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Director of Education & Youth Programming 

Encourage Cantor/Director or Rabbi/Director or Educators with Music Degree/Experience

About Congregation Beth El
Congregation Beth El of South Orange, NJ is a dynamic, warm, egalitarian and inclusive community rooted in the traditions of Conservative Judaism.  We are proud of our diversity -- we are seekers and Jewish professionals, scholars and beginners, Jews by choice, non-Jewish family members, same-sex couples and households of all configurations.  We are genuinely a congregation that works to preserve tradition while embracing change.  We offer a range of opportunities for spiritual renewal, growth, participation and volunteerism.  There is a lot of positive energy in this community, as evidenced by 85 new member households in the last three years.

Congregation Beth El is 30 minutes from New York City (a short walk from the South Orange train station).  Our newly renovated building contains spaces for worship and events, and houses our rapidly growing Jewish Learning Center (JLC) and the Thelma K. Reisman Preschool.  Congregation Beth El offers a multitude of adult education programs, opportunities for social action, morning minyan services, and an active Men’s Club and Sisterhood.  Our grounds include a congregational garden that supplies vegetables to our schools and the local food pantry and an outdoor classroom for our students. Our neighboring towns offer kosher restaurants, kosher butchers and thriving Jewish day schools and high-quality regional theater.

The JLC serves 130 children from Gan through seventh grade and their families. The overall goal of the JLC is to create a caring, nurturing environment where students can explore and actively participate in Jewish life.  We do not call the JLC a “Hebrew School” in a deliberate effort to emphasize its experiential, innovative approach to Jewish education.  JLC programs cultivate Jewish identity and literacy through text study, music, art, drama and dance.  Students engage in active, experiential learning that also has practical application to their lives.   Families have the opportunity to learn together through multi-generational learning programs.  The JLC is supported by an active school board.

Jewish learning at Congregation Beth El goes beyond the JLC to provide both formal and informal education and programming for all the students in the congregation, including 50 who attend the local Jewish day school, Golda Och Academy.  Our congregation supports many vibrant family/youth groups including a Young Family group (newborn - 2nd grade), Chaverim Connections (3rd - 5th grades), Kadima (6th - 8th grades) and USY (9th - 12th grades).  In addition, our post B’nai mitzvah youth participate in a thriving Ozrim program, providing them the opportunity to mentor our younger students and serve as leaders in the JLC, on the bima and in the community.

Job Description
Full-time position beginning July 2014

We seek a warm, creative and inspiring educational leader to join our community.  This individual will lead our Gan through 7th grade religious school and have responsibility for engaging the entire congregation’s youth in both formal and informal education, programming, Tefillah and musical endeavors.  This individual should have a strong interest and ability in working with young children and teens and be passionate about Jewish education.   The ideal candidate is a Rabbi or Cantor and/or holds a Master’s degree in Education, Jewish Education, Education Administration or related field, with 3+ years of administrative experience in Jewish education.   This individual should have a proven track record of administrative leadership & strategic thinking in a religious school and in implementing innovative Jewish educational opportunities for congregational youth. We welcome candidates with a strong background in Jewish music.  Clergy candidates may be considered for additional clergy-oriented responsibilities.

Basic responsibilities include:
● Administration of the Jewish Learning Center (Gan-7th grade).
● Establish vision for and implement a 21st century religious school curriculum.
● Provide teacher/classroom supervision and teacher development.
● Provide budget oversight and expense control.
● Collaborate with the JLC Board and provide monthly updates through written communication and presence at regularly scheduled board meetings.
● Communicate effectively and consistently with parents, students and faculty.
● Be a contributing member of the professional team working in partnership with our Rabbi, Executive Director, Preschool Director and Congregational Nurse.
● Plan, supervise and lead Shabbat and Holiday services for children K-12th grade.
● Plan, supervise and lead Holiday programming for children and families.
● Provide teen program development.
● Advise joint synagogue Youth Committee regarding USY/Kadima functions and coordinate youth program with USY/Kadima. 
● Facilitate and participate in B’nai Mitzvah tutoring.

Preferred Experience:
● Excellent communication skills
● Working knowledge of Modern Hebrew
● Experience in sacred music
● Experience in working with children in inclusion programs and integration of differentiated learning into a school
● Proficient technology skills
● Experience in establishing and overseeing youth choirs


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to DirectorSearchBethEl@gmail.com with Director of Education & Youth Programming in the subject line.  

Your cover letter should include the following:

• Why this opportunity appeals to you
• How your work history/experience has prepared you for this role
• Your philosophy on educating and engaging children of all ages
• Salary requirements


 

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Community Engagement Manager – South Hills Initiative
Job Description


The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is seeking an inspired and inspiring Jewish educator with an entrepreneurial spirit to build and lead an experimental Community Initiative.

About the Initiative

The Pittsburgh South Hills community is a vibrant suburb with about 3,000 Jewish households. Federation is launching an unprecedented venture to create visibility, engagement and systemic change that will result in more Jews doing Jewish, together. 

Opportunities include:
• Providing high quality Jewish experiences that will help community members engage in Jewish life along their own path of Judaism,
• Creating unprecedented partnerships between South Hills Jewish institutions,
• Forming a council of community leaders to plan for the community's present and future and,
• Launching a comprehensive leadership training program to enhance engagement and promote systemic change.

Responsibilities

Partner with Federation planning professionals to lay the groundwork for Initiative success.

Provide oversight to the entire Initiative, including:
• Oversee the planning and implementation of high quality experiences designed to meaningfully engage participants in Jewish life.
• Staff the Community Council, including coordination of Council's educational activities, and grant making activities.
• Develop and implement a leadership development program to train current and future communal leaders.
• Supervise an associate and any contract staff.
• Prepare reports required by funders, Federation or other applicable parties.

Provide ongoing leadership to ensure Initiative success, including:
• Build and maintain collaborative relationships with professionals and volunteers.
• Establish criteria and metrics for measuring and evaluating the success of the Initiative.
• Foster the engagement of Jews of varying backgrounds, interests and needs.
• Communicate to Federation regular updates and details, participate in Federation meetings and provide updates on status of Initiative as needed.
• Understand that the Initiative will evolve and have flexibility as to change as Initiative grows.

Desired Skills and Attributes

• Exceptional social skills, an engaging personality, and the ability to connect, communicate, and build positive relationships.
• Thorough understanding of Jewish engagement and educational theory and practice.
• Ability to think strategically and transform strategy into action.
• A strong results orientation.
• Highly effective written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work with Jews of varying age and backgrounds; Knowledge and passion for Jewish values and practices, with a professional emphasis on pluralism.
• High Energy professional with the ability to work in a fast paced environment and juggle multiple priorities.

Position Requirements; Education and Experience

• Bachelor's degree required, master's degree preferred.
• 5+ Years' experience in progressive roles of responsibility.
• 5+ Years' leadership in a Jewish communal role.
• 5+ Years in community and program development with proven successful outcomes.
• Strong preference for direct experience with entrepreneurial ventures and/or experiential education.
• Proven experience with implementing successful large scale initiatives and/or developing high-quality Jewish engagement strategies.
• Strong skills related to lay/professional relations.
• Supervisory experience.
• Ability to understand and analyze financial statements.
• Ability to operate computers (hardware and software).

Inquiries

Please send a cover letter and resume by email to (Patricia Calabro) pcalabro@jfedpgh.org.

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Instructor for MSM 509 Professional Writing and Communications

The course will be offered in Summer 2014.
MSM 509 Professional Writing and Communications (3 credits)
Students will gain a deeper understanding of professional writing and communications skills. They will develop skills in advanced written and oral communications, research and information literacy, reading and critical thinking.

Minimum Requirements:
• M.A. degree in relevant field
• Experience with online teaching in English composition, business writing, research and information literacy skills, and oral presentation
• Experience in program evaluation and assessment of student progress

Responsibilities:
• Teach graduate courses online in professional writing and communications
• Advise graduate students
• Support and work collaboratively with faculty and administration to advance strategic plan of college

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Application:
Send letter of inquiry, vita, and three references with current addresses, email addresses and phone numbers to:
Hope Matles, Office for Academic Affairs
hmatles@gratz.edu, 215 635-7300 x172


Gratz College provides a pluralistic education rooted in Jewish values and engages students in active and professional enrichment. Through degree and non-degree offerings and cultural programs, Gratz enables students everywhere to become leaders in their professional communities.

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Congregation Tifereth Israel Religious School, Bensalem, seeks two new staff members to join our highly collaborative team. Send cover letter and resume to Mira Colflesh mcolflesh@tiferethisrael-pa.org,  267-632-6994.  Hiring decisions will be made ASAP.

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Director of Development

Posted 1/15/2014

Gratz College, located in suburban Philadelphia and providing graduate and undergraduate programs grounded in Jewish values, invites applications for the position of Director of Development. Responsibilities include formulating and coordinating a comprehensive development program, fostering alumni engagement and leading all strategies to secure private support for the College.

The Director of Development is responsible for the overall planning, management, coordination, and evaluation of activities that will attract the necessary philanthropic support to provide sufficient resources to insure that the College can achieve its vision. These activities include development, alumni relations and communications with an emphasis on annual fund giving that create a supportive climate for fundraising. As a member of Gratz College’s leadership team, the Director of Development reports directly to the President and maintains a working relationship with the Board of Governors and the Development Committee.

Gratz College is seeking a full-time professional with proven experience, creativity, a can-do attitude, passion, commitment and a sense of humor.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

Development

  • Fosters a culture of engagement and giving across key stakeholder groups.
  • Develops and implements effective strategies and tactics that will result in (1) sustainable growth in annual giving; (2) successful philanthropic support of the College’s priorities; (3) capturing the philanthropic interest of donors; and (4) increased corporate support.
  • Plans, manages, and implements all fundraising initiatives, including annual giving, major gifts, special campaigns and events. This includes: prospect identification and research, cultivation, solicitation, gift processing, acknowledgements and stewardship.
  • As the institution’s major gift officer, manages a personal portfolio of high-level prospects, using a focused, accountable approach of strategy development and implementation.
  • Researches appropriate foundations and corporations for the preparation and submission of grant proposals to support the School’s needs.
  • Uses knowledge of planned giving vehicles (bequests, trusts, and charitable annuities) to suggest giving opportunities to potential donors that maximize donor intent as it relates to institutional objectives.
  • Prepares proposals for donor prospects. Determines purpose, timeframe, giving vehicle and level of ask for verbal and written proposals based on assessment of the prospect's interest and capacity for giving.
  • Updates and maintains a development database.

Communications

  • Responsible for setting and maintaining professional writing and design standards for school communications, publications and media relations.
  • Maintains development and alumni sections of website.
  • Coordinates alumni communications and publications related to the College’s fundraising and alumni relations activities in collaboration with colleagues. These communications include newsletters, social media, targeted emails and other outreach as needed.
  • Provides oversight of all donor and alumni correspondence for the institution to ensure timely, consistent responses.

Administration and Governance

  • With the collaboration of Finance and Administration, plans and administers the budget of the development office to ensure operation within fiscal constraints.
  • Manages the Development Committee by defining roles for members that support the priorities of the College. Identifies and orients board members and prepares volunteers to participate in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts as needed.
  • Works closely with the Board on special events.

Stewardship

  • Establishes and manages a comprehensive plan to acknowledge gifts to the College, recognize donors for their generosity and share information on the impact of their giving in order to enhance donor relationships with the College and increase the likelihood of continued contributions.
  • Ensures gifts are used in accordance with donor intent, as initially agreed to by the College.

Alumni Relations

  • Develops, implements and evaluates programs to serve the institution’s alumni and to encourage increased alumni support of and engagement with the College’s programs. This includes coordinating alumni relations programs, events and recognition ceremonies.

Position Requirements and Qualifications
Education: Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred.
Required Experience:

  • At least five years of successful advancement experience, with major gifts experience.
  • Track record of individual gift development, as well as program planning and implementation.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Basic knowledge of higher education administration.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a small, team-based setting.

Preferred Experience: Preference will be given to those candidates who have knowledge of estate and planned giving vehicles.
Gratz College offers competitive salaries and benefits. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send cover letter, resume, and names of three references electronically and insert Development Director in the subject line. EOE.


Closing Date: Open until filled.
Start Date: As soon after screening as practical.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

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Shaliach Tzibur and Director of Congregational Learning

Date: 1/20/2014
Congregation: Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim
Street Address: 338 Walnut Avenue
City, State  Zip: Cranford NJ 07016
Phone: 908-276-9231
Temple Website http://Tbemc.org 

Community Websites http://jfedgmw.org and http://www.cranford.com

Name of Search Committee Chair: Aaron Cohen
Search Committee Chair’s E-Mail: aaron.s.cohen@verizon.net
Search Committee Chair’s Phone 908-759-9069
Name of Congregation President: Allen Barkin
President’s E-Mail: abarkin@sbmesq.com

Job Description

Seeking a creative, engaging, and well organized Rabbi, Educator, or Hazzan to serve as Shaliach Tzibur and Director of Congregational Learning for our growing congregation. The successful candidate will be responsible for creating the curriculum and promoting an enthusiastic learning environment for the Religious School. Responsibilities will include:
• Develop innovative and thoughtful curricula and programs that will help our students develop a strong Conservative Jewish identity. 
• Interview, hire and supervise staff as needed for the Religious School. 
• Organize and lead faculty meetings and in-service meetings on an as-needed basis.
• Lead and manage Junior Congregation, youth High Holiday services and B’nai Mitzvah training
• Oversee youth groups and youth programming, along with other congregation-wide programs.
• Serve as a Shaliach Tzibur for the congregation, including High Holidays, and lead congregational tefillot, enhancing the Jewish spiritual, religious and cultural identity (Ruach Factor) of our congregational members and religious school students, including alternative and/or parallel forms of worship and/or service formats.

The incumbent will work in cooperation with the rabbi as well as the rest of the staff and lay leaders to bring a more united approach to lifelong education (both formal and informal),and programming to the community.

Synagogue Description

Since 1917, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim has provided for the needs of the Jewish community of Union county. We are committed to the beauty and morality of traditional Judaism, yet we are strictly egalitarian in outlook and practice.  In a warm, friendly, spiritual atmosphere, we preserve and renew our dedication to Jewish values.

Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim is a unique Conservative congregation, an extended family whose members care for one another. We offer education, culture, social events, spiritual enrichment and personal growth for our members. Our members are all ages, shapes and sizes, have many different backgrounds, and hail from the four corners of the earth. They reside in Cranford, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, and other New Jersey towns.

TBEMC has created multiple entry points into the community, including:
• Religious services (holiday Shabbat and twice daily minyan)
• weekly classes,
• a book club, a running club, and a green team,
• Chesed Committee

We believe that different people have different passions, and that we all find our connection to Judaism in different ways. For some it’s social, for some it’s spiritual, and for others it is about doing good in this world. We try to provide opportunities for that allow for different touchpoints with our community. Touchpoints that allow us to improve our own and the larger community around us, touchpoints with Judaism, and with spirituality

TBEMC boasts:
• Great lay participation in all aspects of the community. From Torah reading, leading services, to organizing and promoting events, we have committed and passionate volunteers who have done so much to make sure that we have a welcoming community with programming for every demographic.
• People who support one another during difficult times, helping to make shiva minyans, and supplying meals and rides for those who need it.
• Over the last three years, an influx of over 40 new families, many of whom have young children, and many have become incredibly dedicated and committed to helping our community continue to thrive.
In Union County New Jersey, as in all of NJ, people have many choices of where to choose to affiliate. We feel that the fact that we have done so well in attracting new families shows that our community is a vibrant home for Jewish life in our area.

Compensation

This position is currently budgeted at a total package of $90,000. This may include Salary, medical life and disability insurance, parsonage, convention allowance and other expenses associate with the position.

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