Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish path that is authentic, profound, and helps all members of our community seek and live their purpose to the fullest.
Our spiritual leaders and our nearly 1,800 member families share a vision of a diverse, dynamic, and inclusive community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life, while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. We are committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating our practices and programs to create a vibrant, contemporary, and relevant Jewish life for all who are seeking it.
Our community is led by Rabbi Rolando Matalon, together with a senior leadership team that comprises Rabbi Felicia Sol, who oversees all programs, and Executive Director/COO Colin Weil, who oversees advancement, communications, finance, administration, and operations. BJ has a staff of approximately 40 full-time and 10 part-time employees.
In 2017, BJ established a Center for Prayer and Spirituality (CPS), which oversees the full breadth of BJ’s multi-dimensional prayer practice, the programmatic vision for the annual cycle of Jewish holidays, the development of transformative spiritual initiatives, and the production of eclectic musical programming which draws some of the leading figures from across the landscape of Jewish and world music. In the coming year, the scope of this work will be expanding to encompass BJ’s adult learning program (bolstered in recent years by a strategic partnership with the Hadar Institute) and several programmatic components currently under the umbrella of BJ’s Jewish Home Project: an initiative that has brought together programming and resources in service of an audacious vision for vibrant Jewish living for families and adults—including multifaith, multirace, LGBTQIA+, and more.
To support these efforts, we are very excited to be expanding our team. The Senior Program Administrator will manage the logistical and administrative end of the Center for Prayer and Spirituality, while also serving as the production manager for Shabbat and Holiday services. They will report directly to Cantor David Mintz, Director of the Center for Prayer and Spirituality, and will interface with all members of the CPS team, the larger BJ staff, and congregants from across the BJ community.
The successful candidate will be a detail-oriented, resourceful, and extremely organized individual who takes great satisfaction in attending to the myriad tasks that allow a professional department to function smoothly. They will possess the flexibility to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; enjoy managing event logistics; and be passionate about calendaring, spreadsheets, and to-do lists. In addition to the key responsibilities listed below, opportunity exists for some programmatic oversight, depending on the experience and interest of the candidate.
• Support the mission and work of the Center for Prayer and Spirituality
• Oversee logistics for programs, services, and events in their planning, development and execution
• Serve as chief liaison to communications team: submit and coordinate all program/website messaging, apply close review for accuracy across all communications platforms (email, web, social media, print), writing copy as needed
• Provide administrative support to CPS Director and department-wide efforts
• Manage the CPS internal and public calendars
• Maintain the CPS Zoom account: scheduling meetings, archiving recordings, and transcripts
• Edit and create materials for programs, classes, and services
• Process all invoices, expenses and requests for reimbursement
• Respond to questions and requests for information from the community
• Participate in and support major BJ-wide programs and experiences, including but not limited to:
• Staffing select High Holy Days services
• Supporting membership department as needed during membership season
• Participating in significant community events (in recent years this has included the Sanctuary Centennial Celebration, Spring Fundraiser, and Building Rededication)
• Production Manager for Shabbat and Holiday Services
• Coordinate livestream and production of all Shabbat services and related programs, working closely with the CPS Director, Rabbinic Department, Operations Director, Music Director, Sound Engineer, and Family Life and Learning staff
• Prepare necessary materials for Shabbat and holiday services including livestream slides, setup forms, run of show timelines, contact lists, etc.
• As needed, serve as CPS staff on-site for program coordination
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
• BA degree and minimum of four years of administrative experience
• Event management and production experience preferred
• Superb attention to detail
• Highly organized with the proven ability to manage multiple priorities
• Ability to anticipate needs and solve problems proactively
• Expert level of professional written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment, under pressure, while remaining flexible, resourceful, and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
• High proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom; proficiency with Salesforce a plus
• Jewish knowledge/Hebrew language background a plus
• Excellent interpersonal, team-building, and communication skills
• Ability to work on Shabbat and Jewish holidays
While BJ is primarily a virtual organization at the time of this posting, we anticipate a structured return to in-person programming and work over the summer of 2021. As such, all candidates must be able to work remotely comfortably, and be available to report to the campus in person as needed related to their work, with 72 hours advance notice, while following all relevant city and state COVID-19 travel guidelines.
The selected candidate will be offered a salary of $55-65K with a generous benefits package.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
B’nai Jeshurun is committed to creating a staff culture and congregational community that is accessible, inclusive, and equitable. In particular, we have been on a journey over the past several years to understand the history and impact of racism in America, within the American Jewish community, and within the BJ congregation and staff in particular. We seek to build a community and staff that reflects and celebrates the diversity of America, as well as of the Jewish community, and are looking for team members who want to be part of our ongoing learning, and to contribute to it.
People of Color, Jews of Color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.