JCUA Community Organizer 

Over the next few months, JCUA is seeking to hire for 2 organizer positions: one will lead our Immigration Justice Committee and the second to lead our newly formed Housing & Economic Justice Committee. Depending on the hire, this position will report to either JCUA’s Associate Director & Director of Organizing or Lead Organizer.

The Community Organizer works within the Organizing Team to recruit and develop JCUA members to make an impact on critical issues in Chicago. In conjunction with the Associate Director & Director of Organizing, this person will identify and coordinate 1-2 issue campaigns, take the lead staff role when appropriate and carry out community organizing activities to accomplish goals. The Community Organizer will play a lead role staffing JCore Membership and Committee meetings and serve as a trainer when appropriate.  Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to build intergenerational relationships and work with people who hold a range of identities and experiences.

JCUA is a small dynamic organization where the staff is highly collaborative and committed to supporting each other’s work and goals. As an outgrowth of our most recent strategic plan, JCUA is working to bring a racial equity framework to all of the organization’s work. Everyone on staff is expected to participate in that work.


Specific Responsibilities

  • Identify, recruit, and develop JCUA members to drive JCUA’s organizing campaigns and effectively carry out strategies set forth by JCUA’s committees. Work closely with committee members to identify issues, plan, strategize, set goals and achieve results on an ongoing basis.
  • Support JCUA’s membership program, including training and engagement of JCUA leaders in the work.
  • Develop relationships with JCUA leaders, local coalitions and groups, leaders in the Jewish community, and others as appropriate.
  • Work to develop relationships and build capacity with JCUA’s Congregation Partners, rabbis, and leaders to engage in our work.
  • Assist with outreach through social media and media outlets to further JCUA’s organizing and membership programming as appropriate.
  • Conduct research and analysis to support campaign work as needed.
  • Represent JCUA in coalitions and other arenas.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to complete programmatic goals— including weeknights and weekends.


General Responsibilities

  • Serve as an ambassador and public spokesperson for JCUA in Jewish community settings and in the larger community.
  • Serve as a resource for framing and promoting our work from a Jewish lens.
  • Assist with fundraising and development objectives when needed.
  • Assist with JCUA programming when needed/requested.
  • Commitment to team-building and effective communication with colleagues.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Understanding of the root causes of social inequality and social justice through a Jewish lens.
  • Passion for engaging the Jewish community in social justice.
  • Familiarity with Chicago area neighborhoods and the Chicago Jewish community.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years related organizing experience.
  • Good listening, organizational, communication, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation abilities.
  • Experience working in multiple settings and coalition building with diverse communities.
  • Experience training on Organizing, Anti-Racism, or understanding Antisemitism, a plus.
  • Bilingual Spanish proficiency is a plus.
  • Prior field organizing including experience with platforms such as VAN, ThruText, Spoke, etc., a plus.
  • Resourcefulness and a willingness to take initiative.
  • Current computer skills and working knowledge of online social media platforms.
  • Regular access to a car and valid driver’s license for fieldwork is required.



  • Salary range is $44k-$48k; potential increase if candidate demonstrates considerable organizing experience.
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage.
  • Retirement matching program.
  • Two weeks paid vacation (with an increase over time), plus sick leave.
  • Days off for major Jewish holidays.
  • A supportive work environment with people committed to bringing out the best in each other and to advancing positive social change.


How to Apply

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs believes that personnel diversity is an organizational strength, and recognizes and values the intersecting identities that staff members bring to our organization. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. JCUA is committed to providing equal employment consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status. To apply, please email resume and cover letter to jobs@jcua.org. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted through June 7, 2021.