The mission of Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary is to bring the Jewish community around the world together.
Our vision is to provide the very best in practical, distance learning based rabbinical education. PRS is the only rabbinical school with a distinct focus on helping students launch innovative Jewish projects around the world. By simultaneously incubating future rabbis and future Jewish organizations, we are creating maximum benefit to Jewish life.
Our educators span the religious spectrum and we appreciate the diversity of voices we provide to our students. We are especially seeking those educators who can translate complex subjects and materials into practical, useful skills our students will need.
While we actively recruit rabbis, cantors and Jewish studies professors, we are open to those with nontraditional backgrounds who can show that their educational and work experience translates into higher education.
Senior Digital Support Specialist
Overview/Essential Job Functions
The role of Senior Digital Support Specialist will be focused on providing web, phone and email-based support to our students, administrators and educators. This includes:
• Onboarding: new students and educators to PRS’s learning management system, email and Slack; providing training to students and educators who need help using our online tools, which include Slack and Whereby.com in desktop and app form
• WordPress: updating our WordPress websites with new content and courses sent to you from our educators and administration
• Help Desk: acting as help desk when a potential student has basic program questions that can be answered by a canned response, or when students or educators have technical issues that are more in depth
• Mailchimp: putting together bi-weekly newsletters from content provided
• Administration: ongoing deadline management and reporting of new courses posted to our websites; providing emergency/status updates about systems when needed; providing thoughtful feedback to help us improve processes including documentation of all current processes in Google Docs
Candidate must have experience with (or at least working knowledge of):
- Google Admin (setting up users)
- LearnDash and Paid Memberships Pro knowledge are highly sought after
We encourage those interested in this role to learn how those systems work before applying for this role. Paid training will be provided for the right candidate on our proprietary tools only.
From a personality perspective, we need someone who knows how to lovingly hold hands with people who need technical support without getting frustrated, and the ability to smile over email/phone/video.
While our organization is a leader in Jewish education, no Judaics experience is required. This is not a teaching or rabbinical role and will not evolve into one.
Work Environment/Relationship To Organization
The Senior Digital Support Specialist will work entirely remote, with more than one contact at any given time. Candidate must be self motivated and be able to manage their own time, set and meet deadlines. For that reason, we prefer someone who has experience in this kind of environment.
This is an independent contractor role (no benefits). Compensation is twenty dollars (USD) per hour, with no more than ten hours a week of work during a normal week. More work will be provided around the beginning of each quarter (January, April, July, October), usually up to fifteen hours. There is no work on Friday evenings or Saturdays (Shabbat), US or Jewish holidays. Senior Digital Support Specialist will clock their hours and be paid semi-monthly, approximately the 15th and 30th of the month.
To apply, please send a brief resume highlighting related experience to email@example.com. Candidates will do up to three rounds of interviews including a fifteen minute preliminary interview on phone or Zoom, a skills interview, and a potential third interview if needed by our team.
Asynchronous Course Instructor (Contract)
Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary is seeking Jewish educators for adjunct course development for our rabbinical smicha program. Course materials are presented using self-guided podcast-based units, video, handouts, and outside resources. Courses we seek development of include:
Talmudic and Post-Talmudic Halakhic Literature and Ideas
Modern Jewish (Non-Hebrew) Literature
Prayer in Rabbinic Literature (Advanced or Speciality Course)
History and Thought
Medieval Jewish History
Medieval Jewish Philosophy
Modern Jewish Thought
Jewish Ethics in Social Work and Public Health
Introduction to Ladino
Introduction to Jewish-Muslim Relations
Judaism and Gender (Focus on Judaism and Women, Feminist Theology)
Navigating Israel Issues in the Diaspora
Jewish Denominations and History
Jewish Education Administration
Jewish Children’s Education
Special Needs Jewish Education
Jewish Social Justice
Judaism and Relationships
Each course we purchase from you will include the following:
- A syllabus with student learning outcomes and course expectations
- Video or audio lectures
- Reading lists and supplementary readings
- Quizzes for each unit. This is a mix of true/false, multiple choice (a question with more than one answer) and single answer questions, not essay or other things that need to be graded by a person. Please provide an answer key/rubric for your quizzes
- Assignments for each unit, including papers, audio and video assignments (which are proctored by our director or another rabbi)
Course instructors will not be teaching courses live or required to participate in any other activities at PRS. Course instructors are expected to adhere to all PRS expectations, which are clearly set forth in our employee handbook.
Course instructors report to the Innovation Program Director to provide instructional and curriculum development service (on behalf of the Academic Director).
Persons interested in developing courses for PRS as Course Instructors should send a resume and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put “Asynchronous Course Instructor” in the subject line.