Jewish Programming Senior Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Sixth & I is an equal employment opportunity employer. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience with a competitive total benefits package. FLSA status: Exempt



Start Date:



United States


Sixth & I is seeking a Jewish Programming Senior Associate who will play a critical role in the execution of all team programming, including classes, religious services, and holiday celebrations, with direct oversight of Shabbat and Jewish holiday programming. This energetic, collaborative, and hyper-organized person helps to set the vision for the team, corrals wayward rabbis, and supports a creative, can-do attitude among colleagues, volunteers, and event participants.

Job Duties: 

  • Redefining the celebration of Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and spiritual engagement.
  • Collaborating with leadership to identify strategic goals and objectives for the Religious team looking to quarterly, annual, and multi-year goals.
  • All event planning for religious services and holiday programs, including brainstorming, developing and implementing fresh ideas, designing and posting effective event signage, ordering and creatively displaying delicious (and affordable) food and beverages, drafting clear instructions and timelines for staff involved in each event, making sure that participants have thorough information when they arrive and effective follow-up after they leave.
  • Drafting and submitting all staffing needs for upcoming Religious and Social programs.
  • Evaluating, selecting and negotiating contracts with venues and suppliers.
  • Developing and managing individual team and event budgets, striving to maximize value while mitigating risks/costs, and building creative partnerships.
  • Using technology wisely to streamline processes and enhance the event experience, including updating shared documents in the department’s Google drive and windows based server
  • Designing strategies and processes across every phase of the event lifecycle.

What a typical day might look like: 

  • Meeting with the rabbis to plan an upcoming holiday program or justice-based event.
  • Responding to emails on any number of issues, problem-solving, triage.
  • Surfing the web and chatting with colleagues to glean ideas for an upcoming event.
  • Setting up for Shabbat, integrating a few creative new ideas.
  • In consultation with other staff, creating copy for marketing materials, such as our monthly postcard and weekly e-newsletter.
  • Crafting a timeline from vision to execution for an upcoming event.
  • Looking back on a recent event, debrief and updating the procedural for the future.
  • Managing multiple budgets and event details at once.
  • Taking the lead staffing role at Shabbat, serving as the point of contact for all volunteers and part-time event assistants and making sure that everyone feels welcomed.

What you’re great at: 

  • Being organized; you recognize the importance of timelines and checklists.
  • Asking the right questions of colleagues and programming partners to understand their vision of specific programs.
  • Creating a welcoming and compelling environment. You understand that there are many key factors that affect community members before, during and after an event. What happens in the front of the room is only one part of what it takes to make a great program.
  • Problem-solving and troubleshooting, anticipating issues before they arise and solving issues quickly with an ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Working with team-mates who may not be as linear and clear-thinking as you are.
  • Having your finger on the pulse of trends among Washingtonians in their 20s and 30s. We expect you to be a consumer of pop culture.
  • Using your creative skills and ability to delight event attendees and to conceive of event themes and program content. 


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of two years demonstrated experience in an office environment and in event planning.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Meticulousness and superior organization.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Flexibility and a great sense of humor.
  • Ability to work 2 - 3 nights per week and 2 weekend events per month.
  • Passion for creativity and crafting innovative program ideas.

What is Sixth & I?

Sixth & I is a hybrid synagogue and arts and culture center located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. Since 2004, Sixth & I, through its openness and pluralistic approach, has redefined the 21st-century synagogue and community space with impactful, entertaining, and thought-provoking programs spanning Jewish and cultural traditions.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send short cover letter, resume, and one example of an event that you planned (include photos, checklists, publicity materials, room set-up, etc) to No calls please. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to every application but will contact you in the event we would like to schedule an interview.