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Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, a 501(c)(3) religious organization, employs full-time and part-time staff who support the values and principles of the synagogue. If you are committed to advancing Jewish life in New York City and helping others to embrace their heritage, consider joining our staff. Career opportunities for Jewish educators, nursery school teachers, administrative, facilities, and marketing staff are listed as they become available.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue has a rich history of social justice activism. In November 2016 our community sensed that new and intensifying moral challenges to American society would emerge. We were deeply concerned about the coarse rhetoric and harsh policies towards immigrants and desperate refugees. We worried about ongoing protection of basic civil liberties. We intuited that anti-Semitism would re-emerge in a virulent and threatening new form. In response, we established three social justice task forces: immigration and refugees, civil liberties, and anti-Semitism, all of whose activities are overseen by Rabbi Samantha Natov.

The social justice program associate will play an integral role in ensuring Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s social justice engagement events run smoothly and effectively and that related communications are well written and sent in a timely manner. This is a part-time position and requires the flexibility to work community events during some nights and weekends.

The ideal candidate will bring to this exciting role a passion for civic engagement and social justice and an understanding that our congregation’s desire to make the world a better place is rooted in our rich religious tradition.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The social justice program associate will work part time (approximately 20 hours per week) and report to Associate Rabbi Samantha Natov. 

Programs:

The social justice program associate will oversee logistics for programs, including:

  • tracking event RSVPs;
  • running attendance reports;
  • maintaining program and member/guest databases;
  • coordinating with partners (such as HIAS or the ADL) for programming; and
  • communicating set-up instructions to office staff in advance of programs and providing on-site event logistical support (including set-up, overseeing registration/volunteers, and clean up).

 The social justice program associate will coordinate and/or lead task force meetings, community education meetings, workshops, and events. Examples include local and national policy briefings, volunteer and service learning programs, sponsorship of and participation in relevant rallies and protests, and missions. 

Communications:

The social justice program associate will manage regular email communication to task forces and the greater Stephen Wise community in order to maintain regular participation, resourcing, and visibility.

In partnership with the marketing and communications director, the social justice program associate may be asked to draft reports, blog posts, articles, or opinion pieces for use on our website, on social media, or in the press. The social justice program associate will organize and send mass emails through Mailchimp as directed by Rabbi Natov and the marketing and communications director. The social justice program associate will also maintain an updated program and event calendar.

Community Relations:

The social justice program associate will help to establish meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with community partners, including synagogues, churches, local and national advocacy organizations, government agencies, national and international social service providers, and more. 

Leadership Development:

In partnership with Rabbi Natov, the social justice program associate will build relationships with volunteers and engage them in our programs and offerings – and help raise up leaders from our community. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Exceptional organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to meet deadlines and achieve outcomes for multiple simultaneous campaigns.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Good office and computer skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel is a plus.
  • Effective and clear writing skills.
  • Experience organizing around the following issues is a plus: refugee and immigrant rights, voting rights, gun violence prevention, and efforts to fight anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad.
  • This part-time position might be a good fit for graduate students, or people reentering the work force or looking for consistent part-time work. 

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s degree required.

ABOUT STEPHEN WISE

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is a modern Reform congregation that is dedicated to worship, the study of Torah, the welfare and perpetuation of the Jewish People and the state of Israel, and repairing the world. We are inspired by the teachings of our ancient heritage as interpreted through the unique context of our own times. The principles of freedom of the pulpit, social justice and democracy that have guided the synagogue since its founding in 1907 by Rabbi Stephen Wise and continue to be a guide and inspiration.

For more information, please visit www.swfs.org.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to .

 
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Stephen Wise  is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.