Director, Professional Learning and Growth (Part-Time Jewish Education)
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. 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.
Jewish learning is intended to help us understand ourselves, our communities, and the world around us. Jewish wisdom, traditions, and culture are resources for navigating the joys and challenges of our daily lives, enabling all of us to thrive. In this complex and challenging world, the work of Jewish education is more urgent than ever.
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
The Jewish Education Project is expanding its national professional development portfolio. We seek to welcome a full-time Director as an integral member of the program team, focusing on professional development that supports education in pluralistic and progressive Jewish environments across North America. S/he/they will be a voice for innovation, change and new approaches in Jewish education and will also play a key role in creating and fostering Jewish educational environments and models that are responsive to today’s learners and families.
This position will design and lead professional development experiences and initiatives in communities across North America, lead educator networks, and provide coaching/consulting to teams of educational "change agents.”
Reporting to the Managing Director, Professional Learning and Consulting s/he/they will play a key role in The Jewish Education Project’s work to reorient Jewish education toward new/progressive educational philosophies (broadly encompassed in a thriving orientation) using our new aspirations framework as a guide. This work also includes strengthening educational leaders so that they have the skills they need to exert leadership in their systems and make change.
• Designing, implementing, and teaching/facilitating professional learning programs across North America
• Serving as a lead consultant, or part of a consulting team, to innovating communities, organizations and independent educators working on various “new model” endeavors
• Building community, providing support and resources through educator networks
• Working collaboratively with our team to develop resources, document our work, collect data, and participate in strategic planning and visioning
• Serving as an integral member of the education team at The Jewish Education Project, using the collective work and experience to think through and develop innovative strategies
• Teaching/Leading content-rich sessions on behalf of The Jewish Education Project at national and regional conferences
• Being a spokesperson and advocate for new models of engagement locally, regionally, and nationally
• Contributing to The Jewish Education Project social media platforms
• Leading or collaborating on other education initiatives as needed
• The Director role may include approximately 10-12 business trips a year across North America
Experience, Qualifications, and Competencies
• Candidates with diverse cultural, educational, and experiential backgrounds are urged to apply
• 10+ years of experience in pluralistic and progressive Jewish educational environments that demonstrate his/her/their track record of educational success
• At least 5 years’ experience as the leader of a program, initiative, or organization strongly preferred
• Extremely strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of people
• The ideal candidate will have a creative disposition and be motivated by experimentation and therefore comfortable with succeeding, failing, and pivoting
• The Ideal Candidate will have multiple of the following
o Experience facilitating cohorts
o Experience facilitating professional development to various constituencies
o Experience leading or teaching in a year-round part-time Jewish educational environment
o Coaching and/or consulting experience/certification
• Master’s Degree in Jewish education, Social Work, 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
• Entrepreneurial self-starter; a problem solver with top notch planning and prioritizing skills
• A persuasive and passionate communicator, both written and oral
What We Offer
• Competitive salary in the range of $115,000 - $130,000 depending on experience, beginning on or about July 1, 2023
• 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.
• Applications accepted immediately. Interviews expected to begin mid-April 2023.
Hybrid 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.