NYC Program Director (Service Corps)

Location: New York, NY

Description: Full-Time

Salary: $60-65K

About Avodah:

Avodah develops and engages a network of Jewish leaders working within the Jewish community and beyond to promote social justice and fight the causes and effects of domestic poverty. We achieve this through our many programmatic offerings including the Jewish Service Corps, the Avodah Justice Fellowship, our alumni network and our community education and engagement work.

Position Overview:

Avodah is seeking a Program Director to oversee and implement our Jewish Service Corps in New York City, including the development of a JOC (Jews of Color) majority or JOC only Bayit (house) in 2021*. The Program Director is responsible for all aspects of the local Service Corps cohort, including the educational workshops, job-related placement and assistance, housing support, community building and logistics. This is an excellent position for someone who excels in roles that include especially varied responsibilities and variable flow of work. The ideal Program Director is a skilled educator and program facilitator who is passionate about building strong communities who can support each other in their work for social justice, Jewish identity development, personal growth, and the meaningful intersections between those.  They have the cultural competence and skills to mentor and support BIPOC participants. They are able to comfortably hold a range of logistical, emotional and educational responsibilities in order to ensure that the overall program runs smoothly and successfully. As the work will include virtual programming, the ideal candidate will have experience and comfort with virtual facilitation and program implementation.

The NYC Program Director is an integral member of the NYC Avodah local team. They will work as part of a dynamic team with both the NYC Community Director who oversees local development and community engagement in the NYC region, and with the broader service corps team of program directors. The NYC Program Director will also work with the national program associate and other national program staff to support the NYC service corps members. The NYC Program Director reports to the National Service Corps Director (located in New Orleans).

* Avodah plans to open a JOC majority or JOC only bayit in NYC in the 2021-2022 program year. The NYC program director will be the lead program staff for the NYC site.


    • Implement and serve as lead staff person on all aspects of educational programs including orientation, weekly sessions, retreats, and special programs, including the logistical planning and administration of the programs (with assistance from the Program Associate); 
    • Culturally competent mentorship of JOC applicants and participants; Coordinate and facilitate leadership development activities with Corps Members; Coordinate and facilitate community-building activities among Corps Members; In partnership with the part-time Ruach Avodah Advisor (Jewish identity and spirituality advisor), facilitate exploration by Corps Members of social justice and Jewish life; Provide resources and mentorship to Corps Members related to their work, community, and Jewish lives; Actively oversee Avodah’s residential properties, including: managing the house search when necessary, aiding in the move-in and move-out process, and resolving maintenance problems with residents and landlords (with assistance from the National Program Associate); Participate in the Service Corps staff team, the cross-program team and the Avodah staff as a whole, including weekly supervision with the National Service Corps Director, weekly Service Corps staff team meetings, monthly program team meetings, bi-monthly Avodah all-staff meetings, an annual all-staff retreat and an annual program team retreat;Work with the NYC Community Director to support each other as needed (ie: attend local fundraisers, get to know local advisory council, identify and prepare Corps Members to speak at external engagements, find opportunities for community members to get to know the Avodah program and participants, provide programmatic and logistical support for Avodah stakeholder events) and to identify and help implement impactful community engagement opportunities that allow us to raise our visibility in the NYC area; As needed, work with the NYC Community Director and the national Alumni Director to provide programmatic and logistical support to implementation of NYC alumni programming;
    • Coordinate with the national Program Associate to support the NYC corps members.

    • Qualifications: 
  • Commitment to justice work with an anti-oppression lens;
  • Experience with mentorship and leadership development for people in their early 20s;
  • At least 4 years relevant professional experience;
  • Familiarity with and respect for a wide range of expressions of Jewish life; 
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work, prioritize and multi-task; 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; 
  • Established connections to local activists and Jewish leaders preferred but not required;
  • Ability to work regular evenings and occasional weekends a must.

Salary: $60,000-65,000

To Apply:

Email resume and cover letter, with availability, to Dani Levine, National Service Corps Director, at [email protected]. Please include “NYC Program Director” in the subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to respond to those applicants granted an interview.

Applications will be accepted until we hire, but we strongly encourage interested candidates to submit their applications ASAP. Interviews will be set up on a rolling basis. Ideally, the new Program Director will begin work in August 2020 (exact start date is flexible).

Avodah is an equal opportunity employer. Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from poor or working class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.