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Eisendrath Legislative Assistant

Job Title
Eisendrath Legislative Assistant
Work Hybrid
Yes
Description

The Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism Seeks Applicants 

for the 2024-2025 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Program.  

 

 

POSITION: EISENDRATH LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT 

Location: This position is based in Washington, DC and requires some weekend and evening hours. 

Organization: Union for Reform Judaism 

Employment Type: Full Time, Benefits Eligible  

Department: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism 

Reporting to: Assistant Legislative Director 

Employment Dates: August 20, 2024 – August 8, 2025 

Salary Range: $42,000 plus competitive benefits package 

Level/Salary Grade: Subject Matter Expert (Foundational) / A 
 

THE ROLE  

The Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Program is a year-long fellowship for recent college graduates or individuals with equivalent academic and/or professional experience who are interested in Judaism, social justice, and public policy. Eisendrath Legislative Assistants (LAs) play a pivotal role in the RAC’s work: advocacy, campaigns, programs, communications, organizing, and supporting the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. LAs are at the heart of every aspect of the Reform Movement's social justice work, and we are committed to making the Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Fellowship and RAC reflective of the diverse Movement and wider Jewish communities we represent. As such, we are particularly interested in investing in and engaging with applicants who come from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds. This includes People of Color, people with disabilities, people coming from marginalized socioeconomic backgrounds, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those who live at the intersection of these and other marginalized identities.  

WHAT YOU WILL DO  

Eisendrath Legislative Assistants report to the Assistant Legislative Director. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

ADVOCACY & THE COMMISSION ON SOCIAL ACTION (CSA)  

  • Monitor and mobilize around federal policy (including Congressional legislation, White House actions, and Supreme Court cases) representing the Reform Movement institutions to Congress, the White House, and coalitions.  Ensure that the voice of the Reform Movement's nearly 850 congregations, 2,000 rabbis, and 1.8 million Reform Jews are heard.   

  • Manage a policy portfolio (based on resolutions adopted by the Commission on Social Action, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis) and bring a Reform Jewish perspective to the crucial social justice issues of the day. Serve as the lead staff member on designated policy issues, playing a key role in developing strategy, drafting materials, mobilizing rapid response, and driving our work forward. One LA, the Linda Rae Sher Legislative Assistant, will work specifically on abortion, reproductive rights, and women’s rights.  

  • Prepare materials for consideration by the Commission on Social Action, which serves as the social justice policy-making body for the Reform Movement.  

PROGRAMS & COMMUNICATION   

  • Help plan, program, and coordinate all RAC-led conferences, which engage 2000+ participants per year.  

  • Attend all L'Taken Social Justice Seminars in Washington, DC (five weekends throughout the winter) as well as other in-person meetings and events throughout the year.   

  • Play a key role in creating, posting, and disseminating action alerts, blog posts, social media, press releases, and other communications and materials to decision-makers, the media, congregational leaders, and stakeholders. Update the website as needed.   

ORGANIZING 

  • Work with the RAC’s state and local partners to enhance advocacy at the state and local levels.  

  • Support congregations in bringing social justice closer to the center of their work by supporting state affiliate campaigns, assisting with Movement-wide campaigns, leading trainings, and developing educational materials.   

  • Build transformative relationships with state affiliate coalition partners across lines of race, class, and faith.   

WHO YOU ARE & KEYS TO SUCCESS (THE MUST-HAVES):  

To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas:  

  • Advocacy & Social Justice. Passion for social justice, with a particular focus on the role of faith-based advocacy in social change. Ability to analyze legislation and policy proposals in the context of Reform Movement position statements and priorities. Capacity to identify, mobilize, and empower others to act for justice at the local, state, provincial, and federal levels.   

  • Communication & Design. Effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to utilize and produce different forms of media. Capacity to engage with a wide array of stakeholders, including elected officials and staff, clergy, lay leaders, students, the media, and coalition partners. Strong research and analytical skills. Ability to produce engaging social media content to reach and mobilize new and existing audiences. Experience with graphic design, video production, and/or other forms of content creation is helpful.    

  • Youth Education. Ability to develop and run youth educational experiences, especially for high school audiences. Strong presentation skills and comfort teaching in-person, hybrid, and virtual spaces with different forms of technology. Understanding of safe and appropriate adult/teen partnership.   

  • Time Management & Teamwork. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, balancing multiple projects in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment. Highly motivated self-starter who is willing to experiment, pivot, ask for help, and give and receive regular feedback. Exhibits high emotional intelligence and prioritizes relationship building.   

  • REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and executing on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities. Willingness to listen to and elevate voices that represent the diversity of the Jewish community. Ability to recognize and analyze systemic injustice, power systems, and privilege.     

  • Jewish Traditions & Values. No specific academic or Jewish background is required to apply. Applicants do not need to be affiliated with the Reform Movement but should be familiar with and eager to advance Jewish text, tradition, and values that are aligned with the URJ. Ability to work with Reform Jewish clergy, lay leaders, and synagogue professionals. Willingness to incorporate Reform Jewish values into advocacy.   

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. The application has two components, outlined below. These parts may be completed in any order (i.e., applicants may submit their materials even if letters of recommendation are not yet ready), but all materials should be submitted as soon as possible. Contact RAC Assistant Legislative Director Jacob Greenblatt (jgreenblatt@rac.org) with any questions about the Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Program or application process. We look forward to hearing from you!

PART 1: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS  

When applying to this position, you will be prompted to create a candidate profile, submit a resume, and answer several application questions. After completing the application, please log back in and upload the remaining documents (ideally as a single combined PDF).

  1. A resumé highlighting your relevant academic, extracurricular, and/or professional experience.   

  1. A brief statement of interest (250 words or fewer) explaining why you are interested in serving as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant.   

  1. A brief essay (500 words or fewer) that responds to one of the following quotations and explains why Jewish social justice work matters to you and what inspires or motivates you to do this work. Please make this essay reflective of your personal experiences rather than a theoretical explanation and indicate to which quotation you are responding in your essay.  

  • “I believe that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. I often compare great campaigns to great love affairs because they’re an incredible container for transformation. You can change policy, but you also change relationships and people in the process.” – Ai-jen Poo, President of the National Domestic Workers Alliance 

  • “When we learn to see the humanity in those who seem most different from us, then we can learn to see the humanity in everyone we encounter.” – Simran Jeet Singh, Executive Director for the Aspen Institute’s Religion & Society Program and author of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life  

  • “Ben Zoma said: Who is wise? He who learns from every man, as it is said: ‘From all who taught me have I gained understanding’ (Psalms 119:99).” -Pirkei Avot 4:1 

  1. An official or unofficial academic transcript (if applicable – required only for applicants who have attended college) 

  1. A completed writing exercise. A significant portion of an LA’s work involves research and writing (e.g., letters to legislators, talking points, educational programs, and policy memos). To assess your ability to evaluate and produce written material, all applicants are required to complete a brief writing exercise to be submitted with the application. While the writing exercise does not have a strict time limit, you should spend no more than 1.5-2 hours on it. Visit www.RAC.org/LAWritingExercise for instructions.  

​​​​PART 2: LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION 

Applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation. One letter must be an academic or professional reference. The second letter should be from someone who can speak to your ability to work in the Jewish social justice field/broad-based social justice field. The letters should outline the applicant's qualities that specifically make you an outstanding candidate for a Jewish social justice fellowship. 

In the application, you will be prompted to provide the name and contact information of two recommenders. Please ask recommenders to submit their letters separately at www.RAC.org/LARecommendation. It is your responsibility to share the submission link with recommenders; it will not be sent directly to them.  

ABOUT THE RELIGIOUS ACTION CENTER  

For more than six decades, the RAC has worked to educate, inspire, and mobilize the Reform Jewish community to advocate for social justice. We mobilize around federal, state, provincial, and local legislation on more than 70 pressing socioeconomic issues, including reproductive health and rights, environment/climate change, racial justice, immigration, gun violence prevention, and LGBTQ+ equality. The RAC's work is mandated by the Union for Reform Judaism, whose nearly 850 congregations across North America include approximately 1.8 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. As part of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the RAC’s work is nonpartisan.  

ABOUT THE URJ  

Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success.   

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. We acknowledge that due to racism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, that our communities are not whole until everyone experiences a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, we stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of our communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for our communities to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice, and develop inspired leadership. Together, our employees and stakeholders, are creating Reform Judaism of today.  

 

The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+.   

In addition to uploading your resume, please remember to log in to your candidate profile and upload the required documents (statement of interest, essay, writing sample, & transcript (if applicable) outlined above in Part 1 of the application process.

Option 1: Create a New Profile