Position: New England Assistant or Associate Regional Director
Reports to: New England Regional Director
Location: Boston, MA
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Do you want to work at the intersection of American politics, Middle East policy, the Jewish community and fundraising? Are you interested in joining a rapidly growing organization that is changing the way people think and talk about Israel and U.S. Middle East policy?
J Street seeks an experienced professional to help expand its political and communal footprint in the New England Region. The ideal candidate for this position will have knowledge and experience in congressional campaigns and politics, as well as fundraising and/or the Jewish community.
The Assistant or Associate Regional Director (ARD) is responsible for creating and executing plans to raise operating funds; engage new leaders to advance the pro-Israel, pro-peace agenda in the American policy and Jewish communal arenas; and raise funds for and engage JStreetPAC Congressional endorsees. This position is an outstanding opportunity for a talented, motivated individual to lead regional advocacy efforts for an organization whose influence and reach are growing enormously year to year.
ARDs are effective political organizers, excellent fundraisers, skilled communicators, and highly organized self-starters who thrive on hitting ambitious goals and are 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 is part of a dynamic five-person team located in Boston that works throughout the New England Region. Their dual focus is recruiting, cultivating and organizing donors and lay leaders to partner with them to accomplish J Street’s goals -- and building out our political operation in New England through engagement with JStreetPAC endorsees’ campaigns. Specific responsibilities of this position include:
- Cultivate and manage relationships with existing donors, with an eye toward maintaining and increasing their financial support for J Street;
- Identify new sources of funding through prospect research and outreach;
- Plan and implement high-impact donor and prospect events in the region that both raise new funds and expand J Street’s network of leaders.
- Design political outreach strategy and proactively seek opportunities for staff and leader engagement with prospective political donors and Congressional candidates throughout the region, including fundraisers, meet and greets, 1:1’s, etc.
- Advise donors and leaders on political giving strategy and then connect those donors to advocacy on one of the most politically charged issues in American politics;
- Work with campaign staff and key leaders to fundraise for JStreetPAC-endorsed candidates.
- Manage relationships with endorsees and prospective endorsees.
- Recruit, train, and cultivate leaders to effectively advocate with federal elected officials at the grass-tops level on issues relating to Israel and the Middle East.
- Ensure that J Street and its leaders are engaging with the established leaders of the Jewish community locally, attempting both to enlist allies in advocacy for pro-Israel, pro-peace positions and to open up the dialogue in the Jewish community on Israel.
Leadership Growth and Administration
- Identify, develop and empower leaders in key cities in the region who will drive J Street’s mission. This includes building and facilitating relationships between J Street and key community contacts, including rabbis, communal and political influentials, donors, and activists
- Keep and maintain regional data so it is accurate and current
Required and Desired Skills and Characteristics
Applicants should have a demonstrated track record in the following required skills:
- At least 5+ years of relevant experience in the workforce;
- A strong commitment to J Street’s mission is required, including:
- Support for a secure, Jewish, and democratic future for Israel, and
- Advocating an active U.S. leadership role to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict diplomatically
- Personally engaging and eager to work with leaders and staff; able to build and cultivate relationships with a broad range of community contacts
- Highly organized, detail-oriented, able to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines and work independently as well as in a team
- A savvy approach to politics, including an understanding of how to generate influence with Members of Congress and candidates for federal office
- Ability to clearly communicate J Street’s positions and policies as well as superb communication skills at large – written and verbal
- An outgoing and positive attitude
- Comfort with technology and online communication
- Willingness to travel regionally and holding a valid driver’s license
Additional desired qualifications include:
- Experience working on Congressional campaigns and a broad knowledge of members of Congress and their relationships and interests.
- Background in fundraising and development work, making financial asks and organizing fundraising events
- Experience in community or political organizing
- Familiarity with the region and the respective congressional delegations.
- Prior work in the Jewish community
- Event management experience
- Comfort with data management
- Background on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and understanding how the conflict plays out in American politics
- Current driver’s license
More about J Street
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 65. The organization is headquartered in Washington, DC, employing staff in 8 cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Denver, and Tel Aviv. The New York office is the largest regional office (outside of DC), 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.
Compensation and Hours
Salary for qualified candidates starts at $57,500. Hours and duties may fluctuate based on J Street event schedule and staff travel schedules. Our comprehensive benefits package includes paid vacation and sick leave, personal leave, generous parental leave, paid time off on many federal and Jewish holidays, health and dental insurance, company-paid life insurance, a 401k program, commuter benefits, and a flexible spending account. J Street recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in J Street's bargaining unit and is covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
To Apply for the Position
We are excited to receive applications from a broad range of applicants as we grow our organization to better reflect the diversity of the communities that care about our mission. Please submit the items listed below:
- A cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified
- List of three references with email, phone number and title.
This position is available immediately. Applications are being accepted now and the position will be filled as quickly as possible.
At J Street we value an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to understanding and valuing each other’s perspectives at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our employees, and the communities we work with. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment and fellowship, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.
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