Jobs at JTS

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is committed to providing a pleasant and rewarding work environment for staff and faculty, one that fosters cooperation and mutual respect. All positions listed below are currently open.

If you are interested in one of these positions, please send your resume and cover letter to HR at jtsaresumes@jtsa.edu with the job title in the subject line. In the body of the email, please mention that you found the job on our website.

It is JTS policy that all applicants for employment are afforded equal opportunities for employment, without regard to race, color, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, caregiver status, sexual and reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, uniformed service or military status, any lawful source of income, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or any other legally prohibited status, or any other factors as prohibited by law.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to jtsaresumes@jtsa.edu.

Open Positions

Chief of Staff

Location: New York, New York
Salary: $78,000

Description of the Position:

Drive institution-wide planning and meet all of the Chancellor’s administrative needs,
including short and long-term schedule management; meeting coordination,
preparation, and follow-up; internal and external communications; travel bookings; and
acting as a welcoming presence in the JTS Chancellor’s office suite. In addition, provide
support, as needed, to the Vice Chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Partners with the Chancellor to develop relationships with all internal staff,
    external stakeholders, and partner entities, both in the U.S. and in Israel.
  • Ensures all correspondence is addressed accordingly for the Chancellor.
  • Coordinates calendar for the Chancellor: schedules, confirms, and adjusts
    meetings, conference calls, and events as necessary, coordinates logistics
    (e.g., space, catering, equipment, travel, set-up, etc.) for meetings and
    events, coordinates with partner organizations on all collaborative meeting
    and scheduling matters
  • Serves as a Generalist performing complex administrative duties including
    corresponding and communicating independently on a wide variety of
    matters.
  • Establishes a welcoming culture in the Chancellor’s office suite.
  • Is a strategic partner to the Chancellor for donor outreach, entertainment,
    and scheduling and speaking preparation.
  • Acts as office manager by keeping up with office supply inventory.
  • Assists the Chancellor for meetings by preparing relevant documents and
    reviewing content of forthcoming meetings with appropriate lead-time.
  • Ensures the accuracy of meeting notes and manage follow-up.
  • Maintains accuracy of record system both electronic and paper.
  • May be assigned other tasks as necessary.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 5 years related experience working in administration/operations
  • Prior experience working with senior management and major stakeholders
  • Enjoys being the “front-line” face of a dynamic, entrepreneurial organization
    serving multiple constituencies
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and diplomatic skills
  • Ability to exercise discretion with confidential matters
  • Ease in developing relationships and forging professional partnerships
  • Team player with proven ability to work well with all levels of employees
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite of programs with the highest levels of proficiency using Outlook, Word, Teams, and OneDrive
  • Capacity to learn new digital platforms easily
  • Strong organizational skills with an ability to multi-task and prioritize
    competing demands
  • Exhibit a polished and professional demeanor
  • Knowledge of Hebrew is a plus
  • Some night and weekend work expected.

Office and Program Manager

Full-Time
Salary: $60,000

Position Overview

The Office and Project Manager is a multi-faceted administrative position supporting the top-level leadership of the Center for Pastoral Education. An integral member of the Center’s team, the Office and Program Manager provides critical administration at a premier institution for clinical training and spiritual care education for seminary students, clergy, and other professionals.

Duties/Responsibilities:

Center Office Management

  • Support the work and mission of the Center for Pastoral Education
  • Provide administrative support to the Director of the Center for Pastoral Education and the Educators within the Center
  • Manage Center for Pastoral Education calendars
  • Organize meetings of the Center for Pastoral Education’s professional staff, advisory boards, and committees
  • Process invoices, expense requests, contracts, check requests
  • Answer Center’s telephone and respond to voicemail and communications and inquiries that come to the Center
  • Interface with other internal JTS departments, including facilities and with external partners to coordinate resources and advance the work of the Center and JTS
  • Interface with outside partners of the Center to coordinate resources and advance the work of the Center outside JTS
  • Track and maintain student records, internships placements, and final presentations of Certificate students
  • Maintain files and collect student data as required by our accreditation organization, ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
  • Proactively use available technology to streamline operations and increase efficiency

Admissions

  • Manage the admissions process for the Center for Pastoral Education to fill approximately 60 CPE intern positions per year, including collecting and managing applications, corresponding with new applicants, scheduling interviews and managing all aspects of the admissions process
  • Craft and manage Contracts and Letters of agreement with students, Contract Educators, and Clinical sites
  • Coordinate site placements with partner organizations

Finance and Development:

  • Collect and maintain accurate program data, student data and other media necessary for reporting
  • Assist with development of grant reports
  • Track the award of stipends and approved reimbursements for Center for Pastoral Education programs
  • Administer budgets of programs and grants, including tracking expenditures, spending projections, soliciting information from program heads

Event planning, production, and implementation:

  • Work with Director to plan and implement public and educational events
  • Oversee mailings, communications, and logistics for special events
  • Reserve internal rooms and locating external spaces
  • Prepare handouts and printed materials and coordinate with Communications Department when necessary
  • Assist with preparations for ACPE Accreditation Site Visits
  • Provides technical support during events and meetings
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in an administrative assistant role
  • Technologically savvy, including high proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Zoom, and eager to master additional programs used by JTS
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Proactive, able to exercise initiative
  • Kind and discreet, particularly in relationship to students
  • Some knowledge of Clinical Pastoral Education preferred but not required
  • Some knowledge of Judaism preferred but not required

About JTS 

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was founded in 1886. Its mission was to preserve the knowledge and practice of historical Judaism.  Since then, JTS has greatly expanded its mission, creating a beautiful campus and evolving into the prestigious center of Jewish learning it is today. A Jewish university with a world-class faculty and a diverse student body, JTS grants undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through its five schools and offers enriching programs for the Jewish community in the United States, Israel, and around the world. 

JTS schools and facilities include the Gershon Kekst Graduate School; The Rabbinical School; H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music; William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education; Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies; several research institutes; lay leadership and professional institutes; community education programs; and the incomparable collections of JTS’s world-renowned Library. 

Over the past year, JTS has embarked on a strategic plan. One of the pillars of the strategic plan adopted is the intention to broaden and strengthen JTS’s historic role as the convenor of multi-disciplinary conversations and studies on matters of crucial concern not only to the Jewish world but beyond it as well.  And the plan lays great emphasis on the importance of disseminating the ideas generated in these convenings to many different audiences in many different forms.  This historic role goes back at least 80 years, to the Institute for Religious and Social Studies and the Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion, both of which mobilized scholars, religious leaders, government officials, and journalists to collaborate on tackling issues of the day, among them the value of democracy (in the face of the risen totalitarianism in that time), the role of ritual and symbolism in society, equity in education, and many others.