Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Job Posting: Kesher Director and/or Director of Jewish Life

You have probably already heard that the Kesher model is being imported from Boston and Cambridge to NYC this coming year. Two institutions are giving it a try: The JCC of the Upper West Side and Jewish Community Project Downtown. Here's the job posting from JCP:

Jewish Community Project Downtown (JCP), a young, vibrant and rapidly growing organization in lower Manhattan, is looking for the right person to join our team as the Founding Director of our new after-school initiative and/or become our Director of Jewish Life. JCP is located in Lower Manhattan, NY.

Responsibilities of the Kesher Director (Part-time):
  • Hire, mentor and supervise teachers
  • Oversee and implement the PR and marketing for Kesher
  • Participate in leading and teaching classes and activities
  • Work in partnership with classroom teachers to adapt the Kesher curricula to JCP
  • Create lasting bonds with students and all families at JCP

Responsibilities of the Director of Jewish Life (Full-time):
    In addition to running the Kesher program, the Director of Jewish Life will:
  • Set a vision for Jewish life for JCP and the larger Jewish community of Lower Manhattan
  • Organize all family holiday programs – Hannukah, Purim, Passover, High Holy Days
  • Represent JCP and its Kesher program with pride and articulate its mission in the larger Jewish community
  • Work in partnership with JCP’s administrator to shape and oversee the budget and fiscal records
  • Create, design, and implement family education program

Qualifications of an ideal candidate
  • A Jewish educator with a drive for excellence and comfort working in an informal, dynamic, team setting
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Has vision, confidence and a desire to grow professionally
  • Conversational and/or fluent in Modern, spoken Hebrew
  • Advanced Judaic knowledge
  • Advanced degree in Jewish Education, Education, Early Childhood Education or strong related field experience, perhaps even a current student looking for a long-term job opportunity
  • Enthusiasm for working in a non-denominational setting that welcomes diverse families
  • Minimum 2-5 years in the field with strong references

Contact: Rabbi Erica Gerson: RabbiErica@jcpdowntown.org 212-334-3522


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