Director of Leadership Training

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) is the network organization for the Conservative/Masorti Movement working to ensure there are thriving centers of Jewish practice that celebrate both tradition and contemporary life in North America, Israel and beyond. We envision and pursue an authentic and dynamic Judaism that inspires today’s and tomorrow’s generations of Jews to seek meaning, find connection and experience wholeness (shleymut) in a world that is complex and ever-evolving. Together, we demonstrate what an authentic and dynamic Judaism looks like, inspire people to be part of it and advance its critical role in the world.

Our services and programs are focused on three key areas:

  • We support and strengthen congregations and their leaders. We develop and deliver a portfolio of services and programs including leadership training for congregational lay leaders and professional staff to help them identify, embrace and respond to the needs of the 21st-century Jewish community.
  • We engage teens. Our USY program engages thousands of teens in synagogues and other settings.
  • We serve as a vital resource for the Movement through a partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) working strategically to expand our reach to engage individuals beyond synagogue walls.

At USCJ, we don’t just talk about our values – we live them every single day. Collaboration, Dedication to the Mission, Generosity of Spirit, Innovation and Adaptability, Integrity, Solution Orientation and Striving for Excellence are not just words on a page for us; they are the guiding principles that shape our culture and drive our success. Join us and observe firsthand how our values inform and direct our work with precision and purpose.

To learn more about us, visit www.uscj.org.

Position Summary:

The Department of Synagogue Leadership (DSL) is the key interface between USCJ and the clergy, lay and professional leadership of affiliated Conservative synagogues in North America. Our goal is that 75% of our member congregations will be considered “thriving” by 2030.  To that end, the department engages over 1500 synagogue leaders per year through board training, strategic planning, online learning, local and national conferences, and strategic partnerships with leading Jewish organizations, including our Sulam leadership training curricula.

The Director of Leadership Training is the primary contact and lead thought partner dedicated to providing value-added learning experiences for lay and professional leaders within member congregations. As a leadership consultant, the Director has the ability to respond to challenging situations with strength, skill and expertise.  The Director also curates, creates, delivers, and advises on a range of targeted leadership development offerings.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assess congregation and individual leadership development needs. Provide advice and identify appropriate resources targeted to areas of improvement, both internal to USCJ and external through partners. Follow-up to ensure productive and satisfactory outcomes and strengthen membership and relationship with USCJ.
  • Refine existing or develop new learning content and curricula, facilitator guides and training decks in response to emerging needs and trends. This includes implementing new and updated Sulam curricula and programs. 
  • Develop and maintain thorough knowledge of internal capabilities and assets; available community resources; partner organizations; and cohort opportunities in order to effectively and efficiently address each congregation’s unique professional training and development needs.
  • Promote, develop and manage cohorts of congregational leaders with common interests or challenges,  encouraging shared knowledge and experiences, collaboration and pooling of resources.
  • Conduct and/or partner with education experts to deliver impactful professional development experiences (live and virtual events including trainings, webinars, workshops and community convenings).
  • Responsible for curating and maintaining a digital resource library of professional development topics and tools including white papers, webinars, workshops, leadership assessment tools and coaching and mentorship opportunities.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience with leadership training curriculum and instruction,specifically related to synagogue leadership
  • Experience with online instructional tools and learning platforms
  • Experience developing and facilitating large scale professional development
  • A strong facilitator, trainer and coach with strong presentation and training delivery skills
  • Familiarity with leadership assessment tools
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and collaborative work style to build strong relationships and drive engagement with a range of stakeholders including lay leaders, clergy and other professional staff, community partners, vendors and USCJ colleagues
  • Experience with supervision and management of others to build a strong team
  • Resourceful, organized and detail-focused with strong time management and follow-through skills to effectively multitask, prioritize and manage many projects simultaneously while effectively managing stakeholder expectations
  • Ability to adjust to dynamically changing priorities, manage multiple projects simultaneously, innovate and learn new tools and processes
  • History of discretion and professionalism when handling sensitive information
  • Understanding of Jewish culture, traditions and values as well as the functioning and needs of synagogues
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Strong competency with Microsoft Suite required; proficiency with Google Workspace preferred; proficiency with video conferencing technologies (Zoom and Webex) required; and comfort with e-learning technology preferred
  • Stay current on leadership professional development, training and learning by following emerging trends, attending relevant conferences and engaging with education professionals

 Location:

Remote

Schedule:

Monday through Friday; requires attendance at evening meetings, programs and conferences

Travel:

Will require travel to facilitate evening and weekend seminars, training programs and conferences

Salary Range:

$90,000–$100,000

Benefits:

Full-time Employees are offered a range of benefits including options for healthcare, Flex Spending (FSA)/Dependent Care Account, 403b Retirement Plan and Company-provided life and AD&D insurance, as well as various voluntary insurance options. Employees are eligible for generous paid time-off including vacation, sick leave and Federal and Jewish holidays, as well as Friday Shabbat early closings.

USCJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

To apply, forward your resume and cover letter to [email protected]