Community Engagement Co-ordinator – New North London Synagogue

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Community Engagement Co-ordinator – New North London Synagogue

Contract Type

Permanent

Hours

Part time

Location

Finchley (with flexibility for some home-based working)

Sector

Community

Salary

£26,000 to £30,000 gross per annum pro rata (commensurate with experience)

Closing date

3rd June 2024

Hours: 22.5 hours per week worked flexibly. This includes some evening and weekend hours, for example on Shabbat for communal lunches, occasional meetings on weekday evenings, and for other ad hoc events. 

About New North London Synagogue:

New North London Synagogue (NNLS) is a thriving Masorti community in North London with a membership in excess of 3,700. It is the largest Masorti synagogue in the UK, and one of the leading congregations of any denomination in the country. Based at its purpose-built premises in Finchley, NNLS sits at the cutting edge of contemporary Jewish life, constantly striving to develop and enhance Judaism for its members and sharing its values and ideas with wider society. We aim to build community and embed sustainability and inclusivity in everything we do. 

Purpose of the role:

Working with the Director of Community Engagement to deliver community initiatives that enable NNLS’s extensive membership to engage at various access points, both as participants and volunteers, which in turn builds connectivity, relationships and community. Community initiatives encompass targeted events and activities for life stage, interest group and geographic communities within community, as well as wider reaching events that appeal across the whole community. Tikkun Olam (social action) is at the heart of NNLS and we want to ensure opportunities for members to get involved.

The Community Engagement Co-ordinator will work closely with the Director of Community Engagement and other team members in driving Tikkun Olam projects forward including environmental, interfaith, homelessness and broader social justice initiatives both within and beyond the NNLS community. In return, you join a team that is passionate about the importance of community, enjoy a working environment that is caring and supportive and have the opportunity to learn and grow within a dynamic membership organisation. 

Job Specification:

Key Responsibilities include:

• Community Hospitality: Working with the Programming & Events Manager and Hall Hire & Kitchen Manager to deliver community Shabbat and Jewish festival events such as a communal Seder, Purim feast and Shabbat meals.

• Community Engagement logistics: Assisting the Director of Community Engagement in various community project logistics, including issuing and managing targeted invitations, coordinating room bookings, set-ups and catering requirements.

• Tikkun Olam: Working with lay leaders and volunteers to support Tikkun Olam initiatives through volunteer recruitment, liaising with key professionals and, in collaboration with the Communications team, sharing appropriate messaging with the community. Additionally, supporting volunteers to set up new initiatives.

• Kiddush: Managing the weekly kiddush rota.

• Challah Project: Managing the volunteers who bake and deliver challah to members each week.

• Night Shelter: Supervising the rota and managing the setup for the weekly homeless shelter during the winter.

• Volunteer Database: Development and management of a volunteer database that tracks members’ volunteer roles and involvement and enabling the Director of Community Engagement to strategically talent spot and recruit members into new roles.

• Neighborhood Connections: Supporting the Director of Community Engagement working with a team to build and manage small geographic neighborhood groups of 20 member households, providing a network for support and engagement.

• Targeted Membership Engagement: Supporting the Director of Community Engagement in delivering activities targeted at sub-groups within the community, such as a Friday night dinner for Year 13 school leavers and an adult singles’ evening.

Person Specification:

Essential:

• Excellent communication skills and a keen eye for detail

• Happy to recruit and work with large numbers of volunteers, building long-lasting relationships

• A creative, nurturing personality, with empathy and compassion for more vulnerable people

• Well organised, flexible and able to work under pressure, including some evening and weekend hours.

• Good organisational, planning, and coordination skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects at one time

• Desire to take full ownership of assigned projects and to work independently

• Proactive approach to problem solving

Desirable:

• An understanding and track record of community organising and/or community development

• A knowledge of the UK Jewish community

For more information and to be personally recommended for the role, please contact melissa@theworkavenue.org.uk

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