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Director of Public and Noncredit Programs

Director of Public and Noncredit Programs

Spertus Institute, Chicago

Director of Public and Noncredit Programs

Position Overview
Outstanding, creative, and thoughtful public and professional noncredit-bearing programs are core to Spertus Institute's mission and programming mix. These programs supplement, complement, and enhance the organization's academic offerings. They creatively cut across disciplines, fields, and modes of delivery. From lectures, conferences, and symposia, to film premieres, performances, and exhibitions, Spertus programs are a major attraction in Chicago. Spertus also presents important programs relating to professional development and leadership and on a wide range of contemporary and critical topics.

The Director of Public and Noncredit Programs works closely with colleagues on the faculty and staff to plan, curate, and deliver these important programs. The Director works to expand both audiences and scope and explore ways to deliver programs powerfully in local and distance settings.

The Director of Public and Noncredit Programs reports directly to the Dean/Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and works closely with faculty and administrative, marketing, and facilities staff. 


  • With Dean/CAO lead institutional think tank for public and noncredit programs to plan, develop, and curate overarching themes and individual public and noncredit programs.

  • Implement public and noncredit programs (public programs, arts and culture programs, leadership programs—excluding degree and certificate programs), including all logistics and day-of-event details.

  • Prepare reports, updates, and grant materials as related to the development and performance of public and noncredit programs for internal and external constituents.

  • Develop program goals, metrics of success, and tools for evaluation; use these to evaluate programs.

  • Develop and nurture external program partnerships and community connections. Develop new modes of delivery and facilitate use of institutional resources as part of programming.

Position Requirements

  • Master's degree preferred, in an area relating to Jewish Studies, arts management, and/or leadership.
  • At least five years of experience in program development.
  • Understanding of adult learning theory and best practices.
  • Experience with supervision and program management.
  • Ability to work with diverse external and internal constituents.

Related Skills or Knowledge

  • Background in adult education or Jewish education, and awareness of current trends in the field.
  • Familiarity with adult learning, leadership, and/or arts and culture.
  • Must have strong communication skills, including written, verbal, and public speaking/presentation skills.

Travel: Generally limited to metro Chicago areas for programs and constituent and funder relationship development. Occasional participation in national or international conferences.  


  • Salary Range: $50,000-$65,000
  • 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
Director of Public and Noncredit Programs in the subject line:

  • Cover letter, including a statement of how your work aligns with Spertus Institute
  • 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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