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21 Jan 2013

Part-Time Public Space Judaism Coordinator

The Jewish Outreach Institute – Posted by Jewish Jobs Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

The Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) is an independent, national, trans-denominational non-profit organization reaching out to unaffiliated and intermarried families, and helping the organized Jewish community better welcome them in.

JOI has a strong teamwork ethic. The Public Space Judaism Coordinator will be an enthusiastic and engaging Jewish communal professional who is interested in doing outreach in the Chicago area. The Public Space Judaism Coordinator should have intimate knowledge of the local Jewish community. S/he will further develop JOI’s current Chicago Public Space Judaism Initiative to assist the Chicago Jewish community in reaching those traditionally on the periphery of the Jewish community by implementing effective outreach programs, specifically Public Space Judaism Programs that are low barrier, welcoming events that take place where the people are—outside of the walls of Jewish institutions. This is a part-time position (20hrs/wk) with the potential to later become full-time.


Responsibilities of the JOI Public Space Judaism Coordinator will include:


Assist local institutional partners in implementing Public Space Judaism events that provide informal, experiential Jewish education and initiate relationships with newcomers;

Recruit and build partnerships with like-minded institutions by developing new marketing materials and recruitment strategies informed by outreach best practices;

Ensure that partner institutions nurture new relationships through personalized follow-up and invitations to next-step programs relevant to their specific needs;

Implement new Public Space Judaism programs around major Jewish holidays by helping JOI and partnering organizations develop and implement new ideas; modifying existing programs to incorporate outreach best practices; and/or operate one of the many field-tested JOI programs that offer fully-articulated curricula and facilitator materials;

Maintain current records regarding communication with program operators and track their progress implementing Public Space Judaism and other outreach programs;

Communicate regularly with JOI staff and partnering organizations.


Requirements for the JOI Public Space Judaism Coordinator:

Excellent communications and interpersonal skills;

Outgoing personality and willingness to reach out individually over phone and email, in person, in public presentations, etc.;

Comfortable nurturing institutional and individual professional relationships using JOI best practices;

Knowledge of, passion for, and/or a personal connection to the relevant issues of Jewish communal life;

A non-judgmental approach toward the wide variety of Jewish identity expression and practice, and a sensitivity to Jewish communal diversity including a welcoming attitude toward intermarried families, GLBT, multiracial/Jews of color, individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities, economic challenges, etc.

Experience developing programs a plus;

Self-motivated with a willingness to take initiative;

Strong organizational skills and very detail oriented;

Experience using social media;

Ability both to work from home and to travel throughout the Chicago metropolitan region for work.

Ability to come to New York for a week of initial training.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Paul Golin, Associate Executive Director at JOI, at

Job Categories: Other. Job Types: Part-Time.


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