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Join an amazing team of mission-driven colleagues.

Footsteps supports and affirms individuals and families who have left, or are contemplating leaving, insular communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. We provide crucial peer and professional resources and support for people as they embrace the challenge to redefine their identities and build new communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • 20 vacation days and 13 paid holidays
  • Unlimited sick days
  • 5 personal days
  • Summer Fridays
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Paid sabbatical after 7 years of continuous service
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 3% match for IRA retirement plan
  • Flexible spending accounts for health care and transit
  • Professional development stipend

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with Footsteps. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Current Openings:

Job Title: Community Engagement Associate
Reports to: Director of Community Engagement
Position Type: Full Time, Non-Exempt

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. Based in New York City with remote options nationally, Footsteps offers members peer and emotional support groups, educational and career programs, divorce and custody support, social events and celebrations, and referrals to partner organizations for additional resources. Since Footsteps began in 2003, we have served over 2,300 individuals as they work to define their own identities, build new connections and communities, and lead meaningful lives on their own terms.

We have recently completed a robust strategic planning process, which has laid out a clear vision for Footsteps through 2027. In 2024, as we continue to recalibrate post-COVID, we expect our budget to surpass $5M with a staff of over 30. This is both an exciting and critical time to join the Footsteps team as we strengthen our internal infrastructure and capacity to meet the expanding needs of this community.

Position Overview:
Footsteps seeks an organized and resourceful individual to serve as the organization’s Community Engagement Associate. A primary component of this role is organizing the largest events that Footsteps holds for our community members and the Community Engagement Associate is responsible for managing all of the moving parts of these events. In this role, you will work across departments to ensure that our programs run smoothly and efficiently and meet Footsteps members’ needs. Additionally, you will provide administrative support to the Footsteps Micro-grant program, bring creative energy and organizational wizardry to Footsteps’ community engagement events and groups, and ensure that key programs are captured in our database.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate virtual, in-person, and hybrid community events and convenings, both large and small
  • Serve as the key point person on all micro-grants, manage member communications and distribution of funds
  • Collaborate with the Director of Community Engagement to utilize data collection methods to evaluate program impact
  • Liaise with vendors, developing and maintaining professional working relationships
  • Provide guidance and support to other program departments in running programs that support members and create a sense of community
  • Ensure data capture and documentation in Salesforce, assist in pulling reports
  • Represent Footsteps to supporters and at public education events as needed
  • Staff 2-4 evening and/or weekend programs at Footsteps each month


  • Commitment to and passion for Footsteps’ mission and values
  • 1 -3 year of relevant experience in community engagement, project management, or event planning
  • Excellent organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail
  • Sound judgment and the ability to exercise discretion with confidential information
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization with tight deadlines and shifting priorities
  • Skillful communicator with the ability to manage up and across various parts of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate problems, find opportunities, and improve systems with a solutions-oriented mindset, flexibility, and optimism
  • Ability to work occasional late evenings or weekend
  • Ability to travel occasionally to our satellite office in Rockland is preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Knowledge of Salesforce is a plus

Location: Greater New York City
Start Date: August 2024
Salary: $50,000-$60,000

This is a hybrid position, with in-office days expected approximately 1-2 days per week and event- support in Rockland County, NY, and the NYC metro area. The ideal candidate works well in the office and from home.

COVID update:
All staff are required to be vaccinated. The office is currently open to staff on a voluntary basis. Program offerings and services are offered both virtually and in-person, at the office and offsite.

How to Apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected], indicating your name and “Community Engagement Associate” in the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply soon.

Team + Benefits:
You will be joining an amazing team of passionate, mission-driven colleagues. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes: 20 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, unlimited sick days, 5 personal days, summer Fridays, 12 weeks of paid parental leave, paid sabbatical after 7 years of continuous service, health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% match for IRA retirement plan, flexible spending accounts for health care and transit, and a professional development stipend.

We are committed to promoting an equitable, safe, and welcoming environment for our members and staff. Footsteps values a culture of respect and inclusive community: honoring personal choice, different sets of beliefs, and diverse lifestyles that promote individuals’ rights to determine the course of their own lives. Footsteps promotes diversity in the workplace and believes it is critical for our continuing success. We know that women, trans, non-binary, and other structurally marginalized people are more likely to apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We strongly encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every requirement.

Footsteps is an equal-opportunity employer. Immigrants, people of color, formerly ultra-Orthodox individuals, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, and people who come from poor and working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Footsteps does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

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