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POSTED ON March 10, 2021

Assistant Director of the Lese Center for Living Judaism (Central’s K–12 Religious School)

Our Vision

Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in Midtown Manhattan, serving 2,500 families and the larger community. We work tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity. We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal, constantly evolving to reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve, and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today. For more information about our organization, visit our About Us page.

Job Summary/Objective

Responsibilites of the Assistant Director of the Lese Center for Living Judaism (LCLJ religious school) include, but are not limited to, overseeing curriculum, part-time educators, and programming for several grades within the LCLJ. This position requires strong independent judgment, the ability to prioritize demands, close attention to detail, the ability to multitask, and the ability to communicate and collaborate with the Central Clergy, Operations, and Finance departments. The Assistant Director must be able to prioritize and take initiative with limited direction. Given the nature of synagogue work, a great deal of flexibility and ability to pivot based on changing circumstances is essential. The Assistant Director will likely need to oversee programming both in person and virtually for at least the next year.

Reports to: Director of the LCLJ (religious school)

Posting Date: January 2021


  • Full-time, exempt, not eligible for overtime
  • General hours will be Mondays 12:00–7:00 pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 10:00 am–7:00 pm; and Fridays 9:00 am–4:30 pm
  • Expected to work at least one of the High Holy Days, and periodic evenings and weekends, including Shabbat. Candidate must be comfortable working within Reform Shabbat and holiday practices, including the use of technology on Shabbat.

Essential Functions

  • Oversee all aspects of assigned grade-level curriculum, including planning lessons, gathering supplies, and communicating with teachers.
  • Staff LCLJ Shabbat (Central’s Shabbat-based religious school program) in conjunction with the Director of the LCLJ and the Assistant Director for grades 3–7.
  • Supervise some part-time and/or full-time teachers.
  • Oversee teen programing, including planning and staffing trips and other social, social justice, and community events.
  • Teaching weekly in the LCLJ

Core Competencies

  • Works well independently and exercises discretion and good judgment.
  • Has a keen sense of urgency and is results orientated with impeccable attention to detail and ability to execute.
  • Is a team player with the ability to build strong, collaborative relationships across various stakeholders.
  • Has excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Able to research resources, troubleshoot, and solve problems with a high degree of integrity, confidentiality, professionalism, and reliability.
  • Maintains a high degree of enthusiasm, a flexible attitude and an open demeanor geared to getting things done quickly and accurately.
  • Is a fast learner, able to take initiative, anticipate needs, and adapt to situations as they arise.
  • Has a professional demeanor and a good attitude; no task is too small.
  • Posseses strong email and phone etiquette.
  • Works collaboratively with other administrative staff within the Education Department to foster consistency in messaging and teamwork.
  • Must utilize Central office technology for calendar and email and maintain an up-to-date work calendar.
  • Familiarity with project-based learning and/or Salesforce is a plus


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in Jewish education, administration, or other relevant field preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience or equivalent work
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, familiarity with Salesforce preferred
  • Interest and knowledge of synagogue life, Hebrew, and Jewish ritual practice

To Apply

  • Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and and indicate your name and desited position title (Assistant Director LCLJ) in the subject line.


Central Synagogue, a 501(c)3 religious organization, employs 80 full-time and more than 30 part-time staff in more than a dozen departments, including our religious school, nursery school, Early Childhood Center, Clergy study, and membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support teams. Central Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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