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Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights

Gratz College
Melrose Park, Pennsylvania is a suburb of Philadelphia.
Competitive salary is commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jul 7, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Humanities, History, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Distance Education Programs
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Gratz College invites applications for Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights. The full-time, hybrid or remote, appointment is a joint administrative and non-tenured faculty (open rank) position and will commence on January 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Holocaust Studies, Genocide Studies, Antisemitism Studies or a closely related field, and have a demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching, particularly in the online modality. Candidates will have an established reputation, administrative leadership experience and possess a strong network with the constellation of agencies within the area of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


Founded in 1895, Gratz College is the oldest independent and pluralistic Jewish college in North America. Its mission is to advance both education and applied Jewish wisdom for the benefit of a diverse student population, the Jewish community, and all people. The College achieves this mission through accredited degree programs, scholarship, and public engagement. Evolving from its roots as a Hebrew teacher’s college, Gratz today enrolls students of all backgrounds from across the world in a diverse range of online degree and certificate programs. Premier programs include the world’s largest Holocaust and Genocide Studies graduate program and a robust Education Leadership program, each offering master's and doctoral degrees. Gratz also serves the broader community through continuing education, public lectures, and Gratz Academy, the College's historic Jewish Studies and languages program for teens.


Gratz College’s Center for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights supports online-based graduate level degree programs in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Certificate/MA/PhD), Human Rights (Certificate/MA), and Interfaith Leadership (Certificate/MA).  Its Holocaust and Genocide Studies program is the world’s largest program of its kind. Its students hail from 36 states and 22 countries. Many students are educators in public and private schools, museum and education center staff, military and college instructors, descendants of victims who speak in the community, and others who are interested in Holocaust and Genocide research, education, advocacy, and prevention.


Students in this program share a passionate commitment for learning about the worst impulses of mankind and the most egregious examples of genocide in modern history in hopes of creating awareness and preventing such events from occurring again. Gratz offers over 35 courses that address the Holocaust, its contemporary significance, and the broader phenomenon of genocide in modern times, such as cases of Armenia, Cambodia, the Balkans, the Holodomor, Rwanda, and the Native American genocides. Gratz College is fortunate to support its students with more than $100,000 in endowed tuition scholarships per annum.


The Center also boasts public-facing programs. For instance, the Center supports non-degree programs including four endowed annual public lectures, the biennial Arnold and Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In, and a newly incorporated Pennsylvania-based Holocaust Education remembrance program.


The incoming Director will be empowered to grow these programs and advance the mission of the Center through strategic partnerships and coordinated philanthropic efforts with Gratz’s senior leadership. The Director serves as the academic program director of the Center’s degree programs and will work with the Center’s Associate Director (to be hired in January 2023) and the Dean’s Office to manage student, faculty, and course-specific needs. The successful candidate will teach four courses per academic year.  


To apply, candidates will assemble a portfolio that includes a cover letter, indicating reasons for interest in this position, CV, evidence of excellence in scholarship (sample chapter) and a summary of recent teaching evaluations, a statement on teaching philosophy (that addresses online-based higher education), as well as contact information for two letters of reference. Applications may be submitted to Position is open until filled, please complete application submission by September 1, 2022. Competitive salary is commensurate with experience.


Gratz College is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact



  • Teach four courses per academic year
  • Oversee the management of Gratz College’s Center for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights and coordination with the Center’s full-time Associate Director.
  • Serve as Academic Program Director of the Center’s Holocaust and Genocides Studies, Human Rights, and Interfaith Leadership programs. This includes student advising and coordinating with the Center’s Associate Director and Dean’s Office on (a) Admissions, (b) Registrar, Financial Aid, (c) Bursar matters. (d) hiring of adjunct faculty, course scheduling.
  • Support Gratz College’s mission


  • PhD in Holocaust Studies, Genocide Studies, or Antisemitism Studies or related field
  • Strong record of publications and public scholarship
  • Experience as a department chair or a similar academic/administrative leadership position.
  • Strong record of innovative teaching, especially with online modalities such as the Canvas LMS
  • Strong record of non-degree programming (i.e., webinars, public lectures, non-degree certificate/microcredential programs)
  • Strong record of networking with constellation of agencies within the area of Holocaust and Genocide Studies


  • Collaborative work with faculty and staff in small college setting
  • Comfortable with public speaking, outreach on behalf of Center and the College
  • Experience with budgeting and grant-writing (fundraising) process
  • Management of a staff members
  • Familiarity with enrollment management field



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