Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives is a 27-years-strong non-affiliated, progressive Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, NY with over 400 members. We are seeking a full-time Director of Justice and Equity to begin June 2020.
ABOUT THE JOB
This newly developed full-time, senior staff position reports directly to the Rabbi and works closely with the rest of staff, clergy, Board, lay leaders, and congregants. As our mission statement says “Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives is a Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, where doubt can be an act of faith and all hands are needed to build our community. We are creative, serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with
tradition, pursue justice, and refuse to be satisfied with the world as it is. We share a commitment to ending structural racism and becoming an antiracist congregation. And, as individuals of varying sexual orientations, gender identities, races, family arrangements, and Jewish identities and backgrounds, we search for meaningful and just expressions of our Judaism in today's uncertain world.” As a new position this job is
evolving, and we anticipate that the new incoming Director of Justice and Equity (DJE) will be a part of defining the role in response to the congregation's needs. The DJE works to uphold and integrate Kolot’s mission and values into all areas of congregational life through the development, support, and oversight of educational, cultural, and action-oriented engagement. The Director builds bridges connecting
different congregational groups/cohorts and fosters intergenerational community, as well as develops and expands partnerships with mission-aligned Jewish and secular organizations on a local and national level.
Justice and Equity Responsibilities
-Strategic planning and visioning as it relates to social justice work, including
partnerships, campaigns, and initiatives.
-Conduit between the congregation and mission-aligned local and national entities
and programs of wider Jewish and secular communities.
-Cultivate congregants as leaders of Kolot’s social justice work.
-Create systems for launching and maintaining Kolot’s social justice initiatives and
-Work to integrate social justice work into the ritual life of the congregation.
Staff liaison to Working Groups
As Staff Liaison, the Director of Justice and Equity will be responsible for helping to
plan, organize, create, and implement programs throughout the year for all of these
groups. The tasks of liaison vary from group to group and may include attending and
participating in monthly evening meetings, new program development, grant writing,
recruitment and connecting, and/or operational support.
-Kolot’s Race Working Group (RWG) is leading Kolot’s efforts to embrace
anti-racism as a core mission and become an anti-racist congregation. The RWG
has two connected groups-- the White Anti-racist Affinity Group, a group where
white members can deepen their understanding of whiteness in systemic racial
oppression, and the Families of Color / Multiracial Families Network, which
organizes social opportunities for families of Kolot.
-Kolot’s Immigrant/Refugee Working Group works to raise the issues of, advocate
for, and stand with immigrants and refugees by connecting congregants to
partnering groups like New Sanctuary Coalition.
-Kolot’s Israel/Palestine Working Group models communal respect and honesty,
supporting and strengthening Kolot’s “open tent” on Israel/Palestine through
communication across philosophical and political differences.
-Kolot’s Queer and Trans Working Group works to advance queer and trans
inclusivity, establish cultural competency across Kolot membership and staff, and
support Kolot as a visible queer and trans-embracing Jewish congregation.
In addition to staffing existing working groups, this position may help foster future
Engage Youth and All Ages in Social Justice Work
-Work with the Principal of the Children’s Learning Program (CLP) and parent led
Education Committee to maintain and develop curriculum and programmatic
opportunities in line with Kolot’s mission and values.
-Make connections between mission-aligned organizations and help foster
opportunities for learning/programming for youth, teens, families, and individuals
of all ages.
-Point-person responsible for connecting Working Group programs with the Kolot
community, including CLP.
-Organize and lead intergenerational programming, both for learning and action.
We hope to see many of these qualifications in a successful candidate:
-Demonstrated commitment to values that are consistent with Kolot’s mission,
vision, and values.
-Track record of pursuing social justice, ideally through a Jewish lens.
-Demonstrated analysis of systemic racism as acquired through training, proven
track record, and/or lived experience.
-Demonstrated embrace of LGBTQ community and attunement to particular
needs of queer, trans, and nonbinary communities.
-Ability to authentically embrace the diversity of opinions among Kolot members,
particularly on the topic of Israel/Palestine, and to fully engage and include the
full spectrum of voices within our community.
-Strong working knowledge and familiarity with local and national, Jewish and
non-Jewish social justice, grassroots organizing, and advocacy organizations
-An ability to balance the urgency of our times with slow long-term change work
and an ability to work with people wherever they are.
-Demonstrated ability to address issues head-on and experience with conflict
-Collaborative approach to working with volunteers and lay leaders and a
commitment to leadership development.
-Strong interpersonal skills; facilitation experience a plus.
-Flexibility, compassion, and calm in the face of challenges.
-Attention to details, creative, and proactive planner.
-Ability to work in the evenings and on weekends.
-Working knowledge/familiarity of the non-profit Jewish world, synagogue life, and
the Jewish communal landscape.
-Supervisory experience a plus.
-Ease with social media a plus.
-Possess knowledge and understanding of Jewish ritual practice, customs and
holidays, OR comfort level with learning the requirements of our progressive
SALARY & BENEFITS
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $70,000-75,000, commensurate with
experience, and benefits, including health insurance, voluntary dental and vision,
TransitChek, and a 401k plan.
For more information please visit www.kolotchayeinu.org. Please direct questions or
comments to the Search Committee at the email address below. No phone
Kolot Chayeinu is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, people
of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and people who live or have lived in poverty are strongly encouraged to apply. Current and former members of Kolot Chayeinu are welcome to apply. Must be a US citizen or have the proper legal documentation to work in the US.