Minimum of 3-5 years professional experience; development, community relations experience preferred.
About the Orthodox Union and Teach Coalition
Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, (OU), serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY and Birthright Israel/Israel Free Spirit trip organizer, and Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, among many other divisions and programs.
Teach Coalition was founded in 2013 to solve the tuition crisis in nonpublic schools. With a deep network of grassroots activists, community leaders and lawmakers across the country, Teach Coalition is the leading single-issue advocacy network invested in the quality, safety, and accessibility of nonpublic schools. Teach Coalition currently operates in several states around the country, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California, as well as in Ontario, Canada.
The Director of Teach NJ will manage community engagement, development initiatives and mobilization of the New Jersey Jewish day school community. The Director will serve as the “face” of the region. This position will hold additional responsibilities as determined by the Executive Committee and OU Director of State Political Affairs.
- Recruit lay leaders and train them on how to be effective grassroots/grass-tops advocates.
- Initiate and implement a development (fundraising) plan based on goals set by the Director of State Political Affairs.
- Strategize with consultants and advisors on political and policy goals.
- Recruit and solicit school memberships and be the point of contact for school members and partnering institutions. Renew existing school memberships.
- Manage and implement logistics and marketing of programs such as board meetings, forums, briefings, and advocacy training sessions, grass roots advocacy campaigns, rallies, missions and synagogue programs
- Hold regular meetings with elected officials, school leadership and community members
- Travel to local school offices, elected official offices and Trenton as needed
- Represent and be the “face” of this initiative via public speaking and appearances at synagogue, day school and regional events
- Communicate messaging, talking points, and Action Alerts to the community through a web platform.
- Other pertinent duties as assigned by the Director of State Political Affairs
Prior Experience, Competencies and Skills Required
- 3-5 years’ experience in development, advocacy and grassroots organizing
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- A proven track-record of development success in prior roles
- Leadership skills necessary for managing operations of an advocacy organization
- Resourceful and solution-oriented in the day-to-day oversight of teams, projects and individuals
- An understanding of New Jersey state politics and the role of government in nonpublic school funding
- Ability to conduct meetings, make presentations, and facilitate communications in a clear, concise and positive manner
- Ability to represent and effectively communicate the role that grassroots lay leadership plays in political advocacy
- Deep understanding of the craft of project management, work flow and supporting infrastructure
- Excellent in writing, organization, strategic thinking, time management, and interpersonal communication
- Dedicated to the value of the Jewish community
- Ability to self-motivate, prioritize, work independently and complete multiple assignments with attention to detail in fast paced, rapidly changing environment