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Director of Adult Learning and Growth

The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE-Miami), the educational arm of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, is seeking a dynamic, innovative adult educator to join our outstanding, nationally recognized team of senior educators. The Director should be a “people-person” who is energized by relationship-building, an engaging teacher who loves to empower students to find their voice, committed to pluralism, deeply knowledgeable in Judaics, excited to work in a community educational organization that provides structure and support for legacy programs, and eager to incubate new ideas that inspire adult learning in non-traditional settings.

Anticipated start date of June/July 2019. This job is based at our offices located at 4200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137.

CAJE-Miami has a budget of over $3M with 15 employees that serve our 5 markets/departments: Adults, Teens, Day Schools, Congregational Education and Early Childhood education. The Director of Adult Learning and Growth reports to and meets weekly with the Executive Director of CAJE-Miami and supervises the Director of Administration for Adult Learning.


Educational Leadership

• Serve as a thought leader and visionary for Adult Jewish Learning in Miami

• Stay current on trends in Adult Jewish Learning nationally and in Israel

• Work with the Florence Melton School, one of our signature programs, to maintain and grow Melton classes

• Identify gaps in adult learning within the Miami Jewish community, think creatively and generate an innovative plan to address them

• Attend events and offer Divrei Torah in the larger community as CAJE’s representative and role model for Adult Learning as needed


• Oversee Melton and non-Melton classes, including teaching a class(es)

• Teach an online class and develop other online learning opportunities

• Provide CAJE staff, board, Federation retreats and/or learning collaborations with educational content when asked

Recruit and Retain Students

• Create and execute a recruitment and retention strategy for existing and new programs each year

• Identify and cultivate new populations to recruit as potential students

• Visit classes as needed to maintain quality, build relationships with students, and address issues

Build Relationships

• Develop strong relationships with rabbinical and organizational colleagues and build collaborative partnerships throughout the community

• Build one-on-one, meaningful connections with students

Cultivate and Staff the Advisory Board Committee

• Recruit leadership and members; inspire them to dream and act

• Plan and execute meetings throughout the year;

• Communicate with committee between meetings via email and sub-committee meetings

Fundraising and Financials

• Develop and oversee departmental budget of over $300,000

• Promote financial support of Adult Learning department by building relationships with students

• Work with Development Director to cultivate donors and plan fundraising events

Promotion and PR

• Serve as “brand ambassador” for adult learning

• Contribute occasional promotional articles and Divrei Torah for CAJE weekly newsletter

• Send out biweekly Director’s Digest e-blast to adult learning database

• Create CAJE website content for Adult Learning

• Supervise production and posting of social media marketing

• Supervise production of strategically developed and timed recruitment materials

Recruit, Hire, Supervise, and Evaluate Faculty

• Recruit new faculty members; hire and orient/train them

• Supervise and evaluate teachers throughout the year, including class observation as well as collecting student evaluations of teachers/ courses

• Determine faculty topics, edit course descriptions and identify strategic locations to hold classes


• Supervise and collaborate with the Director of Administration and support staff for Adult Learning

• Identify and secure appropriate educators to introduce and provide context for films at the Miami Jewish Film Festival (2 weeks in January)

• Write quarterly reports to submit as part of CAJE reporting to Federation

• Attend quarterly senior educator staff meetings, twice yearly all staff meetings and monthly check-ins

Who You Are

• Advanced degree preferred (ordination, PhD, EdD, or Master’s with at least 5 years of experience)

• Proven track record in teaching, program creation/implementation, verbal and written communication

• A self-starter who shows initiative; entrepreneurial, flexible, dedicated to quality

• A creative and strategic thinker who seeks out new and innovative ways to engage adults in learning

• Excellent ability to organize ideas, people and time into a plan of action and clearly communicate the plan to all stakeholders

• Outstanding interpersonal, teaching and leadership skills

• Adept with technology and able to seek out new technology to help achieve goals

• Passionate about Jewish living and learning

• Literacy in Microsoft Office Suite; Constant Contact a plus

• Hebrew and/or Spanish fluency a plus

What We Offer

• A supportive, encouraging environment with a great team of colleagues

• Excellent benefits: 22 days paid vacation per year, medical, vision, dental, life insurance, pension, long term disability; professional dues, yearly conference, paid professional development opportunities, books, cell phone stipend, company laptop, optional STD

• Work schedule: Some flexibility in office hours, leave early for Shabbat, closed all Jewish holidays

How to Apply

• Please submit resume and cover letter highlighting your qualifications to cajemiami4200@gmail.com

• Also read demographic study outlining the distinctive qualities of the Miami Jewish Community at https://jewishmiami.org/populationstudy/

• Be prepared to send 1-5 minute demonstration of teaching a class, giving a Dvar Torah, or exploring a Jewish idea when asked



Salary Range

Not indicated


paid vacation, sick leave, medical, vision, dental, pension, long term disability, leave early for Shabbat, life insurance

Other Benefits

Unpaid Family Leave, Professional Dues, Yearly Conference, Paid Professional Development Opportunities, Books, Cell Phone stipend, Company Laptop, 22 days paid vacation per year, all Jewish holidays, optional STD

Preferred Experience

5 years or more

Preferred Degree


The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education is an equal opportunity employer.

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