Career Opportunities with the Society for Humanistic Judaism
The Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), the congregational arm of the Humanistic Jewish movement in North America, is the largest Jewish institution in North America dedicated to secular Judaism. The Society consists of 28 communities and at-large members in the United States and Canada. The SHJ was organized in 1969. The Society’s mission is to mobilize people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life independent of a supernatural authority.
The SHJ Board believes that we need a new “Vision for the SHJ” so that the Society can deal effectively with its challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. To that end, we are seeking a consultant to provide 1) an organizational assessment, 2) an analysis of environmental challenges and opportunities, 3) an evaluation of comparable institutions’ approaches to success and 4) solutions for the SHJ.
Proposals are due July 15, 2015. Deliverables due December 15, 2015.
If you would like a copy of the RFP, posted June 8, 2015, please email Ms. Faith Oremland
Committee to Hire Vision Consultant, SHJ Executive Committee, no later than June 17, 2015.
with Humanistic Congregations & Communities
MACHAR, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism, is hiring Sunday school teachers and a song leader for its Jewish Cultural School (JCS) for the 2014-2015 academic year.
School runs for 16 two-hour sessions on Sunday mornings from September 14 to May 17.
Qualifications for teacher positions: teaching experience; comfort with secular humanistic/cultural approach to Jewish studies; and ability to work with children.
Qualifications for song leader position: a musical background in guitar; knowledge of Jewish songs typical of Jewish camps or Sunday schools; and the ability to lead children and adults in singing approximately once a month on Sundays.
Visit our website for information about our congregation and curriculum.
Hourly rate begins at $35/hour.
Applications will be confidential.
Send cover letter and resume to: Debby Brennan, JCS Director.
Employment Opportunities in the Humanistic Jewish Movement
Employment Opportunities in Secular Movement Organizations
Located in Washington, D.C., SCA lobbies the U.S. Congress on issues of special concern to its constituency. Its 17 member organizations are established 501(c(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic Americans. SCA was founded to formalize a cooperative structure for visible, unified activism. The organization is committed to promoting reason and science as the most reliable methods for understanding the universe and improving the human condition. It affirms the secular form of government as a necessary condition for the interdependent rights of religious freedom and religious dissent.
SCA has chapters in all 50 states, holds an annual lobby day and policy conference, publishes yearly Congressional report cards and voter guides and in 2013 published its first Model Secular Policy Guide for Legislatures.
The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Secular Coalition for America, a 501(c)(4) organization, and its sister organization, the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. S/he reports to the Board of Directors and is a non-voting member of the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission and financial objectives. S/he oversees the lobbying and public education efforts for the Coalition and its member organizations and serves as the chief spokesperson for the organization.
SCA is seeking a candidate with demonstrated management experience. Ideally, the candidate will have Capitol Hill experience and/or supervisory experience with an advocacy organization at the federal level. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated capacity to communicate with legislators, agencies, the media and other stakeholders and opinion leaders. Preference will be given to candidates who have a record of effective advocacy and public policy campaign leadership skills.
Successful candidates will have graduate level education in the law, public policy (or related fields) or comparable experience. Candidates should be familiar with secular legal, legislative and public policy matters and be able to work with and represent the interests of a diverse coalition of atheists and humanists. The candidate should be ready to manage fundraising and finances, train and supervise staff, and coordinate and build coalitions, as well as, provide leadership in lobbying.
The ideal candidate will come with a vision of how SCA can grow its influence in Washington to be commensurate with representing its fast-growing constituency of secular American citizens.
For additional information, please see the full recruitment profile, which is posted on: www.secular.org and on www.wbbmccormack.com. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) seeks highly motivated undergraduate, graduate, or law students for unpaid internship positions in the spring, summer and fall semesters. SCA is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.
Working at a small non-profit, this internship will provide ample opportunities to take on responsibility and produce work samples for addition to a portfolio. Interns work directly with SCA staff and have the opportunity to learn and assist in the four main departments of the office: lobbying and advocacy; research and outreach; development and fundraising; and communications through traditional and new media.
Internships are being offered for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014.
Contact SCA directly to learn more about these positions.
Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. Camp Quest sessions across North America, in the UK and Switzerland are seeking volunteer counselors for this summer. For more information and to apply, click here.
The Secular Student Alliance lists positions available throughout the secular movement. Click here to find listings for jobs and internships.
The Ethical Society of St. Louis, a humanist congregation, seeks an outreach Leader to increase our visibility and voice in the St. Louis region and beyond, and through these efforts, increase membership in the Society and the Society’s influence in the broader community. The St. Louis Ethical Society is a “welcoming home for humanists” that emphasizes “deed before creed.” Founded in 1886, it is the largest Ethical Society in the country with over 350 members, and boasts a vibrant, engaged congregation that has played an active role in the community life of the St. Louis region. Complete details about the job and our society can be found on our website: www.ethicalstl.org/opportunity.
The outreach Leader is expected to be experienced in the strategic use of social media and maintain an active presence in online and traditional media. This Leader should be a dynamic speaker who will represent the Society through active participation in interfaith organizations and secular coalitions and, along with the other Leader, provide meaningful addresses and programs for the congregation.
This is a collaborative leadership position. The outreach Leader will work in partnership with and report to our other Leader to build an effective team to address the needs of the Society.
The outreach Leader must have a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree and/or a record of achievement in humanist congregational growth or community organizing is desired. Also, certification as an Ethical Culture Leader is required. If not currently certified, the candidate must be accepted for Ethical Culture Training by the American Ethical Union (AEU) prior to being hired and must complete the certification requirements within two years of being hired.
This is a full-time position that begins in August of 2015; salary and benefits are negotiable. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, a resumé, a writing sample, and contact information for three to five references. CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.