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Center for Small Town Jewish Life - Operations
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Job Summary:This is a 1 year term position. The program coordinator works closely with the Center for Small Town Jewish Life’s senior leadership and managers to ensure the timely and high-quality execution of the CSTJL interfaith and multicultural programs, their operations and their ongoing development. Responsibilities are focused on, but are not limited to, the execution of the Tzedakah/Zakat and Yad b’Yad programs and the coordination of the Center’s various programs on campus and in the broader Maine community. The successful candidate will perform diverse and complex functions that require strong attention to detail, independent judgment, and initiative, with a strong emphasis on developing deep relationships based on mutual benefit. The position requires a high degree of skill in communicating and interacting with students, staff, faculty, and external constituencies, as well as strong organizational skills. The successful candidate will project a positive and professional attitude, while coordinating the logistics and needs of CSTJL’s student leadership fellows both on and off the Colby campus. They must know and understand the need to maintain a high level of integrity and professionalism. Colby College is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment where every member of the community feels a sense of respect and belonging.

About the Center for Small Town Jewish Life:
The Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College cultivates vibrant, socially equitable communities rooted in their own sense of place, nourished by transformational learning, and intertwined with the broader Jewish world.
We envision a diverse Jewish landscape that affirms the value of every individual and the power of mutually beneficial collaboration. The Center for Small Town Jewish Life brings this vision to life in Maine and empowers professional and lay leaders to realize it throughout the United States, especially in communities outside of major population centers.

  • Work with the CSTJL managers to plan and organize CSTJL programs and events including the Maine Conference for Jewish Life, Funtensive, Shabbaton, Lipman Lecture, and more

  • Primarily responsible for the execution, evaluation, and ongoing development of the Yad b’Yad and Tzedakah/Zakat programs. Assist with monitoring, tracking, and evaluating the quantity and quality of the Yad b’Yad and Tzedakah/Zakat programs, including quantitative and qualitative data-gathering, writing reports for funders and stakeholders, collecting testimonials for communications purposes, etc.

  • Work with CSTJL student leadership fellows in the planning and execution of the Yad b’Yad and Tzedakah/Zakat programs, supporting their development and growth as student leaders. Manage administrative functions in support of the student workers, setting behavior expectations, ensuring adherence to campus/work study limits, and providing mentorship, as needed.

  • Manage and organize student volunteers and coordinate with stakeholders at Colby, the Waterville public schools, and any other relevant stakeholder groups necessary for the execution of the Center’s programs.

  • Coordinate general office workflow, ensuring the timely processing of incoming data and documents, responsiveness to internal and external inquiries, and fulfillment of various operational tasks

  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent required

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), and organizational skills with a high level of motivation and initiative

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Ability to handle confidential information tactfully

  • Strong business English, proofreading, and spelling skills

  • Ability to work independently, exercise judgment, take initiative, solve problems, and manage multiple projects with minimal supervision as well as to adjust as new projects are assigned

  • Highly developed computer skills including extensive experience using Microsoft Office Suite, email and web applications, Google applications, database applications, as well as an interest in and ability to learn new programs

  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community

  • Inclination and skills to promote the mission and goals of the programs and the Center


This position is supervised by the Deputy Director of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life. The program coordinator will also work closely with the Center’s staff, interact with members of the Colby community within and beyond the Center regularly, and work closely with the Waterville Public School systems and the Capital Area New Mainers Project. This is an office position without opportunities for teaching.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required as necessary. Occasional lifting is required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Successful and satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby Careers website.

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

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Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th oldest liberal arts college in the United States.

Distinctive in its offerings, Colby provides an intimate, undergraduate-focused learning environment with a breadth of programs presenting students and faculty with unparalleled opportunities. A vibrant and fully integrated academic, residential, and cocurricular experience is sustained by a diverse and supportive community. Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby is a global institution with students representing nearly every U.S. state and approximately 70 countries.

Colby’s model provides the scale and impact of larger universities coupled with intensive learning in a community committed to scholarship and discovery, multidisciplinary approaches to integrated learning, study in the liberal arts, and leading-edge programs addressing the world’s most complex challenges. Its network of partnerships with prestigious cultural, research, medical, and business institutions extends educational and scholarly collaborations, providing students with unmatched experiences leading to postgraduate success.

The College’s wide variety of programs and labs provides students and the community access to unique experiences: the Colby College Museum of Art, the finest college art museum in the country, and the Lunder Institute for American Art have made the College a nationally and internationally recognized center for art scholarship; DavisConnects prepares students for lifelong success by combining a forward-thinking liberal arts education with extensive internship, research, and global opportunities for all students regardless of their personal networks and financial circumstances; and the 350,000-square-foot Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, is the most advanced and comprehensive NCAA D-III facility in the country. In fall 2021, Colby opened the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the first such institute at a liberal arts college. Colby’s new Island Campus, consisting of Allen and Benner islands, gives Colby a significant presence on the coast of Maine for a wide range of academic programs and activities and undisturbed environments ideal for conducting interdisciplinary experiences.

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