Executive Director, Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies

Nazareth College | Rochester, NY, United States

Posted Date 12/16/2021

The Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies (Center), established at Nazareth College (College) within the Rochester, NY community, was created through a gift from the William and Sheila Konar Foundation. The Center strengthens the College’s rich tradition of the academic study of religion, and its commitment to discovery and dialogue among people who hold belief systems different than their own. The Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies provides educational opportunities, including programs, courses, workshops, internships, and study abroad opportunities, that promote a deeper understanding of Judaism across the College. The center works closely and in partnership with other departments at the college including the Center for Spirituality, the Religious Studies Department, the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, various academic departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, and the department of Community & Belonging, in order to provide transformational experiences that foster a sense of community, understanding and belonging through cross-cultural engagement, interfaith cooperation, and real world activism. 

Nazareth College is now hiring the Executive Director for the Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies, to begin March 2022. 

The ideal candidate will be a leader who has an established relationship with and passion for the Jewish community. The ideal candidate will be able to blend Jewish learning, identity and advocacy with social justice and dialoguing initiatives, along with having the following qualifications:

* Established commitment to tolerance as a principle of identity formation, religious and cultural pluralism as critical factors of social development, and diversity of practice and expression as constitutive elements of contemporary Jewish identity.
* Demonstrated experience as a community connector at the local, national and global levels.
* Proven leadership capacity, including financial resource management and development.
* Experience and comfort working with undergraduate and graduate students, including in a teaching capacity.
Direct and manage programs and workshops whose aim is informed understanding and tolerance, promoting awareness, skills and training for specific groups and populations through a Jewish lens.
* Design and implement activities to foster a more tolerant and just civil society by promoting ethnic, religious, and cultural understanding, advancing positive and constructive public discourse, and encouraging cooperation among diverse communities.
* Develop programming partnerships to expand effectiveness, efficiency and reach in the larger community regionally, nationally and internationally.
* Collaborate with other divisions at the College, especially the Center for Spirituality, the Hickey Center for Interfaith Dialogue, and the Department of Community and Belonging, in developing ongoing programming partnerships to promote informed and respectful engagement with difference and an understanding of the consequences of prejudice and hatred.

Work with the Religious Studies Department in areas of scholarship and teaching:
* Promote scholarship in the areas of tolerance, high impact educational practices, and Jewish Studies through conferences, publications, and partnerships with other educational and research institutions in the US and abroad, and in collaboration with Nazareth’s Religious Studies Department.
 * Teach courses in Judaic Studies in the Religious Studies Department and collaborate with the Department to expand formal opportunities for the study of Judaism as well as the Holocaust and other genocides, building on existing student leadership programs like, “The March: Bearing Witness to Hope.”

Work with students through campus collaborations:

* Integrate the rich and complex legacy of Judaism as a culture, religion, and people into the efforts of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, the Department of Community and Belonging, and the Center for Spirituality to promote interfaith and cross-cultural understanding, design interfaith and cross-cultural programming, and support multi-faith and multi-cultural dialogue across campus.
* Expand experiential interfaith opportunities for students with local and national Hillel organizations as well as through local, national, and international internships, exchanges, and practicums in collaboration with the College’s Center for Life’s Work.

Build bridges internally at Nazareth College and across the greater Rochester community:

* Form and foster connections with faculty, staff, and alumni, strengthen existing partnerships with local faith communities, and collaborate actively with interfaith leaders and established commissions (for example, Rochester Interfaith Network Alive, the Brennan/Goldman Institute for Jewish/Catholic Understanding, and the Jewish/Muslim Commission.)

Work to establish longevity of the Konar Center:

* Steward existing resources to maximize support for the work of the Center.
* Evaluate programs and the work of the Center to assess effects and inform ongoing planning and programming.
* Raise funds to underwrite the ongoing programming and scholarship of the Center in collaboration with the Division of Institutional Advancement to cultivate donors, and with the Office of Sponsored Programs and Development to seek funds from grantmaking organizations and foundations.

Foster leadership through the Center:

* Involve students in the work of the Center. 
* Provide work opportunities for Graduate Assistants. 
* Supervise Administrative Coordinator. 
* Participate in cross-campus leadership training workshops throughout the academic year. 

Full Time
Executive Director
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | FSA | Life Insurance | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | sick leave | vision
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