Director of Professional Development (FT)

Confidential Employer | Remote, United States

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Posted Date 4/02/2024

Job Description

Who We Are

We’re 18Doors, a fast-paced, national Jewish nonprofit with a collegial, warm organizational culture and entrepreneurial spirit. We are the only national Jewish nonprofit laser focused on understanding, connecting with and communicating the needs of Jewish interfaith couples and families. We’re growing quickly, with a budget of about $3 million and staff and rabbinic fellows in 25 communities around the country and in Canada.

18Doors has a website full of essays, advice, resources, and recipes; programs for interfaith couples and families; a Jewish clergy referral service; a rabbinic fellowship program; and learning opportunities for Jewish professionals, clergy, and lay leaders. It is all designed to help couples and families to connect and build the Jewish life they want. 

We want our team to reflect the diversity of our world, and of interfaith couples and families. 18Doors is committed to diversifying our employees and welcomes applications from those groups that have historically been underrepresented in our organization—people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people. 

Role Overview

18Doors seeks a Director of Professional Development to develop the knowledge and skills of North American Jewish communal leaders— inclusive of clergy, professionals, and lay leaders — so they can meet the diverse needs of interfaith couples and families. You will serve as the spokesperson for our professional development work, positioning 18Doors as the go-to place for learning about interfaith issues and inclusion in the Jewish community. To accomplish this, you will develop a comprehensive professional development and organizational consultation strategy and ensure its successful implementation. You will refresh existing curriculum, facilitator guides and training decks and create new materials in response to emerging trends and learning needs. You will also deliver professional development experiences by teaching yourself, identifying and bringing in experts as needed, and by training 18Doors staff so they can offer professional development themselves.

A typical week will include you leading professional development experiences, hosting a zoom meeting with organizational leaders who seek our services, writing proposals in response, refining, and developing curriculum, and consulting with community leaders to help them create places of belonging for interfaith couples and families. You will also work closely with colleagues across the program team to provide thought-partnership on our educational offerings for professionals and lay leaders, including for Rukin Rabbinic Fellows, clergy in our referral service and professionals served by our three Innovation Hubs. Finally, you will serve as a partner to 18Doors’ digital strategy team, advising on content creation needs and newsletter content.

This is a full-time role at 18Doors and will report to the Chief Program Officer.

Who You Are

You wake up every day ready to develop and execute innovative and inspiring professional development experiences for Jewish clergy, professionals, lay leaders and other volunteers. You take an entrepreneurial approach to learning and hold deep knowledge of the experiences and needs of Jewish interfaith families and couples, including the broad diversity of interfaith families in Jewish life. You have a deep understanding of what drives acceptance of difference and organizational change.

You understand the intersectionality of identity and how different social identities overlap with one another and influence our experiences in Jewish life and community, particularly around race, ethnicity, and religion. You are interested in facilitating conversations for Jewish organizations seeking to support and cultivate the inclusion and belonging of interfaith families in their communities.

You are a team player. You look to support your colleagues and help them achieve success by offering facilitation expertise and educational resources. You thrive in a work environment where diversity is celebrated and where everyone brings their full selves to work.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions

  • Revise 18Doors’ professional development strategy to support communities and professionals in becoming places of belonging for interfaith couples and families.
  • Serve as our point-person for all inquiries about professional development and move training opportunities from initial conversations to contracting, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Develop and codify institutional educational programs on interfaith inclusion for Jewish professionals, clergy, and lay leaders.
    • Refine current “signature” offerings for professionals and organizations who are at different places in their learning.
    • Codify existing curriculum, facilitation guides and training decks.
    • Develop new content and curriculum to meet organizational and communal needs.
  • Consult with organizations across North America seeking to enhance the way they engage with interfaith families and couples.
  • Work closely with the Directors of the three Innovation Hubs, Lifecycle Connections, and Fellowship to identify, create and offer professional development training, as needed.
  • Facilitate workshops, coaching and mentoring for institutions, both online and in-person.
  • Develop content and lead professional development for community convenings, as needed.
  • Remain on top of trends in Jewish interfaith relationships.
  • Represent 18Doors and the needs of interfaith couples and families at conferences, community, and online gatherings.
  • Contribute to thought leadership and discourse on interfaith family and couple inclusion in Jewish life.

Experience & Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience developing professional development curriculum and executing training and consultations for Jewish organizations.
  • Experience establishing a professional development strategy and successfully executing it.
  • A deep understanding of the needs of interfaith families and Jewish institutions, including the existing research that has been conducted about interfaith families; an understanding of the experiences of Jews of Color and Jewish multiracial families a plus.
  • A strong facilitator, trainer, and coach. Experience training trainers on how to offer workshops, mentoring and professional development a plus.
  • Comfort making data-driven decisions, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • Entrepreneurial and creative thinker, ability to dig in and turn ideas into reality.
  • Excellent communication skills, attention to detail and ability to work in a remote environment 
  • Excellent organizational skills and follow through.
  • Ability to adjust to dynamically changing priorities, manage multiple resources, innovate, and learn new tools and processes, pitch in and “get hands dirty” in a small non-profit environment.
  • Collaborative working style, forward thinking, and detail oriented.
  • Strong competency with Microsoft Office products and video conferencing technologies, such as Zoom, and project management systems like Asana. Comfort with e-learning technology a plus.

Do you not meet all the qualifications above? You may still be a great candidate, and we encourage you to apply if you meet most of the qualifications. Here’s why: Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet about 60% of the qualifications, but those with historically marginalized identities apply only when they meet 100% of the requirements. We look forward to reviewing cover letters and resumes from candidates with diverse experiences who could benefit 18Doors and who believe they can do this role.

This role is national in scope, can be based anywhere in the US or Canada, with a preference for candidates from the New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, or Philadelphia areas, and will require monthly overnight travel, as well as some work on nights and weekends.

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Ability to work remotely or collaboratively in one of our regional hubs.
  • Employer sponsored 3% annual 401K contribution vesting immediately with no required employee contribution.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including 100% employer paid medical, prescription, dental and vision insurance for staff.
  • Life, short-term and long-term disability insurance 100% employer paid.
  • Medical and Dependent Care FSA accounts.
  • Annual $500 technology stipend reimbursement and company provided PC.
  • $500 home office setup stipend.
  • Up to 25 days off for Jewish and secular holidays. In addition, the office closes the week of July 4 and the last week of the calendar year.
  • Unlimited sick time.
  • 120 hours per year of paid vacation time within the first 3 years of employment and 160 hours per year after that.
  • 4 days per year of paid time to volunteer for the organization or cause of your choice.

Equal Opportunity Employer. 18Doors provides equal opportunity to all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, body configuration, age, disability, marital status, height, weight, or political belief. 18Doors is committed to building an organization that is representative of the broad diversity of the Jewish community. We welcome applications from those groups that have historically been underrepresented or marginalized in the Jewish community—people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people.

How to Apply: 

Applications will be accepted through April 19 and require a cover letter and resume.

Employment Type




Salary85,000.00 - 100,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Director | Education - Other | Other
Organization Type
Global Nonprofit
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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