Founded in 2009, Yeshivat Maharat is the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as members of the clergy. Maharat’s vision is a world in which Jewish communities are educated, dynamic and relevant, where diverse and impactful leaders inspire Jews to live spiritually engaged lives. Learn more at www.yeshivatmaharat.org.
About the Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Maharat is seeking a relationship-oriented, professional, and innovative Director of Recruitment and Admissions to strategize and oversee recruitment and admissions for Maharat’s Core Semikha, Beit Midrash Program, college and high school programs, and other academic programs. The Director of Recruitment and Admissions builds and maintains a network of relationships with community members, board members, alumnae, and faculty as well as feeder institutions including Hillel, high schools, seminaries, advanced Jewish education programs, and fellowships, to develop a pipeline of qualified applicants to meet enrollment goals. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, this role works in collaboration with the President, Communications Manager, Director of Alumnae and Community Engagement, and the Admissions Committee.
- Manage the admissions process for all academic programs (Core Semikha and Beit Midrash Program)
- Create and maintain relationships with prospective students, offering them opportunities to visit, attend our community programs, or meet individual alumnae/students to answer questions
- Manage admissions schedule, application and interview processes, and Admissions Committee meetings
- Work closely with the admissions committee and faculty to process all ordination applicants in a timely fashion and send out admission letters
- Maintain admissions database to track applications and leads
- Oversee the post admissions process
- Prepare welcome materials for incoming students; remain in contact until they begin the program, then transition follow-up to the Director of Academic Affairs
- Liaise with the Communications Manager to create formal incoming cohort announcement
- Maintain relationships with pre-admitted students and students who defer admission to build connection and maintain their engagement
- Develop and implement recruitment plans
- Build relationships with referral sources, feeder institutions, day schools, midrashot, and others, focused on young adults, second career professionals, or Jewish professionals; maintain database of sources
- Develop an ambassador program on college campuses with on-site recruitment and events; build relationships with Hillel and JLIC staff to identify potential applicants
- Work in partnership with students and alumnae outside the US to build our global recruitment program; build relationships with day schools and youth organizations outside the US
- Attend conferences and events as appropriate to identify and meet prospective students
- Liaise with Director of Tehilla: Ein Hanatziv-Maharat Advanced Semikha to ensure best practices for recruitment and admissions; ensure all Tehilla leads and participants are accounted for in the admissions database
- Manage Pipeline Programs, including the Emerging Scholars Award and Emerging Scholars in Israel, and partner with the Director of External Affairs on the College Gemara Fellowship
- With the communications manager, develop recruitment materials, including targeted emails, social posts and campaigns, videos, and print materials
- Manage admissions and recruitment budget
- Evaluate recruitment data and set recruitment goals annually
- Bachelor’s degree and four years of relevant experience
- A professional, flexible, entrepreneurial and resourceful attitude
- Strong sense of discretion and good judgment and an ability to interact with confidentiality, integrity, and tact
- Ability to occasionally travel to college campuses and conferences to represent Maharat, cultivate leads, and meet with prospective students
- An expert relationship builder with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
- Familiarity with the Modern Orthodox community and rabbinic school landscape
- Ability to prioritize, problem-solve and stay calm in high-pressure situations
- Strong computer skills, including facility with learning new databases and communications systems
- Commitment to the mission, philosophy and values of Maharat
- Existing connections at day schools, Hillels, and other feeder institutions is a plus
- Candidates within commuting distance of Riverdale, NY for in-person or hybrid schedules preferred, but fully remote candidates will also be considered (though occasional travel to New York will be required)
- Requires work on occasional evenings and weekends
- The salary for the position ranges from $70,000-80,000, depending on experience
- Comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b), and generous time off including Jewish and Federal holidays
- Please send an email with the subject “Director of Recruitment and Admissions” including resume and cover letter sharing your interest and experience to Jobs@yeshivatmaharat.org.
- Frequently cited statistics show that women and underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they think they meet 100% of the criteria. If you meet many but not all the criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, we encourage you to apply.
- Yeshivat Maharat is an Equal Opportunity Employer.