Jewish and Student Life Fellow
Job Details
Gann Academy - Waltham, MA
Part Time


Do you have a passion for enhancing individual and communal Jewish life through formal and informal education? Gann Academy is seeking candidates with a genuine excitement of an infectious passion for Jewish life and education.

Jewish and Student Life Fellows will be involved in all aspects of programming, including but not limited to recruitment of student participants, collaboration with staff and faculty, facilitating student leadership, administrative support for programming such as Shabbatonim, and travel for student programming. In addition, Jewish and Student Life Fellows may work with administrative departments such as Admissions and Enrollment or Development.


Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and learning outcomes for all. All employees participate in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with families, donors, vendors, allies, and others.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Jewish Life: Cultivate and activate student leaders. Envision, plan, and execute holiday celebrations and programs, Shabbatonim, tikkun olam projects, and other Jewish life programs. Attend all Shabbatonim and play an appropriate leadership role.
  • Student Life: Plan with student government, and facilitate weekly all-school Hakhel assemblies. Help plan and participate in various other student life programs throughout the year, including orientation.
  • Events: Attend various Admissions and general school events throughout the year including some events that take place at night or on weekends.
  • Zman Kodesh (Tefillah): Collaborate with Zman Kodesh leader in planning and facilitation of special programming (e.g., Rosh Chodesh) and facilitate a minyan or alternative prayer group.
  • Israel Programming: Support the planning and delivery of elements of senior Israel class trip.
  • Jewish Studies: Attend some Jewish Studies department meetings and observe Jewish Studies classes.
  • Admissions: Work with the admissions team to plan and deliver programming to engage prospective students. After being trained, give tours of the school, and do interviews with prospective students.
  • Administrative: Jewish Life Fellows may be tasked to help with various administrative tasks across all departments.
  • Education: Act as a substitute teacher as necessary.
  • Other: Participate in coaching by senior faculty members and other senior leaders of the school.


  • Experience working with teens, ideally in a Jewish summer camp or youth group environment.
  • A background in Jewish studies and/or good knowledge of Jewish texts and traditions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and well-developed empathy.
  • Ability to work within a pluralistic Jewish setting.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • Self-starter with good organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to prioritize a number of projects, assimilating information with accuracy and consistent attention to detail.
  • Possess excellent computer skills in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. An ability to quickly learn school-specific software programs.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • B.A. Degree is preferred.


  • Must be proficient in English and familiar with Hebrew to carry out work as assigned.


  • None


Physical demands include dexterity for office machine/supply operation including but not limited to computer, telephone, copy machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, reaching for files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.


Gann Academy is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the school to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression), and pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veteran status.


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.