At nine years old, The Kitchen has grown from a series of ideas and a few like-minded people into a robust community. We host 325+ member households and hundreds of Kitchen-ites (non-member participants) for praying/learning/justice work. We are in the midst of building a key partnership with GLIDE Memorial Church, a prominent social justice center in the Tenderloin, with extended focus on developing existing anti-homelessness and anti-racism campaigns, and we are newly focused on building small communities and lateral connections amongst Kitchen-ites. We have always worked to provide Torah that is compelling and relevant in immersive, well designed experiences, and now want to bring that work more fully to our members and to a larger group of people.
San Francisco is a tale of two cities in terms of economic disparity. Helping bridge the gap between these “two cities” is something The Kitchen can do that is local and effective, and can lead to changing policies and relationships, as well as serve as a model for other cities. In the words of Bryan Stevenson, the four things that are needed to change society are to get proximate to the issues we are trying to address and the people we are trying to empower; change the narratives that sustain unjust practices and policies; stay hopeful; and to do uncomfortable things. This philosophy guides the social justice work of The Kitchen, including our partnership with GLIDE which has been doing this work for decades. At its core, this role is about bringing people together in order to build relationships and change the world.
This position will be responsible for:
Dreaming and managing anti-homelessness and anti-racism campaigns at The Kitchen that encompass a mix of direct service work, long-term organizing, and education. This will include:
Partnering with Rabbi Michael Lezak of GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice to build The Kitchen’s social justice portfolio, as well as forging new relationships with other organizations working in the Tenderloin and across San Francisco doing anti-homelessness work.
Expand existing Kitchen-ite volunteerism in the Tenderloin
Bring an anti-homelessness, anti-racist, and justice frame to all corners of The Kitchen, especially in our education programs.
Support the organization and recruitment efforts for the annual trip of Kitchen and Glide members to Alabama.
Build deep capacity and leadership amongst Kitchen-ites to engage in ongoing justice work
Engage in deep relational work with existing Kitchen-ites and folks new to the Kitchen community. This will include:
Facilitate regular one-to-one conversations with Kitchen-ites and community partners, as well as group meetings to move justice work forward.
Support the formation of small groups along interest and demographic lines, focusing on building the community of young adults at The Kitchen
Develop practices that cultivate a community of belonging
Be a warm, welcoming, and constant presence at Shabbatot, Holiday programs, and other Kitchen events
Participate in the Peer Connector Community of Practice through the Jewish Federation.
With support from Kitchen Operations team, manage and track data for all campaigns, programs, and initiatives.
Preferred Qualities and Skills:
Excellent at building relationships
A results-oriented, independent and and collaborative worker
Able to manage multiple complex projects - and able to break them down into smaller tasks that can be organized, prioritized, and distributed
Ability to interact in a flexible and compassionate way with a wide variety of people
Strong and consistent attention to details
Experienced in Excel, PowerPoint and Word, with an interest in learning to use other programs as needed
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, purpose-driven and fluid environment
Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a full-time salaried position, with a starting range of $60,000-80,000
Please email a cover letter and resum*********************ME- Community Organizer and Connector"