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April 18, 2014 | 18th Nisan 5774

Introduction to Judaism Coordinator – Pennsylvania (Part-time)

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) seeks a part time, 8 hour/week Introduction to Judaism Coordinator to coordinate URJ Introduction to Judaism courses in the Philadelphia/Cherry Hill area.

The Introduction to Judaism Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the Introduction to Judaism course is offered regularly and with excellence by seeing to the administrative tasks required to fulfill this goal and interacting with local clergy, instructors, and students.

Essential Functions:

Responsible for all aspects of the Philadelphia regional program including:

  •     Building and maintaining relationships with local clergy in URJ congregations.
  •     Fielding phone/email inquiries from perspective students and referring candidates to sponsoring rabbis. Interacting with students and assisting in resolving problems throughout and immediately following the course to ensure that questions are answered and problems resolved in a timely manner.
  •     Completing administrative tasks related to the course, including processing registration forms, developing class schedule, collecting payment and following up with students regarding attendance and payments (with the assistance of the online registration system as available), and sending confirmation notices to students approximately one to two weeks prior to the initial class session to ensure that students become part of the class community and fulfill the minimum requirements for certificate award. Will work with support staff to ensure the readiness and comfort of the class location.
  •     Maintaining the database of students; processing and monitoring attendance lists, following up with students and teachers about attendance to ensure that minimum attendance requirements are met, and sending completion certificates to document successful completion of the class.
  •     Publicizing courses within the local Jewish community and with local clergy to ensure that students are aware of the opportunity to participate.
  •     Managing class materials including books/material orders, preparing class packets, setting-up course materials in class room, and welcoming students at the first class whenever possible.
  •     Recruiting, hiring, and providing feedback to instructors. Processing teacher payment and any reimbursements.
  •     Administering course evaluations to students and instructors; analyzing results to assess areas of success and the need for change.
  •     Overseeing INTROPENN budget, monitoring expenses, and providing periodic financial reports to ensure that the class is revenue neutral.
  •     Being sensitive and responsive to community needs and feedback.


Minimum Qualifications:

1)      Ideal candidate will be a self-starter with strong organizational aptitude and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

2)      2-3 years of experience with project management, Jewish programming, event planning or other similar function requiring high degree of organization and communication.

3)      Bachelors degree required.

4)      Comfort and expertise with computers, word processing, data entry and telephone communication.

5)      A familiarity and comfort with Reform Judaism is necessary as is a familiarity with the Philadelphia area and its rabbis.

6)      A familiarity and comfort working with and sensitivity to the needs of Interfaith couples, potential conversion candidates and Jews-by-choice is desired.

7)      Facility with MS Office Suite, video conferencing, and ability to learn new software is essential.


Please send salary requirements with cover letter and resume to

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