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Career and Volunteer Opportunities

Deputy Director | Encyclopedia Intern

Put yourself at the intersection of history, feminism, Judaism, and social change. Be part of a dynamic team at a non-profit working to strengthen women’s voices and impact. The Jewish Women’s Archive is a national organization devoted to collecting and promoting the stories and voices of Jewish women, to ensure a more accurate historical narrative and a more inclusive future. In addition to its website, the world’s largest source of information on Jewish women, JWA offers a wide range of online and public programs that provide education and insight, trains the thought leaders of tomorrow through a teen fellowship, and sparks conversation on its blog, podcast, book club, and on social media.

The Jewish Women’s Archive is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Deputy Director

Reports to: Executive Director

The Deputy Director is a new position designed to oversee JWA’s programs and operations and ensure programmatic excellence and strategic growth. S/he/they will shape and implement organizational strategy in partnership with the Executive Director; oversee the integration of program, development, and communications; and build relationships with partners and donors to expand JWA’s reach and impact. The Deputy Director reports to the Executive Director and supervises senior staff, overseeing organizational effectiveness, culture, and impact.

Primary Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

  • Supervise senior staff including the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Director of Programs and Education, and development staff, ensuring programmatic quality, consistency, and strategic growth
  • Facilitate collaboration and strengthen internal communications, program planning and evaluation processes, and clarity of roles throughout the organization
  • Collaborate with Executive Director to set annual and longer term goals for programmatic and financial growth
  • Create and promote a positive work environment that supports and motivates staff toward professional growth, autonomy, and high performance
  • Lead the processes for annual staff performance review and hiring of new staff

Outreach and Development

  • Identify new partnership opportunities in keeping with strategic goals, and oversee and advise staff in the process of creating new partnerships
  • Represent JWA with local and national stakeholders
  • Work in partnership with Executive Director and Development Specialist to expand and implement revenue generating and fundraising activities towards achieving strategic goals
  • Identify funding prospects, and build and steward relationships
  • Oversee grant management process
  • Work with Board members and manage Board committees

Required Skills and Experience

  • At least 5 years of success in senior leadership positions, including supervision of staff, fundraising, work with board members and major donors, strategic planning, and partnership development and management
  • Excellent organizational management skills, including the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, manage a budget, and serve as a thought-partner and decisive leader
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong editing and writing skills, including grant writing experience
  • Comfort and skill in public speaking, and ability to represent JWA locally and nationally
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community and communal organizations in the U.S.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Jewish Women’s Archive
  • Sensitivity to and awareness of issues related to Judaism, gender, history, and social justice
  • Exceptionally organized, entrepreneurial, and adaptable
  • Passionate, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Willingness to travel


JWA offers a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as a collaborative, creative, and fun work environment. The office is located in Brookline, MA, a vibrant area of shops and restaurants, and is convenient to public transportation. JWA is an equal opportunity employer. 
People of color and LGBTQ people strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to JWA’s job application page. (No phone calls please.)

Encyclopedia Intern

JWA is looking for an intern to work closely with the Editor on revisions and updates to JWA’s Encyclopedia of Jewish Women. The Encyclopedia, which currently includes approximately 2000 biographical and topical entries about Jewish women across time and place, is a rich resource for students, teachers, clergy, and anyone who wants to know more about the experiences of Jewish women past and present. The Encyclopedia Intern will assist with a wide variety of research, editorial, and organizational tasks involved in updating a major online publication.

The ideal candidate will be motivated and enthusiastic and have a strong interest in Jewish Studies, feminism, and/or public history. For academic-year internships, a commitment of at least 5 hours per week for twelve weeks is required. For summer internships, a commitment of at least 10 hours per week for eight weeks is required. This is an unpaid position, but academic credit may be arranged.

Key Responsibilities

  • Updating the format and content of existing Encyclopedia entries.
  • Locating and securing permissions for media (images, audio, video, documentary sources) to be used in Encyclopedia entries.
  • Doing research and other tasks to support an Editorial Board consisting of renowned scholars of Jewish women’s and gender studies.
  • Maintaining organized records of correspondence, permissions, and submission status.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Strong writing skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to meet established deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Keen interest in the history of Jewish women and feminism
  • Background in history, gender studies, or Jewish Studies preferred. Interest in public history a plus.


  • Gain unique insight into the inner workings of a nationally recognized non-profit
  • Gain increased understanding of the editorial process
  • Learn about the rich history of Jewish women
  • Connect to an influential network of professional women and community partners
  • Receive professional advice and guidance from JWA’s talented staff
  • Build marketable professional skills

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please include the following on JWA’s job application page:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter with at least one professional reference
  • 2 samples of (or links to) your writing

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