Director of Jewish Life

Georgetown University | Washington, DC, United States

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Posted Date 2/13/2024

Job Overview

The Director of Jewish Life attends to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Jewish community at Georgetown through services and retreats, religious education, care and counseling, as well as the promotion of interreligious understanding, with particular attention to the work of community-building.

They also work in close collaboration with religiously diverse colleagues and students on programs and initiatives to deepen dialogue and reflection, and serves as a spiritual resource to the entire university community.

Work Interactions and Work Mode Designation

Reporting to the AVP for Interreligious Understanding, the Director for Jewish Life supervises other Jewish Life staff, including a full-time Jewish Chaplain, and a full-time Associate Director. They receive programmatic and communications support from a shared central team, including advancement and communications support, and work in regular collaboration with other Campus Ministry colleagues.

As well, they oversee a team of student interns and advises the Jewish Student Association, as well as the Bayit living-learning community; and engages involved and uninvolved students, parents of current students and other community members, potential students and their families, alumni, local community organizations, and other university partners.

The Director also has oversight for the use and operation of Makóm, the Jewish gathering space on the main campus, and its kosher kitchen.

This position has been designated as On-Campus. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University.  Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Rabbinical ordination from an accredited seminary - preference for a Ph.D.
  • 5+ years of post-seminary experience including leading services, spiritual care and counseling, and administrative leadership.
  • Ability to connect with and serve students from all Jewish backgrounds and cultivate diverse community.
  • Competency in program development, administration and events management, and sophisticated verbal and writing skills
  • Proficiency with standard office applications and equipment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty and staff from all areas of the university, and across cultural and religious traditions
  • Reliable and self-directed, personable and professional, and trustworthy and competent
  • Flexible and adaptable, and able to effectively manage projects and tasks
  • Strong attention to detail

More Information

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.

Guided by Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit tradition, with its abiding commitment to interreligious collaboration, Campus Ministry equips students to lead lives of deeper meaning, belonging, and purpose.

As an integral part of Campus Ministry since 1968, Georgetown’s Jewish chaplaincy (“Jewish Life”) aspires to advance the life and growth of every self-defined Jewish student through building their sense of belonging in Jewish campus community, literacy in Jewish religious texts and traditions, engagement in Jewish communal leadership and multi-faith social justice. Together with diverse faculty, staff, and students we empower one another to progress along our personal journeys and to discern our unique roles in delivering a brighter future for the Jewish people and for the world.

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