Eshel’s mission is to create community and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews and their families in Orthodox communities. Founded in June of 2010, Eshel provides hope and a future for Orthodox LGBT women, men, and teens. Eshel trains its members to speak out and act as advocates for LGBT Orthodox people and their families; Eshel creates bridges into Orthodox communities to foster understanding and support; through community gatherings Eshel helps LGBT Orthodox people pursue meaningful lives that encompass seemingly disparate identities while also fulfilling Jewish values around family, education, culture, and spirituality.


The New York Program Director will be responsible for implementing Eshel’s mission through programming in the New York area. This person will oversee the operations of the NY office including coordinating programming with other staff, and developing a strategy for building upon the current base of community members, supporters, and stakeholders. This is a new position with opportunity for growth and learning in an emergent organization. The New York Program Director will report to the Executive Director.

  • Create innovative programs in New York to engage and support our LGBTQ members, their families, religious leaders, and allies
  • Oversee current programs in the New York area
  • Utilize resources, including area foundations to support programs
  • Utilize social media to promote programming
  • Manage database of members and resources
  • Build bridges with other organizations and connect community programming when appropriate


  • Passionate about Eshel’s mission with creative ideas about how to make Eshel grow
  • Ability to work independently was well as with a team
  • 4-5 years experience in program development, implementation and management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with a strong facility for social media
  • Efficient and organized, with great attention to detail
  • Self-starter, capable of working effectively with remote supervision
  • Is a fast learner, creative, takes initiative
  • Undergraduate degree desired; advanced degree in related field preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Knowledge of Jewish communal landscape with some experience working in the field
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work in close partnerships
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work with a variety of Eshel’s different populations in different modalities

Schedule: Hours are 20 hours per week. Schedule can be flexible and negotiated but must be approved in advance by supervisor.

Salary commensurate with experience

To apply, email a cover letter, two references and resume to with “New York Program Director” in the subject line.