Director of Hebrew Innovation

Jewish United Fund/Federation of Metropolitan Chicago | Chicago, IL, United States

Posted Date 8/11/2022

JUF is searching for a senior level professional who will increase the importance and visibility of Hebrew across the Chicago community, especially in public and independent schools, and serve as a communal resource to all local organizations engaged in Hebrew learning.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Design and oversee a focused effort to expand existing modern Hebrew offerings in Chicago-area public and independent middle and high schools.
  • Identify qualified candidates for professional Hebrew teaching positions in local school districts and serve as a conduit for the accreditation process to meet required regional hiring guidelines.
  • Support other local organizations engaged in Hebrew learning as requested, individually and collectively. Key constituencies might include day school Hebrew teachers, supplementary schoolteachers, camp staff, lay leaders, etc.
  • Partner with other local organizations engaged in Hebrew education for the purpose of leveraging existing community efforts and maximizing resources.
  • Create opportunities for shared professional learning, expertise, and resources amongst and across local organizations engaged in Hebrew education.
  • Create opportunities to recognize community-wide and organization-specific achievements in Hebrew outcomes.
  • Document, analyze and present data collected from the field to all key constituents.
  • Participate and contribute to a pilot cohort of communal Hebrew leaders in other North American communities under the auspices of Hebrew at the Center to:
    • Leverage and share expertise and programmatic models across communities
    • Share learning opportunities with leaders and experts in the field
  • Support JUF Campaign and mandatory campaign-related activities on an ongoing basis.

What you need to succeed:

  • Commitment to strengthening community through the lens of Hebrew
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in high-level leadership and community organizing in the educational landscape
  • MA or higher in second language acquisition, secondary education, or other related fields is strongly desired
  • Experience working with school districts and school leadership and teachers in both private and public-school settings
  • Strong communication skills in English and Modern Hebrew
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and decision-making skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience in effective problem-solving and innovation
  • High level of comfort in using a variety of technologies
  • High level of comfort working independently and interdependently within and across multiple organizations

What you’ll love about us: 

JUF is one of the largest non-profit social welfare institutions in Illinois. We provide food, refuge, health care, education, and emergency assistance to 500,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and millions of Jews around the world.   

Time off: Up to 22 days paid time off, up to 10 sick days, 8 paid federal holidays and up to 13 paid Jewish holidays, and 6 weeks paid parental leave. 

Health Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision insurance. 

Prepare for your future: 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. 

Additional Benefits: Additional health and wellness benefits, financial benefits, professional training, tuition reimbursement, and much more. 

COVID-19: JUF is working on a hybrid basis for most positions. JUF requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they qualify for an exemption. New hires have 45 days from their hire date to become fully vaccinated. 

Salary70000.00 - 90000.00 Annual
Full Time
Community Planning | Curricula | Director | Hebrew
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Kosher Food Option Available | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Relocation Available | Sick Days | Mass Transit | Vision
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