Assistant Director: Genesis at Brandeis University

Brandeis Precollege Programs | Waltham, MA, United States

Posted Date 5/11/2022

Brandeis University is seeking an Assistant Director for its well-known Genesis precollege program.  The assistant director will work 60 – 70 hours prior to the Genesis program’s start in July. During the summer, the assistant director will work directly under the supervision of the Genesis director. This is a residential position that includes room and board; Genesis staff and students live in air-conditioned dormitories and eat in the Brandeis dining facility.

Pre-Summer Planning (60 – 70 hours)

The assistant director will:

  • Create and/or update a guide for students outlining all aspects of religious life on campus during the program, including key words and definitions (eruv, kashrut etc)

  • Kashrut/Eating and keeping kosher, prayer before/after meals;

  • Shabbat observance (variety of practices; what we do/don’t do);

  • Tefillah (what we offer and when); 

  • Create a memo for the Program Director outlining relevant questions and concerns to convey to the Sherman Dining staff (hours of operation, food provision, location of meal on Shabbat, etc.)

  • Work with Hillel staff to ensure implementation of eruv.

  • Design a 25 hour orientation for Community Educators, covering all relevant aspects of curriculum, residential life, health and behavioral concerns, student honor code, boundaries and reporting procedures.

  • Assist Program Director with hiring of Teaching Assistants, as needed.

  • Assist Program Director with hiring of Community Educators, as needed.

  • Contact Community Educators prior to the start of Genesis, to approve and confirm minors, confirm learning goals, curriculum, supply list and schedules.


  • In collaboration with the Program Director, oversee all aspects of Jewish life in Genesis. This includes: Shabbat programming and experiences, informal afternoon and evening programming, field trips and other activities as indicated by the Program Director. 

  • Supervise Community Educators, including orientation and implementation of their minors, including individual and group supervision, troubleshooting and managing health and behavioral issues that emerge from the Community Educators’ work.

  • Work with Community Educators to coordinate students’ design and implementation of Shabbat services and Shabbat programming.  This includes:  Making sure all aspects of student-led Shabbat experiences are planned in advance, all supplies procured and organized and that Shabbat schedules are planned, printed and distributed to all students by Friday breakfast. Print large copies of Shabbat schedule for Teaching Assistants to post in dorms.

  • Lead all Shabbat activities on the first weekend of the session, with the assistant of the Community Educators and students.

  • Provide all-day coverage of Genesis once per week, during director’s absence.

  • Replenish Shabbat cart as needed.

  • Assist Program Director with orientation and supervision of Teaching Assistants, as needed.

  • Assist Program Director with student concerns.

Closing Statement

Brandeis University is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with an environment conducive to learning and working and where all people are treated with respect and dignity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, caste, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, including transgender identity, religion, disability, age, genetics, active military or veteran status and any other characteristics protected under applicable federal or Massachusetts law.

Salary7500.00 Annual
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Assistant Director | Education - Other
Part Time Categories
Summer Staff
Organization Type
Housing Benefit | Kosher Food Option Available
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