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Associate Dean for Outreach

Associate Dean for Outreach

Spertus Institute, Chicago

Associate Dean for Outreach

Position Overview
Spertus Institute seeks an Associate Dean for Outreach to grow enrollment, expand reach, and advance the reputation of the organization and its programs. As Spertus carries out its historical mission and pursues the goals it has articulated in an exciting new Strategic Plan, developing relationships with the community is essential. Engaging thought leaders, organizational heads, community leaders, alumni, and individual prospective students is central to the success of all its work. This will be the area of impact for this new position. 

The Associate Dean for Outreach reports directly to the Dean/Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and oversees the Director of Enrollment. 


  • Oversee market assessment and advancement of Spertus programs through careful attention to community needs, trends, strategic outreach, and institutional branding, working in close collaboration with Spertus Institute's professional Marketing and Communications team.

  • Develop and implement a sophisticated recruitment and enrollment plan, and, as part of that work, develop relationships with key leaders and directors at local, regional, national, and international organizations that will serve as consistent pipelines of students for Spertus programs.

  • Work with the Director of Enrollment to cultivate and recruit individual applicants.

  • Oversee the admissions processes, identifying the best applicants and facilitating the application and admissions process, easing students’ transitions into their graduate studies at Spertus Institute.

  • Understand the needs of communities, organizations, and individuals, and develop recommendations for outreach, service, and new program development.

  • Build and oversee a robust and cohesive alumni relations program, leveraging these important relationships that help to advance recruitment, reputation, revenue, and program development. Work with the Development office to create effective alumni campaigns and stewardship programs.

Position Requirements

  • Earned Master's degree in a related field.
  • Five to seven years of experience in relationship management.
  • Knowledge of the national or international Jewish community. 
  • Experience with leadership training or professional education a plus. 

Related Skills or Knowledge

  • Must have strong communication skills, including written, verbal, and public speaking/presentation skills.
  • Must be aware of current trends in the field.
  • Must have proven success in working with diverse constituents.

Language skills: Hebrew a plus.
Travel: As needed to meet with community and organizational leaders, and to select conferences for recruitment and relationship building.


  • Salary Range: $80,000-$100,000
  • Attractive Benefit Package includes vacation and holiday time off, medical and dental insurance, retirement savings, and employee assistance program.

Start Date

  • Early 2020


Submit the following to with the words
Associate Dean for Outreach in the subject line:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume with at least three references


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 principles 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 Strategic Plan, we are building our standing as a leading center for thoughtful and relevant applied Jewish learning, with programs that address current and emerging needs. About to enter our second century as an academic institute with renewed vigor and vision, we are expanding the Spertus team to achieve ambitious academic and global expansion goals.

What is it like to work at Spertus? Here is what our staff has to say.

In our most recent employee survey, 9 out of 10 employees agreed that:

  • Their work contributes to the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals.
  • They have what they need to be successful in their roles.
  • They are comfortable asking for help from others on their team.
  • They have confidence in the leadership of the organization.
  • Spertus demonstrates care and concern for its employees.

If this is what you would like to be saying about your workplace, Spertus just might be the place for you.

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. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training, and social and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.

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