Bethesda Jewish Congregation, www.bethesdajewish.org, seeks a creative and engaging individual to be our part-time Program and Worship Coordinator. BJC is a warm, inclusive, and diverse community located in suburban Maryland. We have been co-located with the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church (BHPC) for over 50 years and engage with them and other interfaith partners to make a more just world. This is a great role for someone who seeks part-time and flexible but very meaningful work, with the opportunity to operate remotely for a significant part of the week.
We are seeking a Program and Worship Coordinator who is excited about and adept with communications, program creation and implementation, and volunteer engagement. The Coordinator will partner with the Rabbi, Synagogue Administrator (new position simultaneously being sought), Board of Directors, and member volunteers to craft innovative programs that speak to our members and inspire others to join us and envision Jewish education as a living, relevant part of our lives. The Program and Worship Coordinator will work independently but frequently collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure all programs and worship services run smoothly, effectively, and in accordance with BJC’s strategic direction and budget.
The position description below is intentionally vague as we know we will need to adjust the types of programming we offer so long as we are in a COVID reality. The position thus requires flexibility and creativity, especially in virtual environments like Zoom.
The Program and Worship Coordinator will have three major areas of responsibility. While these areas are distinct, there will be natural synergy and overlap in participants across the three. The ideal candidate will find ways to integrate and build on the strengths of one program into the next.
Partner with the Rabbi on worship and other programming for the BJC community that fosters engagement. The Coordinator will support worship logistics for most Friday Shabbat services, High Holy Days, and other special services. The Program and Worship Coordinator will also collaborate with Board committees - Adult Education, Social Action, Interfaith/Inter-congregational, and Fundraising - on development and execution of programs, including logistical support. They will be responsible for managing and expanding social media presence, cultivating new content on the synagogue website, and seeking placement in traditional media. A candidate who is excited and willing to dedicate time to create new content and raise awareness of BJC’s programming with students, congregants, and prospective members using multiple platforms will thrive in this new role.
Partner with teachers and the Education committee to create and manage engaging programming for the religious school. The Coordinator will be responsible for implementing communication to current members about programs and developing outreach programs to interest new members.
Partner with the Synagogue Administrator to help maintain the Shulcloud member database and support select office duties, as needed. logistics for Shabbat worship.
• A creative and proactive organizer of programs and people in a collaborative environment.
• Capacity to create and execute programs from beginning to end
• Ability and willingness to be present for many but not all Shabbat worship services
• College degree
• Intermediate-level abilities creating and managing digital content and maintaining an active presence, including outreach.
• Demonstrated knowledge of social media platforms and best practices.
• Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work across diverse constituencies including congregants, students, and leaders.
• At least 3 years of cumulative experience working in a formal and/or informal Jewish education
• Capable of working independently as well as collaboratively
This is a great opportunity for part-time flexible work, with a combination of remote, weekday office hours, evenings, and High Holy Days. You will play a large role in helping to inspire and assist members in charting their own spiritual journeys within BJC and in the larger community. We are focused, through social action and partnership with both Christian and Muslim communities, to “repair the world” and sustain the institutions of Jewish life here and in Israel. In addition to salary, we offer full membership at BJC, including High Holy Day tickets.