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Jewish Community Farm

Urban Adamah is an educational farm and community center in Berkeley, California that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition, mindfulness, sustainable agriculture, and social justice to build loving, just, and sustainable communities. We provide training programs, educational workshops, and community celebrations for more than 8,000 visitors annually.

About The Role

The Public Programs Director serves as the lead staff person ideating, managing, and overseeing Public Programs at Urban Adamah. The Public Programs Director supervises a full-time Public Programs Associate and Urban Adamah Residents work-trade hours.


Developing and managing high quality, on-brand, mission aligned programming, engaging and creating meaning for the broader community. This includes planning ~12-15 programs per month. Some of these programs recur on a weekly or monthly basis, while others are stand-alone, one time events.

Public programs encompass a wide range of single and multi-session programs, some of which are developed and offered in collaboration with other community organizations and partners. Programs include but are not limited to:

  • Kabbalat Shabbat services (100-150 participants/program; occurring monthly)
  • Tot Shabbat programs services (20-80 participants/program; occurring monthly)
  • Large Jewish holiday celebrations: Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Tu b’Shvat, Purim, and Passover  (100-400 participants/program)
  • Jewish exploration and learning opportunities  (12-20 participants/program; occurring monthly or quarterly)
  • Quarterly urban farming and sustainable agriculture workshops (20-30 participants/program)
  • Social Action and Justice focused programs (20-60 participants; occurring monthly or quarterly)
  • Mindfulness Programs include partial day and full day mediation programs (20-40 participants; occurring quarterly)
  • Film screenings, musical performances, & singing circles, and similar programs (20-60 participants; occurring monthly or quarterly)
  • A variety of new and innovative programs interweaving Urban Adamah’s four worlds and reflecting community members expressed interests (participant size varies; occurring monthly or quarterly)
  • Trainings


The Public Programs Director is also responsible for personally hosting/staffing some events, including some weekend and evening events. Additionally, the Director coordinates and manages event staff for other programs, including educators, caterers, musicians, caterers, and other program contractors and vendors. The Director oversees and manages all event follow-up, evaluation, and departmental budgeting.


The Director oversees and directly manages all administrative elements of the Public Programs suite of activities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Receiving and evaluating program proposals from individual program providers
  • Developing program partnerships with aligned community organizations
  • Managing all collaboration, coordination, negotiation, pricing, revenue sharing, and contracting with program partners
  • Ensuring program providers are paid in a timely fashion post-program
  • Internal evaluation of program successes and shortcomings to ensure ongoing program development and enhancement
  • Distribution and collection of post-program evaluations to and from program participants
  • Trouble-shooting and and proposing solutions to program shortcomings, whether of a programmatic, management, or administrative nature


The Public Programs Director is in many cases the face of Urban Adamah and plays an important role welcoming and helping participants connect with one another. The Public Programs Director may also be asked to assist with coordinating donor visits and fundraising events.


The Public Programs Director manages Residents’ work-trade hours hosting and supporting public programs, retreats, and site use by outside organizations and individuals. This work is done in close collaboration with the manager of the Residency program, and includes:

  • Managing the work-trade sign-up & tracking system
  • Onboarding residents to the work of the public programs department
  • Training Residents for specific programs with which they are assisting
  • Developing and communicating instructions for each program with which Residents are assisting


About You

You are passionate about Urban Adamah’s mission and have the background and experience to support your team’s work with managerial and administrative excellence. You are able to see the big picture of how programming furthers Urban Adamah’s mission and values, and to develop and maintain the processes required to ensure the seamlessness of that work. You are equally excited about stewarding existing programs, imagining and bringing to life new program offerings, and managing each successfully.

We are open to applicants with varying levels and types of experience, provided that the applicant displays the skills required to successfully execute the job described above. You might be a good fit if you possess/demonstrate the following.


Administrative & Organizational Excellence

You have a proven ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
You thrive in environments where you get to hold the operationalization of your assigned workload
You are highly organized, able to track and execute on multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, and are detail oriented
You successfully manage and maintain multiple channels of communication (text, email, phone, Slack) and independently managing your workflow to keep projects on track
You are very comfortable with Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Slack, and database systems like Salesforce (additional tech savvy is a bonus)

Self-Awareness & Partnership

You take broad responsibility for your work and approach tasks and priorities with a critical mindset.
You take full responsibility for your work and approach it with a problem-solving mindset.
You balance self-confidence and humility, making the most of your strengths, and welcoming feedback.
You demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, valuing the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from different backgrounds.

Communication, Collaboration & Customer Service

You possess strong interpersonal skills, communicating and collaborating well with a range of colleagues and other stakeholders.
You enjoy learning from and with talented colleagues, and are excited to be part of the success of the whole organization. You are a people person and enjoy connecting and building community around you.
You appreciate the powerful impact of providing prompt responses to support inquiries, meeting people’s needs proactively, and treating staff and other community members with respect and care.

Strategy & Problem Solving

You think ahead and can plan for projects or tasks several months in advance.
You enjoy problem solving, seeing it as an opportunity to connect with and support others and the organization.
You are a critical thinker with a high level of analytical/interpretive thinking and problem-solving skills.


You possess enthusiasm for, experience in, and curiosity about Jewish life, culture, values, and community.
You have an appreciation for the natural world and for how deeper connection to it can elevate and bring deeper meaning to our individual and shared lives.
You demonstrate a personal commitment to tikkun olam, fixing the brokenness in our world, and are excited to create opportunities for others to share in that work.


The physical demands listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee in this position. Some accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to succeed in the role:

  • Typing, writing, reading, hearing, and speaking
  • Standing and walking for several hours, as well as sitting, squatting, crawling, climbing, and lifting up to 30 lbs.

Additional Details


This is a full-time, benefited, and exempt position that includes healthcare, holidays, and paid time off. The salary range for this position is $84,000 to $95,000 per year. Comprehensive benefits include:

  • 100% health care coverage for self and 50% coverage of dependents in a Silver Tier Kaiser plan or its equivalent in our carrier’s options
  • 80% coverage of dental insurance for self
  • Paid vacation days beginning at 15 days; 20 days in second year; incremental increase to 25 days
    5 paid sick days per year
  • Up to 20 paid holidays (a mix of both national and Jewish holidays)
  • Tax-free retirement account after 2 years
  • A pre-tax FSA for medical, dependent care, and transit
  • Paid and unpaid parental, medical, and bereavement leave (following 1 year of employment)
  • Paid Jury Duty leave
  • Unpaid time off


This is a full-time, exempt position. General hours of employment are Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  However, the Public Programs Director is responsible for programming that often takes place on evenings and weekends and holidays.  The schedule for this role is variable and dependent on the Jewish calendar as well as the program schedule.  You will work with your supervisor to design a schedule around planning meetings and programs.  This role requires you to work outside of the general hours of employment and, on occasion, more than 40 hours per week to fulfill the duties of the position.


This position is supervised by the Senior Director of Programs & Innovation.

Application Details

We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from diverse backgrounds. This includes Black, Indigenous, Latino, and Asian people, LGBTQ, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. We affirmatively seek to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity.


Cover letter, resume, three professional references with how you know them, and responses to the following short questions. Bullet pointed lists are welcome as responses to the short questions, if preferred by the applicant. (maximum 200 words for each).

  • Please share how you personally relate to Urban Adamah’s mission.
  • Describe a program or program series you would propose for Urban Adamah, including: your intended audience, why you chose the event, what outcomes you would hope to achieve, and what, if any, organizations would invite in as partners and why.
  • Urban Adamah hosts programs for most Jewish holidays. Please pick a Jewish holiday and tell us about the programming you would plan for it at Urban Adamah.
  • How has your personal background and lived experience prepared you to contribute to Urban Adamah’s commitment to cultural responsiveness, and diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Applications will be received and reviewed until March 10, 2023. After this time, we may continue to review applications on a rolling basis. However, encourage candidates to apply before the deadline and/or as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the application or the position, please contact Allegra at allegra@urbanadamah.org.

To apply for this job please visit urbanadamah.pages.ontraport.net.