Job Opportunity Available at MCSJE

Associate Director of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education

Posted November 2022. Review of applications will begin December 12th.

About the Mandel Center

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education is an academic research center, based at Brandeis University, dedicated to advancing the field of Jewish educational scholarship through expansive research on teaching and learning and by convening and catalyzing other scholars and practitioners in the field through important programs, events and conferences. Our work inspires Jewish educators and policy makers to think more critically and act more effectively, in order to make a deep and lasting difference in the lives of learners and the vibrancy of the Jewish community.

The Center is led by a Director, Professor Jon A. Levisohn, and also includes:
  • three additional Brandeis faculty (Jonathan Krasner, Ziva Hassenfeld and Vardit Ringvald);
  • two professors emeriti (Sharon Feiman-Nemser and Joe Reimer);
  • an administrative team currently made up of a full-time associate director and three part-time staff members (a budget manager, an events coordinator, and an administrative coordinator);
  • 12-15 affiliates and leaders of research projects and programs, who are mostly remote;
  • 18 Brandeis undergraduates and MA students who work as office assistants, RAs and fellows;
  • a small cohort of doctoral fellows located at other institutions. 
About the Opportunity

The Associate Director is an essential member of the leadership team for this outward-facing research center serving as the academic equivalent of a COO or Chief of Staff.  
Qualified candidates will have: 

  • managerial and leadership experience;
  • a strong interest in and knowledge of the contemporary Jewish community;
  • an MA in a relevant field;
  • outstanding organizational skills and strategic-thinking abilities;
  • exceptional communication skills including writing and editing;
  • at least 5-7 years of relevant experience. 

The Associate Director is not expected to be an active scholar; an academic background is helpful but not required. However, candidates with an academic background are encouraged to apply. 


Serving on the Center’s leadership team and supporting the director in setting the Center’s research and programmatic agenda, decision-making, and resource development for the Center’s short- and long-term strategic goals.

Overseeing all aspects of the Center's operations, including:

  • Managing the budgeting process including creating the annual budget, ensuring research projects and programs proceed according to timeline and within budget, and reporting on the Center's finances;
  • Supervising the Center’s administrative team, student workers, communication consultant, and social media specialist;
  • Supervising project and program leaders and managing and supporting all aspects of research projects and scholarly initiatives and programs;
  • Serving as liaison to Brandeis University leadership and staff to ensure compliance with University policies and procedures.
Developing and implementing short and long term communication plans and goals for the Center's events, initiatives and scholarly products, as well as to raise visibility and fulfill the Center’s mission including:
  • Production and dissemination of research papers and other scholarly products, annual report and other communications with foundations, newsletters, press releases and other marketing and communications materials;
  • Overseeing content for the Center's website and social media.

The Associate Director reports directly to the Director of the Center. 

The salary range is $80-100,000. Brandeis University provides a full range of benefits, including excellent health insurance and tuition remission for employees and their families.

To apply, please submit a combined pdf with your resume and a cover letter addressed to Jon Levisohn here.

Brandeis University is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with an environment conducive to learning and working and where all people are treated with respect and dignity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, caste, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, including transgender identity, religion, disability, age, genetics, active military or veteran status and any other characteristics protected under applicable federal or Massachusetts law.