The Center for Jewish History seeks a creative, self-starting,
and organized Senior Manager for Academic and Public
Engagement to serve as the Center’s primary public scholar
and academic voice and to expand the Center’s research fellowship
program (approximately 50% of the position) and the Center’s public
and academic programming profile (the remaining 50%). This
full-time position will jointly report to the CEO and Chief of
Archive and Library Services and will oversee the Manager of Public
Programs and Volunteers. The salary range for this position is
between $60,000 and up to $80,000, based on experience.
Home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of
Jewish history and culture held outside Israel, the Center
for Jewish History (the Center) illuminates the modern
Jewish experience for audiences today and preserves it for future
generations. Its five in-house Partner organizations hold over five
miles of archival documents, 500,000 volumes, 7.5 million digital
assets, and thousands of artworks and artifacts. The Center
cultivates scholarship by preserving and providing access to these
collections and maintaining a vibrant, interdisciplinary community
of research fellows. The Center welcomes approximately 40,000
visitors onsite every year for research in the reading room,
exhibits, and an active calendar of events run by the five Partners
and the Center. Annually the Center and its five Partners present
over 1,000 events, including classes, workshops, conferences,
symposia, lectures, book launches, author talks, films, concerts,
plays, tours, and more.
- Envision and implement an engaging programming agenda that
draws on Partner collections, exhibitions, and trends in
contemporary culture and scholarship and appeals to the Center’s
multiple audiences, from esteemed scholars to the general public.
This includes working closely with Partner programming staff to
support a strong set of programs for the whole community;
supervising and attending relevant programs (including weekends and
evenings as necessary); managing Virtual Scholar Forums; and
researching, identifying and building relationships with potential
presenters, institutional collaborators, and performers.
- Guide and enhance the fellowship program, including the
Scholar-in-Residence program funded by the National Endowment for
the Humanities. Encourage a sense of community among fellows, serve
as primary liaison with fellows, arrange research seminars,
facilitate the application and selection process, and maintain
connection with past fellows.
- Manage related grants and assist development efforts associated
with academic and public engagement, including tracking grant
requirements and reporting deadlines and contributing to the
drafting of proposals, letters and reports.
- Coordinate the work, communications, and meetings of the
Center’s Academic Advisory Council.
- Prepare budgets and monitor associated expenses.
- Maintain statistics on events and fellowships and compile
narrative reports when appropriate.
- Develop outreach strategies and ensure effective promotion of
fellowships and programming.
- Participate in other mission-driven projects as directed.
- Stay current on professional and academic trends and best
practices, participate in professional organizations, and attend
relevant conferences and events as appropriate.
- Strong organizational and management skills; excellent team
player; ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and
diplomatically with diverse constituencies; experience handling
multiple, competing priorities; polished, engaging presentation
skills; and strong writing ability.
- Commitment to the public humanities and the field of Jewish
- PhD strongly preferred, graduate degree required.
- 3-5 years of relevant work experience preferred.
- Strong grasp of academic culture.
- 15-21 federal and religious holidays off each year in addition
to generous vacation, sick and personal days.
- Full health benefits (medical, dental and vision) with minimal
- Free life insurance and long-term disability coverage.
- Flexible spending account and commuter benefits.
- Generous 403b retirement benefits.
The Center for Jewish History is
committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals
who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially
encouraged to apply.