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PROJECT COORDINATOR, RSJ INITIATIVE

Location: New York City
Employment Type: LIMITED PART-TIME
Reports To: DIRECTOR OF ENGAGEMENT*

 

BASIC FUNCTION

JDC Entwine is seeking a motivated, passionate, and outgoing Project Coordinator to expand upon Entwine’s Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) Initiative aimed at engaging North American RSJ young adults with JDC’s global mission, including:

  • Leading Entwine’s efforts to recruit and engage growing numbers of RSJ program participants
  • Adapting select Entwine programs to be more attractive, relevant, and meaningful for RSJ young adults
  • Supporting the growth of RSJ leaders within Entwine through the development of unique, tailored leadership opportunities

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Entwine RSJ Insider Trips

  • Guide the development of trip itineraries for Entwine’s RSJ Insider Trips for College Students (one/year) and for Young Professionals (two/year), ensuring that program components speak to an RSJ group
    • For each program component – including service, touring, peer-to-peer exchange, and context education – provide an RSJ lens to identify opportunities to modify and adapt activities so that they resonate most strongly for an RSJ group
  • Working with Entwine’s Education and Jewish Learning Manager, adapt the accompanying Jewish Learning Curriculum so that it speaks to an RSJ audience
  • Design and Implement a successful recruitment strategy to reach diverse groups of high-caliber RSJ young adults throughout North America, with a target of 20 participants/trip
  • Lead all RSJ Insider Trips, guiding participants through the immersive experience and facilitating the curriculum to ensure the program resonates with RSJ audience

Entwine RSJ-focused Events

  • Inform the development of 4 large-scale (approx. 150 people) events and 4 small-scale (approx. 25 people) events/year, in cities across North America, that include content that is relevant to the RSJ community
    • Generate ideas and concepts for event themes/topics
    • Identify potential speakers and other educational content
    • Provide input into event design, including venue, food/beverage, décor, etc.
  • Develop marketing and recruitment strategy that will attract a diverse RSJ audience at each event
  • Work with RSJ Insider Trip alumni to take on leadership roles in the development and implementation of events
  • Staff events as needed

 

RSJ Leadership Programs

  • Staff the RSJ Advisory Council – a committee of RSJ lay leaders who provide input, guidance, and feedback that help inform the development and direction of Entwine’s RSJ Initiative – including conducting regular phone calls and ongoing engagement and empowerment
  • Staff Entwine’s first-ever RSJ Giving Circle – a group of RSJ alumni who use philanthropy as meaningful leadership avenue – including informing the development of the curriculum, recruiting potential candidates, organizing meetings, etc.
  • Create unique sessions/tracks at Entwine Leadership Trainings that would be relevant for the RSJ participants

 

*Note that while this position will officially report to Entwine’s Director of Engagement, there will also be a reporting relationship with Entwine’s Managing Director, Program and Organizational Development.

SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be well versed in the RSJ community by 1) maintaining high-level understanding of & connection to the community 2) maintaining fluency in Russian
  • Develop relationships with and serve as the main contact for all organizations with specific RSJ networks to expand Entwine’s reach in the RSJ community.
  • Maintain an understanding of Entwine initiatives and programming from other Jewish organizations
  • Support Entwine’s efforts to integrate RSJs into larger movement including helping to recruit RSJs for Entwine’s non-RSJ-specific programs
  • Represent Entwine at select RSJ events and gatherings across North America
  • Help prepare communications and reporting materials connected to RSJ programming

 

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Being well versed in JDC Entwine by 1) maintaining a high-level understanding of Entwine goals and programming and 2) communicating the work of the department and JDC through an Entwine lens and perspective
  • Maintain knowledge of JDC’s overseas programs with focus on communities to where RSJ trips will be traveling
  • Overseas travel required
  • Periodic domestic travel required

 

EXPECTED QUALIFICATIONS & KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Collaborative worker a must!
  • 2-3 years of experience in a professional setting
  • Prior group leading experience a plus
  • Experience and interest in education and leadership development of Jewish young adults & identity building
  • A. Degree
  • Extensive knowledge & experience with RSJ young adult community – including a nuanced understanding of the diversity that exists within this population – and the ability to translate this into program design
  • Informal Jewish education experience preferred
  • Prior international experience preferred
  • Experience working closely with volunteer leaders and networks
  • Ability to inspire and motivate young Jews to become activists and leaders
  • Ability to clearly and passionately convey JDC’s work worldwide and to elucidate the importance of global Jewish service
  • Ability to recognize cultural differences and to communicate effectively with people of various backgrounds
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written English and grammar
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a passion for Jewish life and social action

 

To learn more about JDC Entwine, go to www.jdcentwine.org.

 

All referrals and inquiries are to be directed to careers@jdc.org. Transfer requests must be made to Human Resources within 7 days of posting.

 

Please note that JDC will share the resumes of the finalists for this position with one of its funders, the Genesis Philanthropy Group.  By submitting your resume for consideration, you give consent to JDC to share your resume with the Genesis Philanthropy Group should you be a finalist for this position.

 

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