FEATURED JOB: Senior Manager for Academic and Public Engagement, Center for Jewish History

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Center for Jewish History

Senior Manager for Academic and Public Engagement

Home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of Jewish history and culture held outside Israel, the Center for Jewish History (the Center) illuminates the modern Jewish experience for audiences today and preserves it for future generations. Its five in-house Partner organizations hold over five miles of archival documents, 500,000 volumes, 7.5 million digital assets, and thousands of artworks and artifacts. The Center cultivates scholarship by preserving and providing access to these collections and maintaining a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of research fellows. The Center welcomes approximately 40,000 visitors onsite every year for research in the reading room, exhibits, and an active calendar of events run by the five Partners and the Center. Annually the Center and its five Partners present over 1,000 events, including classes, workshops, conferences, symposia, lectures, book launches, author talks, films, concerts, plays, tours, and more. 

The Center seeks a creative, self-starting, and organized Senior Manager for Academic and Public Engagement to serve as the Center’s primary public scholar and academic voice and to expand the Center’s research fellowship program (approximately 50% of the position) and the Center’s public and academic programming profile (the remaining 50%). This full-time position will jointly report to the CEO and Chief of Archive and Library Services and will oversee the Manager of Public Programs and Volunteers. The salary range for this position is between $60,000 and up to $80,000, based on experience.


  • Envision and implement an engaging programming agenda that draws on Partner collections, exhibitions, and trends in contemporary culture and scholarship and appeals to the Center’s multiple audiences, from esteemed scholars to the general public. This includes working closely with Partner programming staff to support a strong set of programs for the whole community; supervising and attending relevant programs (including weekends and evenings as necessary); managing Virtual Scholar Forums; and researching, identifying and building relationships with potential presenters, institutional collaborators, and performers.
  • Guide and enhance the fellowship program, including the Scholar-in-Residence program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Encourage a sense of community among fellows, serve as primary liaison with fellows, arrange research seminars, facilitate the application and selection process, and maintain connection with past fellows. 
  • Manage related grants and assist development efforts associated with academic and public engagement, including tracking grant requirements and reporting deadlines and contributing to the drafting of proposals, letters and reports.
  • Coordinate the work, communications, and meetings of the Center’s Academic Advisory Council.
  • Prepare budgets and monitor associated expenses. 
  • Maintain statistics on events and fellowships and compile narrative reports when appropriate.
  • Develop outreach strategies and ensure effective promotion of fellowships and programming.
  • Participate in other mission-driven projects as directed.
  • Stay current on professional and academic trends and best practices, participate in professional organizations, and attend relevant conferences and events as appropriate.


  • Strong organizational and management skills; excellent team player; ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and diplomatically with diverse constituencies; experience handling multiple, competing priorities; polished, engaging presentation skills; and strong writing ability.
  • Commitment to the public humanities and the field of Jewish history.
  • PhD strongly preferred, graduate degree required. 
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience preferred. 
  • Strong grasp of academic culture.

Company Benefits:

  • 15-21 federal and religious holidays off each year in addition to generous vacation, sick and personal days.
  • Full health benefits (medical, dental and vision) with minimal employee contributions.
  • Free life insurance and long-term disability coverage.
  • Flexible spending account and commuter benefits.
  • Generous 403b retirement benefits. 

The Center for Jewish History is committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.


Please submit cover letter and resume to Rachel Miller, Chief of Archive and Library Services, at rcmiller@cjh.org. No phone calls, please.

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