Position Title: Program Director, East Bay Jews of Color Advancement Initiative
Reports to: TBD member of Bend the Arc’s Leadership Team
Location: East Bay in Bend the Arc’s office in Oakland, CA strongly preferred. Remote work arrangements in other parts of Northern California with ability to travel frequently to the East Bay would be considered.
Schedule: Full-time, including evening and weekend work schedules
Bend the Arc is a movement of progressive Jews across America who are building a country that lives up to our values of justice and equality for all. We are the only national Jewish organization focused solely on promoting these values here in the U.S.
Our vision at Bend the Arc is to build and activate Jewish power to help transform our country to be inclusive, equitable, and supportive of the dignity of every person across race, class, gender and faith. But we live in a moment when the President and his allies in Congress are fanning bigotry and hatred, and their disregard for democracy, religious freedom, and human rights present an existential threat to our values and our country. As Jews, our history and moral tradition call us to be bold and courageous in the face of this threat — we know it will take many of us, coming together to take collective action alongside partners in frontline communities, to resist and to win.
The Bend the Arc family of organizations consists of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, our 501(c)(4) organizing and advocacy arm; Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, a political action committee dedicated to supporting candidates for federal office who champion our values; and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, our 501(c)(3) education and leadership arm. Headquartered in New York City, we have offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco, with volunteer-led local groups organizing nationwide.
The Program Director, East Bay Jews of Color Advancement Initiative is a new role at Bend the Arc, created to launch an exciting new pilot project. The purpose of this project is to match Jews of color in the East Bay who are seeking professional and Board positions in Jewish communal life with organizations across the Bay Area that are invested in diversifying their staff and leadership in reflection of the changing Jewish community.
We are launching this project as a direct intervention to ensure that Jewish communal organizations keep pace with the racially and ethnically diverse Jewish community, and to correct for the historic absence of Jews of color from prominent leadership positions across Jewish life. To do this, we will build upon our existing programming and community-building work with progressive Jews of color in the Bay Area to offer additional support and opportunities, and lead training and readiness activities with Jewish communal organizations to prepare them to welcome Jews of color into professional roles at all levels of the organization. The East Bay region, covering Solano, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties, is home to approximately 122,000 Jews; this Jewish community is one of the most racially diverse in the nation, with 1 in 4 Jewish households including a person of color.
The program finds its roots in Bend the Arc’s long-standing work to move toward racial equity in the Jewish community and beyond, as well as our strong presence in the Bay Area. The Program Director will be able to leverage these ties in the program implementation process.
The Program Director will serve as the project lead and provide overarching leadership, management, and direction toward the goals of the program across three phases of implementation:
Conducting a full landscape assessment to identify interested participants (both individuals and organizations);
Planning, managing, and/or implementing an array of program opportunities for Jews of color in the East Bay and training/readiness work for participating organizations; and
Leading a matching program to place interested Jews of color in roles in Jewish organizations in the region.
Conduct a landscape analysis and needs assessment of the East Bay Jewish community that will include:
outreach to our network of Jews of Color in the Bay Area, including our Racial Justice Team of grassroots leaders in our Bay Area chapter
outreach to Jewish communal organizations in the greater Bay Area, including foundations and other philanthropic institutions; synagogues, camps, JCCs, day schools, advocacy and community organizations, and others.
Plan, project manage, and/or implement an array of programmatic offerings that build community for Jews of Color in the East Bay and complement existing structures and programming
Hire and supervise an Administrative Assistant
Develop and hold relationships with key organizations and stakeholders in the project
Develop an evaluation plan for the program and retain program evaluators as needed; analyze data for continuous improvement and to report back to stakeholders
Connect Jews of color in the East Bay to national Jew of color networking opportunities
Work in coordination with Bend the Arc's Bay Area Racial Justice team (which is currently a multiracial team) to ensure together that the range of our work in the region incorporates a clear racial equity lens
Work with the Communications Department to market the program and the Development Department to develop sustained funding streams for the work for the duration of the initiative
Hire consultants and or trainers to provide coaching and mentoring support for Jews of color and Organizations
Lead a matching process between organizations and Jews of color seeking positions in the Jewish community
Provide relationship support between Jews of color and organizations; troubleshoot as needed
Required Skills and Qualifications:
Minimum 8 years of Program Management or other relevant experience with 3-5 years leading people/projects
Understanding of the Jewish communal ecosystem (in the East Bay and nationally), and of the needs and experiences of Jews of Color in multiracial Jewish spaces
Strong and exhibited commitment to racial equity and to social justice more broadly
Self-starter and flexible thinker; able to work independently in a dynamic and changing work environment
Consummate relationship builder; proven ability and high level of emotional intelligence to build trust and connect with and motivate people and organizations
Experience developing creative and engaging programming, and analyzing data for program evaluation
Experience supervising other staff and/or managing the work of others in projects including contractors
Experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office; and general overall comfort in learning and working with new technology and software
Previous experience launching a pilot program or in a start-up setting
Experience in overseeing program evaluation
Program marketing and outreach experience
Coming in with existing relationships in the East Bay Jewish community
Experience in conducting talent assessment and hiring processes in a Human Resources context or as a Hiring Manager or as a Director of a Program responsible for selecting program participants
Experience in securing startup funding or ongoing support for new program initiatives