Director of Programming and Engagement

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington VT | Burlington, VT, United States

Posted Date 12/01/2021
  • Location: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect St, Burlington VT (
  • Job Title: Director of Programming and Engagement
  • Status: Part-Time (28 Hours: approx. 25 hours/week for 10 months of the year and 40 hours/week in the 8 weeks through Simhat Torah.)
  • Reports to: President of the Board
  • Salary: $45,000
  • Benefits: Federal and Jewish holidays, personal time, sick, and vacation

To apply, email resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Nathaniel G. Lew, President of the Board, at [email protected].

Ohavi Zedek (“Lovers of Justice”) is Vermont’s oldest Jewish congregation. Our vibrant, egalitarian, and inclusive congregation of about 250 families in the heart of Vermont’s largest city embraces innovation in Jewish practice and culture while standing rooted in our tradition. We are a sacred community where everyone is welcome, including individuals and families from every Jewish background, intermarried and LGBTQ+ families. We are home to the Full Circle Preschool, the Shalom Shuk Thrift Store, the OZ Hebrew School, the Nadav Teen Program, as well as several adult education programs. Whether your interest in Judaism is social, educational, religious, or activist, you will find a home at OZ. We embrace our diversity as our greatest strength.

Position Summary

We are seeking an experienced person to envision and organize creative programming that focuses on development and membership recruitment, engagement, and retention. This includes working in close collaboration with clergy, staff, and lay leadership in creating, planning, and managing all kinds of events, interacting with membership directly and through media, and overseeing synagogue communications. The core responsibilities of this position are listed below but may include other duties as may arise in synagogue business.


  1. Coordinate and enhance community holiday programs in conjunction with clergy and other staff; generate and support innovative programming for all sectors of the congregation, integrate and enhance family, social justice, and adult education planning, and attend and manage volunteers at events as needed.
  2. Provide a warm, welcoming intake for new and potential members (along with clergy), be the primary contact for members’ general questions, and manage interactions with members with problems and concerns.
  3. Foster a culture that builds community, inspires a sense of belonging, increases opportunities to learn and grow, and deepens connections within our community, through community-wide programming and also events focused on specific social and generational cohorts.
  4. Develop brand identity, build organizational partnerships through networking and collaboration, and identify membership growth markets and facilitate outreach to them.
  5. Coordinate website updates, manage emails and email marketing including periodic and event emails, run social media, create and distribute printed fliers, place print and media ads as needed, and write press releases with necessary input and approval.
  6. Oversee fundraising communications based on Development Committee plans and collaborate with Development Committee to build donor relationships.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in related jobs
  • Critical thinker with sound judgement and decision-making skills; ability to see the overall mission as well as implement the smallest of details to accomplish goals; innovative self-starter who can establish priorities and adjust as appropriate
  • Ability to build relationships and work successfully and respectfully with staff, clergy, congregants, volunteers, partner organizations, and other community organizations; both be a leader and work well within a team setting; respect diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, personalities, and communication styles
  • Ability to work with both macro and micro levels simultaneously; respond to changes easily and quickly; organizational skills to track outcomes, anticipate upcoming program needs, as well as respond to shifting priorities; ability to create and manage budgets.
  • Strong written, verbal, and computer skills; advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs, and social media; ability to learn and use database systems, develop publicity materials
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work quickly, independently, and collaboratively; experience mobilizing volunteers based on their skills and interests toward a common goal
  • Empathy and understanding when interacting with congregants to ensure that they feel valued for their ideas and passions; sensitivity around confidential matters and ability to handle them with maturity, discretion, diplomacy, and professionalism
  • Commitment to the values of mitzvah observance and full egalitarianism for people of all ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations; strong knowledge of Jewish customs, values, and traditions a plus
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours - evening and weekend commitments are common
Salary45000.00 Annual
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Adult Education | Annual Campaign | Arts/Entertainment/Media | Community Organizing | Community Outreach | Community Planning | Director of Community Engagement | Eco / Environmental | Engagement | Events Management | Marketing/PR | Programming | Social Justice | Social Media
Part Time Categories
High Holiday | Marketing
Organization Type
leave early for Shabbat | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave
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