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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. 

 

Executive Assistant, Reconstructing Judaism

 

Director of Field Education, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

 

 

Executive Assistant, Reconstructing Judaism

Reconstructing Judaism seeks a highly motivated assistant to provide high-level administrative support to the Executive Vice President and two of her direct reports, the Director of Human Resources & Administration and the Director of Individual Giving. The ideal candidate has experience successfully supporting senior executives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and takes pride in enabling others to succeed. The candidate must be able to seamlessly move between tasks and managers to accurately complete detail-oriented projects and meet deadlines. The right candidate will be self-motivated, highly organized, and able to effectively prioritize, communicate clearly with varied groups of people, take ownership of tasks from start to finish, work independently, be calm under pressure, and represent the organization with professionalism and warmth. 

 

Primary Responsibilities
Administrative Support

  • Supporting the Executive Vice President, Director of Human Resources, and Director of Individual Giving with tasks including: heavy calendar management, tracking project deadlines, communicating on behalf of, drafting internal memos and proofreading internal and external communications, expense report reconciliation and processing, data entry and maintenance, following checklists of procedures, assisting with orienting and communicating with new and current staff members, and other tasks as assigned.
  • Offering back up administrative assistance for the Office of the President at especially busy times or when other staff are unavailable.
  • Utilizing technology: Outlook (email & calendar), Word, Excel, Doodle, Zoom, PowerPoint, and Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS).
  • Managing in-person and virtual meeting and event logistics: scheduling video conferences and teleconferences, preparing and distributing meeting materials, greeting visitors and attending to their needs, creating schedules, ordering food and/or supplies, answering questions, and managing meeting technology; taking meeting minutes or action notes.
  • Inter-departmental coordination of projects.
  • Other office duties include but are not limited to filing, opening mail, and distributing information to colleagues who are working both in-office and remotely.

Travel Preparation and Outreach Support for Key Senior Management

  • Organizing outgoing correspondence for the President and CEO as assigned.
  • Using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and Raiser’s Edge NXT, updating constituent records after e-mail distributions and individual donor outreach.
  • Completing other administrative tasks related to the upkeep and integrity of the database platform as assigned.
  • Collecting needed collateral for President and CEO’s travel as anticipated and assigned; maintaining a log of materials and ordering replacements as needed
  • Packing and shipping collateral to travel destination/s according to timeline.
  • Monitoring quantities of collateral and expedite re-ordering as needed.
  • Managing daily and special mailing projects.


Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years supporting a senior-level supervisor.
  • Experience supporting multiple supervisors.
  • Experience managing daily workflow and multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Extensive Microsoft Outlook (both calendar and email), Word, and Excel experience, or transferable skills from similar systems i.e. GSuite.
  • Experience scheduling and executing meetings, both in person and virtually.
  • Experience editing and proofreading with thorough attention to detail.


Capabilities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with executives, VIP donors, stakeholders, volunteers and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, take initiative, set priorities, track multiple concurrent tasks and projects and respond to changing needs as required.
  • Ability to proficiently use the following without training: MS Office Suite (Mail Merge, Outlook, Word, Excel). Ability to learn and apply new technologies, as needed.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, self-motivate and track tasks.
  • Ability to think critically and to troubleshoot and resolve problems.
  • Highly organized and meticulously attentive to details, particularly in written communication.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and good judgment.
  • Ability to project warmth, interest, and competence in all interactions.
  • Ability to retain information, master new skills quickly, and self-train.


Salary:  $42,000-$49,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

Benefits:
 This is a full-time, primarily onsite, non-exempt, benefit eligible position. Following successful completion of training and onboarding, a hybrid schedule including working from home up to two days a week will be considered if desired.  Benefits 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 and progressive workplace.

COVID-19 mitigation

In the interest of the health and safety of our community members, Reconstructing Judaism requires COVID-19 vaccination of those entering the building. During periods of elevated community transmission in Montgomery County, masking may be required of all employees and visitors in shared spaces regardless of vaccination status.

To Apply: 
Please send cover letter and resume to hr@reconstructingjudaism.org. Because of the importance of outstanding, error-free written communication skills for this position, submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. 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.

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.

Reconstructionists approach Judaism — and life — with deep consideration of the past and a passion to relate it to the present. We have originated many of the core innovations of today’s Judaism and lead efforts to make our congregations and havurot even more groundbreaking, inclusive and relevant.

 


 

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. The application deadline is January 4, 2022.

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.