Come Work with Us

When you begin your career at Temple Emanu-El, you become part of the rich history–and the future–of our congregation, which has served and led the New York Reform Jewish community for more than 175 years. While rooted in our legacy, Temple Emanu-El is also fueled by a sense of purpose, justice, and innovation to invigorate Jewish life today.

Temple Emanu-El is a 501(c)3 religious organization, which employs approximately 250 full- and part-time staff across variety of departments and functions, including Clergy, Administration, Membership, Marketing & Communications, Development, Finance, Music, Lifelong Learning, Religious School, and the Nursery School, as well as Bernard Museum of Judaica, Stettenheim Library, and the Streicker Center. Temple Emanu-El provides generous benefits and paid-time off–including Jewish holidays–to our employees. We are an equal opportunity employer. 

Open Roles

To apply for any of the open positions below, please submit a resume with a cover letter to the email address in the job description with the position title in the subject line of your email.

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Status:             Salary Exempt

Reports To:     Senior Director of Communications

Salary:             $105,000 to $115,000

Congregation Emanu-El of the City is seeking an Associate Director of Marketing and Communications to join in managing the temple’s various marketing and communications initiatives. The Associate Director will join a talented administrative team, working directly with and reporting to the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications and the temple’s Executive Director. This position is both strategic and tactical, focused on raising the visibility and quality of temple messaging, and promoting departmental events and programming. The Associate Director of Communications acts as a resource to the Directors of Lifelong Learning, the Nursery School, and the Streicker Center, as well as to the synagogue’s clergy and lay leadership.


The Associate Director will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage communications projects from development through implementation, including Temple Annual Report, High Holy Day materials, etc.
  • Contribute to the temple’s overall marketing and communications strategy.
  • Manage several direct reports, coordinating their work into cohesive marketing campaigns and ensuring quality control.
  • Lead all social media efforts, including updating all existing platforms, implementing new social media channels, and tracking and analyzing statistics to measure success.
  • Oversee, maintain and develop website content calendar; be able to create and update website pages in CMS.
  • Take ownership of and lead workflow with various stakeholders (departments and volunteers) to assist with their communications and marketing needs.
  • Manage e-mail communications strategy and implementation. Ideate, design and distribute various newsletters and ad hoc emails for clergy and other temple departments or programs, as needed.
  • Manage the temple’s quarterly “Bulletin,” including managing the schedule, writing original articles, and content curation, as well as overseeing writing, design, layout, etc.
  • Contribute to the development of written, photographic, or video content for web, email, and social media channels.
  • Manage livestream website and oversee developer.
  • Contribute to PR strategy and participate in PR calls with external agencies, create press releases, and execute PR plans.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year university/college, with a major in the Communications, Marketing or Journalism, or relevant work experience.
  • 5-7 years’ work experience in a synagogue, religious non-profit, social-action non-profit, or independent school setting, with a primary focus on communications and marketing. At least 3 years, managing people and leading project teams.
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficient ability with graphic design, image editing, layout, photography, and videography. Hands-on skill in Adobe Creative Suite, email campaign tools, social media management, editing websites in WordPress, and basic HTML.
  • Proficiency in using digital programs and platforms (including mobile) in creating forms and tools to support departmental needs.
  • Attention to detail and professionalism.
  • Ability to occasionally work a more extended day or staggered work hours.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, work well under pressure, prioritize, meet deadlines, and produce quality results on schedule.
  • Strong skills as a project manager and team player who can collaborate well with peers and senior management.


  • Ability to work in most settings.
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends, provide support during the High Holy Days, and attend worship services, events or meetings as necessary.
  • Flexibility to work staggered hours at times to cover evening or weekend events.

Please send cover letter and resume to .

Associate Teacher - Emanu-El Downtown

FLSA Status:    Salary Exempt

Schedule:        9:00am to 12:30pm Monday & Wednesdays

Reports to:     Director Emanu-El Downtown

Day Rate:        $120

In Fall 2022 the Temple launched Emanu-El Downtown, a satellite location for Young Families within the campus of The General Theological Seminary (GTS) in Chelsea. Emanu-El Downtown is a vibrant, welcoming community geared towards babies, kids, and their grown-ups. Exploration, playing, and learning are at the center of everything we do and is infused into all aspects of Emanu-El Downtown.


  • Seeking a candidate who loves working with young children. Candidates must be empathetic, kind, and energetic and engaging
  • Candidates should demonstrate organization, patience, even temperament, flexibility, initiative, spontaneity, and enthusiasm. Candidates will participate in all aspects of the classroom
  • Collaborate with Emanu-El colleagues, both uptown and downtown
  • Familiarity with or interest in learning about Jewish community and culture


  • Teaching within the classroom to support the cognitive, social, and emotional growth of the students. Adapt teaching methods and materials to meet the interests and learning styles of children
  • Collaborating with fellow teachers and Emanu-El Downtown director to implement lesson plans
  • Understanding and supporting the program’s play-based educational philosophy
  • Developing warm and caring relations with students, colleagues, and parents
  • Maintaining the classroom and create a positive environment for learning
  • Ensuring the physical safety of the students including sanitizing classroom toys and supplies regularly
  • Contributing ideas to the curriculum
  • Keeping medical forms and professional development certifications up to date


  • Bending
  • Standing
  • Stretching
  • Lifting (minimum 40 lbs.)


  • Bachelor’s Degree

Congregation Emanu-El requires all employees to be vaccinated and those who are eligible to be boosted.  The temple will continue to work with its medical advisor to maintain health and safety policies in accordance with CDC and NYS/NYC Department of Health best practices.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Dina Mann, Director of Emanu-El Downtown at .

Chief Development Officer

Status:             Salary Exempt

Reports To:     Chief Operations Officer

Salary:            $275,000 – $300,000


The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will have primary responsibility for developing and implementing strategies to increase fundraising substantially and ensure overall goals are set and achieved. The CDO will provide leadership, expertise, strategic direction, and day-to-day management in building an effective and organized fundraising program and department. Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the CDO will be a key member of the Senior Executive Team and will lead the development department, execute change, and organize all the development activities to increase revenue. The CDO will direct an effort that includes the Capital Campaign and Annual Campaign, major gift solicitation, planned giving programs, donor prospecting and research, stewardship, special events, and corporate and foundation support, as well as personally manage, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects.

In consultation with the COO, the Senior Rabbi, and the Board, the CDO will design and implement a multi-year strategic plan to increase fundraising revenues. The CDO will

  • provide leadership and management direction for the development department and supervise all development activities and operations
  • develop and execute an overall fundraising campaign strategy designed to increase fundraising revenue, the donor base, and setting, monitoring, and evaluating goals, benchmarks, and performance
  • engage in and direct personal solicitation of major and planned gifts prospects.
  • direct a focused effort to conduct donor research and to identify, cultivate and steward potential new major and planned gift donors
  • work with other departments to make a compelling case for presentation to prospective donors and craft specific giving opportunities
  • staff the Development Committee and increase board involvement in development activities
  • provide training for staff, Board members and volunteer leadership in fundraising, including donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • create the organizational case for support
  • develop a tactical fundraising plan utilizing a variety of approaches including digital means
  • supervise the preparation of proposals for individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • prepare and monitor budgets for all development activities
  • provide periodic reports to the Senior Rabbi, COO, and the Board
  • administer stewardship activities by supervising the maintenance of the database of contributors and gifts, track current and potential donors, and acknowledge, record, and report all gifts with appreciation to donors
  • develop trackable metrics and reports to measure impact and success, as well as lead processes to create systemic data tracking efforts


  • possess a track record of increasing responsibility and achievement in fundraising, especially in the areas of creation and execution of an overall development strategy for Capital and Annual Campaigns, individual major gifts, special events, planned giving, and corporate and foundation support
  • have experience and knowledge of donor prospecting, donor research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • work to help support leadership development efforts across temple programs

The candidate will also be

  • an experienced professional in major gift solicitation and working with high level volunteers and philanthropists
  • a strong manager who is a self-starter who listens, and is able to build a motivated team of volunteers and professionals
  • a hands-on manager with superior verbal and written communication skills
  • a creative, energetic individual, passionate about the mission of Temple Emanu-El; committed to realizing the potential of its bold, innovative, and dynamic vision.

Director of Lifelong Learning

Department: Lifelong Learning 

FLSA Status: Full Time – Salary Exempt 

Salary: $150-180,000

Reports to: Clergy Supervisor to Department Lifelong Learning 


Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York is looking for a Director of Lifelong Learning who will continue our tradition of innovative congregational education. We are seeking a Jewish educator, rabbi or cantor who will lead our Religious School, nurture our nationally recognized teen programming, create multi-faceted holiday celebrations and build upon creative family worship. We have 220 students in our one-day-a-week religious school and students have the option of meeting on Sundays or Mondays. 

Our ideal candidate will enjoy connecting with and creating community, thrive on the potential offered at a time of change and opportunity, embrace possibility, embody steadiness and flexibility, and bring joy and excellence to their work. A successful Temple Emanu-El Director of Lifelong Learning will welcome students and families where they are, and draw them in. 

We are committed to our new Director’s success, and will provide support and resources to help them attain their vision. The Department of Lifelong Learning and synagogue professional teams collaborate, share resources, and grow together. Though Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York has strong classical reform roots, our services reflect various styles of prayer. Our congregants come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds who find home here. Our community takes pride in its tradition and is excited by exploration and experimentation. 


Vision-Setting, Strategic Planning and Leadership 

  • Establish a vision of religious school education, teen programming, and family learning, articulate goals and criteria to implement vision 
  • Collaborate with the board, lay-committees, staff, faculty, parents, and students to deepen investment and ownership 
  • Set, foster, and model a collaborative, accountable, high-morale environment 
  • Lead a team growing an innovative, downtown religious school program that currently has 7 students ages 6-8 learning together 
  • Partner with clergy supervisor to interweave the Department of Lifelong Learning with the clergy department to create a holistic experience for the families, including, but not limited to, B’nai Mitzvah program and synagogue worship 
  • Develop innovative curricula, materials, and program to achieve vision 
  • Keep abreast of best practices, including use of technology 

Constituent Care and Management 

  • Recruit and retain students, teens and families and motivate increased engagement in synagogue life 
  • Foster sense of community, building relationships with and between students, teens, families, and professional staff 
  • Identify and respond to individual needs and interests of students and families, recognizing special needs and offering interventions and accommodations 
  • Evaluate student progress and achievement 
  • Get to know students and families, developing sense of trust and belonging 
  • Connect with constituents through teaching in various settings, including religious school tefilah, family services, holiday celebrations, parent education, nursery school visits and programs 

Finance, Administration and Operations 

  • Develop budget for the department, oversee all expenses 
  • Coordinate departmental calendar and schedule of specific programs 
  • Work with our communication department in marketing program to constituents and potential members 


  • Lead, motivate, and supervise a high-performance education team, working collaboratively with assistant director, other team members, and clergy 
  • Recruit and retain qualified professionals for full-time and part-time staff and school faculty, providing professional development 
  • Encourage team building, conflict management and problem solving 

Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed 


  • A degree in Education, Jewish Education, Jewish Experiential Learning, related field, or ordination, or equivalent experience 
  • Excellent people skills 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Proficient technology skills 
  • Knowledge of developmental learning for children of all ages 

Please direct inquiries and resumes to, Department of Lifelong Learning at:  

Program Associate, Lifelong Learning

Status: Part-Time Hourly

Schedule: Approximately 20 hours per week

Reports to: Acting Director of Lifelong Learning

Salary: 35.00 – 50.00/hour


School and Program Coordination

  • Provide onsite supervision of religious school and teen programs in cooperation with other department staff
  • Assist in directing the daily schedule and logistics of the religious school and teen programs; create weekly schedules
  • Coordinate, develop curriculum and materials for, and assist in leading special school activities both inside and outside of school hours, including school worship, holiday and family events, and trips and retreats
  • Oversee school materials, including art supplies, media, textbooks, and software licenses

Faculty Engagement

  • Assist in supporting school faculty in the execution of their job responsibilities, including helping them with curriculum and classroom materials and documentation
  • Manage and track the communication between faculty and home
  • Support faculty in creating and implementing cutting-edge pedagogy

Family Engagement

  • Assist in welcoming new families into the school community
  • Support families in their ongoing involvement in congregational life
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with families and respond to their concerns
  • Follow up on student absences and scheduling changes
  • Manage online Hebrew resources and support parents and students in their use

Direct Teaching

  • Staff family and special programs both inside and outside of school hours
  • Act as a substitute teacher and provide classroom coverage as needed

Other duties may be assigned as needed.


  • Undergraduate degree and experience working in Jewish educational settings (e.g. Religious School, camp, afterschool, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Effectively set priorities and manage multiple tasks
  • Bring new ideas and the ability to implement
  • Familiar with the Hebrew language and Reform Jewish liturgy and comfortable working in a Reform Jewish environment
  • Achievement-oriented, passionate, fun, disciplined, and responsible

Candidates with a background in performing arts, media and technology, and experiential education are especially encouraged to apply. This is a challenging position that brings with it tremendous opportunity for growth. We seek reflective practitioners who are committed to and who are able to share a love for learning and Judaism with all members of our synagogue community.


The part-time schedule is flexible but requires in-person work on Sunday mornings (8:30 am-12:30 pm), Monday afternoons/evenings (3:00-6:30 pm), and Wednesday afternoons/evenings (2:30-6:00) during the school year. Additional evenings, weekends, and holiday work may be required.

The position will be through May 31, 2023, with the potential for continued employment in the 2023-24 school year. Please direct inquiries and resumes to the Department of Lifelong Learning at .

Benefits include:

  • Generous PTO (paid time off), as well as all major federal and Jewish holidays
  • Paid parental leave*
  • Paid Family Leave*
  • Retirement plan with employer matching*
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA) for unreimbursed medical expenses*
  • Life insurance*
  • Short-term disability
  • Tuition Reimbursement*
  • Free temple membership and free religious school
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Discounts to temple and Streicker Center programs
  • Great colleagues who share a passion for making a difference

* Subject to waiting period

COVID-19 Policy

Congregation Emanu-El requires all employees to be vaccinated and those who are eligible to be boosted.  The temple will continue to work with its medical advisor to maintain health and safety policies in accordance with CDC and NYS/NYC Department of Health best practices. 

Equal Opportunity Statement

Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. The Congregation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.