Senior Education Consultant, Entrepreneurial Education Models
The Jewish Education Project
New York, NY
Opportunity for Impact
The Jewish Education Project has been devoted to ensuring that Jewish education is in tune with the forces that impact our world and our communities in a changing environment. We believe that ever-evolving Jewish wisdom, tradition, and values provide direction and guidance for Jews and their fellow travelers to be the best versions of themselves, to be constructive participants in the communities to which they belong, and to make the world a better place. With the support of our partners, like UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation, The Jewish Education Project embarked on a journey to build the capacity of our New York based agency to build and leverage an expanded New York and National Agenda for greater impact.
We are committed to being at the forefront of ensuring that Jewish education remains relevant and meaningful in the lives of Jewish youth and their families today and tomorrow. For more information about The Jewish Education Project, please visit www.jewishedproject.org
Today, Jews in North America include a multiplicity of backgrounds, form their families in a variety of ways, and connect to, and express, a wide array of Jewish identity pathways. Some of the pathways lead to educational experiences in Congregations, others to JCCs and others lead to new educational models and communities. The Jewish Education Project views this role as an opportunity to shape the ways Jewish education evolves to meet the needs of today’s learners and their families by supporting and strengthening the vast landscape of educational models beyond Jewish Day Schools.
The Jewish Education Project seeks to welcome a full-time Senior Education Consultant as an integral member of the program team, focusing on education in pluralistic and progressive Jewish educational environments. The successful candidate will infuse our organization and the field with an entrepreneurial, fail forward orientation. S/he/they will be a voice for innovation, change and entrepreneurial approaches in Jewish education and will also play a key role in creating and fostering Jewish educational environments and models that are responsive to today’s learners and families.
This position will design and lead new professional development experiences and initiatives, lead educator networks, and provide coaching/consulting to teams of educational “change agents.”
Reporting to the Managing Director, New Models s/he/they will play a key role in The Jewish Education Project’s work to reorient Jewish education toward new/progressive educational philosophies (broadly encompassed in a thriving orientation.) The Senior Education Consultant will directly support entrepreneurial approaches to Jewish education (whether in new/emerging organizations or organizations that never previously hosted a Jewish educational model) and intrapreneurial approaches to Jewish education within congregations.
• Serving as a lead consultant, or part of consulting team, to innovating communities, organizations and independent educators working on various “new model” endeavors
• Instigating ideation, experimentation, new models of Jewish education through programming, networks, new initiatives, etc.
• Cultivating and developing relationships with educational professionals, with a particular focus on Long Island educators
• Developing, leading, and managing specific innovation or model change initiatives
• Building community, providing support, and driving professional learning for educator and leadership networks
• Designing, implementing, and teaching/facilitating professional learning programs
• Working collaboratively with our team to develop resources, document our work, collect data, and participate in strategic planning and visioning
• Serving as an integral member of the education team at The Jewish Education Project, using the collective work and experience to think through and develop innovative strategies
• Teaching/Leading content-rich sessions on behalf of The Jewish Education Project at national and regional conferences.
• Being a spokesperson and advocate for new models of engagement locally, regionally, and nationally.
• Contributing to The Jewish Education Project social media platforms.
• Leading or collaborating on other education initiatives as needed.
Experience, Qualifications, and Competencies
• Candidates with diverse cultural, educational and experiential backgrounds are urged to apply.
• 10+ years of experience in pluralistic and progressive Jewish educational environments that demonstrate his/her/their track record of educational success.
• Experience leading innovation – whether entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial endeavors.
• Extremely strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of people.
• The ideal candidate will have a creative disposition and be motivated by experimentation and therefore comfortable with succeeding, failing, and pivoting.
• Deep knowledge of, and successful experiences working within, the diverse and pluralistic Jewish landscape.
• The Ideal Candidate will have multiple of the following:
o Founded or worked in a startup organization,
o Knowledge and understanding of the diversity of the Jewish community and its varied needs (this includes Jews of Color, Mizrahi/Sephardi heritage, multi-faith families, special needs, LGBTQ, secular, “Just Jewish” etc.),
o Experience leading or teaching in a year-round part-time Jewish educational environment,
o Coaching and/or consulting experience/certification.
• Familiarity with the Long Island Jewish community a plus.
• Master’s Degree in Business, Jewish education, Social Work, Jewish communal service, or related degree required.
• Ability to lead and partner with integrity and inspiration; flexibility and openness to working with professional and volunteer community leaders.
• Capable of teaching others to expand the circle of skill; creativity and ability to push and inspire others to think beyond the traditional educational landscape to use new concepts and strategies.
• Entrepreneurial self-starter; a problem solver with top notch planning and prioritizing skills.
• A persuasive and passionate communicator, both written and oral.
What We Offer
• Competitive salary in the range of $90,000 - $125,000 depending on experience
• Three weeks paid time off in year 1; increasing incrementally on a set schedule
• Comprehensive health insurance
• 401k plan
• Commuter benefits
• Early close on Fridays for Shabbat and closed for most Jewish holidays
• Shortened summer hours
• A positive work environment with exposure to great learning opportunities and the chance to work with some of the top professionals in the field of Jewish Education.
Location: Candidate for this position must be based in the Greater New York City Area.
The Jewish Education Project aims to select, place and train the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience, so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all our employees in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected class. We encourage and support diversity and tolerance in our workplace.