Senior Director, Jewish Engagement @ JEWISHcolorado

Senior Director, Jewish Engagement

JEWISHcolorado facilitates a wide array of educational programs and initiatives to engage the community in learning and culture. With the intention of not competing with synagogues and other organizations, JEWISHcolorado’s educational programs provide entry points into the community, and learning opportunities – often at a critical period in one’s lifetime – that other organizations do not provide. These initiatives, with a focus on Teen and Young Adult engagement, are also intended to lead to further engagement in the community and to positively effectuate long-term decision making about community involvement and our relationship to Israel. The Senior Director of Jewish Engagement will provide vision and oversight for these initiatives and oversee the execution of all engagement programs at JEWISHcolorado. The Senior Director will oversee a staff of educators and programming personnel; work with laity and designated committees; engage in and support the fundraising efforts for related programs; provide subject-matter expertise, educational content and mentorship in areas of relevant educational focus; serve as a trusted member of JEWISHcolorado’s senior leadership team for internal operations; be a subject matter resource to the Jewish Community in order to convene, collaborate and facilitate educational opportunities.

REPORTS TO: President & CEO

SUPERVISES: Jewish Explorers, PJ Library, Jewish Student Connection, Zeff Israel Study Tour, Shaliach and Shinshim programs, Christmas Mitzvah, Mission Organization and Facilitation.


1. Lead all aspect of Engagement and Programming.
2. Supervise all direct reports and serve as master teacher to junior educational staff.
3. Provide strategic guidance and expertise for evaluating the impact of each program and engagement initiative.
4. Provide SWOT analysis of all programs under supervision.
5. Provide budget oversight for all related programs, preparing, managing, and administering, along with key staff, an annual departmental budget and program plan for each fiscal year.
6. Maintain knowledge of trends in Jewish Education and bring best practices to JEWISHcolordo’s work.
7. Work with national and international Jewish agencies as well as Engagement/Jewish Educators around the country on relevant issues to understand broader trends and bring opportunities to our community.
8. Advise the President, Board Chair, laity when evaluating potential initiatives/opportunities.
9. Act as a resource on education and engagement to departments within JEWISHcolorado.
10. Initiate, develop and implement educational programs and projects consistent with the purposes and goals of JEWISHcolorado.
11. Collaborate with the Programming Chair and Executive Committee in program oversight.
12. Coordinate with Marketing and Communications department to promote programs while also representing JEWISHcolorado’s brand narrative to program participants.
13. Provide necessary oversight and staff support for all relevant committees. This includes preparation of meeting notices, program announcements, minutes, brochures, general correspondence and reports as are needed.
14. Oversee preparation of proposals including strategy, writing, editing, appointment setting and internal proposal approval processes.
15. Collaborate with community partners, where relevant, to leverage community wide and JEWISHcolorado opportunities for synergy regarding engagement and education.
16. Lead JEWISHcolorado’s efforts to create an innovation lab within our building, specifically including outside educational organizations – as renters or periodic guests – to further enhance our role as convener and collaborator.
17. Work with campaign staff and committee chairs to ensure all committee members make a meaningful gift to Jco’s unrestricted Annual Campaign or program specific campaigns.
18. Work with the committee chairs to recruit committee members and ensure that all committee members are fully oriented to the goals, objectives, deliverables.
18. Perform other duties as assigned.


1. Possess a passionate commitment to the Jewish community, Israel and Jewish Education.
2. Ability to work well with volunteer leadership and community professionals.
3. Ability to forge and maintain strong relationship with Jewish Professionals throughout the community.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
5. Fundraising and marketing experience.
6. Ability to conceive of, design, plan, market, and execute educational initiatives.
7. Strong public speaking and writing skills.
8. Ability to supervise many projects simultaneously.
9. Deep knowledge of Israeli history and current affairs.
10. Well organized and responsive.
11. Creative and strategic thinker.


1. Master’s Degree, preferably in Jewish Education or related field.


1. Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Jewish Educational field.

2. Experience working with variety of programs and age groups.
3. Knowledge of the Jewish community and its institutions is required.

Other Requirements: This position requires some time out of the office, limited travel, and active participation in programs that occur outside of a traditional work schedule.


Position Type: 37-hour per week; exempt; qualifies for all benefit packages

Working Conditions: This job can be physically demanding (which can include travel, bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, twisting, constant walking, frequent sitting, and maintaining close visual attention to write reports; occasional lifting to 25 pounds).

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, medical, vision, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, kosher food option available
  • Other Benefits: Generous benefit package.
  • Preferred Experience: Senior Professional (10+ years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2020-01-21
  • Times this job has been viewed: 573 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director, Israel Programs/Missions, Programming
  • Organization Type: Federation
Job Location
300 S Dahlia St
Denver , Colorado 80246


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