Teach NJS, a collaboration of day schools, lay leaders, federations and the Orthodox Union works with NJ state legislators on behalf of our Jewish day schools and yeshivas. Issues we advocate include securing state funding for our schools for security, nursing aid, technology, and textbooks
• Develop & implement a grassroots action plan to engage parents & community members, to engage in regular and sustained advocacy on behalf of Teach NJS policy agenda
• Develop and provide training and leadership development opportunities
• Recruit new lay leaders and volunteers across the state of NJ into structured roles within the NJ Advocacy Network Program such as establishing relationships with legislators, attending events, becoming local ambassadors, and promoting Action Alerts.
• Represent and be a key interface of this initiative via public speaking and appearances at synagogues, day school and regional events- Set up opportunities for field director and state director to address school functions and board meetings, synagogue events and other public forum
• Manage lay leader-elected official relationships and guide lay leaders on their interactions. Maintain database and accurate records of that activity.
• Prepare draft testimony and/or talking points for lay leader testimony at public hearings and community events
• Plan and execute School In Session programs
• Communicate messaging, talking points, and Action Alerts to the leadership network. General communication with various stakeholders such as heads of school, school presidents, lay leaders, and synagogue Rabbis.
• Plan and solicit input from stakeholders for Trenton Mission (in March/April timeframe)
• Work with communication team and creative firms to execute communication/press releases/social media/advertising. Work with communications team and state director on collateral material for all TNJS activity. Handle photography/video for all TNJS events either personally or with a professional as needed
• Coordinate awareness events in the community on behalf of Teach NJS
• Responsible for cultivation and engaging senior lay leaders
• Help develop & implement Get out The Vote strategies within Jewish communities across the state of NJ
• Create and monitor regular grassroots databases & systems to engage and activate constituent base.
• Create and execute fundraising events/activities for general donations (excluding major gifts)
• Other pertinent duties as assigned by the State Director
• 5-7 Years of Experience in political or grassroots setting
• Bachelor’s degree
• Experience and familiarization with fundraising in the Jewish community a plus
• Previous experience in driving a policy agenda with delivered results a plus
• Ties to the Jewish day school community preferred but not required
• Ability to self- motivate, prioritize, work independently and complete multiple assignments with attention to detail in fast paced, rapidly changing environment
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
Candidate will successfully grow existing network by 25% and create a comprehensive yearlong calendar for network engagement and development. Candidate will also grow communal involvement as measured by email and volunteer database as well as addition of volunteers with specific roles, and communal events.