About

Repair the World is dedicated to making meaningful service an essential part of Jewish life. We enable people to transform their neighborhoods, cities and lives through service experiences rooted in community relationships and in Jewish values, history and heritage.

Repair the World’s signature program, Repair the World Communities, engages young adults in service and social change around education and food justice in neighborhoods in Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Miami, New York City, and Atlanta.

Repair the World is launching a new site in Chicago, aiming to build a young Jewish community in Chicago that coalesces around meaningful service through a Jewish lens and that brings positive impact and urgency to issues of social justice in the community. Repair has been piloting programs in Chicago for the past two years through a training and education model led by national Repair staff members.

Role

The Director of Repair the World Chicago is a senior-level leadership position responsible for setting strategy, building relationships, and managing Repair the World Chicago. The Director will oversee the launch and implementation of a successful Repair site with the goal of mobilizing young Jewish Chicagoans to learn about local issues, act to address urgent needs, and reflect. This leader will be passionate about Jewish values, service, young adult engagement, and social justice. Repair’s work in Chicago will be rooted in deep community partnerships, collaborations, and will foster an environment of equity and empowerment. This position reports to Repair’s Senior Program Director in New York and works closely with the Director of Expansion.

Responsibilities

Site Development

  • Lead all aspects of site development, including requesting necessary support from the national office, building critical relationships in Chicago, and piloting local service and contextual dialogue programming.
  • Research and make decisions about key program components, including core partnerships and outcomes.
  • Learn and prepare to implement best practices from other Repair the World Communities.
  • Identify methods of lead generation – opportunities for engaging with venues, organizations and other sources of reaching the Jewish young adult target population.
  • Begin to build a base of engaged and empowered Jewish young adults in Repair’s local programming.

Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Effectively communicate the organization’s mission and goals to a wide variety of audiences and serve as a spokesperson.
  • Develop, engage, and manage a local advisory committee.
  • Work with Repair’s national staff to engage local funders and cultivate relationships with local stakeholders, ensuring Repair the World Chicago’s long-term sustainability.
  • Promote the power of volunteering to address urgent needs faced by marginalized communities, build transformative relationships, and mobilize people to engage more deeply with social justice.

Local Program Building: Service Portfolio and Community Partnerships

  • Build and sustain relationships and engagement with the largest Jewish communities, non-Jewish civic and nonprofit communities, and with specific nonprofits engaged with directly impacted communities with which Repair serves.
  • Plan a robust calendar of programming, including service opportunities that match the needs of the service partner and the target audience, and secure event spaces for public programming.
  • Deepen volunteers’ understanding about the social, economic, and historical context of their service, as well as the connections to Jewish values.
  • Guide the development, testing, and refining of local engagement strategies to recruit, attract, and retain community-based young adult volunteers.
  • Gather, analyze, and learn from data on and experiences with participants, programs, and partners.
  • Annually set and regularly refine targets and productivity measures for the program and staff based on articulated assumptions and hypotheses, and prioritize continual learning and improvement.
  • Manage local budget, facilities, resources, and vendors with an inclusive and equitable lens.

National Program Building

  • Work in close collaboration with a team of Directors and national staff.
  • Build awareness and enthusiasm for Repair the World as well as Repair the World Chicago.
  • Manage relationships with local affiliates of Repair the World’s national partners.
  • Participate in and contribute to national gatherings, including Fellow Orientation and Mid-Year Retreat.

Requirements

Core Competencies

  • Track record of successful program leadership and excellence in nonprofit management.
  • Ability and comfort in cultivating and stewarding relationships in Chicago’s Jewish communal, civic, social justice, and service landscapes.
  • Effectiveness with organizational negotiations around collaborations or joint ventures.
  • Ability to relate well to young adults and people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Sophisticated awareness of poverty, structural racism, intersectionality, power, and privilege, deep understanding of Jewish perspectives on these topics, and an ability to discuss these issues with diverse groups in ways that empower and open people to learning.
  • Facility with an eagerness for all kinds of learning (quantitative, qualitative, relational, anecdotal) and ability to apply lessons learned in real time through appropriate course corrections.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of and strong commitment to volunteerism and service best practices.
  • Comfort working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Infectious excitement about connecting Jewish values and learning to service and social change work.
  • Strong enthusiasm and energy, and ability to thrive in high-pressure environments.

Required Experience

  • Direct volunteer management.
  • Leading and developing service projects.
  • At least six years of management experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
  • External stakeholder relationship management at an executive level or equivalent.
  • Excellent facilitation of meetings, trainings, and group-based reflection.

Preferred Experience

  • Working with communities in Chicago.
  • Budget management and fundraising.
  • National Service (i.e. City Year, TFA, AmeriCorps, Avodah).
  • Facilitating Jewish service-learning.
  • Training in equity frameworks and practices.

Additional Qualifications

  • Flexibility, good humor, and eagerness to work in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Commitment to building pluralistic Jewish community.
  • Understanding of and positive perspective toward data management.
  • Ability to travel up to six times per year, generally to other Repair the World Communities or to nearby retreat locations.
  • Ability to work during evenings and weekends on a regular basis.

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter here. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis. The hiring process for this leadership position will ask qualified candidates to interview with members of our staff, senior leadership and board members, along with completing a written exercise.

We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with Repair the World. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

Compensation

This is an executive-level position with exceptional growth opportunity for a seasoned and effective professional. Compensation will reflect this level of commitment and expertise and will be commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes medical/dental/vision coverage, retirement matching, support for childcare during retreats and trainings, and more.