Assistant Regional Director for the Midwest

Chicago, Illinois, United States · Regional


Position: Assistant Regional Director for the Midwest

Reports to: Midwest Regional Director

Location: Chicago, IL


Do you want to work at the intersection of American politics, Middle East policy and fundraising? Does a rapidly expanding organization that is changing the way people think and talk about Israel and U.S. policy in the Middle East interest you?

J Street seeks a professional to help expand our political and communal footprint in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Assistant Regional Director (ARD) should be an effective organizer, a skilled communicator, and a highly organized self-starter who thrives on hitting ambitious goals and is excited by the challenge of changing the dynamics that shape discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Congress, American politics and the American Jewish community.


The ARD will be part of a dynamic team reshaping the political landscape in the Midwest with a specific focus on Minnesota and Wisconsin. Responsibilities of this position include:




Community Relations:

Leadership Growth:


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, San Francisco, Seattle and Tel Aviv. The New York office is the largest regional office, 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.

The J Street family of organizations is comprised of:

J Street, a 501(c)(4) organization and registered lobby that seeks to complement the work of existing organizations and individuals that share J Street’s agenda through lobbying and advocacy efforts.

JStreetPAC, the largest pro-Israel political action committee in the U.S. and the first PAC formed to endorse and raise money for federal candidates who champion pro-Israel, pro-peace policies, including a two-state solution. In 2012, JStreetPAC distributed a record high of $1.8 million to 71 endorsed candidates which led to 70 electoral victories.

The J Street Education Fund (JSEF), a legally independent 501(c)(3) organization that works to open up the conversation on Israel in the American Jewish community, educate Americans and elected officials about the urgent need for a two-state solution, and organize Americans in support of active U.S. leadership to achieve this objective. JSEF’s operations include its national field, J Street U, rabbinic and educational programs.

The J Street national field program launched in February 2010 to amplify and organize around J Street’s mission at the community level and to build our national political movement through local action and outreach. The field team currently includes 11 staff led by the Director of Regional Strategy and Operations.


Required and Desired Skills and Characteristics

Applicants should have 4 plus years of experience and a demonstrated track record in the following required skills:

Additional desired qualifications include:


Compensation and Hours

Salary and title for this full-time position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Hours and duties may fluctuate based on J Street event and staff travel schedules. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, paid time off on federal and Jewish holidays, health and dental insurance, company paid life insurance, 401k and flexible spending account.

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