Director of Events and Production


Reports To: Melissa Balaban, CEO
Duration: Full-time (exempt; includes weekends, holidays, and some weekday evenings)

Summary: IKAR is looking for its next production wizard to play a vital role in planning, managing, and executing our events and programs, Shabbat, and holiday services, classes, and other community gatherings. This person creatively solves problems and takes great pride in ushering an event from an idea to its successful finale.  As “central command control” for all IKAR programs and events, this person is organized, efficient, creative, detail-oriented and knows how to balance simultaneous moving pieces with grace and precision, while furthering the IKAR spirit and mission. This position involves planning, high-level coordination among all different aspects of the IKAR community, and collaboration with all departments in the organization.

Responsibilities and Tasks:
– Holistically oversee the entire programs and events calendar, including the High Holy Days, Shabbat and holiday services, special events, adult education, culture series, Tribe young adult programs, co-sponsored events, and other mission-driven programs in partnership with key players and contributors.
– Develop new or modify existing detailed project plans for each program and event in partnership with key players and contributors.
– Oversee and execute logistics for all programs and events, including but not limited to: calendaring, food and supply procurement, vendor management, rentals, staffing, etc.
– Delegate tasks and ensure that all deadlines for action items on project plans for programs and events are met.
– Create and manage program and event budgets and resource allocation.
– Execute a strategic plan for annual programs and learning opportunities in collaboration with the clergy team.
– Evaluate each event, reflecting and analyzing how to improve in the future.
– Supervise Programs Assistant.

Skills and Qualifications Desired:
– Significant event planning and production management experience.
– Strategic thinking and the ability to plan into the future.
– A sense of flexibility and a “can-do”/ solution-oriented attitude.
– Excellent organizational skills.
– Strong and consistent attention to detail.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills.
– Adept with technology and the ability to learn and adopt new systems.
– Ability to multi-task, stay calm, and flexible in the midst of obstacles and changes.
– Ability to work independently and take initiative as well as collaboratively as part of a team.
– Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, purpose-driven and fluid environment.
– Conversational Spanish is a plus.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience with generous benefits package including full health, vision, and dental coverage. Salary range: $60,000-$85,000 (depending on experience).

Equal Opportunity & Diversity: IKAR prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.

How to Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected].

About IKAR: IKAR, an innovative model for Jewish engagement, launched in 2004 in an effort to reclaim the vitality and relevance of Jewish religious practice and reimagine the contours of Jewish community. Recognized nationally for its success in engaging young and disaffected Jews, IKAR is a positive and proactive response to the declining trend in affiliation in the Jewish community. IKAR is dedicated to reanimating Jewish life through imaginative engagement with ritual and spiritual practice and a deep commitment to social justice. Fusing piety and hutzpah, obligation and inspiration, we are harnessing an untapped energy in the Jewish community –attracting and mobilizing Jews who contribute their vast intellectual and creative resources to address real-world concerns effectively and unapologetically. Since its founding, we have witnessed exponential growth from a handful of people to a community of 1,000+ member households – making it one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the country. Hundreds of others – both in Los Angeles and nationally – participate in a wide diversity of IKAR programs and services. In addition to establishing a vital presence in Los Angeles, we have also become a leading model of engaging, authentic, resonant Jewish life that is inspiring change in synagogues and communities around the country.