Manager of Programs and Innovation, Center for Prayer and Spirituality @ B'nai Jeshurun

Manager of Programs and Innovation, Center for Prayer and Spirituality

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 and 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 Manager of Programs and Innovation is a new position in BJ’s Center for Prayer and Spirituality. 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 confident Jewish professional with: an entrepreneurial spirit; a passion for Jewish life; excellent communications and project management skills; the flexibility to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; and the experience to partner with colleagues across the organization, as well as with lay leaders and external partner organizations.

• Partner with the CPS Director as the programming and educational leads for all Jewish holidays: crafting a programmatic vision and leading all programming and educational efforts.
• Lead a strategic focus on content creation in order to develop a comprehensive virtual library of resources, recordings, interactive tools. Areas of development might include a database of melodies from Shabbat services at BJ; a collection of searchable sermons so that you can hear the Torah that you need to hear; tools for empowered Jewish life at home with videos ritual how-tos, songs, and recipes.
• Oversee engagement opportunities for those on the path to conversion at BJ. Efforts could include managing cohorts of conversion students, matching new students with seasoned BJ members, and providing post-conversion support.
• Create new models for incubating creative rituals and liturgy.
• Develop and manage partnerships and collaborations with external organizations to strengthen and advance the work of the above priorities.
• Prepare and manage the budget and all financial activity for relevant programmatic areas.
• 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)

• At least four years professional experience with demonstrated expertise in management and strategic thinking
• Degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education, or related experience
• Expertise in and experience with Jewish text and traditions
• Demonstrated ability to move ideas and programs forward within and across an institution
• Exceptional facilitation, collaboration, and coalition-building skills
• Thrives in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
• Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills, along with excellent interpersonal skills
• Aptitude for technology and social media savvy for the purpose of education and access

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 $60-70K with a generous benefits package.

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.

Please send your resume and cover letter.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits:
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-04-22
  • Times this job has been viewed: 305 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Community Planning, Development Associate
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
B'nai Jeshurun
257 West 88th Street
New York , New York 10024


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