The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) supports, connects, and celebrates Jewish life in the South. We partner with congregations of all denominations and sizes across a thirteen-state southern region.
The ISJL seeks a dynamic educator to serve as our Director of Education. This role is one of the most unique and important positions available in the field of Jewish education today. The position includes mentoring, supervising, teaching, curriculum development, community-building, and more—all in a supportive, creative, non-traditional setting.
The ideal candidate will be excited to:
• Create vibrant Jewish learning environments for students of all ages
•Supervise ISJL Program Associates based in Jackson—recent college graduates who commit to 2 years serving the South as traveling Jewish professionals
• Develop training sessions and coordinate professional development opportunities for staff and for educators/teachers in partner communities across the region
• Update and implement a comprehensive, multi-grade curriculum
• Recruit new partners through phone calls, Zoom conferences, and in-person visits
• Coordinate collective enrichment opportunities, including adult education with Jewish thought leaders, conferences, family programs, professional development, and more
• Communicate effectively internally (staff of ~20) and externally (with thousands of community partners)
• Consult with communities about adapting curriculum and educational approaches
• Travel to lead Shabbat worship, teacher training workshops, and various programs with communities throughout the region
• Be an engaged team member supporting and collaborating on projects within the ISJL’s other service areas (Culture and Spirituality)
Masters in Jewish Education or Doctorate in Education with a background in Jewish Education preferred. The position is available June 1, 2022, and is based in Jackson, Mississippi. Submit a cover letter, resume, two references, and a sample lesson plan to ISJL CEO Michele Schipper ([email protected]). Learn more: www.isjl.org