Do you want to leverage your strategic mindset and leadership skills to mobilize rabbis, cantors, and their communities to advance human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories? Are you excited about translating vision into implementation? Do you manage teams collaboratively and inclusively? Would you love to work in a fast-moving and growing organization while developing sustainable systems for the long term? 

T’ruah: the rabbinic call for human rights is seeking a seasoned human rights or social justice leader to increase the impact of our longstanding work to organize, train, and amplify the voices of rabbis and cantors on the pressing human rights concerns of our time. This is a full time position for someone with organizing experience and knowledge of human rights policy issues. The ideal candidate will have managerial experience, the ability to blend strategy and opportunism, and the confidence to represent T’ruah in high level coalitions and public events.

Who We Are

T’ruah trains and mobilizes more than 2,000 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 Director of Strategy, who will sit on our senior leadership team and report directly to the Executive Director, will have these responsibilities:

  • Partners with the board of directors, Executive Director, and staff to lead the implementation of T’ruah’s strategic priorities, and to develop strategies to advance the organization in service of its mission.
  • Supervises the program department, and ensures that our organizing, training, and communications work complement and strengthen each other.
  • Oversees T’ruah’s national campaigns, and coordinates working groups of members to set strategy and to implement the campaigns.
  • Builds and runs a committee of board members and human rights experts that consults on high level questions regarding T’ruah’s positions and makes recommendations to the board.
  • Leads the annual goal setting process, ensures that we are on track to meet these goals, and leads a process of evaluating our work and impact. 
  • Represents T’ruah in high level coalitions and public events.
  • Serves as an active member of the senior leadership team of the organization. 

Who You Are

You are a big-picture leader committed to human rights and to the Jewish community, with the ability to implement high-level strategy at every level of a growing organization. You are a mindful manager eager to maintain healthy and productive relationships between our teams and among our team members. Specifically, you will be or have most or all of the following: 

  • 10+ years experience in human rights and/or social justice work, including significant managerial experience.
  • A commitment to T’ruah’s core values, and the ability to represent our positions effectively in public and private. 
  • Deep knowledge of and experience with organizing.
  • Strategic mindset, with an ability to seize opportunities, to forge partnerships, and to develop visions and strategies for the future. 
  • Strong knowledge of Jewish communal culture and organizations.
  • Experience supervising diverse teams, including the ability to bring a racial equity lens to management, to develop collaborative modes of work, and to inspire and coach staff members to do their best work. 
  • Collaborative and inclusive leadership style, with an understanding of how to manage up, down, and across an organization. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-moving organization while also developing long-term strategy and systems. 
  • Experience managing committees or working groups of board members and other volunteers.
  • An ability to set goals and to hold oneself accountable for these goals, and to stay attuned both to the big picture and to the details.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

 What Else You Should Know 

This position is full-time and will be based in T’ruah’s office in New York City when that is eventually possible. Currently work from home, but the Director of Strategy must live in the New York City area. 

The starting salary for this role is $95,000 – $105,000 depending on experience. 

Generous benefits include:

  • 100% coverage of your health insurance premium and 50% coverage for one family member
  • Automatic employer-side contributions of an amount equal to 5% of your salary to your 403(b) retirement account beginning one year after the date of hire – whether or not you choose to make employee-side contributions
  • 10 vacation days a year in your first year of employment, increasing to 20 days a year after three years
  • Jewish holidays
  • Paid leave of up to 12 weeks for the birth or adoption of a child
  • Flexible spending account 
  • Dependent care flexible spending account
  • Commuter benefits account

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 

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@truah.org. Please write “Director of Strategy” in the subject line. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. In the cover letter, please indicate where you heard about the position. No phone calls, please. 

Our Timeline

Applications will be accepted through May 14. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. We apologize that because of the volume of applications, we are able to respond only to those applicants granted an interview. Our ideal start date for this position is June 1, 2021.