Purpose of Position:
Together, Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee (THI) and the Wisconsin Interfaith Voter Engagement Campaign (WIVEC), run by Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice (WFVJ) and Wisconsin Council of Churches (WCC), are seeking an interfaith organizer and Jewish educator. This position will support the missions of these organizations to strengthen faith communities’ involvement in non-partisan civic engagement through organizing, educating, communications, research, and technical support. The dual nature of this position means that the organizer/educator’s work will build upon two key components:
The first is in relation to voter engagement. This position will work to increase voter awareness of and participation in elections, protect voters’ rights and remove barriers to the freedom to vote, engage voters in advocacy with their elected officials, and strengthen interfaith understanding and relationships through collaborative involvement in public life. The geographic focus will be on Madison, Milwaukee, and other areas as assigned.
The second is connected to Jewish education and is focused on the Milwaukee Jewish community. This position will work to ground voter engagement initiatives in Jewish values and text, and to create intentional learning experiences for the Jewish community on various social justice issues to move them toward action.
Program Planning 50-60%
- Dual program focus will be Jewish social justice education and civic engagement
- Collaborate with WCC, WFVJ, and THI where relevant, to staff to plan, implement, and promote interfaith programs on civic engagement and advocacy
- Work with THI’s Leadership Council and Program Director to develop Jewish social justice educational goals and implement programs, including lectures and service learning
- Build upon and expand the THI Racial Justice Initiative, including expanding the Jewish racial justice training series in conjunction with community partners, especially EDOT
Network Building and Research 30%
- Promote the WI Voter Engagement Campaign and publicize local voter engagement activities and events to local congregations and faith groups
- Recruit congregations and community and public interest organizations to partner with WIVEC in promoting voter education and engagement
- Work closely with local Milwaukee organizers to increase THI’s connections to and prominence in the field of understanding social justice through a Jewish lens.
- Connect with other national Jewish and interfaith organizers nationally and represent THI and WIVEC at designated meetings
- Research voting and elections related issues and assist with development of program and policy priorities
Marketing, Administration and Technical Assistance 10- 20%
- Handle day to day maintenance of the WIVEC website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, Google Group, Google Drive, and other internet tools and platforms
- Work with THI team to share relevant information to be shared on virtual platforms
- Provide technical support for webinars and livestreams as needed
- Draft weekly WIVEC email newsletters, program and event descriptions, registration forms, resource documents, and other materials
- Participate in THI marketing and newsletter efforts, including articles, event descriptions, and resource development as needed
- Willingness to work flexible hours to complete programmatic goals— including weeknights and weekends.
- Attend regular team meetings and WIVEC/THI programs as requested
- Maintain timely and accurate communication and reporting and manage own scheduling with transparency and accountability to WIVEC/THI Team leaders
Key Skills and Qualifications:
- Demonstrated experience working in interracial and interfaith settings and building relationships with diverse communities.
- Demonstrated experience developing and leading training programs and developing curriculum.
- Passion for engaging the Jewish community in social justice and an understanding of the root causes of social inequality and social justice through a Jewish lens
- Familiarity with the greater Milwaukee area and the Milwaukee Jewish community.
- Familiar with, or able to quickly learn about issues regarding voting requirements, regulations, and resources, both state and local and other public policy issues.
- Able to work independently and in a collaborative working environment; able to work effectively with coworkers in remote locations.
- Well-organized with excellent oral and written skills and attentive to details.
- Comfortable with technology and open to learning new online platforms.
Hours: 34 hours/week
Reports to: WIVEC leads and THI Exec Director
How to apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
THI WCC WFVFJ are all 501(c)3 organizations. Diversity is a key value of our organizations, and we are all equal opportunity employers committed to social economic and racial justice. All are welcome to apply, including those of historically disenfranchised groups
About the Organizations
Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee (Hebrew for Repair the City), is a local Jewish social justice and social action organization. We aim to build a more just community by uniting Jews of all backgrounds in study, action and civic engagement around issues including hunger, homelessness, voting and more.
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice is an interfaith education and advocacy organization dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all. We are social justice committees, organizations, non-believers, supporters, congregations, and religious leaders from many faith traditions from all over the state of Wisconsin. We cross religious, cultural, and political boundaries to bring about awareness, educate, and advocate for systemic changes that address the root causes of poverty, racial inequities, and social injustice in our state.
The Wisconsin Council of Churches (WCC) is a network of Christian churches and faith-based organizations committed to working together across our many differences. Exercising holy imagination, we help one another make courageous choices that lead toward peacemaking, social and economic justice for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents, the vitality of the church, and the well-being of our neighbors. The Council connects 21 Christian traditions, which have within them approximately 2,000 congregations and over one million church members.