The Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice (BWC) is a progressive Jewish community and cultural center built on a grassroots organizing model. We are a voice for progressive Jewish values and social change. And we are an arts and education center, uniquely weaving together politics, Jewish identity and creativity.
BWC is also a multi-generational Jewish community for adults and families seeking an alternative to conventional synagogue life. We offer a Jewish cultural Sunday school, secular holiday observances, adult education, and Yiddish language programming. Incorporating social action into all that we do, we learn together, sing together, reflect together and march together.
Founded in 1900 by Jewish sweatshop workers, the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring was an immigrant mutual aid organization that became known as the “Red Cross of Labor.” With an inspiring history rooted in the Jewish left and the Jewish labor movement, Workmen’s Circle links us to a cultural heritage and a history that we are proud to carry on today.
Volunteer Coordination and Leadership Development: Recruit and coordinate member activists for each program area; identify potential leaders and develop leadership among committee chairs and activists. Provide staff support to program committees by assisting volunteer leaders with strategy, content, planning, logistics, outreach, publicity, and follow-up. Program areas may include the following: Adult Education, Coffeehouse, Social Action (economic justice, local Jewish-Muslim relations, and Israel/Palestine), Yiddish, Families with Infants and Toddlers, and holiday observances and celebrations. Coordinate annual Children’s Protest Against Sweatshops, organized by our Sunday School 5th grade class, in collaboration with local unions and worker rights organizations.
Membership Outreach and Retention: Develop and implement organizing strategies for membership growth. Tools include one-on-one relationship building, new media approaches, phone banking, and event follow-up as well as one-of-a-kind creative strategies targeted at priority constituencies. Particular emphasis will be placed on outreach to families with young children. Improve retention by strengthening member-to-member connections through relationship building, leadership development and appreciation, and developing protocols and programs aimed at creating a welcoming community.
Young Adult Organizing Project: Coordinate programming and leadership development aimed at generating young adult membership and leadership in the BWC community. Includes staffing young adult events such as Gragger/Noisemaker, BWC’s annual radical Purim dance and shpiel, and establishing dedicated young adult spaces within the community as well as fostering inter-generational partnering and collaborations.
Communications: Generate visibility through identifying opportunities for and consistent use of press releases, calendar announcements, list serves, and web postings. Write content for website, weekly e-calendar, flyers, bulletin boards, and other regular communication vehicles. Design basic flyers for event publicity and where appropriate work with graphic designer to develop branded print materials.
Electronic and New Media Strategies: Develop and implement a plan for using electronic media, especially new media such as Facebook and Twitter, to strengthen relational organizing strategies, enhance recruitment, and expand organizational impact. Develop expertise based on best practices in the field and train other staff and leaders.
Strategic Planning: Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop an annual strategic workplan, evaluating strengths and weaknesses, setting program priorities, identifying key target constituencies, and developing new and bold strategies for achieving organizational goals. Workplans will be aligned with a three-year Strategic Plan completed by the Board in 2011.
- Grassroots organizing experience in either an advocacy, community or union context
- Experience with: leadership development, volunteer coordination, meeting facilitation, event planning, campaign strategy, recruitment and publicity techniques
- Ability to think strategically and align projects with strategic goals and priorities
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills; able to relate effectively to adults of all ages
- Strong familiarity with electronic communications and social media essential; knowledge of best practices and cutting edge strategies a plus
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Lisa Gallatin, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
. No phone calls please. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.