J Street U Organizing and Campaign Director
Position Title: J Street U Organizing and Campaign Director
Reports to: J Street Young Leadership Director
Start Date: June
Location: DC or NY, with preference for DC
Are you interested in working with college students and young adults 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 is looking for a skilled organizer and campaign director with keen interest in and experience organizing young adults and/or college students, some management experience, 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 Organizing and Campaign Director will work with the J Street U organizing team to build J Street U chapters and a J Street U presence on campuses across the country, providing students a pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-diplomacy home to impact the conversation about Israel on campus and in the Jewish community. The Organizing and Campaign Director will also drive J Street U campaigns from conception through execution, working with students, the J Street U team and other stakeholders to develop the campaign strategy and choose and deploy tactics.
The ideal candidate will have qualities that lend themselves to training, supporting and mentoring a team of organizers in successful student engagement and organizing. They will possess the political creativity and the leadership skills to bring students, the J Street U team and J Street staff into an issue area campaign. They will have an interest in mentoring young organizers and coaching and training them in organizing principles. They will have the humility to learn from their team members and the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.. 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
J Street U Organizing and Campaign Director is responsible for:
- Campaign development and execution - conceptualizing campaigns; building buy-in with organizers and student leaders; articulating the theory of change, the purpose, what/who needs to 'move'; articulating tactics; setting timeline; anticipating snags and obstacles; devising alternative plans; campaign communications, horizontally and vertically, internally and externally - and all done with extensive collaboration with student leadership
- Team retreat planning with Director and Assistant Director of Young Leadership
- Planning student leadership summits and coordinating student involvement
- Training and supporting Organizers and Organizing fellows remotely as well as spending significant time with Organizers on campus in each region; providing ongoing guidance and organizing oversight for 2nd year and senior organizers; Strategizing with organizers on setting weekly schedule - which campuses to visit, how to spend their time, which meetings/1:1's to pursue; Setting semester goals in coordination with Assistant Director of Young Leadership; Strategizing with organizers how to advance the campaign/s on campus/which tactics to deploy; Organizing the student board.
More about J Street
J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic, and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish community, J Street advocates policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests, as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Launched in 2008 with four staff and a limited budget, J Street is now a $10 million organization with a national staff of over 60. The organization is headquartered in Washington, DC, with employees in eight cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Denver and Tel Aviv.
The J Street family of organizations includes J Street, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that is responsible for lobbying and advocacy; JStreetPAC, a federal political action committee that endorses and raises money for federal candidates; and the J Street Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) that works to educate the public and raise 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 and a concern for their success and well-being, a desire to develop strong relationships with a diversity of people, appreciation of meeting and engaging new people on a regular basis
- Appreciation for and investment in student and youth empowerment
- Experience developing and implementing trainings
- Some knowledge of organizing models
- Possession of an organizing philosophy, but also willingness and ability to adapt and modify
- Experience developing and working on issue area campaigns
- Exceptional organizational skills
- Attention to detail and a desire to continuously perfect organizational structures and systems
- 5 years or more of work experience-- 2 years or more of campus, political, community organizing experience, or youth empowerment, either as a student or professional (preferred), and some experience supervising and managing others.
- Strategic thinking skills: the ability to identify and pursue opportunities within moments of tension and/or challenge
- Relentless “go-getter” mentality, 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 strong understanding of and commitment to J Street’s mission
Compensation and Hours
Salary for this full-time 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.