T’ruah is seeking a Boston Organizer to build relationships with T’ruah clergy in the greater Boston area, developing pathways for engagement and leadership. This person will add value by strategizing with the organizing team on how to fully leverage T’ruah’s power to advance campaigns for justice that make concrete changes in our world and alter the relations of power. 

The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, relational organizer, grounded in Jewish community and wisdom, who is committed to making a difference in movements for justice.

This is an exciting time to join T’ruah at an incredible moment of growth. We plan to expand our staff and our capacity over the next few months. We are at the beginning of an ambitious five-year plan to grow our organization and budget substantially, and we are engaging in organizational reflection and alignment to make sure we are maximizing our impact. You have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

Who We Are

T’ruah trains and mobilizes more than 2,300 rabbis and cantors from all streams of Judaism, together with all members of the Jewish community, to act on the Jewish imperative to respect and advance the human rights of all people. Grounded in Torah and our Jewish historical experience and guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we call upon Jews to assert Jewish values by raising our voices and taking concrete steps to protect and expand human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. 

To learn more about our work, visit www.truah.org or find us @truahrabbis on Twitter and Facebook. 

What You’ll Do 

The Boston Organizer, who reports to the Director of Organizing, is responsible for the following:

  • Base building and leadership development: Develop relationships with local clergy, recruit them to participate in campaign work, and develop their leadership in the structure of campaign work.
  • Running campaigns: Support the development of T’ruah’s role in local campaigns — beginning with identifying what the right campaign is for T’ruah in partnership with local leaders, and then developing the strategy and tactics to win concrete change. 
  • Coalition building: Serve as primary staff person on local campaign(s), interfacing with partner organization(s), developing T’ruah’s local strategy to advance a campaign that is led by those directly affected by the issues.  

In addition to your supervisor, you will collaborate regularly with:

  • Members of the Program Team
  • Members of the Communications Team

Who You Are & Keys to Success

To be successful in this job, you will be or have:

  • Relationship-builder: You are self-aware and attuned to others, and put relationship before task, without dropping the larger vision and goals. You demonstrate appropriate use of self in professional contexts and elicit similar vulnerability in others. You demonstrate integrity, acting in line with your, and the organization’s, values. 
  • Thoughtful and strategic about power: You are attentive to the ways that power moves interpersonally across lines of difference and understand how to effectively build power alongside communities that are directly impacted by the issues we organize around (e.g. racism, xenophobia, etc.). You understand the value of relational power and of the unique and powerful contributions that Jewish clergy can make in movements for justice.
  • Strategist’s mind: You quickly grasp the subtleties of complex issues and identify patterns in challenges. You come up with insightful, pragmatic, equitable, and sustainable ways to tackle common challenges and produce positive change. You have a successful track record of taking a concept from idea to implementation.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with racial equity and inclusion principles: You recognize ways that race and other identities intersect in the work, especially with communities we serve. You are comfortable talking about identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, or gender in plain, specific terms. You understand the historical context for racial inequity and its present-day implications.
  • Alignment with T’ruah’s values: You are comfortable representing T’ruah’s mission and campaigns. You have the ability to articulate T’ruah’s mission and programmatic work clearly and compellingly.  

Experience with the following are plusses but not requirements:

  1. Experience working with clergy
  2. Familiarity with the progressive Boston and Massachusetts organizing landscape
  3. Experience overseeing a large group of people to realize a vision

Systemic inequities in hiring have caused many women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people to apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. If you don’t have all of the qualifications listed above but are a strong writer and communicator, passionate about our mission, and believe you have applicable and transferable skills from other industries, we encourage you to apply for this job. We’d love to hear from you. In your cover letter, be sure to explicitly highlight how your experience, skills, and personal qualities have set you up to succeed in the role.

What Else You Should Know 

Status

This position is part-time (15 hours/week). 

Salary

The starting annual salary for this role is $25,000. 

Location

This is a permanent remote position; the person in the role will live in the Greater Boston area.

Travel

Currently due to COVID no travel is required, but in the future we’d expect: ability to travel to occasional in-person meetings in various US locations.

Benefits include:

  • You can join our medical insurance plan
  • Jewish holidays
  • Paid leave of up to 12 weeks for the birth or adoption of a child
  • Health care flexible spending account 
  • Dependent care flexible spending account

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

T’ruah is committed to DEI at every level of our organization, including our Board of Directors. For the past several years we have been actively working on becoming an antiracist organization. We are currently in the process of creating a set of organizational values that will reflect this commitment. 

Equal opportunity employer

T’ruah is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply 

  1. Complete the informational form located here.
  2. Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@truah.org. Please write “Boston Organizer” in the subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please. 

Our Timeline

Applications will be accepted through November 23. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Our ideal start date for this position is mid-January.