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New Director Position
Hornstein Program

To apply for this position, please submit the following materials at this website. (You will be asked to create an account first if you don't have one.) 

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two writing samples (optional)
  • Course syllabus (optional)

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New Director Search

(open-rank faculty position) 

Brandeis University seeks a visionary Director to lead and develop its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. 

About the Hornstein Program

The Hornstein Program, a unit of the Graduate School of Arts of Sciences, is a master's level dual-degree program combining intensive academics, meaningful fieldwork, and international study seminars to prepare leaders for the 21st-century Jewish community.

At Hornstein, students choose among four track options listed below.

  1. M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership and an M.B.A. in Non-Profit Management
  2. M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership and an M.P.P. (Public Policy)
  3. M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership and an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
  4. M.A. in Jewish Professional Leadership and an Education Master in Jewish Educational Leadership

The MA/MBA and MA/MPP tracks are offered in partnership with The Heller School for Social Policy and Management; the MA/MA is offered in partnership with the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; and the MA/EDM is offered in partnership with the Education Program.

A BA/MA track is also open to third-year undergraduate applicants from Brandeis University. 

Read more about Hornstein's graduate programs>

An endowment earmarked for the Hornstein Program provides generous scholarships to all students; gifts and external fellowships provide additional support. Academically-talented graduate students come to the Hornstein Program from North America, Israel, and around the world.

The Hornstein Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the spring of 2020. At the time of its creation, it was the first program of its kind in the United States, aspiring to provide academic training for individuals who would enter the field of Jewish communal service. The program was founded by Leon Jick z’l, Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Director of the Lown Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies. Its first Director, Bernard Reisman z’l, guided and shaped the program for 25 years. The program now has about 700 alumni placed in positions of leadership and influence around the world. Read more about Hornstein's history>

The Hornstein Program excels at developing professionals who are technically proficient, Jewishly competent, and committed to Jewish continuity, vitality, diversity, and community. The program combines classroom-based learning with an extensive array of experiential components. Hornstein curriculum focuses on critical value-based inquiry into issues and topics critical to the present and future of the Jewish community. Our teaching is based on social scientific, historical, and cultural frameworks. Students also learn about Jewish communities experientially through professional internships in Jewish non-profit organizations, visits to Jewish organizations and their leaders in major North American Jewish communities and through study seminars in Israel and other world Jewish communities. Faculty actively help students to network with a wide range of Jewish professionals and communal leaders.

The Hornstein Program’s faculty hold appointments in various schools and departments at Brandeis University, with expertise in Jewish education, Jewish studies, Israel studies, the social sciences, and management. Their publications, research, thought leadership, and consulting have a wide-ranging and pervasive influence on the Jewish community, both nationally and internationally.

About the Position

The Director will oversee departmental operations, the curricula, and student recruiting. The Director is central in working with Hornstein’s university and community partners. The Director will lead the continued evolution of the program and the development of new educational options, platforms and strategies.  

We seek a leader with the ability to administer a complex professional program. The ideal candidate will possess educational vision and administrative expertise, as well as deep knowledge of Jewish communities and organizations around the world. The candidate must be able to work with diverse groups and bridge the cultures of academic and of professional practice. We welcome applicants from the full spectrum of Jewish communal leadership backgrounds.

The Director will be expected to be both inward-facing, toward Brandeis University, and outward-facing, toward Jewish nonprofit sectors.

Responsibilities include: 

  • providing creative and strategic leadership for the program
  • enhancing the program’s reputation, visibility, and financial resources
  • monitoring relevant developments in the Jewish nonprofit sector and academia
  • teaching one or more required or elective Hornstein courses in any one of the following areas: nonprofit management, organizational behavior, leadership, fundraising, Israel, measurement and evaluation, history of the Jewish community, Jewish texts for Jewish professionals, Jewish summer camp, informal Jewish education, or a new course to be created by the Director
  • coordinating/fostering positive relationships with the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, the Education Program, and other relevant offices, departments, centers, and institutes at Brandeis
  • building relationships with Jewish nonprofit organizations across North America and Israel
  • building and maintaining relationships with alumni
  • coordinating/developing agenda for faculty meetings
  • working closely with current faculty to revise and strengthen the curriculum
  • managing student recruitment
  • supervising student advising and addressing student concerns
  • ensuring that graduating students receive support and guidance in their job searches
  • investigating and implementing new program options
  • actively engaging with and being inclusive of diverse and dynamic individuals and communities
  • developing special events related to the mission of the program

The Director will hold a (non-tenure track) faculty appointment, with rank open depending upon qualifications. This position is subject to budget approval.

Applicants should upload application materials to the "submit" or "apply" link on this page:

Materials include a cover letter outlining the applicants’ qualifications and their curriculum vitae. Applicants are invited to submit two writing samples that provide a window into their intellectual and educational vision and, if they have recent university teaching experience, a representative course syllabus.

Inquiries may be sent to The search committee will begin reviewing applications in mid-September, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

About Brandeis University

Brandeis University, located in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a great employer for all the same reasons it is an outstanding university. Its commitment to inclusion, dedication to lifelong learning and commitment to excellence are just a few of the reasons our workplace culture shines bright.

Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. We seek applicants who represent the rich diversity of the field of Jewish professional leadership, including individuals who are underrepresented in higher education, and who bring expertise to build, engage, and sustain a pluralistic and just community. 

Applicants who require accommodation in the job application process are welcome to contact Human Resources at 781-736-4474 or via email,

For all other inquiries about the position, please contact Claire Purgus in the Hornstein Program office at 781-736-2991 or by email at 

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials at this website. (You will be asked to create an account first if you don't have one.)

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two writing samples (optional)
  • Course syllabus (optional)

Apply now>