Position Title: Northwest Regional Coordinator for J Street U
Reports to: Northwest Regional Director
Start Date: June 1
Location: The position is located in the San Francisco Bay Area (Currently Remote)
Are you interested in growing J Street’s campus program, J Street U, in the Northwest region? Do you want to help engage and inspire students to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an end to the occupation and principled, effective US diplomacy in the Middle East?
J Street is looking for the newest member of our Young Leadership/JSU team who will focus on growing J Street U, the student arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. The candidate hired for this position will have interest and experience in youth empowerment and a desire to strengthen the Jewish American progressive voice on Israel — on campus, in the Jewish community, and within the arenas of American politics and policy.
The JSU/ Young Leadership Regional Coordinator will be a member of J Street’s Regional Team based in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a member of the national staff of J Street U, the organization’s campus program. The Regional Coordinator will find and develop talented student leaders and help them build and expand J Street U chapters and presences on their campuses.
The Regional Coordinator engages students both in campus-based activism as well as in J Street’s work off campus – policy advocacy, political engagement and Jewish communal work. In addition to campus-based work, J Street U engages students in in-district meetings with members of Congress, events in support of JStreetPAC-endorsed Congressional candidates, partnering with local clergy and much more.
The ideal candidate will have qualities that lend themselves to successful student engagement and organizing: strong instincts for campus politics and chapter growth, a knowledge of student leadership and creativity in developing tactics to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace. The candidate will be passionate about opposing the occupation and promoting Jewish and democratic values. They will be interested in how student activism can help drive change and progress within the Jewish community and American politics.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Working with the J Street U team and the Northwest Regional Team, the Regional Coordinator will:
- Recruit, identify and develop strong relationships with talented student leaders.
- Build campus chapters, expand growing campus presences, help identify and incubate new campuses with student interest and develop student leaders in the region.
- Develop regional and national capacity to advance the annual J Street U campaign that helps advance resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an end to occupation.
- Work with the regional team to effectively integrate the work of student and non-student chapters through meaningful collaboration on J Street chapter activities such as in in-district congressional meetings, political PAC events, synagogue events and more.
- Coordinate and run trainings and strategy sessions for students on student engagement and political organizing.
- Work with the rest of the J Street U staff to plan national strategy and student-focused events.
- Execute administrative and other tasks as necessary.
Required/ Preferred Skills and Characteristics
- Relational skills: a deep curiosity about others, a desire to develop strong relationships with a diversity of people, appreciation of meeting and engaging new people on a regular basis
- 2 years or more of campus, political, or community organizing experience, either as a student or professional (not required)
- Strategic thinking: the ability to identify and pursue opportunities within moments of tension and/or challenge
- Relentless “go-getting” attitude with a desire to work in an intensive, fast-paced political organization
- Ability to work well in moments of challenge and tension
- Excellent written and oral skills; public speaking abilities
- Good leadership skills: passion for grassroots organizing and political activism
- Some knowledge of/ and great interest in the history and politics as it relates to the Middle East, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli conflict
- Ability to be a team player, be relentless in professional self-improvement, and multitask/manage multiple time-critical projects
- At least a two year commitment to this position
- A strong understanding of and commitment to J Street and J Street U’s mission
More about J Street
Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic, and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish community, J Street advocates policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests, as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The J Street family of organizations includes J Street, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that is responsible for lobbying and advocacy; JStreetPAC, a federal political action committee that endorses and raises money for federal candidates; and the J Street Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) that works to educate the public and raise awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the two-state solution.
J Street U, part of the Education Fund, is the student-organizing arm of J Street. J Street U is committed to empowering students across the country to put their values into action around Israel and the future state of Palestine through advocacy on campus and with the Jewish community. Over 50 campuses across the country host J Street U chapters and presences dedicated to changing the conversation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, engaging in challenging educational work, and working to build a student movement capable of having a local and national impact in both communal and political spheres.
Compensation, Benefits, and Employee Status
The salary for this position starts at $41,000 for qualified individuals. This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Our comprehensive benefits package includes paid vacation and sick leave, personal leave, generous parental leave, paid time off on many federal and Jewish holidays, health and dental insurance, company-paid life insurance, a 401k program, commuter benefits, and a flexible spending account. J Street recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in J Street’s bargaining unit and is covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
To Apply for the Position
We are excited to receive applications from a broad range of applicants as we grow our organization to better reflect the diversity of the communities who care about our mission. Please submit the items listed below:
- Cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified for this position
- List of three references
At J Street we value an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to understanding and valuing each other’s perspectives at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our employees, and the communities we work with. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment and fellowship, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.