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  • Subject Matter Experts/Curriculum Designers: MBA Program

    Summary: The School of Enterprise Management & Social Impact (SEMSI) at the American Jewish University invites applicants to apply as Subject Matter Experts, to develop online MBA courses collaboratively with our team’s course designers in the following three areas.

    *Information Technology/IT for Managers;

    *Operations and Project Management;

    *Business Law

    Descriptions of each of the above courses may be found in the catalog, available at

    https://www.aju.edu/sites/default/files/2021-08/2021-2022%20Master%20Catalog%20082021.pdf, beginning at pages 109 (as paginated)/112 (of the .pdf file).

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following:

    Collaborate with the learning designer throughout the development process to author high-quality content that is original, factual, consistent, and in accordance with SEMSI’s mission, project deadlines, and budget.

    • Meet weekly with the course designer design team to discuss proposed content and ensure timely progress toward milestones.
    • Produce this course including:
      • Create cogent, measurable learning outcomes related to the course;
      • Course syllabus;
      • Instructional content that includes course outline, curriculum map, modules, assignments, discussion activities, formative and summative assessments and related rubrics;
      • Alignment with SEMSI’s mission grounded in ethical leadership and social impact.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in online course or program curriculum writing/design and development, particularly for graduate/non-traditional/adult students in an online setting;
    • Experience using Canvas or similar LMS;
    • Terminal degree in relevant subject area.
    • Meaningful practical experience in relevant subject area.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree (Ph.D./D.B.A./J.D. preferred) with appropriate coursework and practical experience in the relevant field.

    Application Information

    SMEs work closely with our Dean’s office and a member of our course design team who facilitates the timely course development, ensuring content meets expectations. The SME designs the course, aligned to SEMSI’s mission and outcomes, for later delivery via asynchronous online instruction by instructors that might be the SME or might be other instructors.  As a result, this contract for the SME is independent of any potential teaching of the course, although, the SME would be encouraged to apply to teach the course if interested.

    Application Submission Requirements: Please send letter of interest and resume or CV to semsihiringataju.edu.

  • Jewish Experiential Education & Sustainability Manager

    Job Summary

    The American Jewish University (AJU) embraces learners of all ages and uses its convening power to meet the needs of the entire community. The Brandeis-Bardin Campus (BBC), located in Simi Valley, is the AJU’s 2,800-acre retreat center. The BBC is the year-round home to hundreds of organizational retreats and life cycle events, and the summer home of the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI) and Camp Alonim. Choosing a career with AJU and the BBC means joining an institution during a time of a new vision, ready to identify and explore new territories in Jewish education. With a vibrant mission and values, great benefits, and strong community involvement, AJU is an ideal team to join.

    The Jewish Experiential Education & Sustainability Manager is responsible for year-round Jewish experiential and nature programming on our Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

    The BBC seeks a creative self-starter who can manage current programs, as well as join a team excited about nurturing a vision for the future. We are looking for a hard-working, creative, Jewishly knowledgeable teammate, who is ready to jump into a busy schedule, curate existing programs, dream about new possibilities, and mentor future outdoor educators.

    Duties and Responsibilities 

    • Experiential Programming - With the educational team, develop a wide range of outdoor Jewish experiential programming utilizing the land and philosophy of the Brandeis-Bardin Campus. Train staff to lead these educational programs and supervise/oversee their implementation. Other activities and programs might include hiking, Sundays in the Park festival, outdoor cooking, survival skills, etc.
    • JENE Fellowship - Recruit, train and supervise the JENE fellowship program, a semester-long outdoor education training course. Recruit fellows for both Fall and Spring semesters, design and deliver the fellowship curriculum, train fellows in daily tasks and educational programming, and manage all aspects of the fellowship.
    • Sustainability - Develop a vision for a more sustainable campus.
    • STEAM Lab/ Animal area - Develop curriculum for our STEAM (Science, Teva, Earth, Animals, Mensch) Lab. Support animal care and the staff. Assist with regular repairs and maintenance of all equipment and animal enclosures. Assist with vet runs, as needed.
    • Administrative - Maintain strong communication and regularly meet with department heads and program managers to best ensure the highest quality of programming is being created and delivered to the guests and clients of Brandeis. Manage the Teva budget and purchasing card.
    • Agricultural Responsibilities - Part green thumb, part creative initiative! Maintain and develop agricultural elements at Brandeis, experimenting with new methods of permaculture, vertical gardening, and hydroponics. Agricultural endeavors may also include aquaponics, upraised beds, and composting.
    • Spaces/ Equipment - Maintain all of the areas within the Teva department. In addition to the above, this also includes various program spaces, overnight sites, trails, vehicles, fellowship housing, storage areas, and office spaces.
    • Summer - Support BBC summer programs: (1) Help set up the Camp Alonim/ Gan Alonim Teva program for success by training and coaching their summer staff in advance of the summer program. This may also include prepping overnight spaces as well as developing curriculum for their summer programs. (2) Support the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI) by running one 3-week Avodah project each summer and leading the BCI overnight.

    About You

    Strengths that will make you a good fit for this position are listed below. We are open to applicants with a variety of experiences. We are looking for someone who:

    • Loves working with people of all ages and from all walks of life - children, teens, young adults, families, youth groups, private and public schools, local/national organizations, Road Scholar, etc.
    • Has a solid knowledge of and experience in experiential education.
    • Is passionate about outdoor Jewish education.
    • Gets excited by the process (and the challenge) of creating and developing new programming.
    • Enjoys being part of a thriving team of co-workers and can also work effectively independently.
    • Possesses strong interpersonal skills and collaborates well with others.
    • Has supervisory experience and can recruit, hire, and train a team of part-time staff.
    • Is a “big picture” thinker who enjoys digging deep and thinking outside the box.
    • Has the patience to see long-term projects from beginning to end.

     Qualifications

    • Basic Jewish content knowledge (degree in Education or Judaic Studies preferred)
    • Technologically proficient and basic office skills – phone and email, Microsoft Suite & Teams.
    • Comfort with on-line teaching, including Zoom and other platforms.
    • Acquire/maintain a level 2 Archery Coaching Certification
    • Acquire/maintain a certification in axe-throwing safety.
    • CPR and First Aid certified.
    • WFA or WFR certification preferred.

     Supervisory and Training Responsibilities:

    • Supervise and train two semester-long cohorts of JENE Fellows per year.
    • Supervise and train additional part-time outdoor education staff, as needed, throughout the year to support year-round programs.
    • Although there is no direct supervisory role during the summer for Camp Alonim or BCI, pre-summer training of summer staff will be required.

    Physical Requirements:

    The physical demands listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee in this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities:

    • Typing, writing, reading, hearing, and speaking
    • Standing and walking for several hours, as well as sitting, climbing, and squatting
    • Physical labor, including shoveling and lifting up to 30 pounds
    • Handling of large and small animals

    This position pays $58,000+ and comes with discounted on-campus housing, utilities and internet. This may not be all inclusive and responsibilities may change over time.

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  • Media and Technology Coordinator

    Who We Are: In March of 2020, as the pandemic took hold of our local communities and safer-at-home orders were issued, American Jewish University quickly shifted the delivery of our adult education and community programming to digital formats. Dedicated to providing Jewish learning to our communities, AJU understood the importance of showcasing original content that was not only easily accessible, but also fostered a sense of connection amidst the isolation that many faced.

    The result was B’Yachad Together: Spirited by American Jewish University. This immersive and experiential digital learning platform elevates the voices and captures insights of guest speakers and AJU faculty, while advancing ideas, sparking dialogue, and igniting debate.  

    Nearly a year later, the B’Yachad Together program has grown and matured, extending to all corners of the country and globe. We’re currently accessed in all 50 states, as well as 45 countries, with an ever-expanding footprint in both name and vision. Today, we welcome you to continue this journey with us as we expand our brand, and connection with AJU’s legacy programs in the Whizin Center for Continuing Education and at Arts @ AJU.

    We aim to build community and bring Jewish wisdom to the world in the hopes of helping people better understand themselves, their community, and the world around them. We’re here to inspire everyone.

    Summary:

    The Media & Tech position is a full-time position supporting the Office of Innovation with seamless execution of its digital and learning platforms.

    Duties include uploading all events and classes into various digital portals, posting all events on social media sites, creating zoom events and meetings, providing technical support for Zoom webinars, serving as media sites, creating zoom events and meetings, providing technical support for Zoom webinars, serving as the lead technician on all virtual zoom classes/events and live in-person classes/events, setting up and running of internal production studio, and managing the online presence of the community library. 

    Responsibilities:

    Content Management:

    • Designing and editing attractive images for classes and events. Moderate graphic design skills expected.
    • Entering and managing events in web platform which may include Drupal, WordPress, and/or Eventbrite
    • Managing the digital backend of all programs, events, and classes
    • Onsite pre and post program setup of virtual events
    • Managing class rosters and correspondence with virtual teachers
    • Creating ongoing communication with teachers for best practices

    Technical Support

    • Provide technical support for all webinars/Zoom meets, including customer platform access
    • Collect enrollment data for each of the programs and enter into Teams spreadsheet

    Data Management and Reporting:

    • Update the program spreadsheet, with recording links and enrollment data, on a weekly basis
    • Enter content within the Learning Management System (LMS), designating course content into appropriate membership access points

    Library Digital Management

    • Update library webpages and Facebook as requested
    • Download audio books and maintain audio devices for check-out
    • Access, setup, configure and promote the Sperber Library’s online databases that are also shared with Ostrow Library
    • Maintain an email database of digital patrons
    • Manage the digital library by caring for eReaders, purchasing eBooks, and eBook account management
    • Coordinating book buying with others in the department
    • Process Digital Library Cards

    Recommended Qualifications:

    • Two years’ experience in a related role
    • BA degree in related background
    • MS Office Suite
    • Social Media Platforms
    • WordPress/Drupal or similar familiarity
    • Creative skills, Canva preferred, Photoshop welcome

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  • Senior Director of Campaign and Advancement Operations

    Job Summary

    This position reports to the VP for Advancement and works closely with the Development Committee, Advancement and University leadership and the Board of Directors to ensure a successful Annual Campaign, Comprehensive Campaign and Community Campaign. 

    The Sr. Director of Campaign and Advancement Operations oversees the teams responsible for gift processing and acknowledgement, data services, reporting and metrics.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Advancement Operations

    • Partner with the VP for Advancement to staff the Development Committee and Strategic Visioning Committee. Liaise with committee members and lay leaders between meetings, following up on open actions and providing additional resources as necessary
    • Run staff meetings, monitor campaign reports and donor pipelines, pace, and other campaign metrics
    • Supervise the Database Manager who oversees gift processing, cash collection and basic database hygiene
    • Work closely with consultants who: collect data from systems throughout the University, import into Raiser’s Edge, and create custom reports and lists for users in Advancement and multiple University departments

    Campaigns

    • Work with Development leadership and campaign advisors to develop case statements and supporting materials needed to effectively solicit gifts
    • Work closely with consultants who design and implement a community campaign consisting of direct mail, email, phone, and text solicitation

    Development

    • Work with VP for Advancement to solicit campaign gifts from the Board of Directors, Development/campaign committee members, key University leadership and others
    • Assist the University President, VP of Advancement, and key Board members in arranging meetings with campaign prospects, preparing materials needed for principal donor meetings, making sure the donor is thanked appropriately, receives the materials, or follow-up action promised at the meeting, recording details of the meeting in the database, and ensuring that follow-up actions are noted and completed
    • Work with Board members and available data to identify potential campaign donors and provide recommendations about possible meetings and/or engagement opportunities for Development and University leadership
    • Supervise other Advancement Staff members as assigned
    • Special projects as assigned by the VP for Advancement

    Job Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree required
    • Experience in a Development campaign related capacity and proven track record of campaign operations and/or raising funds from diverse sources, preferably in the non-profit, education and Jewish communities OR
    • Relevant experience in a complex customer centered organization with strong background in systems, metrics and customer relationships
    • Experience in donor or customer cultivation, stewardship and events
    • Good organizational and administrative skills including the ability to multi-task
    • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other donor/customer management software

    Who We Are:

    American Jewish University (AJU) is a thriving center of Jewish resources and talent that serves the Jewish community of the twenty-first century. A portal for Jewish belonging, AJU equips students, faculty, campers, and learners of all ages with the tools to create the ideas, build the structures, and develop the programs to advance Jewish wisdom and elevate Jewish living.

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  • Director of Community Mikveh

    Since 1981, the Community Mikveh at American Jewish University has served as the only pluralistic mikveh serving Southern California. It is a destination for transformation where people utilize one of Judaism’s most ancient spiritual technologies to sanctify the most important transitions in their lives.

    Following the pandemic, the Community Mikveh is entering an exciting growth phase. We are seeking an entrepreneurial, energetic Mikveh Director, who will wake up every morning thinking about how Community Mikveh can serve new and diverse constituencies as a hub for healing, growth, and spiritual experience for the second largest Jewish community in North America.

    In close collaboration with the Associate Director of the Miller Intro to Judaism Program, the Director of the Community Mikveh serves as the manager for all operations related to the day-to-day functioning of the Mikveh, as the primary interface with clients and organizational partners, as the lead ritual guide and mikveh educator for visitors, and as a supervisor/trainer of volunteer and paid mikveh guides.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Mikvah Operations
      1. Supervises the physical mikveh facility, including ensuring regular maintenance and compliance with safety, cleanliness and kashrut standards.
      2. Provides oversight, training, and maintains schedule for other mikveh staff, including paid and volunteer mikveh ritual guides.
      3. Sets procedures and supervises scheduling of mikveh use, including being a warm and welcoming first point of contact for clients.
      4. Establishes and maintains mikveh record keeping systems.
      5. Serves as liaison to Rabbinical Assembly Bet Din, Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din, and other community partners.
      6. Creates communications (email newsletters, social media posts, etc.) for marketing and development purposes.
      7. Ensures accuracy in bookkeeping and basic budget management.
    1. Mikvah Usage
      1. Provides a warm, compassionate, and personal experience rooted in Jewish values to everyone who comes through the mikveh doors.
      2. Serves an enthusiastic and knowledgeable educator about mikveh.
      3. Supervises immersions and creates powerful ritual moments for mikveh users, including sensitively guiding people at moments of great emotional significance.
      4. Partners with Associate Director of Maas to evaluating current mikveh usage and identify ways to expand the Mikveh’s reach and impact on the community.
      5. Other tasks as needed.

    Job Requirements

    1. Highly organized – able to set priorities, manage complex scheduling, and keep track of many clients & partners at the same time.
    2. Weekend & evening working hours on a regular basis.
    3. Loves helping people, but also can work highly independently.
    4. Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.

    Qualifications and Specifications

    1. Knowledgeable, or able to learn, matters of Jewish practice around mikveh functions.
    2. Experience in project/operations management and knowledge of office systems.
    3. Requires basic bookkeeping and computer skills.
    4. Requires exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

    AJU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and make all employment decisions on the basis of merit, qualifications, and our business needs.

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