Assistant Director for Thriving Communities
Reconstructing Judaism is seeking an Assistant Director for Thriving Communities. This position will be supervised by the Vice President for Thriving Communities and is an excellent opportunity to be deeply connected to the congregational life of the movement. The department of Thriving Communities helps the Reconstructionist movement to flourish by supporting Reconstructionist congregations and havurot.
This is a hybrid position, with a combination of onsite and remote work.
Major Responsibilities Include:
- Connecting Reconstructionist leaders and members to each other and to the movement by convening and facilitating congregational networks and other leadership forums.
- Providing consulting expertise and targeted opportunities to Reconstructionist congregations and havurot. Serving as a primary liaison to an assigned set of communities and responding warmly and knowledgeably to requests for support and guidance.
- Working with Reconstructionist leaders and members to design and realize successful movement-wide programming. The person holding this role would be the primary program planner for the Thriving Communities department.
- Researching best practices for Reconstructionist leaders and creating, sharing, and amplifying resource material.
- Staffing and/or serving on movement-wide commissions and committees.
- Collaborating with staff, clergy, and lay leadership to build and express Reconstructionist ideas, values and processes.
- Careful and detailed reporting of interactions with congregations.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, especially the capacity to develop and sustain relationships.
- Critical thinking and creative problem-solving.
- Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to take initiative and self-motivate, to track multiple concurrent tasks and projects, and to respond to changing needs as required.
- Capacity to exercise influence as well as direct power to achieve strategic goals.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to balance competing priorities, to balance programmatic content with administrative tasks, and to meet critical deadlines.
- Organization and attention to detail.
- Familiarity with and openness to the values of Reconstructionist Judaism. Direct experience with synagogues required; interest in and/or experience working in a Jewish communal context preferred.
- Minimum of five years of relevant work experience.
- Four-year degree required.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
- Experience with Salesforce preferred.
- Experience administering Zoom virtual meetings preferred.
$58,000-65,000, commensurate with experience/qualifications.
We offer excellent benefits including health insurance, 401(k), generous paid vacation and sick time, and ample time off for major Jewish and American holidays. We offer a dynamic and progressive workplace.
This is a full-time, exempt, benefit-eligible position.
In the interest of the health and safety of our community members, Reconstructing Judaism requires COVID-19 vaccination of those entering the building. During periods of high community transmission in Montgomery County, masking may be required of all employees and visitors in shared spaces regardless of vaccination status.
Please sumbit cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Because of the importance of outstanding, error-free written communication skills for this position, submissions without these items cannot be considered. No phone calls please.
Diversity is a core value of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to economic, social, and racial justice. We do not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. We know that many people – particularly those from historically marginalized groups – don’t apply for jobs unless they meet all listed qualifications. As an organization committed to diversity, if many (even if not all) of the following describe you, we still want to hear from you.
Reconstructing Judaism is the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. We train the next generation of rabbis, support and uplift congregations and havurot, foster emerging expressions of Jewish life, and encourage people to be their best selves — always helping to shape what it means to be Jewish today and to imagine the Jewish future.
Reconstructionists approach Judaism — and life — with deep consideration of the past and a passion to relate it to the present. We have originated many of the core innovations of today’s Judaism and lead efforts to make our congregations and havurot even more groundbreaking, inclusive and relevant.