MAZON is not just a Jewish response to hunger, it is the Jewish response to hunger — the collective voice of an age-old people who know how to change the world. Through MAZON, we express our particular passion for justice and our communal commitment to uplifting all people.
Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.
For nearly 36 years, MAZON has worked to ensure that laws, policies, and regulations governing access to food are available, accessible, and meaningful to those who need them, particularly populations whose unique needs are too often overlooked: veterans, currently serving military families, those living on Tribal lands and in rural America, seniors and particularly LGBTQ seniors, and single mothers. Our efforts are designed to provide people with the resources they need in a manner that is dignified and without judgement. All people — regardless of the circumstances that led to their need for assistance — must have access to adequate, nutritious food, while retaining their choice, agency, and dignity.
MAZON is a leading national voice on anti-hunger issues. We work independently and in coalition with partners to protect and strengthen government nutrition programs that help people put food on the table, explore innovative solutions to persistent challenges to food security, and undertake unique strategies to bring such solutions to fruition. We educate communities across the country about the reality of hunger and how they can join us to help end it. We also provide funding to expand advocacy, training, and resources to nonprofit organizations across the United States and Israel, which includes a range of partnerships with food banks, legal-service organizations, statewide coalitions, and advocacy groups.
MAZON has a robust state-based advocacy effort that includes organizing synagogues to engage in state level advocacy efforts to address specific hunger challenges in their states. The Organizer engages and trains synagogue congregants and clergy and transforms them into effective advocates to advance the interests and dignity of those struggling with food insecurity. This effort 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.
The Organizer reports to the Vice President of Programs and works closely with MAZON’s Community Engagement staff to identify where to initiate organizing efforts, as well as to respond to requests for MAZON to work with a local synagogue. MAZON’s approach to this work typically includes working with the congregation to:
- Identify and support a leadership team made up of members of the local synagogues
- Provide options for issues that are actionable and winnable with broad local impact
- Train and mentor the congregants in transferable advocacy and organizing skills
Since 2012, MAZON has launched state based organizing efforts that have engaged over 30 synagogues in 8 states to respond to critical and urgent issues.
Although we have offices in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, this position can be remote and the location 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 to advance anti-hunger advocacy efforts in individual states.
- At this time, a significant priority for the Organizer is to work with MAZON’s Community Engagement staff to develop and implement a unique approach for synagogue organizing remotely. Such an approach will remain viable and used even after the lifting of quarantine restrictions.
- The organizer will serve as liaison with our partners and allies in the field, representing MAZON’s interests and strategies.
- The Organizer will report to the Vice President of Programs.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
- At least three years of professional work experience.
- Experience in community organizing, social justice, public policy.
- Deep knowledge of Judaism and experience working within the Jewish community.
- Experience and comfort working with synagogues, Jewish organizations and nonprofits.
- Strong relationship-building skills and the ability to partner effectively with leaders from peer organizations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Candidates must be willing to travel throughout the US up to 15% of the time and be able to work evenings and weekends.
Compensation and Benefits:
MAZON offers a compensation package that includes a competitive salary range of $45,000 to $55,000. Employer-paid benefits include comprehensive medical insurance as well as Life/Disability/AD&D insurance. Other benefits include a 401K plan with an employer match, FSA participation, and dental, vision, and AFLAC insurance at a discounted group rate. MAZON offers a very generous vacation and sick time plan and holiday schedule, including all major Jewish holidays. We close early on Fridays in observance of Shabbat. We have a fun office environment (even virtually!) and a fantastic team who are dedicated to the meaningful work we do.
How to apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please put ORGANIZER in the subject line.
MAZON is an equal-opportunity employer and seeks to be an anti-racist organization through its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice.