Endowed Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Academic Administration, Alumni / Development / Fundraising

The Center for Judaic Studies (CJS) serves the needs of scholars working to preserve centuries of knowledge as well as Colorado’s broader Jewish community. Through academic studies at the undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. levels, we strive to promote cultural understanding through interdisciplinary studies in Jewish languages, philosophy, history, literature, and film. Beyond campus, we engage students and faculty through programming and social action. The Center invites esteemed scholars, religious, and thought leaders, including Holocaust survivors, to share their insight with our students and community. CJS also serves as the home for two historical preservation organizations as part of our deep commitment to preserving Jewish global culture.

Position Summary

The University of Denver seeks a Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society (RMJHS). This endowed directorship requires robust leadership, development, programming, and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrated teaching experience. The Director will hold academic credentials in one or more of the fields significant to the American Jewish experience (e.g., anthropology, history, sociology). This position combines a traditional teaching and research role with that of being a public historian. The ideal candidate will therefore also have a demonstrated track record in one or more of the following areas: community engagement, organizational development/leadership, fundraising.

Essential Functions

  • The Director will be required to teach two cross-listed courses (CJS + another department) related to the American Jewish experience per academic year under the aegis of CAHSS. At least one of these courses will fulfill University “common curriculum” parameters.
  • Housed organizationally within CJS and will report to and collaborate with the CJS director.
  • The Director will serve as a public historian who will work across communities in the Rocky Mountain West. These public historian responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Assisting the Curator of the Beck Archives in procuring collections/materials.
    • RMJHS donor stewardship and fundraising.
    • The creation and implementation of at least three public programs per academic year for RMJHS. The precise nature of these public programs will be managed in collaboration with the CJS director.
  • The new Director is expected to acquire expertise in the Colorado and Western American Jewish experience, including developing familiarity with materials housed in the Beck Collection.
  • Collaborate with the Beck Curator to connect CAHSS research, teaching, and service to Library Special Collections materials and leadership.
  • Actively pursue collection donations for the Beck Archives, as well as fundraising and grant-writing to fund on-going RMJHS programs and activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent ability to work independently, solve problems, provide positive leadership, and demonstrate due discretion and excellent judgment.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited academic institution and possess at least three (3) years of experience teaching in one or more of the fields significant to the American Jewish experience (e.g., anthropology, history, sociology).
  • Demonstrated publication history and a robust future research program related to the American Jewish experience.
  • Three (3) years of experience in communal relations work (e.g., engagement, organizational development/leadership, fundraising).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in the history/culture of the Rocky Mountain or American West.
  • Demonstrated curatorial and/or archival experience.
  • Successful track-record of fundraising and/or grant-writing.
  • Proficiency in two or more languages.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on March 15, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $90,000-100,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter 
3. Writing Sample (5-10 Pages)

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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