Gap Year Resident Advisor
Part Time Position*
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: Room, meals, utilities (worth approximately $1,100/month), plus stipend ($750-$950/month, depending on experience)
Commitment: 25 hours per week, mid-August 2016 – late May 2017
* Possibility of additional administrative and recruiting work (38 hours per week total) for $1150-$1350/month, depending on experience
Overview of Tivnu
With a focus on young adults, Tivnu: Building Justice engages and mobilizes the Jewish community on issues of shelter and other basic human needs through hands-on projects, education, and advocacy.
Tivnu, located in Portland, Oregon, offers one-day and one-week programs, summer programs, and its cornerstone program, the Tivnu Gap Year.
The Tivnu Gap Year Program is a 9-month immersive experience for high school graduates, ages 17-20, from across the United States. Participants work, study, and live together, building homes, interning with local nonprofit groups, creating community, and exploring the connections between Judaism and social justice. Participants:
- Live together and co-create a functional communal household, developing skills such as conflict resolution, cooking, and managing a budget.
- Learn construction skills and build affordable and sustainable housing with other non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity.
- Develop direct service and advocacy skills with local nonprofit organizations.
- Study Jewish texts and Jewish history to find out what they can teach us about today’s most urgent social problems.
- Learn about housing and related social justice issues.
- Explore their Jewish identity within a welcoming, pluralistic community.
- Work directly with people currently experiencing homelessness and learn community-organizing skills.
The Tivnu Gap Year House Supervisor will live on-site with 8-15 Gap Year participants, work closely with the Program Director to ensure the participants’ success, and perform general organizational administrative tasks as needed, including managing social media.
Primary Tasks & Responsibilities
- Live in the communal home and be available to support and ensure the safety of participants.
- Communicate openly and regularly with participants, including one-on-one check-ins, facilitation of group discussions, and offer mediation between participants as needed.
- Help with the group’s time management, facilitating the cooking of kosher meals, and overseeing the completion of household chores.
- Be aware of any household issues, and act as an approachable mentor for participants to come to with problems.
- Have a clear understanding of house expectations and rules, and ensure they are followed.
- Support participants in the facilitation of house meetings and decision-making processes.
- Check in with house committees and help support their follow-through.
- Participate in multi-day trips and team-building activities, hiking, camping, sharing of some meals, etc.
- Perform administrative tasks as needed, including database management, tasks related to recruitment for the 2018/19 cohort, and managing social media.
- May include some travel for recruitment.
Requirements & Qualifications
- Experience working with teenagers and young adults in informal or formal educational settings.
- Patient and process-oriented demeanor.
- Excellent communication, listening, team building and interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational and administrative skills with ability to fulfill diverse responsibilities and prioritize tasks.
- Exceptional time management skills.
- Enjoy working with people.
- Flexibility with regard to working hours. Evening and weekend hours required.
- Excellent social media skills.
- Excited about being a key part of the recruiting team for the following year’s cohort.
- Excellent driving record and ability/openness to driving a 12-passenger van.
- Understanding of or willingness to learn the laws of kashrut.
- Knowledge of and experience working on social justice issues preferred.
- Strong Judaic knowledge
- Experience in informal Jewish education settings
- Experience with CRM systems, particularly Salesforce
- Experience recruiting for programs