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Employment Opportunities

Members of the Spertus Staff with Kaplan Leadership Fellows

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership Employment

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a nondenominational institution of higher Jewish education, proudly based in Chicago and increasingly serving students around the world. Its offerings include graduate degree programs in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Professional Studies, as well as a range of sophisticated professional and public programming.

Founded in 1924 as Chicago’s College of Jewish Studies, Spertus Institute today offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life.

Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is guided by core principals that inform its operations and programming. Mission and Core Principles >

For Spertus, this is a time of exciting opportunity and growth. Tied to a new Startegic Plan, we are buiding our standing as a leading center for thoughtful and relevant applied Jewish learning, with programs that address current and emerging needs. To achieve these goals, we are expanding our academic and administrative team.

Spertus Institute provides equal opportunity in all employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws.


Vice President for Advancement
As Spertus Institute looks to the next century of its important work, it seeks an experienced fundraiser to serve as Vice President of Advancement. More >

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs
Detailed self-starter with event management experience needed for position key to Spertus Institute's academic and public offerings. More >


At Spertus Institute, we believe that having the right people in the right positions is the most important ingredient to create vibrant organizations that strengthen and sustain communities. That's why it's our pleasure to do everything we can to create a shidduch (Yiddish for "match") between organizations and the leaders who will best serve them.

In that spirit, here you'll find any open positions for our own staff plus career resources and select positions at other organizations.


As a service to Spertus Institute students, alumni, and the community, it is our pleasure to offer a free listing service for positions available at Jewish community organizations and other nonprofit employers.

Posted here are high-level positions geared toward candidates who have completed graduate degrees or graduate level certificate programs. Not a member of this group? You might want to think about this: According to a Pew Research Center study of education level and salary, having "a bachelor's degree continues to pay off but a master's earns even more." In fact, the research found that median earnings for those with professional and doctorate degrees grew 34%.

Learn how Spertus Institute can help you qualify for positions like these

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Photo at left

Members of the Spertus Institute staff with international students visiting for the 2019 Kaplan Global Jewish Leadership Seminar.

Photo by Dogs + Not Dogs Photography.