Director of Arts and Culture

The Vilna Shul | Boston, MA, United States

Posted Date 9/13/2022


Director of Arts and Culture

The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, located on historic Beacon Hill, is the last-remaining immigrant era synagogue building in Boston and now serves as a center for arts, culture, and Jewish life.

As the Director of Arts and Culture, you will be responsible for ensuring that The Vilna’s strategic vision, programs, partnerships, communications, and engagement strategy are aligned and well executed. You will be a member of a highly collaborative staff team of six working from a historic building nestled on Beacon Hill. You are someone who toggles between the strategic and the tactical, is both relational and analytical, detail-oriented and able to see the big picture, and thrives in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. The ideal candidate is passionate about deepening Jewish engagement in Greater Boston through arts and culture.


Program Development and Management

  • Set ambitious and attainable programmatic goals and provide leadership and support to staff and board members to achieve these goals.
  • Identify and evaluate talent and content to curate an annual portfolio of creative, compelling programs.
  • Design and implement marketing and recruitment strategy that engages our target audiences.
  • Regularly assess programs and promote excellence in implementation – including overseeing evaluation, communications with talent, catering, marketing, and communications.
  • Develop and manage budgets for programming, living museum, marketing and communications.
  • Assist with grant preparation and reporting.
  • Supervise the Programs, Partnerships and Engagement Manager.


  • Develop, nurture, grow strategic partnerships with organizations and talent.
  • Partner with the Executive Director to expand the organization's presence and impact.
  • Serve as staff liaison to relevant lay-led committees.

Experience and Knowledge

  • 8+ years of experience developing programs in arts and entertainment and/or Jewish Life.
  • Superior track record with program planning and execution, including cultivating partner relations, creating and managing work plans; sourcing vendors; and managing talent.
  • Familiarity with the Greater Boston Jewish communal landscape and institutions.
  • Ability to delegate and supervise others appropriately.
  • Experience with grant writing and foundation relations.

Education Level and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Passionate about Jewish history, culture and the arts.
  • A deep understanding of Jewish culture, heritage and values.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit; willingness to take risks and the ability to learn from mistakes.
  • Effective ambassador to multiple stakeholders and the community at large.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail and record-keeping.
  • Passion for taking on challenging projects, and ability to manage many projects simultaneously.
  • Fluency in Microsoft 365 and Office Suite, Google Workspace, Constant Contact, DonorView, or CRM systems designated by the organization.
  • Ability to develop spreadsheets for tracking program budgets and actual financial performance.
  • Must be willing to work nights and occasional weekends.

The duties and responsibilities in this job description may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Salary Range of $80,000-100,000, commensurate with experience.

This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director.

Apply Now

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with subject: Director of Arts and Culture / [Your Name]. No phone calls please.

Applications will close on Friday, October 7, 2022. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis. We thank you for your interest in career opportunities at The Vilna.

About The Vilna Shul: Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture

The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, located on historic Beacon Hill, is the last-remaining immigrant era synagogue building in Boston and now serves as a center for Jewish culture and communal engagement. The Vilna is a robust nonprofit organization that marked its centennial in late 2019 with the much-anticipated reopening of its historic building after a $4 million restoration project. The Vilna offers programming across the age spectrum and in 2020 launched its Virtual Vilna platform, expanding its footprint tenfold by attracting participants regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Vilna aspires to be a welcoming and inclusive hub for conversation, learning, and action. The Vilna is a site for celebration and engagement with Jewish life, at the intersection of civic, religious, and contemporary affairs, and an important outlet for engagement with a broader network of organizations seeking to combat racism, antisemitism, and social inequity in the Greater Boston area. To learn more, visit us at


The Vilna Shul provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Vilna Shul complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. The Vilna Shul expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of The Vilna Shul’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Salary80000.00 - 100000.00 Annual
Full Time
Arts/Entertainment/Media | Director | Engagement | Events Management | Marketing/PR | Programming
Organization Type
Arts & Entertainment | Community Centers | Museums
Retirement Plans | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
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