Rabbinic and Executive Assistant

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $35,000
Maximum: $45,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States



Mishkan is a post-denominational Jewish spiritual community in Chicago, reinventing and breathing new life into Judaism, connecting people to purpose, community, and inspiration. We meet for soulful musical prayer, learning and holiday celebration in synagogues, homes, event venues and spaces around the city bringing spirit, song and inspiration to places without a Jewish institutional presence. Founded seven years ago, our work now touches the lives of thousands of people in Chicagoland and nationally.


The Rabbinic and Executive Assistant is an integral part of the Mishkan staff in the Chicago office, and the primary liaison, gatekeeper and organizational force behind Mishkan’s Founder/Rabbi and Executive Director, as well as will support both Development and other programmatic areas as applicable. The position reports to the Rabbi for rabbinic support and Executive Director for all other functions.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage the Founder/Rabbi’s calendar; schedule and confirm all internal and external appointments and meetings; prepare Rabbi and materials for all meetings
  • Serve as a warm and welcoming face of the organization and often the first point of contact interfacing with community members, families, donors, foundations, and more with face-to-face, phone and email touchpoints  
  • Manage all individuals, couples and families who are working with Founder/Rabbi on life cycle ceremonies
  • Respond to and generate correspondence for Founder/Rabbi; keep track of required follow-up
  • Arrange and coordinate all details for Rabbi's travel; create an itinerary for each trip
  • Prepare expense reports and reimbursements for Rabbi
  • Provide other assistance to Founder/Rabbi and Executive Director as needed including research and writing
  • Provide support to other Rabbis on staff and Executive Director by managing certain program logistics and assisting with the planning of some programs
  • Manage development tasks including logging checks, generating acknowledgements, doing mail merges, and other tasks
  • Help maintain the donor database; enter touchpoints with constituents; manage duplicate accounts; help to design and pull reports
  • Conduct donor research as needed
  • Augment the work of other Mishkan rabbis and staff, as appropriate, with regard to database and systems-level program design and support
  • Other responsibilities that may arise



The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, motivated, and hard working. In addition, he or she should possess:

  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment while maintaining a keen attention to detail
  • Ability to work within a team as well as demonstrate initiative and a proven ability to work independently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills; ability to efficiently and effectively manage multiple projects at any given point in time
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality
  • Ability to take direction and supervision from multiple people and to tailor work style and needs to the different people you will support
  • Previous development and database experience preferred
  • An understanding of the Jewish communal world and a commitment to positively impacting the future of the Jewish people
  • Ability to work some Shabbatot and Mishkan holiday events (evenings and weekends)
  • An understanding of Mishkan’s unique culture, vision and mission and ability to manifest that while interacting with constituents and through daily work



To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to:

Rachel Cort



Compensation & Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Excellent health insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, sick days and some Jewish holidays)
  • Access to organization’s 401k retirement plan with company matching up to 3% of salary
  • Subsidized gym membership and cell phone data plan
  • Flexible work hours
  • Competitive parental leave policy


Why It’s Great to Work Here:

  • Numerous professional development opportunities
  • Working within a fun, warm and caring community
  • Opportunities to grow professionally as the organization grows

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rachel Cort / exec@mishkanchicago.org