Director, Israel Education

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. We believe that in a rapidly changing world, Jewish education must continually evolve to meet the needs of the Jewish community. 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 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

Position Overview

The Jewish Education Project welcomes a full-time Director, Israel Education to design and lead new Israel Education initiatives, facilitate professional development workshops, lead various educator networks, and foster partnerships with critical organizations in the field of Israel Education. The Director will be an integral part of the broader team focused on education across a broad range of communities and Jewish educational environments. This team employs coaching, innovation, and network strategies to foster Jewish educational environments and models that are responsive to today’s learners and families.

Our work seeks to cultivate educational experiences that animate the richness of everyday life in Israel and include the conflicts that threaten Israel’s peace and security both internally and externally. The successful Director will play a key role to foster Israel Education that can provide a positive connection with one’s Jewish heritage, culture, religion, language, and can build a sense of collective Jewish responsibility and enduring relationships between learners and the land, state, and people of Israel. She/he/they will directly support educators in building the knowledge and skills to help today’s learners discover, explore, and engage with Israel in all her complexities.

This role will also advance thinking and programming that explores the nature, challenges, and opportunities within “peoplehood” education. Additionally, the Director will advance educational opportunities created by partnering with the RootOne team as well as advance the organization’s broader program objectives by supporting change initiatives, networks, and professional development experiences.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create strategy for The Jewish Education Project’s Israel education work.
  • Identify, develop, lead, and manage professional development experiences and initiatives advancing Israel and Peoplehood Education.
  • Ensure that The Jewish Educator Portal resources on Israel and Peoplehood education are timely and relevant to the field.
  • Cultivate and develop relationships with educational professionals working in a broad range of settings, including synagogues, JCCs and day schools.
  • Build community, provide support, and drive professional learning for educator and leadership networks.
  • Work closely with the RootOne and senior leadership teams to navigate the complexity of Israel Education.
  • Be a spokesperson and advocate for new models of Israel Education.
  • Work collaboratively with our team to develop resources and innovative strategies, document our work, collect data, and participate in strategic planning and visioning.
  • Teach/Lead content-rich sessions on behalf of The Jewish Education Project at national and regional conferences.
  • Contribute to The Jewish Education Project’s social media platforms.
  • Lead and/or collaborate on other educational initiatives/programs as needed.

    Experience, Qualifications, and Competencies
  • Candidates with diverse cultural, educational, and experiential backgrounds are urged to apply
  • 10+ years of experience in pluralistic and diverse Jewish educational environments that demonstrate a track record of educational success
  • Deep knowledge of, and significant experience with, Israel Education
  • Extremely strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop robust relationships with a wide variety of people
  • A creative disposition and motivated by experimentation and therefore comfortable with succeeding, failing, and pivoting
  • Deep knowledge of, and successful experiences working within, the diverse and pluralistic Jewish landscape
  • The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the leading contemporary approaches to Israel Education professional development
  • Master’s Degree in Jewish Education, Social Work, Political Science, Jewish Communal Service, or related degree preferred
  • Ability to lead and partner with integrity and inspiration; flexibility and openness to working with professional and volunteer community leaders
  • Capable of teaching others to expand the circle of skill; creativity and ability to push and inspire others to think beyond the traditional educational landscape to use new concepts and strategies
  • Self-directed problem-solver able to plan and prioritize
  • A persuasive and passionate communicator, both written and oral.

    What We Offer
  • Salary in the range of $115,000 to $130,000 depending upon experience.
  • Three weeks paid time off in year 1; increasing incrementally on a set schedule
  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Paid family leave
  • 401k plan
  • Commuter benefits
  • Early close on Fridays for Shabbat and closed for most Jewish holidays
  • Shortened summer hours

    How to Apply
  • Please submit resume and cover letter to Please include the job title in the email subject line.
  • The Jewish Education Project is an equal opportunity employer.

    LocationHybrid work environment with Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 520 Eighth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018.

    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.