Communications Associate @ Jews of Color Initiative

Communications Associate

The Jews of Color Initiative is a U.S.-based, and centered effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational and communal field for Jews of Color.

The Initiative focuses on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education. It hosts the nation’s first-ever philanthropic and capacity building fund expressly dedicated to responding to racial injustice through helping further establish, fortify and building-out the field of support for Jews of Color.
The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative is a fiscally sponsored project of the Tides Center, a public charity located in San Francisco, CA. The Center offers unique opportunities for emerging and existing charitable activities, by providing a solid infrastructure for groups working to promote progressive social change on a local, national, and international level.

To help support our work and mission, the Jews of Color Initiative (JoCI) is seeking a strategic, energetic, and experienced full-time Communications Associate with outstanding writing and editing skills. The Communications Associate works with the Director of Operations and Programs to create and implement communication strategies that effectively promote the mission, strategic objectives, and programs of the JoCI. The position is exempt, full-time, 40 hours per week and reports to the Director of Operations and Programs.
JoCI, formally launched in 2018, is doing groundbreaking work at the intersection of Jews of Color and Jewish Community. We need a Communications Associate with a positive, get-things-done attitude, dedication to the work that facilitates success, and an authentic passion for the Initiative’s work and mission. The right fit is bursting with excitement about this opportunity to be part of the team building the Field for Jews of Color.

The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Strategic Communications
In partnership with leadership, develop and lead the implementation of communication strategies, work plans, and editorial calendars for JoCI work and activities
In partnership with the Director of Operations and Programs, create organizational marketing and promotional materials, both print and electronic
Design and launch email campaigns
Assist in the creation of thought leadership materials, both print and electronic
Create and deliver press releases, white papers, newsletter content, and social media content
Draft and edit grant proposals/reports
Manage JoCI’s social media presence
Conduct regular updates to JoCI’s website
Take ownership of the preparation and distribution of quarterly e-newsletters
Serve as our internal communications consultant by working with colleagues to conceive and implement projects and tools to build communications capacity
Serve as team’s main copy editor, reviewing and correcting written materials to improve impact, accuracy, readability, and consistency
Build measurement and analytics into regular reporting of deliverables’ effectiveness against JoCI goal of building influence and impact

Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to process improvement for organizational alignment
Bring ideas and insights to make JoCI’s work even more effective
Advance the profile and reputation of JoCI
Hold and treat the JoCI’s work with intentionality, care, and absolute discretion
Supports all aspects of planning and implementing a new, national Initiative, as needed
Collaborates effectively with other team members as appropriate
Completes any special projects or tasks as assigned by the Director of Programs and Operations and/or Executive Director

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

2 - 4 years of professional experience, including launching and managing communications projects. Demonstrated dedication to JoCI’s mission and values.
Verifiable track record of achieving successful outcomes within complex environments.
Highly developed strategic thinking and execution skills.
Exceptional written, editing, and text-based skills. Superior attention to detail.
Organized and self-directed.
Ability to set priorities, work independently, multi-task with regular interruptions, problem-solve, and coordinate projects successfully.
Refined ability to anticipate, intuit, prioritize, and take the initiative.
Fluency-level skills and adaptive approach to technology, including Outlook, Google Drive, Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, and Adobe Creative Suite. WordPress knowledge a plus!
Positive past experiences that demonstrate the ability to thrive and navigate complex multiracial environments.
Experience with and passion for understanding U.S. Jewish communities, politics, and policies.
Knowledge of and passion for U.S. history and contemporary social/political affairs.
Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with all members of the Jews of Color Initiative community and network, including community leaders, clergy, funders, organizational leaders, and colleagues.
Ability to hold diverse/complex/sometimes conflicting views about Jewish communal pain-points is essential (ex. Israel and Palestine, Is anti-Zionism anti-Semitism? The Women’s March, etc.).
Ability to work in both in-person and virtual environments.
Ability to work across time zones. While our work generally occurs in Pacific Standard Time, this position will interface with colleagues across the U.S., in Israel, and other countries.

The salary for this role is $50,000-$60,000 depending on experience. In addition, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes health/dental/vision, paid-time-off, and Jewish holidays. We also have a really great team for you to join!

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Jews of Color Initiative and Tides Center is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

The Communications Associate will work inside an office environment, as well as indoor and outdoor venues on occasion. There will be infrequent evening/weekend hours. Open to remote candidates with preference given to those where we already have staff - San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Regular sitting, standing, typing, and repetitive computer use. Occasional walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, lifting, kneeling, and twisting. Frequently communicates with others and must be able to exchanges accurate information.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Please send a resume (no longer than two pages) and cover letter of 1 page outlining the following:
What about this opportunity that interests you?
What qualifications do you hold that make you a great fit?
What relevant experience(s) do you have that ensures you’ll be successful in this role?
List of three references

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-06-18
  • Times this job has been viewed: 858 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Associate, Other
  • Organization Type: Other
Job Location
Jews of Color Initiative
1601 Vine Street
Los Angeles , California 90028


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