Program Officer for International Education & Jewish Engagement

To apply, please visit the American Jewish World Service’s career site. Please do not contact Gabriel Blau or employed associates in application for this position.

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Organization Overview:

American Jewish World Service is the first and only Jewish organization dedicated solely to ending poverty and promoting human rights in the developing world. Through philanthropy and activism, we’ve addressed some of the gravest global problems of our time—genocide, AIDS, violence against women and girls, hatred of LGBT people, and the horrific consequences of natural and human-made disasters.

Position Overview: 

The Program Officer for International Education and Jewish Engagement is an excellent and experienced educator with a deep base of Jewish knowledge and experience in the world of social justice. S/he has a deep familiarity with Jewish text and has expertise in teaching about the intersection of Jewish values and social justice. S/he is ready to work at the nexus of AJWS’s

international human rights work and U.S. based advocacy and education, particularly with rabbinic engagement in very visible ways for the organization at large. In addition, s/he will be a key organizational player in promoting AJWS’s global justice agenda in the American Jewish community. The program officer is well networked in the American Jewish community and is comfortable writing and implementing high level educational sessions that expand the organization’s work with Rabbis and other American Jewish leaders. AJWS is inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, and the program officer works consistently to execute the mission through collaboration with the director and other key colleagues in this mission critical work.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with director and top-tier leadership to conceptualize and implement the organization’s strategy of rabbinic engagement;
  • Advise and train colleagues on appropriate educational resources for use with constituents (including donors and advocates);
  • Teach and speak on behalf of AJWS at a variety of conferences, workshops and other public venues;
  • Contribute to the development of educational materials and curricula on a range of international human rights and policy issues;
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the repository of AJWS educational resources;
  • Develop additional educational resources that explore AJWS’s issue areas through the lens of Jewish texts, history and values;
  • Manage the production of weekly Jewish commentary, including writing publications, and recruiting and stewarding external writers throughout the editorial process and;
  • Support the director with key administrative facets of the work, including budget oversight for a small team.

Qualifications Required: 

  • Bachelor’s and advanced degree required (including but not limited to: Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish studies, Jewish experiential education, international human rights);
  • At least five years of experience as a Jewish educator in formal and/or informal education;
  • Familiarity with the Jewish communal landscape and a demonstrated ability to work with high level thought leaders in the Jewish community;
  • Ability reading, understanding and translating Jewish texts;
  • Experience teaching about Jewish values, Jewish text and social justice and comfort facilitating workshops and/or training sessions particularly with leaders in the American Jewish community;
  • Ability to work both inter-departmentally and cross-departmentally, including with high-level organizational leadership; excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Comfort facilitating workshops and/or training sessions for groups of adult participants;
  • Excellent communication skills, especially writing and editing, facilitation skills, and capacity to work effectively in group settings;
  • Detail-oriented and extremely well-organized, able to manage multiple projects and prioritize tasks;
  • Capacity and willingness to travel domestically up to two times per year and internationally once per year;
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings or weekends;
  • High emotional intelligence;
  • Flexible work style and an interest in being a part of a dynamic and evolving team and organization;
  • Proficiency with Excel and Outlook;
  • Able to smoothly incorporate edits and feedback on writing;
  • Demonstrated interest in international development and social justice;
  • Strong interest in promoting Judaism’s imperative for social justice and
  • Commitment to and passion for the work of AJWS.

To apply, please visit the American Jewish World Service’s career site. Please do not contact Gabriel Blau or employed associates in application for this position.

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