Job Opportunities

 

Boston Workers Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice (BWC) is:

  • A community an­­­d spiritual home for secular Jewish life

  •  A voice for progressive Jewish values and social change

  • An arts and education center celebrating Yiddish, Jewish, and progressive culture

BWC is a thriving, intergenerational, and member-led community with 600 dues-paying members, 17 committees, supported by 6 staff members. 2019-2020 was our largest program year on record, with our organizing campaigns, rituals, and education programs reaching and serving thousands of people in greater Boston. 

 

Open Position(s):

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Job Description: Deputy Director

Full Time (40 hrs/week) 

 

Organization Overview: 

Boston Workers Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice (BWC) is a thriving, intergenerational, member-led community with 600 dues-paying members and 17 member-led committees, anchored by a team of 6 core staff.  We are a spiritual home for secular Jewish life, a voice for progressive Jewish values and social change, and an arts and education center celebrating Yiddish and diasporic Jewish cultures. Our 2019-2020 program year was our largest year on record, with our cultural, social justice, and education programs serving over 3,000 people in the greater Boston area & beyond.  
 

Position Description: 

The Deputy Director oversees all fundraising for the organization, and works in close collaboration with the Executive Director to provide leadership and support for our staff, board, and members.  The Deputy Director works as part of a team to execute our strategic priorities, provide fiscal oversight, and promote vision-focused organizational growth.  Given the important role that volunteer committees play in Boston Workers Circle, the Deputy Director will report to committee chairs as well as to the Board and the Executive Director, as required by each area of responsibility.
 

Key Responsibilities:

FUNDRAISING & DEVELOPMENT

  • Work with Executive Director and Fundraising Committee to develop annual fundraising strategy 

  • Oversee all fundraising campaigns including: end of year appeal, membership drive, legacy giving and digital fundraising

  • Lead major donor (gifts of $1,000+) prospecting, stewardship and soliciting

  • Lead grants research, writing, reporting

  • Lead the planning and executing of annual fundraising event

  • Train staff and volunteer members to understand and prioritize fundraising needs

  • Support the maintenance of eTapestry database for all fundraising activity

  • Budget development and monitoring together with the Executive Director and Finance Committee

GOVERNANCE, STRATEGIC PLANNING AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • Nurture and support organizational culture and leadership development: collaborate on planning annual retreats for board,staff, and leadership team

  • Staff liaison to Board Infrastructure committees: Fundraising & Finance

  • Collaborate with Executive Director on overall Organizational Development including implementation of strategic priorities

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Build and maintain our relationships within the Jewish social justice community, locally and nationally, ensuring BWC is a visible, powerful, and strategic partner in this work

  • Serve as a liaison with the Jewish community in Boston and elsewhere

PERSONNEL: STAFF AND INTERNS

  • Supervise Communications Manager; overseeing the design and implementation of annual Communications Plan, which includes: website, email, social media, flyers, fundraising mailings, etc.

  • Supervise Office Manager 

  • The Deputy Director will be supervised by the Executive Director

  • The Deputy Director and Executive Director will receive additional joint coaching and support in organizational development by an Executive coach

Essential Skills/Qualities:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years fundraising experience in the non-profit sector, with demonstrated success in major donor cultivation

  • Staff supervision experience

  • Knowledge of CRM databases, eTapestry and Constant Contact experience a plus

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Creative energy, self-starting; ability to manage multiple assignments in a highly collaborative grassroots setting

  • Ability to take leadership, work individually and as a member of a team; flexibility

  • Willingness to attend monthly evening meetings and work occasional weekend and/or evening hours for major BWC events (3-4 times/year)

  • Commitment to the mission and values of Boston Workers Circle, including:

    • Commitment to racial, economic, gender and disability justice and a frame of collective liberation 

    • Being a welcoming, equitable and inclusive community

    • Being a voice in the Jewish community for just peace in Israel/Palestine and explicitly against the Israeli occupation of Palestine

    • Working in solidarity with the Muslim community in standing against Islamophobia

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary: Low - Mid $50’s
  • Generous benefits package includes 15 vacation days in first year + sick, personal and holidays & health benefits; Eligible for 401k after first year of employment. This is a full time (40 hrs) position, with a flexible work schedule. Position is remote during COVID, with daily Zoom check-ins, and then will be based out of our Brookline, MA office. 

To Apply:

  • Please submit cover letter and resume to jobs@circleboston.org
  • Candidates reviewed on a rolling basis; preference given to applications recieved by July 17. The position will remain open until filled, with priority given to early applicants.
     

BWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People who identify as Jews and non-Jews of Color, multiracial, Sephardi, Mizraci, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

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Job Description: Shule (Sunday school) teachers for 2nd and 4th grade

Part time

 

Position Description: 

Are you passionate about Jewish identity and social justice? The Jewish Cultural Sunday School of Boston Workers Circle teaches Jewish history, culture, and progressive values to children in Grades K through 7. Seeking teachers for our 2nd and 4th grade classrooms.

Ideal candidates are teachers with classroom or camp experience, and with knowledge of Jewish history and culture. Classes meet for an hour, approximately two Sunday mornings each month, running September - early June.  Due to Covid-19, our classes will be virtual in the fall. There is a possibility of having one or two socially distanced meetings for each class in the fall.

Classes will begin Sept. 13, but teachers will have training prior.
 

Hourly pay:

Starting $20/hour, commensurate with experience

 

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in working with Boston Workers Circle along with your resume to BWC Education Director, Meira Soloff, at meira@circleboston.org

Rolling applications with priority given to early applicants. Please apply as soon as possible.

 

Tentative start date:

Sept. 13, 2020

BWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People who identify as Jews and non-Jews of Color, multiracial, Sephardic, Mizrachi, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Job Description: Shule Mishpokhe (Family) Learning Educator (K-2nd)

Part time, 2-3 hours/month

 

Position Description: 

Are you passionate about Jewish identity and social justice? The Jewish Cultural Sunday School of Boston Workers Circle teaches Jewish history, culture, and progressive values to children in Grades K through 7. Seeking a teacher to launch our monthly Shule Mishpokhe Learning program for kids K-2. This self-directed learning program will involve planning and launching a family activity to be sent to families and then facilitating a 20-minute virtual Shabes ritual and community share with support from the Education Director. 

Ideal candidates are passionate about PreK-2nd grade aged kids, working with their families and designing Do-It-Yourself projects and question prompts. The class requires recording one’s self and committing to facilitating a monthly Friday evening Shabes for 20-30 minutes. The position is a 2-3 hour per month commitment.

Classes will begin Sept. 13, but teachers will have training prior.

Hourly pay:

Starting $20/hour, commensurate with experience

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in working with Boston Workers Circle along with your resume to BWC Education Director, Meira Soloff, at meira@circleboston.org

Rolling applications with priority given to early applicants. Please apply as soon as possible.

Tentative start date:

Sept. 13, 2020

BWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People who identify as Jews and non-Jews of Color, multiracial, Sephardic, Mizrachi, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Job Description: Web Designer

Contract

 

Purpose

Boston Workers Circle is looking for a creative and talented professional to re-design our (very outdated) website. Our site was designed in 2011 by WireMedia and hasn’t had any updates in several years. We need full content migration from Drupal 6 to (most likely) Wordpress. The design of the site will need to be refreshed to match current web standards and be more user-centered. We also recently changed our name from Boston Workmen’s Circle to Boston Workers Circle and are excited to get our new logos up on the new site. 

We are flexible and willing to work with existing themes and templates as we are working on a fairly small budget. It’s very important that the website is user-centered, mobile-responsive, easy to update, and has a great events calendar.

Organization Background

We are a small nonprofit organization for secular Jewish culture and social justice. We’ve been around for almost 120 years, and currently have about 600 intergenerational members in the Greater Boston area. We have several social justice committees, along with a secular Sunday school, teen program, adult education classes, Yiddish classes, and a robust chorus, so there are a lot of moving parts to keep track of. 

We use our site to keep members up-to-date on events, build our email list, communicate organizational news, link to donation and registration pages (currently payments are done through Blackbaud eTapestry but we are open to changing this), share resources and blog posts, and provide information to the general public.  

Project Background

Biggest problem: Our website is still running on Drupal 6 with no updates in years. We are thinking about moving to Wordpress for ease of use and budget, but are open to other CMS recommendations.

Our website needs to be more easily navigable, secure, and mobile-friendly, as well as more easily updated and less glitchy for staff on the back-end. Ideally, it will allow us to reach more people online. There are lots of pages that we don’t need anymore and pages and menus that could be more thoughtfully laid out to be web-friendly.

We’re not looking to do an organization rebrand, though staff will definitely be updating copy and content for the site. We’re looking to have a cleaner sitemap - and may need some assistance on this information design - but likely nothing too different from the existing site.

Features:

  • Updated mobile-friendly design

  • Content structured for improved SEO

  • Updated architecture and user-centered design

  • An events calendar that can be searched by topic

  • Blog that is easily shared on social media (with the images correctly pulled)

  • Email signup connected to Constant Contact

  • Google analytics

  • Easily accessible donate button and membership sign-up

  • Ability to edit the site and add new content easily

  • Awareness of ADA compliance issues and commitment to make an accessible site

  • Search bar

  • Would be nice to have:

    • Galleries for images

    • Strong social media integration

    • Resources page

    • Member-only log-in, member only pages and forum

    • Easy registration/interest form for committees through the website

Timeline

Proposal due date: August 27

Estimated project completion ideally within 3-4 months of contract signing. 

Budget

As a small nonprofit, our budget is pretty tight. We’re looking for bids ~ $15k for the entire project.

Proposal Instructions

Please send proposals to the BWC communications manager, Madeleine Jackman, at mjackman@circleboston.org by August 27. We strongly encourage women and POC-owned businesses and designers to submit a proposal. Please include why you are the right firm, your approach to website design, what experience you have with nonprofits, samples of websites you have designed and/or a design portfolio, which CMS you would recommend, your typical timeline and budget, and the name and contact information of who to approach for clarification if needed. Thank you!

 

BWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People who identify as Jews and non-Jews of Color, multiracial, Sephardic, Mizrachi, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Updated: August 2020