Community Organizer - Chicago

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Position Title: Community Organizer
Company: Confidential
Country: USA
State: Illinois
State/City: Chicago
Publication Date: 16/02/2017
ID: 90973270

JCUA Community Organizer


The mission of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) is to combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with Chicago's diverse communities. Inspired by core Jewish values, we organize a progressive constituency to collaborate with communities directly impacted by poverty and racism toward realizing a shared vision of justice. In the context of our ongoing work to build bridges and deepen connections with communities across the city, our work in 2017-2018 calls for two main areas of priority impact: 1) Issue-based Campaigns and Community Organizing; and 2) Community Investment. To achieve our organizational mission, JCUA develops and mobilizes a base of individuals from the Jewish community who become engaged in a variety of ways as leaders, donors and participants in campaigns, activities, and programs.


As a model for community engagement on a grassroots level, JCUA has built relationships and stood in solidarity with communities directly affected by poverty and discrimination for the past five decades. In the past, our work has focused on a variety of issues including civil rights, public housing, police brutality, immigration reform, and worker rights - all with a focus on correcting systemic injustice in our city and region. Today, JCUA pursues social and economic justice for Chicago's most vulnerable people by mobilizing our members to work with organizations and in coalitions on pressing social justice issues in Chicago. We build an internal organizing structure with our active members to inform our work, develop strategy, and take leadership on social justice campaigns.


The Community Organizer works within the Organizing Team to recruit and develop JCUA members to impact critical issues in Chicago. In conjunction with the Director of Organizing, this person will identify and coordinate 1-2 issue campaigns, take the lead staff role when appropriate and perform community organizing activities to accomplish goals. The Community Organizer will play a lead role staffing JCore Membership and Committee meetings, and serve as a trainer when appropriate.

JCUA is a small dynamic organization where the staff supports each other's work and goals. We are a highly collaborative staff. This position will report to JCUA's Director of Organizing.


Identify, recruit, and develop JCUA members to drive JCUA's organizing campaigns and effectively carry out strategies set forth by JCUA's committees. Work closely with committee members to identify issues, plan, strategize, set goals and achieve results on an ongoing basis.

Support JCUA's membership program, including training and engagement of JCUA leaders in the work.

Develop relationships with JCUA leaders, local coalitions and groups, leaders in the Jewish community, and others as appropriate.

Work to develop relationships and build capacity with JCUA's Synagogue Partners, rabbis, and congregational leaders to engage in our work.

Assist with outreach and publicity through social media and media outlets to further JCUA's organizing and membership programming as appropriate.

Conduct research and analysis to support campaign work as needed.

Represent JCUA in coalitions and other arenas.

Willingness to work flexible hours to complete programmatic goals? including regular weeknights and occasional weekends.


Serve as an ambassador and public spokesperson for JCUA in Jewish community settings and in the larger community.

Serve as a key resource for staff on framing and promoting our work from a Jewish lens, and helping to strengthen this framework with respect to other programs in the organization.

Assist with fundraising and development objectives when needed.

Assist with JCUA programming when needed/requested.

Commitment to team-building and effective communication with colleagues.

Other duties as assigned.


Understanding of the root causes of social inequality and social justice through a Jewish lens.

Passion for engaging the Jewish community in social justice.

Familiarity with Chicago area neighborhoods and the Chicago Jewish community.

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum of 2 years related organizing experience.

Demonstrated leadership in academic, professional or Jewish community settings.

Good listening, organizational, communication, writing and interpersonal skills.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation abilities.

Experience working in diverse communities.

Resourcefulness and a willingness to take initiative.

Current computer skills.

Working knowledge of online social media platforms.

Regular access to a car and valid driver's license for fieldwork is required.


Salary is commensurate with experience.

Medical, dental, and vision coverage.

Two weeks paid vacation (with an increase over time), plus sick leave.

Days off for major Jewish holidays.

A supportive work environment with people committed to bringing out the best in each other and to positive social change.

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