Director of Boston

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America | Boston, MA, United States

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Posted Date 10/19/2023

Director of Boston

Mission and Philosophy

The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity and pluralism and ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.


SHI North America (SHI NA) has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, relational, motivated, experienced, creative, and organized professional to represent the Institute. 

The Director of Boston will play a primary role in leading the Institute’s strategy, relationships, development, and programmatic work in Boston. This professional will cultivate a deep understanding of the needs of SHI NA’s partners and target audiences as well as a thorough grasp of the programmatic and consultative resources SHI NA offers - in order to establish sophisticated and relevant ongoing strategic partnerships and programs. Key responsibilities include strategic relationship engagement; creative program development, internal management and administration; public presence; fundraising leadership; and collaboration with colleagues to coordinate and manage SHI NA’s local presence. This position requires someone who is an excellent relationship-builder and communicator, strong on follow-through, detail-oriented, and a quick learner. The ideal candidate for this position will also have a commitment to SHI’s mission, will be someone who can take initiative in identifying problems and devising solutions, and must have strong interpersonal skills to help implement those solutions with good judgment, discretion, and tact. Based in Boston, this individual will work closely with the entire program and development teams.

Responsibilities and Duties

The primary responsibilities of the position include:

  • Serving as a local face of SHI NA; guiding local fundraising activities and marketing / branding strategy in partnership with the larger SHI NA teams. 

  • Stewarding existing relationships with individuals and institutions and cultivating new partnerships.

  • Learning the local community/communities in service of program planning and partnerships. Learning includes identifying key institutions, areas of interest and key challenges related to contemporary Jewish life, particularly those related to key Hartman research areas including Jewish peoplehood, leadership, civics, gender equality and Israel.

  • Designing, planning, and executing programs. Design work includes developing program strategy, format, and content to creatively deploy SHI NA’s thought leadership and programmatic resources. Planning and execution work includes managing faculty preparation, and overseeing travel, budget, venue and catering, and materials, with administrative support.


Experience and Knowledge

  • Strong track record developing and cultivating individual and institutional partnerships and relationships - including donor relationships

  • Experience with conceiving of and developing educational programs

  • Demonstrated experience with and a superior track record with event planning and execution including creating and managing timelines and work plans; sourcing, negotiating with and managing vendors including caterers; day-of team management

  • Familiarity with the Boston Jewish communal landscape and institutions


Specific Skills and Personal Characteristics

  • Highly professional demeanor

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Exceptionally organized and detail-oriented; able to manage multiple complex tasks

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including a proven ability using Excel

  • Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic, high-energy environment

  • Track record of demonstrating sound judgment by making appropriate decisions and knowing when to take initiative in identifying problems and devising solutions

  • Capable of working independently as well as collaboratively

  • Excellent interpersonal abilities including a customer-service oriented demeanor

  • Flexible work style with the ability to work under tight deadlines and with shifting priorities

  • Inquisitiveness and an openness to learning, including new software and technologies

  • Good sense of humor


  • Ability to travel frequently around Boston and to New York and Israel at times
  • Ability to staff evening and weekend programs


Education Level

BA / BS or equivalent and related MA or higher


Salary range and benefits:  $115,000 - $155,000, commensurate with experience. Very competitive benefits package. SHI NA is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter here. The cover letter should include descriptions of positions with relevant experience, and demonstration of successful expertise in the core demands of the position. No phone calls please.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with The Shalom Hartman Institute. Due to anticipated high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates who will be interviewed can expect a response within 3-4 weeks.



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Director | Director of Community Engagement | Director of Development | Regional Director
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