About the Organization
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish-rooted human rights organization working to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS pursues lasting change by providing financial support to more than 450 local grassroots and global human rights organizations tackling discrimination against women, girls and LGBT people; defending the rights to water, land and livelihoods; promoting civil and political rights; and providing immediate and long-term relief from natural disasters. In the United States, AJWS mobilizes American Jews and others to advocate for policies that promote the human rights of people in the developing world.
AJWS has been ramping up efforts to affect policy change as it relates to the Rohingya crisis since the beginning of the latest ethnic cleansing from August 2017 to the present.
About the Position
AJWS seeks a part-time, temporary staff member with professional expertise in the field of Jewish education, particularly as related to social justice and human rights. The International Education and Jewish Engagement (IEJE) department and the Advocacy departments seek support with the day-to-day work of harnessing the power of the leadership of the American Jewish community. The individual in this position will support ramped up efforts in a time of both need (given the continued horrific violence against the Rohingya) and opportunity (the power of the organized Jewish community to influence US and international decision-makers).
Include—but not limited—to the following:
- Draft educational materials that demonstrate the connections between Jewish values, text and history and the Rohingya crisis, as well as assist with the creation of assorted campaign materials that will further AJWS’s advocacy goals
- Support external writers/educators (rabbis and others) in drafting educational materials that support this campaign
- Organize all logistical/technical aspects of monthly Jewish Burma Response Network meetings
- Organize webinars for AJWS supporters to promote the Rohingya response to external parties
- Monitor individual Members of Congress and stance on all Rohingya-related legislation
- Other duties as needed that support advocacy outcomes
- Bachelor’s degree required with preference for an advanced degree (including by not limited to: Jewish education, international human rights, international development or Rabbinic Ordination)
- At least five years of experience as a Jewish educator in formal and/or informal education
- Familiarity with the Jewish communal landscape and a demonstrated ability to work with high-level thought leaders in the Jewish community
- Ability reading, understanding and translating Jewish texts
- Detail-oriented and extremely well-organized, able to manage multiple projects and prioritize tasks
- Ability to work both inter-departmentally and cross-departmentally; excellent interpersonal skills and open to both feedback and opportunities for collaboration
- Able to smoothly incorporate edits and feedback on writing
- Demonstrated interest in the intersection of Jewish values and heritage and international development and social justice; together with a strong interest in promoting Judaism’s imperative for social justice
People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.
Authorization to work in the US is required.
How to Apply:
For immediate consideration, click on the link to apply below. Applications submitted without a resume and personalized cover letter will not be considered.