Outstanding, creative, and thoughtful public and professional programs are core to Spertus Institute's mission and programming mix. These programs supplement, complement, and enhance the organization's academic offerings. They creatively cut across disciplines, fields, and modes of delivery. From lectures, conferences, and symposia, to film premieres, performances, and exhibitions, Spertus programs are a major attraction in Chicago.
Spertus also presents important programs relating to professional development and leadership and on a wide range of contemporary and critical topics.
The Director of Public and Noncredit Programs works closely with colleagues on the faculty and staff to plan, curate, and deliver these important programs. The Director works to expand both audiences and scope and explore ways to delivery programs powerfully in local and distance settings.
The Director of Public and Noncredit Programs reports directly to the Dean/Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and works closely with faculty and administrative, marketing, and facilities staff.
With the Dean/CAO lead institutional think tank for public and noncredit programs to plan, develop, and curate overarching themes and individual public and noncredit programs.
Implement public and noncredit programs (public programs, arts and culture programs, leadership programs—excluding degree and certificate programs), including all logistics and day-of-event details.
Prepare reports, updates, and grant materials as related to the development and performance of public and noncredit programs for internal and external constituents.
Develop program goals, metrics of success, and tools for evaluation; use these to evaluate programs.
Develop and nurture external program partnerships and community connections. Develop new modes of delivery and facilitate use of institutional resources as part of programming.
Master's degree preferred, in an area relating to Jewish Studies, arts management, and/or leadership.
At least five years of experience in program development.
Understanding of adult learning theory and best practices.
Experience with supervision and program management.
Ability to work with diverse external and internal constituents.
Related Skills or Knowledge
Background in adult education or Jewish education, and awareness of current trends in the field.
Familiarity with adult learning, leadership, and/or arts and culture.
Must have strong communication skills, including written, verbal, and public speaking/presentation skills.
Travel: Generally limited to metro Chicago areas for programs and constituent and funder relationship development. Occasional participation in national or international conferences.
After January 1, 2020.
Submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words Director of Public and Noncredit Programs in the subject line:
Cover letter, including a statement of how your work aligns with Spertus Institute
Resume with at least three references
Visit spertus.edu to learn more about Spertus Institute (including why you should be a member of the Spertus team).
Additional Salary Information: Attractive Benefit Package includes vacation and holiday time off, medical and dental insurance, retirement savings, and employee assistance program.
About Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a nondenominational institution of higher Jewish education, proudly based in Chicago and increasingly serving students around the world. Its offerings include graduate degree programs in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Professional Studies, as well as a range of sophisticated professional and public programming.
Founded in 1924 as Chicago’s College of Jewish Studies, Spertus Institute today offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
For Spertus, this is a time of exciting opportunity and growth. Tied to a new Strategic Plan, we are building our standing as a leading center for thoughtful and relevant applied Jewish learning, with programs that address current and emerging needs. About to enter our second century as an academic institute with renewed vigor and vision, we are expanding the Spertus team to achieve ambitious academic and global expansion goals.