The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
Job Opening: Deputy Director
Location: preference for Washington, DC, with flexibility for the right candidate
The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, a powerful network of Jewish justice organizations, seeks a Deputy Director to help lead our next phase of development and growth in this critical time.
ABOUT THE ROUNDTABLE
The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable is a vibrant, growing network of 55 organizations that strengthens and aligns the Jewish social justice field in order to make justice a core expression of Jewish life and help create an equitable world.
We do this in three main ways:
Supporting the network to advance justice issues of our day and pursue long-term change, by helping our organizations respond to current events, amplifying voices and work across the field, and convening longer-term strategic conversations to advance collective justice work.
Building capacity for broader social change work, with a focus on helping Roundtable organizations and staff develop an anti-oppression lens and the ability to engage with complex issues directly related to advancing our work, including racism, anti-semitism and internalized trauma, and Israel/Palestine.
Making connections and strategic interventions across the field by hosting network gatherings, helping to increase funding, and identifying future interventions that will advance the whole.
These strategies directly support our long-term vision of a loving, caring, and equitable world in which power is shared and all are free from injustice. In this world, we live out our Jewish traditions of justice, embrace the beauty and multiplicity of Jewish identities, overcome past and present oppressions, and trust in ourselves, one another, and our partners to pursue justice together.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Deputy Director will be the second full-time employee of the Roundtable and will join a team of 5 staff. As the Roundtable has grown in size and scope, and clarified its vision and role, new opportunities are arising. The Director has shifted from focusing internally on the vibrant network of organizations to focusing on strategy, governance and building external partnerships.
As a result, we are seeking an experienced, highly-organized social justice practitioner, with excellent interpersonal, communication and facilitative skills, to be the primary network-weaver and point of contact for Roundtable Member and Partner organizations.
They will primarily focus on strategy 3 – building relationships and connections across the Jewish social justice field as a whole, by supporting the staff of the 55 affiliated organizations (and several more that may join this year). They will seek out and advance new interventions to strengthen the field as a whole, rooted in our tradition of building strong and strategic relationships.
Secondarily, the Deputy Director will, in partnership with the Roundtable Director and the Racial Justice Director, play a supporting role in strategy 2 – building capacities, particularly around racial justice work.
Lead the Roundtable’s membership process, including facilitating communication and feedback across the network, with key decision-making bodies, and with 10-20 expected organizational applicants interested in joining the Roundtable in 2019.
Organize a mini-grant application process for organizations in the Roundtable network to receive support for racial justice and equity equity work
Support peer networking and learning through video discussions, as they arise from Roundtable members, including:
Conversations on relevant current events or emerging topics (recent examples include gender equity and organizing Jewish community trips to Montgomery, Alabama)
Support community of practice cohorts across organizations, either one-time or over a series of months (recent examples include communications staff and staff who are in charge of organizational culture)
Coordinate the Roundtable’s racial equity community of practice, which is a series of virtual conversations among the staff people at the nearly 30 Jewish social justice organizations who are coordinating racial justice and equity efforts at their organization.
Help support staff working on racial equity processes at their organizations to advance their own awareness of and get resources around navigating/managing privilege, power and anti-semitism.
Manage the process for organizing a Roundtable Network Assembly in fall 2020, including identifying a date and location, facilitating conversations within the network about the goals for the gathering, and setting up the timeline and resources for the planning process, which will happen in earnest in 2020.
Support other Roundtable events and efforts as needed.
Serve as a thought partner to the rest of the Roundtable team.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
Excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable in a fluid professional environment. We are a diverse network with a broad set of stakeholders. We approach our work with a consistent positive attitude, assuming good intentions, always looking for ways to support our organizations in their important and challenging work of Jewish social justice.
Highly organized with strong attention to detail and accuracy: Ability to track multiple projects simultaneously and set your own goals; excellent time management and organization skills. Follow through is essential in a lean operation like the Roundtable. Ensuring balls don’t get dropped by creating and updating effective timelines/deadlines for you and the organization is critical.
Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing
A commitment to social justice. Prior Jewish social justice organizational work (paid or volunteering) and general knowledge of our field (see here)
Eagerness to learn from past successes and mistakes, understanding that is a necessary part of growing and adapting to constantly-shifting conditions
In addition, the following skills and experiences are highly preferred:
Experience with racial equity principles and analysis
Experience with Google platforms (Gmail, Drive, Docs, etc.) and Zoom or other webinar platforms
5-7 years of professional or volunteer experience related to this position
Compensation and Hours:
This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range is $70-80,000 annually and appropriate to experience. The position requires occasional travel for meetings, mostly to East Coast cities, and occasional weeknight commitments.
Please submit your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] with “Deputy Director” in the subject line of your message. Your cover letter should share why you want to work at the Roundtable and what makes you a good fit for the position. We sincerely regret that we will not be able to respond to all applicants. Only those considered for the position will be contacted to interview.
The Roundtable values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture because we recognize that diversity within our staff helps us work well with diverse Jewish constituencies. Candidates should be eager to work within the Jewish community, and may be of any (or no) faith or background. We encourage 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. The Roundtable is an equal opportunity employer.
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.