Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. Among Jewish advocacy organizations, AJC is the leader in the global arena. We are known for our unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and faith leaders in more than 100 countries. In addition to our New York headquarters and Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the United States and around the globe and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide concerns of Jewish communities around the globe.
Cooperation among faith and ethnic groups is a vital ingredient to maintaining the strong, vibrant, democratic fabric of this country. A new generation of young leaders will determine the future of that democracy. This position is an effort on the part of the Jewish community to focus on building the skills and inspiration needed to engage in that work – within the Jewish community and as a catalyzing force outside of it.
AJC has engaged in groundbreaking interfaith and interethnic work since its founding in 1906 and this work continues to be a primary pillar of AJC’s mission. ACCESS, AJC’s new generation program, has also made advances in building bridges with other ethnic and religious communities to ensure the Jewish community remains a strong player in supporting and strengthening the basis of American pluralism in the future. In recent years ACCESS Global has developed a strategic focus on Latino-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish engagement and bridge building both domestically and internationally.
The AJC ACCESS Associate position is designed to significantly enhance ACCESS’ intergroup work among an emerging leadership cohort. Associates will be expected to:
· Work with and manage ACCESS Chicago’s Steering committee
· Through events, existing ACCESS members, networking and direct recruitment efforts, build the base of ACCESS members, including ACCESS Marshall Society Members
· Recruit ACCESS members who can lead and participate in ACCESS’ bridge building work including intergroup outreach and our global diplomacy work
· Collaborate and coordinate with the AJC Chicago Team, AJC ACCESS Global, both staff and lay, to implement and coordinate global programmatic campaigns, coordinate with other ACCESS regions, particularly other Fellow cities, to broaden/deepen impact of work
· Strengthen the relationship with existing religious and ethnic partners, with a special focus on younger leaders of these communities, and identify new ones
· Consider dialogue strategies and implement the most effective one(s) locally
· Develop and expand joint advocacy opportunities with partners
· Sense of Humor
The ideal candidate will have a passion for making a difference in our world. The candidate will be committed to working hard and have demonstrated his or her ability to take initiative and follow-through. The candidate will also be a team player, highly organized and be a thoughtful and articulate communicator both orally and in writing. And finally, the candidate will have a strong interest in community building within the Jewish community and between Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Past experience working in intergroup relations highly valued and experience with the Muslim and Latino communities a plus.
ACCESS Associates will engage in professional development workshops alongside their ACCESS peers at annual conferences and programs. Associates will also be in frequent contact with ACCESS Global for one-on-one support and will take part in monthly calls with each other for idea sharing and support.
Chicago will host one Associate. Although Associates do not need to currently live in Chicago to apply, candidates who have a strong knowledge of Chicago and Chicago’s Jewish community will receive priority consideration.
Stipend: Associates will receive a $41,200/year stipend
Duration: The position is intended to last one year.
: While it is not necessary to adhere to any specific religious practice, a strong, demonstrated interest in Judaism and the Jewish community is a requirement.
Applications must include all of the materials listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
· Letter explaining your interest in this position and prior outreach experience to ethnic and religious communities and/or young leadership within the Jewish community
· One writing sample of 500 words or less
· Contact information for 2 references.
AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Please submit your application on: https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/access-associate-chi-2018-1-year-fellowship/