Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership, headquartered in downtown Chicago, seeks a Program Director for a newly funded leadership training program. This important initiative will prepare Jewish community leaders to respond to antisemitism with skill and expertise.
About the Opportunity
Spertus Institute offers dynamic learning opportunities rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture. We promote personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in the exploration of Jewish life. High-quality academic programs and public events are part of the Institute's nearly to one-hundred-year tradition. This is an exciting opportunity to work in our award-winning Michigan Avenue venue as you help propel Spertus Institute’s mission into the next century!
About the Position
The Program Director will play a critical role in Spertus Institute’s initiative to develop Jewish community leaders (senior level communal professionals) to better understand, respond to, and mitigate antisemitism. The initial project will run as a series of three pilot cohorts over a two-year period. The project will then be evaluated for possible continuation and scaling to be delivered for other audiences. This program fits within Spertus Institute’s broader work in Jewish leadership, bringing together pedagogy of theory and practice.
As a signature Spertus educational initiative, this new program will engage critical contemporary and emerging issues through Jewish lenses, utilizing scholarship to build adaptive capacity for a rapidly changing world. Ultimately, it will empower participants to make substantial, significant impact in their communities.
This position is onsite at Spertus Institute. Evening and weekend work may sometimes be necessary.
Reports to the Director of Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership.
- Contribute to the final development of the initial pilot curriculum
- In partnership with the Director of Academic Administration, plan for the full experience, including co- and extra-curricular components of the program
- Identify, hire, and onboard faculty and presenters
- Monitor trends, reports, and work in the field to inform the curriculum and additional research, thought pieces, and adjacent work in the field
- Oversee recruitment of participants for the program
- Coordinate evaluation of the project at key stages
- Teach, facilitate, or coach in the program
- Write and publish thought pieces, white papers, curricular materials
- Develop and execute business and growth plans to develop offerings for other audiences and in a range of formats and areas of focus
- Support fundraising efforts to develop, sustain, and expand the program
- Work across the Institute to bring learning and expertise around Antisemitism into conversation with other programs and academic offerings and integrate broader institutional work and perspectives into the program
The Program Director should have significant knowledge of the field—ideally both academic training and practical professional experience—as well as proven administrative and organizational skills in other educational and training contexts.
- MA or higher in a related field of study
- Knowledge and expertise in at least one area such as Antisemitism, DEI, community relations, crisis leadership and communications, interfaith relations, security and hate crimes, etc.
- Experience developing and evaluating educational curricula
- Ability to work with a diverse range of constituents and colleagues – excellent collaboration skills
- Experience organizing seminars and workshops
- Strong written and oral communications skills
- Sensitivity in working with difficult themes
- Ability to work with senior communal and organizational leaders
The position will begin as early as September 15.