The Director of Engagement and Education for the JFO leads the team tasked with inspiring Jewish connections, enhancing community engagement, promoting lifelong and innovative Jewish learning, and contributing to community planning to ensure a strong and vibrant Jewish Omaha.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Manage staff including, but not limited to: Recruit, interview, hire, and train staff within the department; Oversee the day-to-day workflow of the department; Provide constructive and timely performance evaluations; Provide coaching and mentorship to staff; Handle discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with JFO policy.
- Facilitate building community engagement through programming that encourages participation for families with school aged children and adults of all ages.
- Create and maintain opportunities for families with young children to connect with Jewish life and one another (e.g. Shalom Baby, PJ Library, etc.).
- Collaborate and assist the Institute for Holocaust Education for the Omaha Jewish Film Festival.
- Collaborate with organizational leadership to continue to build and expand the programming offered in and around the Learning Commons; ensure the Kripke-Veret Collection is optimally utilized, and contribute to elevating the communal use of the space.
- Responsible for the visiting author events through Jewish Book Council (e.g. Jewish Book Month luncheons).
- Plan, implement, and manage all JFO-led adult Jewish education opportunities including, but not limited to, Friday Learning Series, Exploring Judaism, and Omaha Beit Midrash (in partnership with community clergy).
- Serve as a liaison for area universities on community facing educational programing:
- UNO Schwalb Center
- Friedel Academy
- Goldstein Chair
- Klutznick/Creighton Custodial Fund:
- Symposium (the 4th Sun-Monday of October each year).
- Ongoing adult learning opportunities planned with committee.
- Support youth learning by collaborating with area synagogue school directors regarding teacher training, special needs community education, and collaborative programming.
- Oversee distribution of subvention funds.
- Oversee the Young Jewish Giving & Teen Foundation.
- Manage Kids Campaign.
- Manage budget, grants and reporting for all former CJL programs which fall under Engagement or Education (including 401, 403, and 115).
- Identify and prepare grant proposals for agency programs and projects.
- Maintain record keeping for grant funding reporting and funding documentation as required.
- Assist in the planning and logistics of agency projects (e.g. Jewish Experience Grant, Israel Experience Grant, etc.)
- Reliable and predictable attendance.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
This position requires some time out of the office, limited travel, and active participation in programs that occur outside of a traditional work schedule.
- Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
- Possess a passionate commitment to the Jewish community.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interface effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention
- analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Able to handle competing priorities and deadlines by demonstrating excellent time management skills.
- Work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment or independently as required.
- Must maintain valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.
- Able to travel via commercial airlines nationally and/or internationally.
- Ability to pass a background check and drug screen.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree. Master’s preferred.
- Experience as a Jewish educator in formal and/or informal setting.
- Experience teaching about Jewish values, Jewish text and social justice.
Occasionally = 0% - 33% of the work day
Frequently = 34% - 66% of the work day
Constantly = 67% - 100% of the work day
- Must be able to remain in a stationary position constantly working on a computer in an office environment.
- Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
- The person in this position needs to frequently move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
- The person in this position constantly communicates with others. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
- Able to occasionally operate a motorized vehicle for off-campus business; drive company vehicle and/or personal vehicle as requested.
- Able to occasionally travel via commercial airlines nationally and/or internationally.
- The person in this position will occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha strives to create and maintain a caring, inclusive, and united community rooted in Jewish values and traditions. We embrace and value differences and employ personnel without regard to actual or perceived sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, religious background or beliefs, descent or nationality, disability (including physical, intellectual or mental disability), genetic information, pregnancy status, leave status, marital status, socio-economic status, neurodiversity, veteran status, citizenship status, age, height, weight, and/or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state, or local law. The Jewish Federation of Omaha welcomes, respects, and values all people. Our culture is a dedicated space that includes diversity of thought, inclusiveness of everyone, and a feeling of belonging.