Founded in 1921 and located in Newton Centre, Mass., Hebrew College promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement and spiritual creativity. Its programs include a rabbinical school, a school of Jewish music, a school of Jewish education, graduate degrees and courses in Jewish studies; community education for adult learners; and a supplemental Hebrew high school and middle school.

Nondiscrimination Policy

At Hebrew College, we work to create an open atmosphere of trust, honesty and respect. Harassment or discrimination of any kind — including that involving race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship, mental or physical disabilities, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other similarly protected status — is unacceptable. This principle applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, transfer, promotion, layoff, recall, termination and other terms and conditions of employment.

The following positions are currently available at Hebrew College:

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Development Officer, Rabbinical School
Assistant/Associate Professor of Jewish Education, Shoolman School
Adjunct Instructor in Hebrew Language

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Reporting to the President of Hebrew College, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement serves as the chief development officer of the College, tasked with leading all fundraising programs and strategy development with the President, board members, key stakeholders, academic deans and staff members. Fundraising is a priority of the College; therefore the Vice President for Institutional Advancement plays a mission-critical role to enhance and expand the College's fundraising capabilities through entrepreneurial tactics and leading by example.

Responsible for the College's fundraising strategy, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement has three top priorities: expanding Hebrew College's annual giving capacity (focusing on a more robust major gifts effort), expanding the College's donor base beyond the Boston metropolitan area, and building a culture of philanthropy within the College, utilizing all of the College's programmatic and academic assets. This Vice President must be able to develop and manage an effective fundraising team so s/he can devote a majority of her/his time to soliciting and stewarding major gifts.

Expanding Hebrew College's donor base to the next generation of donors and leaders in the Greater Boston community and beyond, enhancing the College's profile, and leveraging the growing alumni rosters are also significant priorities.
This Vice President will work closely with the President of the College to identify and solicit major gifts. Partnership with academic deans as well as with the Chair of the Board and the Hebrew College development committee will also be important to the success of all fundraising efforts. The Vice President will also be responsible for the development and management of his/her own portfolio of major donors.

Hebrew College seeks an experienced fundraiser who is a "go-getter" with an entrepreneurial spirit and perspective. S/he must be a skillful staff leader, effective in supervising professionals and working with seasoned lay leaders. As a member of the senior management group of the College, s/he will participate in strategic and policy decisions.


  • Build and grow a fundraising program that draws financial support from various sources to ensure that Hebrew College can rely upon diverse funding streams.
  • Ensure that internal systems are in place for effective donor acquisition and donor stewardship at all levels.
  • Propose, fine-tune and implement current and new development initiatives, campaigns, events and outreach programs that engage and excite the Jewish community of Greater Boston and beyond.
  • Work closely with the President of the College, board members and academic deans on development opportunities, foundation relationships and grant cycles.
  • Serve as a dynamic leader in building and maintaining a focused fundraising culture at Hebrew College.
  • Expand and increase Hebrew College's profile in both the Greater Boston and national Jewish philanthropic circles.
  • Serve as an articulate, highly active and visible spokesperson to the donor community and a variety of key constituencies to enhance recognition and support of Hebrew College.
  • Work closely with the President of the College to ensure that Hebrew College is well-positioned from a public-relations standpoint, so that the College is easily recognized and well-respected by private donors and national philanthropic circles.
  • Provide appropriate oversight and/or facilitate improvements of development systems and procedures; manage expenses associated with Hebrew College fundraising; and accurately report results in compliance with standards set by the College.


  • Minimum 8 years of senior experience in a multifaceted fundraising program in a similarly sized and complex institution.
  • Proven, progressive track record of success, innovation and accomplishments in fundraising with experience in annual, capital and endowment campaigns, major gifts and institutional giving.
  • Proven success in asking for and closing major gifts and in building and maintaining relationships with individual donors and foundations.
  • Demonstrated success as a development executive with the ability to effectively create a fundraising strategic plan and run an annual campaign operation.
  • Ability to work strategically and effectively with lay leaders, board members, staff, academic deans and professionals in the College to fulfill development goals.
  • Political savvy, integrity and discretion; mature judgment in managing relationships with donors and colleagues.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak with a clear voice to convey a clear message to both internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to have a "Jewish conversation" regarding philanthropy and personal involvement.


An attractive and competitive package, commensurate with level of experience, is available.

For more information, please contact Susan Sherr-Seitz, Search Consultant, at 212-983-1600 or hebrewCollege@drgnyc.com

Hebrew College is an equal opportunity employer


Development Officer, Rabbinical School

The Rabbinical School Development Officer designs and implements a multiyear strategic development plan to raise significant annual funds and grow the endowment in support of Hebrew College Rabbinical School's mission and strategic vision. This position reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop a fundraising plan for growth of Rabbinical School annual giving and endowment funds.
  • Lead development of Rabbinical School annual campaign.
  • Develop grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
  • Work directly with the dean and rector of the Rabbinical School; prepare reports detailing progress.
  • Supervise the research, cultivation and development of appropriate solicitation strategies for identified and new major gift prospects, both local and national; engage in and direct personal solicitation of such prospects.
  • Secure support from national philanthropic foundations.
  • Create an expanded fundraising network among Rabbinical School alumni, motivating alumni and their families, friends and congregants to support Hebrew College.
  • Conceptualize, plan and implement varied special events.


  • Experienced development professional with a proven track record in major gift solicitation within the Jewish community and experience working with high-level volunteers and philanthropists.
  • Graduate of a four-year college; advanced degree preferred.
  • Passion for the mission of the Rabbinical School in revitalizing Jewish religious life across denominations.
  • Excellent writing, communication and networking skills.
  • Familiarity with both the Boston-area community and the national Jewish philanthropic landscape a plus.

To apply, please submit a resumé and cover letter via email to sbobbin@hebrewcollege.edu.

Hebrew College is an equal opportunity employer.


Assistant/Associate Professor of Jewish Education

Hebrew College is seeking a full-time assistant/associate professor of Jewish education to join Dean Michael Shire and the faculty of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education in Newton, Mass. We are seeking an excellent scholar/educator who will teach professionals working toward the Master of Jewish Education and lead a collaborative partnership in doctoral studies.

The ideal candidate will have a doctorate in Jewish education or related field, proficiency in Hebrew, evidence of outstanding teaching and an interest in the potential of online teaching. She or he will have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong interest in collegial relationships which are highly valued in the Shoolman School.
The Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, with a full set of academic degrees and graduate certificates in Jewish education at MJEd and doctoral levels, develops leaders and educators for the 21st century through on-campus and distance learning for diverse venues and global settings. The school is committed to the teaching of inclusion in Jewish education through its Center for Inclusive Education. A new paradigm of educating for spiritual growth is a feature of the teaching and learning in the Shoolman School.

The Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, in association with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, provides professional development services for the Boston Jewish community and further afield in the areas of early childhood, special education, community education and informal education. Students in Hebrew College's Rabbinical School and School of Jewish Music have the opportunity to enrich their professional training with a master's degree in Jewish education.

Collaborative programs with the Pardes Institute in Israel (day school Jewish studies teachers) and BBYO (nonprofit management and informal Jewish education) have been successfully extending the reach of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, creating a vibrant global student body and, at the same time, an intimate and spiritually reflective community of learners.  

Under the leadership of Dean Rabbi Michael Shire, Ph.D., the school is developing exciting innovation and transformation of Jewish educational settings while devising new conceptions of teaching and learning cultivating spiritual creativity, inclusion for differentiated learning and the development of digital technology.

Application Procedure:

Please send as email attachments to Dean Michael Shire at mshire@hebrewcollege.edu.

  1. Cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and in the work and ethos of the Shoolman School, in particular the doctoral program.
  2. Full CV listing graduate education, employment, research interests and publications.
  3. Copy of three publications including at least one related to work in the doctoral field.
  4. Names of two academic references, one of whom should be familiar with your doctoral work.
  5. Teaching record including evidence of excellence in teaching in institutions of higher learning including student feedback if available.

Hebrew College is an equal opportunity employer.


Adjunct Instructor in Hebrew Language

Hebrew College is seeking an instructor in Hebrew language who will work with present and future rabbinical students as well as students from other programs at the college. The primary objective of these courses is to equip students for the intensive study of classical Jewish texts and for mastery of Hebrew liturgy. A secondary objective is the achievement of intermediate skills in Modern Hebrew conversation and writing. Active use of the language in speech and writing are also emphasized as modalities for the students' acquisition of mastery of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.


  • A strong background in Hebrew language, including formal grammar (e.g., niqqud)
  • Native or near-native Modern Hebrew fluency
  • Significant prior experience in teaching Hebrew in secondary or post-secondary academic settings
  • Competence in presenting biblical and rabbinic Hebrew
  • Ability to work effectively as part of an educational team
  • Experience working with groups of students of varied ages and diverse aptitudes for language learning.

To apply, please submit a resumé and cover letter via email to sbobbin@hebrewcollege.edu.

Hebrew College is an equal opportunity employer.


Steffi Bobbin
Director, Human Resources