Tzedek Social Justice Fellow focused on Prevention Education at Our VOICE
✓ Are you passionate about and dedicated to social justice? Are you invested in combating anti-Semitism, working for racial justice, and advocating for LGBTQ equality?
✓ Are you interested in building your skills as advocate and change agent?
✓ When faced with individual and institutionalized oppression, do you feel compelled to speak up, and work for change?
✓ Do you want to expand your professional network and gain hands-on experience working with a local take action, nonprofit organization?
If you answered yes to the questions above, the Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship (TSJF) might be a great fit for you!
The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship (TSJF) is a transformational experience for emerging social justice leaders that builds the capacity of organizations to effect change in Asheville and beyond. The Fellowship is committed to social justice, broadly defined, yet the work focuses primarily on LGBTQ rights, racial equity, and combatting antiSemitism. Over the course of eleven months, Fellows develop essential skills to cultivate relationships within the local community, create powerful connections that bridge across bias, and organize grassroots movements for positive community change.
The Fellowship builds individual and organizational capacity by engaging passionate emerging leaders in elevenmonth, paid, full-time positions at social justice organizations throughout the greater Asheville, North Carolina area. In addition to working 30 hours each week at their host site organization, Tzedek Fellows spend 10 hours developing life and leadership skills to help them become successful leaders and remain resilient throughout their careers. The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship requires full and active participation in all fellowship-related events and activities. It is a 40-hour per week commitment, including times outside of regular business hours. It is critical that the final candidate is truly passionate about becoming a Fellow and is committed to the spirit of personal and professional development.
THE PRIMARY GOALS OF THE FELLOWSHIP ARE TO EQUIP FELLOWS WITH THE SKILLS TO:
- Understand anti-Semitism throughout history and learn how to identify and effectively combat antiSemitism in their communities.
- Be powerful activists and advocates in the movement for LGBTQ rights.
- Examine and combat oppression and discrimination within the context of eliminating racism.
- Learn to build and work in diverse collaborative coalitions to achieve equity for all marginalized groups.
- Expand personal and professional networks and co-create a community of social justice peers for life-long connection.
- Positively impact the Asheville community by advancing the work of their host site organization.
- Have satisfying, successful, and sustainable careers in social justice non-profits and grassroots organizing groups.
PARTICIPATION & TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPECTATIONS:
- Participation in ongoing group activities including, but not limited to:
- A one-month paid orientation in August. o InnerVision, a personal growth program offering life skills in mindfulness, awareness, and clarity. o Weekly Fellow Forums with TSJF staff, including presentations and training sessions delivered by local and regional trainers and social justice leaders.
- Special social justice events (pop-up trainings, speakers, arts events) and social events for the Tzedek cohort.
- One-on-one meetings with TSJF staff and host site organization (HSO) supervisors. o Position-specific expectations and requirements as expressed by the HSO supervisor.
- Creation of an individual professional development plan, including the identification of resources and training opportunities in alignment with the plan goals.
- Attendance at national conferences including Creating Change and either The White Privilege Conference or the Facing Race Conference depending on the conference scheduling.
- Willingness to develop and nurture honest, trusting, and open relationships with other Fellows, TSJF staff, and HSO staff.
For more information about the Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship visit tzedekfellowship.org.
Organization and Position Details: Tzedek Fellow Focused on Prevention Education at Our VOICE
Our VOICE is a sexual assault response and prevention education organization. The Tzedek Fellow at Our VOICE will support our agency in improving our system of services and curricula to better meet the needs of Asheville’s African American communities.
Our VOICE works in pursuit of a community free from sexual violence. We serve all individuals in Buncombe
County affected by sexual assault and abuse through counseling, advocacy, and education. Our VOICE’s Prevention, Education and Outreach Programs are rooted in a belief that sexual violence is a cultural problem, stemming from systemic gender inequalities, oppression and stereotypes; media representations of men and women; homophobia; and a lack of accountability for perpetrators.
Reporting to the Program Director, The Tzedek Prevention Education Fellow will be responsible for teaching sexual assault violence prevention classes at the middle school, high school and college levels, and for developing and implementing a curriculum to provide outreach to the African American community regarding sexual violence. The position will collaborate closely with the Prevention Education Outreach staff and Prevention volunteers.
DUTIES WILL INCLUDE:
- Research, design, and implement new prevention and education programs for African American audiences
- Present pre-existing prevention and education programs as assigned
- Assist in the training and supervision of PEO volunteers
- Promote prevention and education programs and act as a public relations resource for the agency
- Develop and nurture relationships with key individuals and organizations in the community
- Organize education curricula, materials, statistics, and resources
- Document activities, recording information such as numbers of presentations conducted and persons served
- Maintain program information for use in reports; prepare monthly reports
- Prepare reports for funding sources as they pertain to the PEO program
- Maintain procedure for education evaluations
- Maintain professional competency of victim issues and prevention science by attending trainings and assessing other mechanisms (technical assistance, online tutorials, reading articles and books, etc.).
- Act as an advocate, working with clients and accepting staff back-up on-call duties as needed
- Assist OV staff with agency duties as needed
- Perform other duties as assigned
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, ATTRIBUTES AND EXPERIENCE:
- Experience in social work, education, or a field related to the work of this position
- Experience in education and/ or curriculum development strongly preferred
- Good written and interpersonal communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with children and adolescents
- Demonstrated ability to speak in public
- Ability to work with diverse populations
- Ability to work flexible hours, and flexibility to adapt to project and community needs
- Independent, self-motivated worker
- Has own reliable car to carry out job tasks
- Experience in community organizing
- Experience in program planning and coordination
- Experience in teaching and/ or leading and facilitating presentations, workshops and classes
HOW TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter describing your fit with the program and position with the subject line “[FULL NAME] – Tzedek Fellowship Application 2017-18.”) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2017. No phone calls.
***People of Color, LGBTQ individuals, and WNC residents are strongly encouraged to apply.***
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship is a full-time, eleven month, non-renewable, temporary position. Fellows receive a base salary of $28,000, employee sponsored health care or a health care stipend, and a professional development stipend of $1,000. The Fellowship begins with a month-long orientation starting on August 7, 2017.
Paid time off is available to eligible employees for the purpose of rest, relaxation, illness, personal, and family needs. Full time positions (defined as 1.0 FTE with 75 hours worked each two week pay period) will accrue 7.38 hours of PTO each two week pay period. A maximum of 192 hours of accumulated PTO may be accrued for 1.0 FTE positions. Ten holidays will be granted on: New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Easter Monday or Good Friday; Independence Day; Memorial Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, and two days at Christmas.
Val Collins http://www.ourvoicenc.org/
35 Woodfin St
Asheville, NC 28801
Our VOICE is committed to equality in employment and programming. OV does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or veteran status in its hiring practices, programs, services or activities. All are encouraged to apply, especially women and people of color.