Chief Program Officer
The Jewish Education Project
New York, NY
Opportunity for Impact
The Jewish Education Project is devoted to ensuring that Jewish education is in tune with the forces that impact our world and our communities in a changing environment. The power of harnessing knowledge and curating ideas to inspire the various stakeholders who influence Jewish education is a vital component of this work. We pilot new models, utilize digital platforms to serve educators, and conduct ground-breaking research. We work closely with thought leaders and trailblazers to strengthen and build leadership in the field. Our work spans day schools, congregations, early childhood settings, teen programs and beyond, that increase the reach and impact of Jewish education for children, teens, and families.
We are committed to bringing the most creative solutions to a field that must remain relevant and meaningful in the lives of Jewish youth and their families today and tomorrow. For more information about The Jewish Education Project, please visit www.jewishedproject.org
At a moment of rapid and exciting growth, The Jewish Education Project is restructuring its senior leadership team and creating a new position. Reporting to this new position, the agency now seeks a dynamic full-time Chief Program Officer. She/he/they will be a key organizational leader responsible for inspiring, empowering and managing our 30+ person program team to implement a robust menu of programs and initiatives of the agency.
Working in close partnership with the CEO, COO, CAO, and the Executive Director of RootOne, the CPO plays a key role in shaping and implementing the work of our agency’s strategic plan. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with deep understanding of theories and pedagogies of progressive, experiential, and Jewish education.
In alignment with the organization’s mission and values, the successful candidate will:
• Embody and promote the vision and strategy of The Jewish Education Project
• Develop ongoing and evolving programmatic strategy of the agency
• Ensure the implementation of the agency’s strategy in NY and oversee its programmatic growth nationally
• Continually inspire Jewish educators with new thinking that can transform Jewish education
• Oversee key program areas of the agency, including the direct supervision of key senior programmatic staff members
• Oversee and develop continuous learning for the program team on skills and topics impacting Jewish education
• Oversee and develop all programmatic functions, while ensuring alignment with the operations of the agency
• Together with direct reports, develop and implement data-driven strategies that meet the needs of The Jewish Education Project’s constituents, including educators, program directors, funders, individual donors, and other prospective lay leaders from a diverse range of Jewish communities
• Build and support partnerships with organizations and agencies to advance the thinking and increase the impact of The Jewish Education Project
• Present and speak at various local, regional, and national conferences, as well as write frequently to elevate the profile of the agency and to advance the field of Jewish education
• Oversee budget development and sound management of programs
• Develop financial resources by cultivating donors and advancing relationships with key prospective funders, including foundations and federations.
Experience, Qualifications, and Competencies
• At least 10 years of professional experience, including at least five years managing others
• Shows initiative; can work independently with an action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, self-driven, and innovative approach to management
• Excellent verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills
• Dedication to quality and innovation
• Comfortable managing in an ever-changing environment
• Strong background in writing, including thought leadership pieces/articles for blogs and other outlets
• Research and program analysis background, a plus
• Familiarity with multiple Jewish Education environments (day schools, part-time Jewish education, teen engagement, early childhood education) a plus
• Possesses a collaborative, team-oriented approach with strong experience as a manager
• A demonstrated commitment to Jewish education
• Advanced degree preferred (ordination, PhD, EdD, or Master’s).
What We Offer
• Competitive salary in the range of $195,000 - $225,000 depending on experience
• Three weeks paid time off in year 1; increasing incrementally on a set schedule
• Comprehensive health insurance
• 401k plan
• Paid family leave
• Commuter benefits
• Early close on Fridays for Shabbat and closed for most Jewish holidays
• Shortened summer hours
• A positive work environment with exposure to great learning opportunities and the chance to work with some of the top professionals in the field of Jewish Education.
How to Apply
• Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@JewishEdProject.org. Please include the job title in the email subject line
• The Jewish Education Project is an equal opportunity employer.
Hybrid work environment with Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 520 Eighth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018 – Mondays and Fridays work from home.
The Jewish Education Project aims to select, place and train the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience, so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all our employees in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected class. We encourage and support diversity and tolerance in our workplace.