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Public Affairs Associate or Senior Associate

J Street

J Street

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Position Title: Public Affairs Senior Associate, or Assistant Director (based on seniority)

Reports to: Senior Director for New England and the Midwest

Start Date: As soon as possible

Status: Full Time, Exempt

Location: Boston, MA or Chicago, IL (Hybrid)

Are you passionate about being part of changing the conversation around Middle East policy? Our New England and Midwest-based team is looking for someone to help bridge our constituents and Congressional leaders, and develop J Street’s regional leadership to make a maximal impact on the policy level. If you have strong organizing and relationship-building experience and the ability to motivate J Street’s volunteer leaders, and help us grow our political power this role is perfect for you.

Apply today to help translate J Street’s national strategy into political power in New England and the Midwest.


The Public Affairs Associate will be a key member of a seven-person team responsible for engaging leadership, donorship and supportership in the New England and Midwestern states. The Public Affairs Associate works with J Street leaders to build relationships with, educate and promote our legislative priorities to Members of Congress (MOCs) and candidates running for Congress.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Public Affairs team, the Engagement team and J Street U team to create a comprehensive tactical plan for moving target MOCs and congressional candidates to more aligned positions;
  • Recruiting, cultivating and deepening a network of leaders around target MOCs and their local offices;
  • Activating J Street advocacy leaders to promptly contact their respective MOCs regarding specific legislation;
  • Training leaders and student leaders in best advocacy tactics;
  • Facilitating constituents/leaders/student leaders meeting with MOCs and candidates in key political races;

Plan and support fundraisers and political events for J Street PAC candidates

  • Owning responsibility for active, smooth, and effective participation in Summit and Conference Advocacy meetings by as many leaders and supporters as possible; and
  • Facilitate political candidate outreach and meet & greets with relevant political and advocacy leaders
  • Ensuring data is correctly stored in organizational databases;

Desired Skills and Characteristics

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Mission Alignment: A strong commitment to J Street’s mission, including: support for a secure, Jewish and democratic future for Israel, and advocating an active U.S. leadership role to help end the Israeli occupation and achieve a two-state solution;
  • Political and Legislative Familiarity: An understanding of the political landscape, relevant policy, and the legislative process;
  • Relevant Experience: 2 plus years professional experience in a relevant field such as issue advocacy, volunteer management, and/or political organizing, among others.
  • Highly organized: Detail-oriented, able to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work independently;
  • Project Management: Experience managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Collaborative and Relational: Ability to work across departments within the organization, with multiple team leaders, and a variety of supporters and leaders.

About J Street

J Street organizes pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-democracy Americans to promote US policies that align with Jewish and democratic values, that help secure the State of Israel as a just, democratic homeland for the Jewish people, and that advance freedom, safety and self-determination for the Palestinian people.

J Street focuses its work in three main areas: (1) Advocating and demonstrating support for pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-democracy policies in Congress, the media and the Jewish community; (2) Endorsing and raising money for federal candidates who share J Street’s agenda; and (3) Educating the public and raising awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the two-state solution.


This is a full-time position, with occasional work outside traditional work hours on an as-needed basis. The salary is $56,500-$65,000. Per J Street's Collective Bargaining Agreement, pay and title are commensurate with experience and according to pay bands outlined in our CBA.

Our comprehensive benefits package includes unlimited personal time off, sick leave, generous parental and family leave, paid time off on many federal and Jewish holidays, health and dental insurance, company-paid life insurance, a 401k program including an employer match, commuter benefits, and a flexible spending account.

J Street recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in J Street’s bargaining unit and is covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Physical Requirements

There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. J Street will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. There is potentially some travel associated with the role but this can be discussed if the physical demands of travel would prevent someone from applying.

To Apply

We are excited to receive applications from a broad range of applicants as we grow our organization to better reflect the diversity of the communities that care about our mission. Please submit the items listed below:

  1. Resume
  2. Answer three short-answer questions in the application process
  3. List of Three References and their contact information

Applications are being accepted now and the position will be filled as quickly as possible.

At J Street we value an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse workplace. We are an equal-opportunity employer committed to understanding and valuing each other’s perspectives at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our employees, and the communities we work with. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment and fellowship, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.