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JOB SUMMARY:  Reporting to the Associate Executive Director for Programs, and working closely with the Associate Executive Director for Business Strategy and Operations, the Program Director, Jewish Life is responsible for the management and oversight of all 14th Street Y Jewish Life programs, including the Downtown Jewish Life (DJL) Partner Network and programming, which include Shabbat, holiday, and educational programs. DJL seeks to re-imagine, reinvigorate, and foster collaboration and engagement throughout the Manhattan Jewish community below 34th Street. Specifically, the Program Director, Jewish Life will work to actualize this vision by developing and stewarding internal and external strategic partnerships, fostering relationships with leaders both at the Y and throughout our neighborhood, and engaging members of the community, working in tandem with these partners to co-create, develop, and carry out programs that support and move the mission of DJL and the Y forward. The person who is right for this role will be high energy with a welcoming personality. He/She should bring an entrepreneurial spirit/community organizing mindset to the work, have the ability to motivate current partners and build new, lasting relationships, fostering a welcoming environment. The Program Director works with our entire Program and Operations team to further best practices in financial and operational planning and implementation, as well as customer service.


·       Collaborates with all 14th Street Y departments

·       Partners with internal and external customers

·       Acts as lead administrator and project manager for all Jewish Life programs

·       Interfaces with the downtown Jewish community, specifically as the point of contact for Downtown Jewish Life partners

·       Attracts, engages, and collaborates with members of the Downtown Jewish community.

Program Management

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director for Programs, colleagues and community members, build and share a compelling and exciting vision for Downtown Jewish Life, getting team members and colleagues excited about program initiatives.
  • Create, in partnership with department and lay leaders throughout the 14th Street Y, cohesive, innovative and inclusive Jewish programming for the 14th Street Y community, including Shabbat and holiday programs.
  • Define goals, objectives and metrics measuring the success of all Jewish Life initiatives, and recommend solutions accordingly.
  • Create systems for effective and efficient work flow, communications and programmatic success within the scope of each initiative.
  • Foster energizing teams within and across program and educational departments at the 14th Street Y.
  • Manage program budgets in accordance with the grant designated.
  • Liaise with funders for reporting and otherwise, as needed.
  • Act as Project Manager of key projects and major initiatives of Downtown Jewish Life.
  • Supervise the Shaliach and the Jewish Life and Culture Fellow.
  • Facilitate staff development by providing the appropriate support, tools, resources and feedback.

Community Engagement 

·       Work with Downtown Jewish Life staff to prioritize relationship building with all strategic partners, and ensure initiatives are continually fostered and developed in line with appropriate outcomes as defined by grants.

·       Conducts outreach and coordinates meetings with downtown Jewish organizational partners to create a robust and functional network of leaders of Downtown Jewish organizations and communities.

·       Create effective marketing systems, and utilize social media tools for maximum engagement.

·       Ensure all strategic partnerships are continually fostered and developed in line with appropriate outcomes.

·       Develop and carry out strategies for Adult Outreach and Engagement, working with strategic partners to identify and achieve commonly established aims.

·       Work in partnership with Jewish Family Outreach and Engagement staff to develop and carry out strategies for Family Outreach and Engagement, working with Program Staff and strategic partners to identify and achieve commonly established aims.

·       Serve as a resource to 14th Street Y program staff for Jewish knowledge and best practices, including leading and/or identifying professional development opportunities as needed.


·       Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.

·       Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge


  •  3-5 years progressive professional experience with a minimum of one year of supervisory experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Jewish Education, Jewish Communal Service, or relevant field a plus
  • Relevant experience in public administration, experiential Jewish education, community organizing or a related field.
  • Deep understanding and strong grounding in the American Jewish Community (culture, life and customs) is required.
  • Proven track record of event management and production.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; valuing a diversity of perspectives and encouraging contributions by all team members.
  • Flexible work style and positive attitude; interest in being part of a dynamic, evolving team and organization
  • Team player and a passion to build and maintain relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Proactive, hands on approach, as well as a professional work ethic.
  • Self-motivated, highly efficient, strong attention to details
  • Ability to work in high pressure environment autonomously, completing tasks on time.
  • Quick, creative, entrepreneurial, and flexible, with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and opportunities.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Adobe Suite skills a plus.
  • Outstanding problem solver - Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
  • Ability to work independently and on one’s own initiative.
  • Able to work a flexible working schedule as needed (Evenings and weekends, including select Shabbatot and Jewish holidays.)



Salary Information

EdAlliance “Perks”
• Competitive Salary
• Paid Holidays, Floating Holidays and Personal Days
• Comprehensive Health Insurance
• Free Gym Membership to our Manny Cantor Center Gym
• 403(b) Retirement Plan
• Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance
• Generous Vacation Package

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EEO Info

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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