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Diversity is a core value of our organization. Reconstructing Judaism is an equal opportunity employer committed to economic, social, and racial justice. We do not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply, including those of historically disenfranchised groups. 
 

Project Coordinator, Center for Jewish Ethics (CJE)

Director of Field Education, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

 

 

Project Coordinator, Center for Jewish Ethics (CJE)

Seeking a dynamic, effective, and collaborative thinker and doer to shepherd an innovative project in public scholarship on race and American Jewish life.

Location: Remote, must reside in the US and have authorization to work in the US.

Time Commitment: This is a part-time, exempt, project-based position that is not benefit eligible. There is high flexibility with regard to schedule, and we estimate the FTE at .6 or an average of approximately 24 hours per week over the course of the project, which will extend for 12-15 months, beginning in December 2021.

Salary: $36,000 (annualized salary for 12 months)

About the Position
The Project Coordinator (PC) will share responsibility for shaping the vision and goals for our grant-funded project and will have primary responsibility for implementing the work plan (See below for important information about the overarching goals and parameters of the project). The Project Coordinator will report to Project Director Mira Wasserman, will work collaboratively with rabbinic interns, and will engage and supervise curriculum writers and an instructional designer.

As a remote, project-based position, this job offers lots of flexibility and the opportunity to engage in deeply meaningful work, promoting cutting-edge research and education in pursuit of racial justice.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate in developing overarching vision and strategy for the project
  • Recruit and engage participating scholars
  • Plan and implement two online convenings together with other CJE staff
  • Coordinate regular meetings of scholars and staff
  • Consult with scholars on their research, offering encouragement and guidance and facilitating collaboration
  • Collaborate in generating learning goals for curricula
  • Collaborate in developing plan for curricula, including audiences, scope, and platforms
  • Engage and supervise curriculum writers and instructional designer
  • Manage workflow and timelines
  • Administer details of the NEH grant
  • Write final report
  • Collaborate in publicizing project and deliverables

Qualifications
Studies indicate that members of historically marginalized groups like women and people of color apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. CJE encourages you to break that statistic and apply, as no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application. 

  • Advanced academic training (MA or beyond) in Jewish studies, religious studies, race and ethnic studies, American history, or a related field in the humanities
  • Experience in project management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in and excitement about working collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, working styles and political perspectives
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks with calm, enthusiasm, and a rigorous attention to detail
  • A proven record in meeting deadlines
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Excitement about the power of ideas and knowledge to make positive change
  • Comfort with direct communication in pursuit of accountability
  • Experiences as an educational leader, with children or adults, in formal, informal, or online settings
  • Personal or professional experiences in examining identity, race, racism, and antisemitism
  • Experience with or knowledge of practices, ideas, and institutions across the diversity of American Jewish life
  • Respect and appreciation for the values, practices, and institutions of Reconstructionist Judaism

HIRING PROCESS & TIMELINE
We would like to complete the hiring process during the month of December. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We will begin inviting applicants to online interviews after December 1.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to JewishEthics@rrc.edu with your name and “PC application” in the subject line. This position involves a wide range of skills and responsibilities—please use the cover letter to highlight how this position fits with your particular background, skills, and interests and also indicate which aspects of it would be most challenging.

Diversity is a core value of our organization. Reconstructing Judaism is an equal opportunity employer committed to economic, social, and racial justice. We do not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply, including those of historically disenfranchised groups. Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, Black and Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA people are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Project
“Race, Religion and American Judaism: Cross-Disciplinary Research, Public Scholarship and Curriculum Development” is funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The project will generate collaborative, cross-disciplinary research into race, racism, and the American Jewish experience. On the basis of this new research, we will develop educational curricula for Jewish organizations that advance understanding of the problem of racism, that recover neglected histories of Jews of color, and that tell stories of the ongoing struggle for racial justice. 

During the first phase (January to June 2022), a multi-disciplinary group of ten scholars will convene to share their research interests and identify new research questions on race, racism, and Jewish life. Scholars will continue to meet in small teams as they develop research papers and accompanying lectures focusing on four areas:

  1. Jewish identity and theories of race and religion
  2. Race and the American Jewish experience (including the history of immigration, discrimination, and activism)
  3. Racial and cultural diversity in American Jewish life today 
  4. A Jewish ethical response to racism

During the second phase (June to November 2022), scholars will record their lectures and collaborate with curriculum writers in the development of curricula on each of the four focus areas. Deliverables include self-directed online courses featuring the recorded lectures; curricula with discussion guides for community-based adult learning; and curricula with activity guides for youth in summer camps, schools, and afterschool programs.

About the Center for Jewish Ethics
The Center for Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College pursues research and public scholarship that draws on Jewish literature and history to help people and communities address the ethical challenges of contemporary life. We pursue an interdisciplinary approach, convening scholars together with communal leaders to address ethical challenges. We publish the engaged scholarship that emerges from these convenings and also use it to develop educational materials and public programs.

As part of the organization Reconstructing Judaism, our mission is shaped by the core values of Reconstructionist Judaism, including a commitment to democracy, social justice, and the idea that Judaism is a “religious civilization” that evolves over time to respond to contemporary needs and values. The Reconstructionist movement has made an explicit commitment to centering the voices and experiences of Jews of color, and to combatting racism within and beyond the Jewish community. As the movement’s center for ethical inquiry, CJE advances these commitments through the study of Jewish legal, ethical, and narrative texts and of the Jewish historical experience.


 

Director of Field Education, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College seeks a Director of Field Education to lead the development, implementation and ongoing administration of our new and groundbreaking field education centered practical rabbinics program. We are piloting this program in 2022-23 and working to get it fully up and running for 2023-24. Under the supervision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), this evolving position will serve in revolutionizing rabbinic training to be more effective and responsive to the needs of both students and contemporary Jewish communities. Aspects of this work include launch and administration of the program; policy creation; oversight of instructors and fieldwork supervisors; and teaching, coaching, and mentoring of students.

The ideal candidate has a deep interest in the rabbinate, is passionate about helping students learn and develop, and is skilled at creating experiences that will foster that growth. Candidates should possess strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of effective project implementation and management.

Applicants for this position should be available to work from our Wyncote, PA offices (30 minutes from downtown Philadelphia) a minimum of three days per week. A remote/in-person arrangement can be coordinated with the VPAA for the remaining weekly schedule.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Building the immersive field education program from the ground up, implementing it, and overseeing its ongoing development.
  • Participating in the administrative leadership of the rabbinical program.
  • Recruiting, developing, and supporting immersive internships and other student employment for RRC students, including making site visits (some travel required).
  • Administering the practical rabbinics component of the rabbinical program and supervising practical rabbinics instructors and fieldwork supervisors.
  • Serving as a mentor for students, as well as an instructor and/or fieldwork supervisor.

Qualifications/Education:

  • Rabbinical degree
  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage complex projects
  • Experience supervising or fostering the growth of adult/professional learners
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, the contemporary North American Jewish landscape
  • Familiarity with and openness to the values of Reconstructionist Judaism
  • A track-record of developing and maintaining relationships among a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Ability to travel for site visits in the US and Canada (travel estimated at up to one trip per month, can vary based on need)

Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Ability to employ systems-thinking
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills
  • Energetic, flexible and collaborative working style
  • Self-motivated and willing to learn

Salary: $70,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience and credentials. Those interested in applying who have significantly more years of rabbinic work experience or supervisory experience than the requirements listed are welcome to apply and indicate their salary requirements.

Benefits: This is a full-time, exempt position with excellent benefits that include health insurance, 401(k), generous paid vacation and sick time, and ample time off for major Jewish and American holidays. We offer a dynamic, flexible, and progressive workplace.  

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a resume/CV along with a substantive cover letter describing their interest and fit with the requirements of the position to hr@reconstructingjudaism.org. No phone calls please.

Diversity is a core value of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to economic, social, and racial justice. We do not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply, including those of historically disenfranchised groups. 

Starting date will be determined depending on availability but with an intention that the Director of Field Education will be in place by July 1, 2022.

About Us:

Reconstructing Judaism is the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. We train the next generation of rabbis, support and uplift congregations and havurot, foster emerging expressions of Jewish life, and encourage people to be their best selves —always helping to shape what it means to be Jewish today and to imagine the Jewish future.

Rabbinic training at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), the movement’s seminary, centers on nourishing and rigorous Jewish learning and immersive and intensive field education. The curriculum is distinguished by the unique Reconstructionist understanding of Judaism as a dynamic civilization characterized by vibrant diversity and ongoing change. As a result, the RRC course of study is expansive, dynamic and flexible, engaging students both in and out of the classroom.

Beginning in fall 2020, we have implemented a curriculum that centers practical rabbinics in immersive field education experiences. The practical rabbinics curriculum will consist of field-readiness courses during the first three years of the RRC program followed by intensive and immersive internships in the last two years of the program, which will be supported by individual and group supervision and ongoing course work.