Post a Job

Post a Job

Positions Outside the Pulpit

If you are looking to fill a position in your organization and seek an RA rabbi for that position, you can post your job opening on our job board at no cost. To begin your rabbinic search, create an account. Click that link, or to navigate to the page manually, go to www.rabbinicalassembly.org. At the top of the page, click on “Quick Links” then on the drop-down menu, select “Institutions.” Fill out the registration form with all the appropriate information. This includes creating a login name and password, as well as all of the information for contacts within your organization. Once everything is filled out, click “I Agree, Register.”

You can then login and upload the new position and job description. If you have a Microsoft Word or PDF job description ready, you can upload that, as is. Usually, a job description includes a few paragraphs about the employer, a few about the job description and responsibilities, and a compensation package. We do have a policy, for fairness and gender equity, to only post positions with salaries.

You will click on the left tab “Positions.” Under “Add New Position” you will enter the job title, select the start date and then click “Choose File,” the gray box next to “Document.” You can browse your computer files for your job description. Once you select it, it will show up in gray next to the “Choose File” Button. Make sure you click the blue box “Insert New Pos” and you will have successfully uploaded it.

Once you submit it, the Career Center will review and approve it, and your posting will be visible to all RA members. There is no monthly deadline for filing applications - you may upload your job description 24/7. We will check in with you monthly about the status of your job. Please update us when you wish to take down your job opening if it is filled or you are no longer hiring.

Pulpit Positions

To start your rabbinic search, you need to register on our e-placement online system. Click that link, or to navigate to the page manually, go to www.rabbinicalassembly.org. At the top of the page, click on “Quick Links” then on the drop-down menu, select “Congregations.” If you do not already have an account, click “register” on the left side bar. Fill out the registration form with all the appropriate information. This includes creating a login name and password, as well as all of the information for contacts within your congregation. Once everything is filled out, click “I Agree, Register.”

A congregation needs to be in good standing with the USCJ to be approved. When the RA Career Center approves your registration, you will be emailed a blank “questionnaire” that you will need to fill out. This document allows you to provide ample information about your shul, the surrounding community, and about what you are looking for in a rabbi. Please note, this is a NEW document, created in August 2020. Please be sure to use the most recent version.

Once your account is approved, you can then login and upload the new position, as well as your completed questionnaire about the position and synagogue at your convenience. You will click on the left tab “Positions.” Under “Add New Position” you will select which position, and select the eligibility (AA for assistant rabbi), select the start date and “Assistant”, and then click “Choose File,” the gray box next to “Document.” You can browse your computer files for your questionnaire. Once you select it, it will show up in gray next to the “Choose File” Button. Make sure you click the blue box “Insert New Pos” and you will have successfully uploaded it.

Once you submit it, the Career Center will review and approve it, and your posting will be visible to all RA members. There is no monthly deadline for filing applications - you may upload your questionnaire 24/7. Rabbinic candidates will submit a resume and have the option of submitting a cover letter. All submission of documents is done electronically and will be sent to the person designated as the “main contact” by the congregation. The “prime season” for a search is December through April. In an ideal world, congregations spend 4-6 months preparing their questionnaire and refining their process. They post a position in December or January and typically make an offer to a rabbi before the Passover holiday. However, there is always a “second season” of the process and some congregations don’t conclude their process until May or June.

Congregations seeking a leader for a transition process may seek a one-year interim rabbi instead of long-term leadership. Congregations often seek an interim rabbi after a rabbi of many years retires, when they are coming out of a major conflict, or when they have suffered some kind of traumatic experience. The congregation must complete the regular questionnaire for rabbis. Interim rabbis are engaged for one year and may not apply for the longer-term pulpit position. The interim search season generally begins later than the long-term rabbinic search season, with questionnaires posted in March or April.