Arc’s work. The Organizer will coach, mentor, and train Fellows and other volunteer leaders to build leadership teams and organize in their city in the context of Bend the Arc’s campaigns This is a full time, exempt position.
- In coordination with the Jeremiah Fellowship Program Manager, coach and support the fellows in the program to build leadership teams, and engage in the work of Bend the Arc
- Support the fellows to set goals to move their work forward during the fellowship
- Support the fellows to grow their leadership team to include other volunteer leaders
- Support local leaders to plan activities that may include: actions and educational events related to Bend the Arc’s campaigns and issues, rapid response actions, community building events to advance local base-building goals, meeting with elected officials, build relationships with local partners, and engaging in online-to-offline outreach
- Lay the groundwork for local alumni engagement
- Complementing Jeremiah program content, support local leaders in developing relationships, skills, and political analysis
- Incorporate Jewish values and content into organizing work
- Help plan and staff Jeremiah Fellowship retreats.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Commitment to the mission and vision of Bend the Arc
- 2-3 years of experience in community, faith based, campus, legislative, and/or electoral organizing
- Competency in a range of applications. The candidate will use NationBuilder, NGP VAN, Relay, Office & Google Suites, Facebook and Twitter to support organizing work
- Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusion, commitment to anti-oppression practices and experience centering people of color in a multi-racial organizing context
- 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 include Jewish content and inspiration in organizing work
- Ability to identify, recruit, develop, and mentor volunteer leaders to build their skills and commitment and inspire their best work and build effective teams
- Experience planning and leading trainings
- Understanding of federal, statewide and local politics and advocacy, understanding of how to identify power structures at play and how to influence them; Formal training in organizing strongly preferred
- Demonstrated success at keeping multiple projects organized; good short- and long-term planning skills; strong administrative and time-management skills; comfort working in a fast-paced campaign environment
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Understanding of how to take online community members into real life actions and make organizing and recruitment campaigns bigger in a consistent way
- Ability to travel and work some evenings and Sundays. Travel will be in and out-of-state as needed
- For applicants considered for remote work, must have previous professional experience working remotely
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google platforms (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Hangouts, etc.), as well as comfort learning new technology and systems
Compensation and Hours:
This is a full-time position, with work schedules including evenings and weekends. Annual salary range is $50,000-$55,000 DOE, and includes paid time off and health benefits.
Please submit your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “National Organizer” in the subject line of your message. 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 is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Bend the Arc encourages 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.
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.