Employment Opportunities

MAZON is currently recruiting for one position:
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ORGANIZER

Position Overview

MAZON Advocacy Project (MAP) is a strategic initiative that engages and trains synagogue partners and transforms them into effective advocates to advance the interests and dignity of those struggling with food insecurity. MAP provides synagogues with the opportunity to move beyond “food drives” and to take collective actions around achievable hunger solutions. Through actions, congregations also learn first-hand the systemic challenges and competing interests that have enabled hunger to persist on a broad scale.

Supported by MAZON’s National Synagogue Organizer, each MAP is built around:

  • Leadership team made up of members of the local synagogues
  • Issues that are actionable and winnable with broad local impact
  • Training and mentoring in transferable advocacy and organizing skills
  • Commitment to maximize the unique role and contribution of congregations

 Since 2012, MAZON has launched MAP efforts that have engaged over 30 synagogues in 8 states to respond to critical and urgent issues.

The location for this position is flexible.

Duties and Responsibilities

MAZON believes that organizing should be a vocation and not merely a temporary job.

  • The primary role of the organizer will be to build networks of synagogues, organizations and coalition partners necessary for MAP’s success. Through individual meetings, congregation teams, research and advocacy actions, they will identify MAP leaders, activate local congregations, cultivate partnerships, develop issue expertise and design effective advocacy actions to be executed by MAP congregations and members.
  • The organizer will be responsible for specific states or regions and may be assigned to assist in other MAPs and synagogue-based initiatives. He/she will serve as liaison with our partners and allies in the field, representing MAZON’s interests and strategies.
  • The Organizer will report to the National Synagogue Organizer.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent.
  • At least two years of professional work experience.
  • Experience in community organizing, social justice, public policy.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills, including the ability to think strategically and flexibly; identify policy change opportunities; and assess an organization’s leadership, track record and advocacy capacity.
  • Strong relationship-building skills and the ability to partner effectively with leaders from peer organizations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to achieve integrated strategies that support MAZON’s mission.
  • Ability to interact with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Deep knowledge of Judaism and experience working within the Jewish community.
  • Experience and comfort working with synagogues, Jewish organizations and nonprofits.
  • Candidates must be willing to travel throughout the US up to 15% of the time and be able to work evenings and weekends.
  • MAC and MS Office proficiency and database experience required. Salesforce experience a plus.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to hr@mazon.org. No phone calls, please.

Development Officer

Position Overview

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger seeks a Development Officer working on major gifts. This position works closely with the development team to determine effective strategies for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects. Will manage a portfolio of 125-150 major gift prospects, including individual donors, corporations, and institutions. Manages donors with a capacity of $10,000 or more. This position will report to the Director of Development.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates and develops strategies with the Director of Development and members of the Development team.
  • Works closely with program staff to gain in depth knowledge on MAZON’s programs and initiatives.
  • Cultivates and solicits donors for major gifts of $10,000 or more.
  • Listens for opportunities for gifts of assets or other non-cash gifts, such as planned gifts.
  • Provides opportunity for donors to receive recognition and increase future giving opportunities.
  • Involves and engages appropriate partners around the country, keeping them apprised of interactions, issues or concerns.
  • Understands and complies with all MAZON gift-related policies and procedures and ensures ethical compliance, as defined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge/Skills

  • Ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results. Salesforce experience a plus.
  • Successful experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Knowledge of current trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving. Working knowledge of charitable gift planning.
  • Successful experience in asking for and closing major gifts of $10,000 or more and building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors and corporations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to positively influence, inspire, motivate, and persuade.
  • Experience researching potential donors.
  • Fundraising within the Jewish community and/or anti-hunger related causes and issues.

Complexity/Problem solving

  • Ability to design, implement, and direct fundraising initiatives, including individualized cultivation, solicitation and recognition strategies.
  • Ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose.
  • Ability to make good decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Responsibility/Oversight – financial & supervisory

  • Financial responsibility includes setting and meeting fundraising objectives with the Director of Development, evaluating results and developing corrective strategies as needed.
  • Develops multi-year fundraising strategies and goals.

Communications/Interpersonal contacts

  • Strong communication and presentation skills; ability to persuasively convey the mission of MAZON to diverse groups including donors, corporate executives, board members and others who are important to the organization’s overall prosperity.
  • Ability to work with and communicate with a wide range of people—the public, influential donors, prospects and others.
  • Ability to develop relationships, and educate and inform prospective and existing donors about appropriate giving vehicles.
  • Ability to build constructive and effective relationships with development team.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years development work experience. Major gifts fundraising experience required.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in current trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving.
  • Experience in asking for and closing major gifts of $10,000 or more.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors and corporations.
  • Experience in developing a pipeline of prospects to cultivate for major gifts.
  • Candidates must be willing to travel and be able to work evenings and weekends.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a sample major gift proposal to hr@mazon.org. No phone calls, please.