We are currently accepting applications for the position of 2018-2019 Tivnu Gap Year Resident Advisor.


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 grassroots nonprofit organizations, 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.
  • work with local grassroots organizations on a variety of social justice issues
  • learn construction skills and build affordable and sustainable housing with other non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity and at encampments of formerly houseless individuals
  • 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


Position: Resident Advisor
Reports to:  Executive Director
Salary:  Room, meals, utilities (worth approximately $1,100/month), plus stipend of $1200/month
Commitment: mid-August, 2018 – late May, 2019


Job Summary 

The Tivnu Gap Year Resident Advisor will live on-site with 8-10 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 and 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 and facilitation of group discussions, and offer mediation between participants as needed.
  • Help with the group’s time management, facilitate the cooking of kosher meals, and oversee 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 and coordinate logistics for 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 2019/20 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 regarding 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
  • Ability to participate in 6-8 mile hikes with elevation gain
  • Understanding of or willingness to learn the laws of kashrut


Preferred Qualifications
  • 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


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