Director of Young Adult Initiatives
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Mission and Philosophy
The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity, and pluralism and to ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.
The Director of Young Adult Initiatives will set and implement a vision and strategy for SHI NA’s rapidly growing work with emerging Jewish thought leaders ages 16 – 23. This professional will lead a team that will design and scale an educational throughline as well as targeted programming for 1000 exceptional High School, Gap Year, college, and post-college students, and provide them with the tools to develop as young Jewish leaders. With our educational content and our team of faculty, the Director of Young Adult Initiatives will serve as a key faculty member and in a pastoral capacity in helping emerging leaders wrestle with big questions. This professional will report to the Senior Vice President for National Initiatives.
- Set the vision, strategy, and oversee implementation of programs that directly reach emerging Jewish thought leaders in high school, gap year, and college campuses - scaling to 1,000 per year (roughly ages 16-23);
- Supervise staff working on the programs (currently a manager and program coordinator);
- Launch a major Hartman learning program for North American high school students in the fall of 2022 and oversee existing and new programs for college students;
- Work with Hartman faculty to design educational arcs for all young adult programs utilizing the Institute’s iEngage curriculum, and serve as a key teacher to help students develop as Jewish thought leaders on the big questions facing North American Jewry;
- Design, lead and oversee in-person pluralistic retreats, remote learning sessions, and potentially region-based in-person gatherings, mostly in North America and including some programming in Israel;
- Oversee recruiting strategies for all programs, as well as for Hartman’s gap year program in Jerusalem, Hevruta;
- Serve in a pastoral role to participants as they explore big questions personally and those facing the Jewish people;
- Serve as part of a larger team with program directors reaching the day school field, Jewish education professionals, and the Hevruta gap year program;
- Teach in other North American programs as appropriate;
- Ensure that program offerings sustain supportive relationships with alumni, helping to connect young Jewish leaders to further Hartman offerings;
- Work closely with our Digital Team to create scalable digital teen-facing content or other learning materials as needed.
- Alignment with and passion for SHI’s mission and approach to Israel education
- A Masters degree or higher in the field of Jewish learning and/or education (rabbinic ordination or PhD preferred)
- 10+ years of experience
- A proven track record of building, leading, and teaching at transformative learning experiences in informal and formal educational settings for young Jews ages 16-23
- A solid understanding of the evolving educational and developmental needs of young Jews ages 16-23
- Competency working with budgets and logistics (managing travel and in-person gatherings)
- Ability to apply a strong growth-mindset in a research-based, fast-paced entrepreneurial team which responds to the evolving needs of the field
- Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and when to take initiative in identify problems and devising solutions
- Good sense of humor
- Ability to staff programs across the United States and in Israel
- (Preferred) based in the NY Tri-State area or the Bay Area (California)
Salary range and benefits
Estimated salary $140,000, commensurate with experience and location. Very competitive benefits package. SHI NA is an equal opportunity employer.
Please upload a cover letter and resume as a single document through the "apply" button link. The cover letter should include descriptions of positions with relevant experience and should demonstration of successful expertise in the core demands of the position. No phone calls, please.
We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.
We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with The Shalom Hartman Institute. Due to anticipated high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates who will be interviewed can expect a response within 3-4 weeks.
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The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewis...