At Central Synagogue

Education Department

Program Manager, Adult Education & Volunteerism

Posted on July 3, 2018

Our Vision
Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,300 families and the larger community.  We work tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity.  We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal, constantly evolving to reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today.  For more information about our organization visit

Job Summary/Objective
The Manager for Volunteerism & Adult Education will be a part of the Adult Engagement team. They will be responsible for working with lay leaders, staff, and outside organizations to create and support meaningful service opportunities for our members.  They will manage existing volunteer programs, assess new volunteer opportunities developing principles to determine where we want to engage, and work to streamline our program management processes.  They will also be responsible for the day-to-day logistics for all regular adult education classes.  This individual will collaborate and contribute to the overall goals of the Adult Engagement team, and may also be responsible for overseeing a range of special adult engagement programming throughout the calendar year.

Reports to: Director of Congregational Support & Adult Education

Department Hours: Full-time, Exempt and not eligible for OT, Monday through Thursday 9:00-5:30 and Friday
9:00- 4:30, Occasional evenings, expected to work some of the High Holy Days

Date: ASAP

Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
1. Volunteerism

  • Hold primary responsibility for all aspects of the existing ongoing and annual volunteer opportunities at Central Synagogue. Work across staff teams to ensure effective execution.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to develop an effective communications strategy for volunteer opportunities including creation of event materials
  • Cultivate relationships with key lay leaders to support and encourage their leadership in our volunteer efforts, increase congregational engagement and identify new lay leaders.
  • Identify additional volunteer opportunities for Central, working with staff, lay leaders and other mission aligned organizations, e.g. UJA Federation. Develop framework to evaluate new opportunities that align with our goals and objectives.
  • Make recommendations on process improvements and technology that will streamline the implementation of the programs, for example, registration and volunteer tracking. Gain buy-in and work with key departments, e.g. Finance and IT, to implement

2. Adult Education

  • Act as point person for all regular Adult Education classes to students and instructors.
  • Work with Director of Adult Education to select and hire educators, arrange annual calendar, and choose classes and plan special events.
  • Manage day-to-day functioning and logistics (registration, scheduling, payroll, etc.) for all adult education classes.  Work with facilities, communications, and other departments to ensure smooth operation.
  • Plan and execute Melton Shabbat dinners and the graduation ceremony.

3. Special Programs

  • Collaborate with other members of the Adult Engagement team to design programs and events geared toward our adult members and to lead execution of assigned programs, including set-up, staffing, catering, communications, registration & evaluation.
  • Act as source of information and support for congregants interested in Adult Engagement activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.  5+ years relevant work experience in Jewish congregational or institutional setting preferred
  • Ability to manage in a fast-paced environment, able to manage competing priorities
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal
  • Experience in providing excellent service to customers, members, and other stakeholders
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Team player, able to understand multiple viewpoints and use data to improve work product
  • Able to work independently with strong initiative

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume, along with a cover letter and three references addressed to the Director of Congregational Support & Adult Education to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference “Program Manager: Adult Education & Volunteerism in the subject line of your email.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed


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X Central Synagogue will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, military status, marital status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is the policy of the Congregation that certain positions must be filled by persons of the Jewish faith as a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. All employees, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and contribute to this policy.