Opening for program coordinator

The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (IADS) is a vibrant, diverse, and growing congregation in the center of downtown Detroit with a collective vision of dynamic, meaningful, and accessible Judaism rooted in tradition. The Downtown Synagogue is located in the heart of an energized and rapidly changing city, at a moment of dramatic reinvention for Jewish life in Detroit. It is currently seeking a full-time Program Coordinator to help build out the vision, capacity, and momentum of IADS programs and work with its staff, Board, and community to co-create the future of this historic institution.

This position has responsibility for areas of programming that will cultivate a thriving and inclusive community; address issues of significance to social justice/tikkun olam; address the relevance, importance, meaning, and foundation of the tradition of Judaism; promote the renaissance of Jewish Detroit and the Synagogue’s connection to the City of Detroit

The Program Coordinator will:

  1. Design, manage, promote, implement, and staff a wide range of innovative, energized programming to build out our hub of pluralistic, inclusive Jewish life in Detroit
  2. Act as the IADS liaison, providing coordination, management, and oversight to collaborative programming with other organizations and community partners
  3. Engage and support lay leaders and volunteers in program development and execution
  4. Manage the synagogue’s social media presence and online/print communications and marketing of events

The Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director and works closely alongside the Rabbi and Kitchen Coordinator. This is a full time (40 hr/week), salaried position.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop, project manage, and execute social, Jewish life, and social justice programs
  • Support the Rabbi in developing and executing holiday and Shabbat programming
  • Work closely with the Kitchen Coordinator on planning food and catering for events
  • Collect, analyze, and maintain data on events and attendees
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and survey community members, provide feedback and reports to Board
  • Organize programming and educational/service opportunities and build relationships with our community partners (Eden Gardens Block Club and community garden and Beth El Community Transformation Center) and other Detroit Jewish community and broader community organizations and entities
  • Supervise Repair the World fellows working with the Synagogue
  • Work proactively with Board, Committees, lay leaders, and volunteers to propose, support, and develop new, relevant, and mission-driven programs and projects
  • Increase visibility and marketing through the synagogue’s website, social media presence, newsletter, print, and digital materials, and PR
  • Support the staff and Board in the Synagogue’s fundraising efforts

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Enthusiasm about IADS mission and vision about the City of Detroit
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Optimism, compassion, and genuine love of people
  • Natural collaborator and community builder
  • Curiosity, open-mindedness, and resourcefulness
  • Experience and comfort with working with diverse populations
  • Social media proficiency
  • Data management and analysis experience (in either Excel, Google Sheets, SQL, etc.)
  • Project management experience
  • Strong sense of Jewish values and social justice values
  • Strong prioritization of Jewish life and community
  • Ability to be flexible with work schedule and work setting
  • Ability to multitask and work effectively under pressure
  • Marketing and PR experience a plus
  • Experience in community organizing or event management a plus

If this position speaks to you, please submit a cover letter and resume to

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled