Director, Center for Jewish Leadership @ Spertus Institute

Director, Center for Jewish Leadership

Rooted in the belief that great Jewish communities need great Jewish leaders, the Center for Jewish Leadership transforms Jewish life by cultivating innovative approaches to leadership and enhancing the abilities of Jewish professionals and lay leaders. Since its inception, the CJL has reached more than 2,500 Jewish communal professionals and volunteers representing more than 250 organizations. These current and future leaders have gained the knowledge, expertise, creativity, and strategic agility required to guide Jewish organizations with strength, integrity, and success.

The Center for Jewish Leadership has a Chicago focus and an increasingly national and global scope. It is supported, in part, by a grant from the Crown Family.

Offerings include:

MA in Jewish Professional Studies (MAJPS) and Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies (EMJAPS)
Certificate in Jewish Leadership and Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators, presented in partnership with Northwestern University
Range of professional training workshops and programs

Position Overview

The Director of the Center for Jewish Leadership will oversee the Center's offerings and strategic growth, manage the Center’s programs, advise and support students enrolled in the Center's programs, and work to identify and initiate new programs and initiatives.

Position is onsite in Chicago and reports to Dean/Chief Academic Officer.


Program Management (50%)

Manage the Center's academic and program scheduling (in partnership with the Assistant Director of Mentoring and Programs)
Communicate regularly with students and work to enhance the student experience
Identify, develop, and communicate student and alumni impact stories for PR, recruitment, and development purposes
Engage with curricular review, program evaluation, and assessment of student learning (in partnership with the Dean/CAO)
Identify potential new faculty and presenters
Work with Assistant Director of Public Programs and Assistant Director of Mentoring and Programs to develop continuing education opportunities for students, alumni, and broader Spertus audiences
Generate and assist with generating student enrollment reports and reporting information for outside oraganizations (including Higher Learning Communission, Illinois Board of Higher Education, and program funders)
Student Advising and Support (30%)

Advise MAJPS, EMAJPS, and Certificate students
Develop and implement a system for regular student check-in
Track student progress for purposes of retention and completion
Supervise/evaluate the mentoring program (not a supervisory relationship with Assistant Director of Mentoring and Programs)
Support student enrollment growth by working with Recruitment/Outreach to develop strategies for student recruitment, community or organizational collaboration, and program positioning
New Program Initiatives (20%)

Explore new program opportunities and conduct market research
Evaluate ideas and recommendations for new programs and develop business and implementation plans
Identify foundations and other funders to support the development of new programs (in partnership with VP for Advancement)
The Director of the Center for Jewish Leadership may have the opportunity to teach of one or two courses annually, as appropriate to Director’s academic and professional areas of interest, education, and experience.

Related Skills or Knowledge

Strong communication skills, including written, verbal, public speaking, and presentation skills
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
Knowledge of the Jewish community and Jewish organizations and institutions
Knowledge of professional training programs and best practices
Proven success in working with diverse constituents
Proven ability to plan strategically and successfully multi-task.

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
TO APPLY Submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the words Director, CJL in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Application deadline: September 15, 2021 Start date no later than February 2022.
[email protected]

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, medical, vision, dental, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, Paid Holidays
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Doctorate
  • Job Posted: 2021-07-21
  • Times this job has been viewed: 767 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director, Adult Education
  • Organization Type: University, Education & Schools
Job Location
Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago , Illinois 60605


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