Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Director of Field Education
The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College seeks a Director of Field Education to lead the development, implementation and ongoing administration of our new and groundbreaking field education centered practical rabbinics program. We are piloting this program in 2022-23 and working to get it fully up and running for 2023-24. Under the supervision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), this evolving position will serve in revolutionizing rabbinic training to be more effective and responsive to the needs of both students and contemporary Jewish communities. Aspects of this work include launch and administration of the program; policy creation; oversight of instructors and fieldwork supervisors; and teaching, coaching, and mentoring of students.
The ideal candidate has a deep interest in the rabbinate, is passionate about helping students learn and develop, and is skilled at creating experiences that will foster that growth. Candidates should possess strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of effective project implementation and management.
Applicants for this position should be available to work from our Wyncote, PA offices (30 minutes from downtown Philadelphia) a minimum of three days per week. A remote/in-person arrangement can be coordinated with the VPAA for the remaining weekly schedule.
- Building the immersive field education program from the ground up, implementing it, and overseeing its ongoing development.
- Participating in the administrative leadership of the rabbinical program.
- Recruiting, developing, and supporting immersive internships and other student employment for RRC students, including making site visits (some travel required).
- Administering the practical rabbinics component of the rabbinical program and supervising practical rabbinics instructors and fieldwork supervisors.
- Serving as a mentor for students, as well as an instructor and/or fieldwork supervisor.
- Rabbinical degree
- 3-5 years of supervisory experience
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage complex projects
- Experience supervising or fostering the growth of adult/professional learners
- Knowledge of, and experience in, the contemporary North American Jewish landscape
- Familiarity with and openness to the values of Reconstructionist Judaism
- A track-record of developing and maintaining relationships among a diverse set of stakeholders
- Ability to travel for site visits in the US and Canada (travel estimated at up to one trip per month, can vary based on need)
- Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
- Excellent administrative and organizational skills
- Ability to employ systems-thinking
- Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills
- Energetic, flexible and collaborative working style
- Self-motivated and willing to learn
$70,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience and credentials. Those interested in applying who have significantly more years of rabbinic work experience or supervisory experience than the requirements listed are welcome to apply and indicate their salary requirements.
This is a full-time, exempt position with excellent benefits that include health insurance, 401(k), generous paid vacation and sick time, and ample time off for major Jewish and American holidays. We offer a dynamic, flexible, and progressive workplace.
Applicants should submit a resume/CV along with a substantive cover letter describing their interest and fit with the requirements of the position. No phone calls please. The application deadline is January 4, 2022.
Diversity is a core value of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to economic, social, and racial justice. We do not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply, including those of historically disenfranchised groups.
Starting date will be determined depending on availability but with an intention that the Director of Field Education will be in place by July 1, 2022.
Reconstructing Judaism is the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. We train the next generation of rabbis, support and uplift congregations and havurot, foster emerging expressions of Jewish life, and encourage people to be their best selves —always helping to shape what it means to be Jewish today and to imagine the Jewish future.
Rabbinic training at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), the movement’s seminary, centers on nourishing and rigorous Jewish learning and immersive and intensive field education. The curriculum is distinguished by the unique Reconstructionist understanding of Judaism as a dynamic civilization characterized by vibrant diversity and ongoing change. As a result, the RRC course of study is expansive, dynamic and flexible, engaging students both in and out of the classroom.
Beginning in fall 2020, we have implemented a curriculum that centers practical rabbinics in immersive field education experiences. The practical rabbinics curriculum will consist of field-readiness courses during the first three years of the RRC program followed by intensive and immersive internships in the last two years of the program, which will be supported by individual and group supervision and ongoing course work.