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POSTED ON June 22, 2022

Program Manager for Social Justice

Our Vision:

Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,600 households and the larger community.  We work towards a world in which Judaism is central to our lives and is a profound and positive force for humanity.  We are constantly evolving as we pursue that goal.  Together, we learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today, both within our community and far beyond our walls.  We do this through our programmatic areas of focus:  Worship/Holidays/Music; Pastoral Care/Lifecycles; Adult Engagement; Youth and Family Engagement and Social Justice. For more information about our organization visit

Job Summary/Objective:

The Social Justice Program Manager will work closely with our Adult Engagement and Communications Teams to deepen and grow Central’s social justice advocacy initiatives, volunteer efforts, and learning programs. Primary responsibilities will include: interfacing with congregants around volunteer and advocacy projects, building and deepening relationships with justice organizations around the city, and administrative support for Central’s Director of Social Justice Organizing and Education. The position requires efficiency and strong organizational skills. Areas of work include: criminal Justice reform, re-entry after incarceration, immigration reform and refugee resettlement, climate justice, and food justice.

Department Hours: 

Full-time, exempt and not eligible for OT, Monday through Thursday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Friday 8:30 – 4:30 pm, or equivalent, occasional evenings, expected to work some of the High Holy Days.  Central Synagogue employees are not eligible for fully remote work. 

Start Date: 

July 2022

Essential Duties/Key Responsibilities:

Administrative/Project Support:

  • Primary responsibility for day-to-day logistical and program support for Justice-based events and projects

  • Coordinate and manage ongoing volunteer opportunities for Central members

  • Work with Communications Team to create content and increase registration

  • Collaborate with Rabbi Haber and assist with various administrative tasks

“Central in Action” Lay Leadership Team and Central Welcome Project:

  • Collaborate with Rabbi Haber to support lay leaders who are guiding Central’s advocacy and service initiatives and resettling refugee families

  • Provides administrative support and oversight for CIA and Welcome Teams

  • Coordinate meetings and program details with outside organizations

Building New Relationships and Opportunities Around NYC

  • Create new partnerships outside of Central to support community-led efforts

  • Engage Central members in the work of NYC organizations

  • Bring speakers and learning opportunities to Central

Core Competencies:

  • High degree of integrity, confidentiality, professionalism and reliability

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgement independently

  • Strong attention to detail and ability to execute

  • Team player who builds strong, collaborative relationships across various stakeholders

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written and communication skills

  • High degree of enthusiasm, flexible attitude, open demeanor and geared to getting things done with efficiency

  • Takes initiative, anticipates needs, and adapts to situations as they arise

  • Professional demeanor and positive collaborative attitude

  • Able to work well under pressure which maintaining calm demeanor

  • Strong email and phone etiquette


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

  • 3+ years relevant work experience preferred in a role serving members, the public, and other stakeholders; Jewish/faith based or non-profit social justice setting

  • Experience in program creation and project management

  • Technology: High level of computer literacy required (we use Windows): proven ability to quickly learn new software. Experience with SalesForce or similar CRM, knowledge of Zoom and Microsoft Teams a plus.  Tech support and training provided.

Other Duties:

Please note the above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

To apply, please submit a resume, along with a cover letter and three references addressed to “Rabbi, Director of Social Justice” to [email protected]. Please reference “Program Manager for Social Justice” in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.