San Diego Program Director (Service Corps)

Location: San Diego, California

Full Time

Salary: $55-65K + generous benefits



About Avodah: Avodah believes that Jewish leaders have the power to help change our country for the better. We train and support early- and mid-career Jewish young adults with the tools, knowledge, and networks they need to contribute their skills and passion to advancing social justice across the country and strengthening the fabric of our diverse Jewish communities. Additionally, we help the Jewish community understand how to address the root causes and effects of poverty in the United States.



Avodah is seeking a Program Director to begin work in mid-June 2020 (exact date flexible). The Program Director will oversee and implement Avodah’s newest Jewish Service Corps program site in San Diego, California. 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 and who can support community members in their work for social justice, Jewish identity development, personal growth, and the meaningful intersections of those elements. The ideal candidate should be able to comfortably hold a range of logistical, emotional and educational responsibilities in order to ensure that the overall program runs smoothly and successfully. The ideal candidate will also have experience with and/or be excited about launching a new program site. 

The San Diego Program Director is an integral member of the San Diego Avodah office. They will work as part of a dynamic team locally with the San Diego Community Director who oversees local development, and the part time San Diego Ruach Avodah Advisor (Jewish identity and spirituality advisor). The San Diego Program Director will also be part of the national Service Corps team, reporting to the National Service Corps Director in New Orleans.



  • Implement and serve as lead staff person on all aspects of Service Corps educational programs including: orientation, weekly sessions, retreats (including participation in the yearly National Retreat), and special programs, including the logistical planning and administration of the programs (with assistance from the National Program Associate located in NYC); 
  • Serve as the lead educator on those programs, coordinating and sometimes directly teaching or facilitating on the core Avodah program topics, which include anti-oppression training, analysis of social justice issues, skills for community building, Jewish learning, and leadership development; Collaborate with the Ruach Avodah Advisor to facilitate exploration by Corps Members of Jewish life, especially in connection with social justice;
  • In collaboration with the Ruach Avodah Advisor, provide resources, mentorship and support to Corps Members related to their work, community, Jewish lives and post-Service Corps plans;
  • 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);
  • Develop and build relationships with local placement organizations, supporting the Corps Members in their work and the placement supervisors in their partnership with Avodah;
  • 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, regular check-ins with the National Program Associate, and an in-person annual all-staff retreat and annual program team retreat;
  • Work with the San Diego Community Director to jointly oversee the San Diego Office, to support each other as needed (ie: occasionally attend local fundraisers, get to know the 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, and as needed 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 San Diego area;
  • As needed, work with the San Diego Community Director and the national Director of Community Engagement to provide programmatic and logistical support to implementation of Avodah alumni programming in San Diego;
  • As needed, work with the San Diego Community Director and the national Community Engagement and Recruitment teams to support community engagement and recruitment work in San Diego;


  • Experience with varied responsibilities and variable workload and schedule;
  • Impeccable interpersonal and relationship-building skills;
  • Strong experience and skills in education, facilitation, and team-building;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • 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; 
  • Experience with opening a significant new program venture or initiative is preferred but not required;
  • Established connections to local activists and Jewish leaders is preferred but not required;
  • Ability to work regular evenings and occasional weekends a must.

SALARY: $55-65K + generous benefits


Email resume and cover letter, with availability, to Dani Levine, National Service Corps Director, at Please include “San Diego 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 a hire is made, but we strongly encourage interested candidates to submit their applications by April 1st. Interviews will be set up on a rolling basis. Ideally, the new Program Director will begin work in mid June 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.