Director of Field and Movement Building, Footsteps

This new position is responsible for visioning Footsteps’ efforts as a thought leader around issues, concerns, and best practices in working with and alongside those leaving ultra-Orthodoxy.

North AmericaNew York, NY

This information originates from a third party, the provider of this opportunity. In the event you have questions or require more details, please contact the provider of this opportunity directly.

Posted February 12, 2018.

Organizational Overview:

Footsteps supports and affirms individuals and families who have left, or are contemplating leaving, insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. Through our broad array of programs, critical supports and access to essential resources, Footsteps creates a vibrant community that celebrates the triumphs and advocates for the concerns of our members. We have served over 1,400 individuals since our founding in 2003 and we have an annual budget of just over $2M annually. To learn more visit

Position Overview

Footsteps seeks a dynamic and talented mid-career professional to serve as the organization’s first Director of Field and Movement Building. This new position is responsible for visioning Footsteps’ efforts as a thought leader around issues, concerns, and best practices in working with and alongside those leaving ultra-Orthodoxy. They will leverage momentum from the critically acclaimed documentary, “One of Us,” to maximize organizational visibility and to further situate Footsteps as a convener of groups and leaders world-wide working to provide services to the formerly ultra-Orthodox. They will also be responsible for educating the broader community about issues of concern to those leaving ultra-Orthodoxy and mobilizing the OTD community to be change agents. The Director of Field and Movement Building will serve on the Senior Staff, will work closely with Community Engagement, Communications and Development staff and consultants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Visibility Strategy Development

  • Discern and develop a campaign that sends a message of hope and galvanizes the positive energy coming out of “One of Us” towards social change
  • Leverage “One of Us” to maximize organizational visibility, locally and nationally, through public speaking, screenings and increased media presence
  • Develop and implement an outreach strategy to potential members that is respectful and aligns with Footsteps’ Core Values

Digital Content Development

  • Oversee digital strategy for energizing Footsteps’ online community and increasing numbers of potential members, including email and social media
  • Develop a digital strategy to mobilize the public to serve as advocates and allies to the formerly ultra-Orthodox community

Network Building, Convenings, and Leadership Development

  • Plan and implement convenings and events to educate the public and professional networks on key issues of concern to Footsteps’ members
  • Launch Footsteps’ speakers bureau to train and place members to serve as ambassadors to raise awareness about Footsteps and issues of concern to our members
  • Develop, build relationships with and convene a global network of groups and catalysts serving formerly ultra-Orthodox individuals by providing resources and technical assistance
  • Oversee microgrants to promote leadership within the Footsteps community (i.e.: IGNITE microgrants)

Communal Relations

  • Represent Footsteps to external stakeholders including funders, collaborating organizations, and synagogues
  • Assist with proposal writing and resource mobilization to support field and movement building work
  • Liaise with individuals, professionals and other entities interested in studying and educating others about those who leave ultra-Orthodoxy

Staff Supervision

  • Supervise future staff and interns, resource permitting

Competencies & Qualifications

  • Passion for Footsteps’ mission and alignment with Core Values
  • Nuanced understanding of the experience of leaving ultra-Orthodoxy
  • Track record for skillful community organizing and network building, including exceptional relational capacity and interpersonal skills
  • Capacity and desire to work on a visioning/big picture level to activate staff and other stakeholders
  • Ability to build out detailed implementation plans to execute campaigns, including online campaigns
  • Creative, out of the box thinking when it comes to tapping into new resources and support
  • Demonstrated optimism, energy and desire to take Footsteps to its next level of development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization, including flexibility to simultaneously perform a wide variety of tasks
  • Early adopter when it comes to technology, a plus
  • Experience with informal adult education, a plus
  • 10+ years of relevant professional experience

How to Apply
For immediate consideration, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and indicate your name and “Director of Field and Movement Building” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

(Photo Credit: Footsteps Facebook page)