General Purpose of the Position:
UJA-Federation's Engage Jewish Service Corps at The JCC in Manhattan is a new initiative bringing together and empowering Jews in their 50’s, 60’s, and beyond to address the needs of the Jewish community of New York City. With Engage, volunteers use their life-long skill sets, expertise, passion,
and leadership to address issues that they care deeply about, including poverty, hunger, joblessness, and the needs of caregivers, isolated elderly, and children with special needs. Volunteers choose opportunities that fit their interests and availability and create opportunities of their own.
Participants attend regular community-building gatherings that include discussion, reflection, and analysis, and that provide an opportunity to learn about related societal issues and teachings, and that facilitate connections between the volunteering, learning, and overall life experiences.
As we prepare to enter the second year of the program, we will be expanding our efforts in Brooklyn, recruiting volunteers from Brownstone Brooklyn and other areas, forming collaborative partnerships with synagogues and other community-based organizations, and developing one-time and ongoing community service opportunities.
This is a full time, benefit eligible position (4 days/week – 32+ hours that entails evening and weekend work with the ability to be flexible with hours shifting week to week) to help develop, manage, and implement all aspects of this expansion of our efforts, working alongside the overall Director of Engage for Manhattan and Brooklyn, based at The JCC in Manhattan.
The community organizer will primarily work in Brooklyn, but will spend significant time working alongside staff at The JCC in Manhattan.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Engage Brooklyn Community Organizer:
Program Management and Development:
Intra-agency and Community Collaboration:
- Oversee expansion of multi-institutional effort to engage baby boomer population in a volunteer corps established to
serve the needs of vulnerable populations in the Jewish community- specifically the frail elderly, children with special needs
and those facing economic hardships, the isolated and frail elderly and special needs population in the Jewish community
- Collaborate with key community partners to engage and strengthen community
- Recruit and engage large cohort of adult volunteers
- Establish partnerships and volunteer placements with community partners and volunteer lay leaders
- Designate, train, supervise and mentor key volunteer leadership positions
- Hold regularly scheduled volunteer cohort meetings
- Respond to issues raised by constituents
- Partner with the JCC Director of Engage for Manhattan and Brooklyn, and other JCC staff to create linkages between program areas
- Collaborate with JCC staff in the marketing department to establish and promote a recruitment campaign
- A minimum of 5 years' community organizing or similar community-building experience
- A passion for Jewish community-building in a pluralistic environment
- MSW, MPA, or other relevant graduate degree strongly preferred
- Knowledge of the Brooklyn Jewish community strongly encouraged
- Comfort interacting with traditional Jewish communities strongly encouraged
- Experience working with the Boomer population, a plus
- Russian language skills, a plus
Candidates who closely identify with the Baby-Boomer age cohort are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org