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Diversity is a core value of our organization. Reconstructing Judaism is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes.

 

Director of Rabbinic Formation

Director of Donor Engagement

 


Director of Rabbinic Formation

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College seeks a Director of Rabbinic Formation to lead the development and implementation of our new and groundbreaking field education centered practical rabbinics program. Under the supervision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, this 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 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 demonstrate a proven track record of effective project implementation and management.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Developing and implementing RRC’s new field education centered practical rabbinics curriculum and the policies that govern it
  • 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
  • Supervising practical rabbinics instructors and fieldwork supervisors
  • Serving as instructor and/or fieldwork supervisor

Qualifications/Education:

  • Rabbinical degree
  • At least 3 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 American Jewish landscape
  • Familiarity with a Reconstructionist approach
  • A track-record of developing and maintaining relationships among a diverse set of stakeholders

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 learner

Salary:

$70,000+, commensurate with experience.

Benefits:  

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

To Apply:  

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume/CV to hr@reconstructingjudaism.org. No phone calls please.

Diversity is a core value of our organization. Reconstructing Judaism is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply.  

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 are implementing 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.

 


Director of Donor Engagement

Reconstructing Judaism seeks a Director of Donor Engagement to identify, engage, cultivate, solicit and steward current and prospective donors. The Director of Donor Engagement is an exciting opportunity for an experienced development professional who is self-motivated and detail-oriented with a proven track record of impacting and growing bottom line results. Reporting to the Vice President for Strategic Advancement, the Director of Donor Engagement will lead the department-wide initiative to expand and build financial support for Reconstructing Judaism’s annual campaign.

Reconstructing Judaism depends heavily on the support of our generous donors.  Funds raised support unrestricted, restricted, budget-relieving and special purpose needs identified by our leadership and donor community, all directed at helping Reconstructing Judaism fulfill its mission to cultivate and support Jewish living, learning and leadership for a changing world

Primary Responsibilities

  • Partner with our strategic advancement team, the professional and volunteer leadership of Reconstructing Judaism, and other key stakeholders to design and execute a forward-thinking, innovative, dynamic and donor-centered plan to build a robust pipeline of highly engaged donors and generous major gifts for Reconstructing Judaism. This plan will comprise a multi-channel approach that will inspire, acquire and engage donors.
  • Manage a specific portfolio of donors and prospects, moving them through the engagement process.
  • Develop and execute strategies for qualifying prospects and elevating them to donors by utilizing all tools available including cultivation events, research and wealth screenings, networking, and direct mail.
  • In concert with the Communications team, design and disseminate customized collaterals and strategies for targeting organizational objectives, outcomes and needs with donor interests.
  • Maintain up to date donor records, actions and notes in Raiser’s Edge/NXT.
  • See that all Strategic Advancement and Reconstructing Judaism protocols and procedures are followed.
  • Recruitment, management and motivation of volunteer leaders to assist in the work assigned.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as identified by the Vice President of Strategic Advancement.

Competencies

  • Ability to organize and manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Ability to keep goals and deadlines on time and within budget.
  • Comfortability working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Outcome-oriented and self-motivated.
  • Passion for the mission of Reconstructing Judaism a plus.

Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required; advanced degree a plus.
  • 5-7 years’ experience of successful direct response marketing and/or fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment generating bottom line results of increased philanthropic giving.
  • Experience utilizing annual giving tools including, but not limited to, face-to-face solicitation, cultivation and stewardship activities, and building donor relationships.
  • Experience with fund development information systems (CRM) and databases, in particular, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge database and Raiser’s Edge NXT® platform.
  • Experience managing budgets.
  • Experience moving donors through a moves management system is helpful.

Salary:

 $75,000+, commensurate with experience 

Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Applicants should submit cover letter & resume to hr@reconstructingjudaism.org. No phone calls please.

Diversity is a core value of our organization. Reconstructing Judaism is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply. 


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.