Position Title: Campus Organizing Fellow
Reports to: J Street Young Leadership Director
Start Date: Immediately
Applications Deadline: September 29 2019
Location: Boston, Chicago
Are you interested in organizing college students to advocate for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an end to the occupation and principled, effective US diplomacy in the Middle East? J Street U, the campus arm of J Street, is looking for a dynamic class of Campus Organizer to grow the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.
J Street is looking for individuals with interest and some experience in organizing and/or youth empowerment and a desire to strengthen the Jewish American progressive voice on Israel -- on campus, in the Jewish community, and within the arenas of American politics and policy.
The Campus Organizer is responsible for growing J Street U’s presence in their region through finding and developing talented student leaders who can bring in other students and building community, and expanding our number of campus chapters. Within their regions, the Organizer will supervise the execution and success of J Street U’s national campaigns. That includes assisting student leaders in planning and executing on and off-campus tactics and activities and programs including meetings, trainings, educational programs, phonebanks and other advocacy-related actions. In addition the Organizer contributes to a team culture of support and mutual growth and personal developmental by investing in their relationships with other members of the J Street U team.
The ideal candidate will have qualities that lend themselves to successful student engagement and organizing: strong instincts for finding and developing talented student leaders; creativity and imagination in pursuing effective tactics and activities on and off campus; and an interest in building relationships and learning from their fellow organizers. They will be passionate about pursuing Israeli-Palestinian peace, opposing the occupation and promoting Jewish and democratic values. They will be interested in how student activism can help drive important changes and progress within the Jewish community and American politics.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
The Campus Organizer is responsible for building a vibrant, engaging, and impactful region of campus leaders and J Street U chapters. The Campus Organizer does this by identifying talented student leaders and then guiding them in the process of engaging additional students in the work of building strong campus chapters. They empower students to act together across campuses in their work with elected officials and Jewish communal leaders. The Campus Organizer will work with the J Street U team to:
- Recruit, identify and develop strong relationships with talented student leaders
- Build campus chapters and develop student leaders in the region
- Develop regional and national capacity to advance J Street U campaigns
- Coordinate and run trainings and strategy sessions for students on electoral organizing and legislative advocacy
- Support chapter leaders in running monthly chapter activities
- Work with the rest of the J Street U staff to plan national strategy and events
- Engage student leaders in J Street’s activities around legislative, political and communal work
- Execute administrative and other tasks as necessary
More about J Street
J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans working for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. The organization believes that preserving Israel’s Jewish and democratic character depends on achieving a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security.
Launched in 2008 with four staff and a limited budget, J Street is now a $10 million organization with a national staff of more than 60. The organization is headquartered in Washington, DC, employing staff in 8 cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Tel Aviv. The New York office is the largest regional office (outside of DC), housing both regional and national staff.
J Street focuses its work in three main areas: (1) Advocating and demonstrating support for pro-Israel, pro-peace policies in Congress, the media and the Jewish community; (2) Endorsing and raising money for federal candidates who share J Street’s agenda; and (3) Educating the public and raising awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the two-state solution.
J Street U, part of the Education Fund, is the student-organizing arm of J Street. J Street U is committed to empowering students across the country to put their values into action around Israel and the future state of Palestine through advocacy on campus and with the Jewish community. Over 50 campuses across the country host J Street U chapters dedicated to changing the conversation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, engaging in challenging educational work, and working to build a student movement capable of having a local and national impact in both communal and political spheres.
For more information about J Street, please go to www.jstreet.org
J Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Required Skills and Characteristics
- Relational skills: a deep curiosity about others, a desire to develop strong relationships with a diversity of people, appreciation of meeting and engaging new people on a regular basis
- 2 years or more of campus, political, or community organizing experience, or youth empowerment, either as a student or professional (preferred)
- Strategic thinker: the ability to identify and pursue opportunities within moments of tension and/or challenge
- Relentless “go-getter” with a desire and ability to work in an intensive, fast-paced political organization
- Ability to work well in moments of challenge and tension
- Excellent written and oral communication; public speaking abilities
- Good leadership skills; passion for grassroots organizing and political activism
- Good teaching, training, and/or facilitation skills
- The ability and desire to learn from and teach others
- Some knowledge of history and politics as it relates to the Middle East, Israel, and the -Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- Ability to be a team player, be relentless in professional self-improvement, and multitask/manage multiple time-critical projects
- A two year commitment to this position
- A strong understanding of and commitment to J Street’s mission
Compensation and Hours
Salary for this full-time 2 year position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, paid time off on many federal and Jewish holidays, health and dental insurance, company-paid life insurance, a 401k program, and a flexible spending account.