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Leadership Digest Jan 2020



Barnard College

Manhattan School of Music

Jewish Theological Seminary

Union Theological Seminary

Columbia University

Mt. Sinai – St. Luke’s Hospital

International House

The Riverside Church

Other Local Jobs

The Interchurch Center Tenant Organizations
Currently the Interchurch Center is the home of over 70 organizations which represent community development, educational initiatives and inter-cultural and religious exchange.

Bike NY (View all jobs)
Communications & Marketing Director
Event & Volunteer Manager
Youth Instructor (PT)
Bicycle Mechanic/Salesperson (PT)
Online Sales Associate (PT)
Group Ride Leader (PT)
Community Outreach Coordinator (PT)

College and Community Fellowship (View all Jobs)
Job Developer
Within the boundaries of federal, state, local, and agency regulations, the Job Developer will work with adult women of various age ranges who have been previously involved in the justice system to improve their employment outcomes. The Job Developer will conduct comprehensive outreach to employers to create relevant work experience placements that will meet the needs of both the participant and employer.

The Cooke School and Institute
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Assistant Head, Upper School
Curriculum Director, Mathematics
CSE Support – Social Worker, Psychologist
Special Education Assistant Teacher

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  • Program Coordinator
  • Office Manager & HR Administrator
  • Program and Communications Assistant

Latino Justice Center
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Chief Financial Officer

Riverside Park Conservancy
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Manager of Park Operations
Riverside Park Zone Gardener
Riverside Park South Zone Gardener

Rockefeller Brothers Fund(View all jobs)
Accounting Assistant
Conference Services Coordinator, Pocantico Center

Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (View all jobs)
Development Director
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) assists climate and other scientists who, these days, find themselves increasingly under fire for doing their jobs; we’ve grown from a single attorney to a team of five in the last four years. With a great base of supporters in our community and a handful of foundations, CSLDF has been able to expand its reach.

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (View all jobs)
Program Evaluation Associate

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (View all jobs)

Teaching Matters (View all jobs)
Project Lead – K-2 Personalized Learning Centers
Teaching Matters is seeking a part-time (3-4 days a week) consultant to lead the development of a blended professional learning series to: prepare teachers to integrate technology-based personalized content-rich reading instruction (in centers and independent activities) for grades K-2; provide corresponding technology-based personalized learning opportunities for their students.

World Science Festival (View all jobs)
Reporting directly to the World Science Festival Co-Founders, the CEO and the Chairman of the Board, this full-time, multi-faceted Executive Assistant position offers a unique opportunity to work in a fast-moving, non-profit organization that creates high profile, innovative science programming through live, digital, educational, theatrical and media productions.

Senior Marketing Manager, Production
Reporting to the Director, Marketing & Communications, the Senior Marketing Manager, Production collaborates with the creative, media, editorial, education, operations and development team members to understand and assess the needs, as well as to lead in the production of all creative collateral.



Rabbi Naomi Kalish

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Director, Center for Pastoral Education | Jewish Theological Seminary


Rabbi Naomi Kalish is the Harold and Carole Wolfe Director of the Center for Pastoral Education. Prior to coming to JTS, Rabbi Kalish taught clinical pastoral education (CPE) at New York–Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) to students from diverse religious, denominational, national, and cultural backgrounds. Rabbi Kalish has served on the Interprofessional Education Faculty at Columbia University Medical Center, where she has taught a course, Spirituality and Healthcare, to students in diverse healthcare educational programs.

At NYP, Rabbi Kalish served as manager of Pastoral Care and Education for the East Campus and coordinator for the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. She was the vice chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee and the facilitator of the Schwartz Center Rounds. Rabbi Kalish worked previously as the Jewish Chaplain in Palliative Care at Calvary Hospital. She is a past president of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.

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Stephanie J. Rowley

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Provost, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs & Professor of Psychology and Education | Teachers College


In April 2019, Teachers College named Stephanie J. Rowley, a prominent educational psychologist and multidisciplinary research administrator at the University of Michigan (U-M), to serve as its Provost, Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“Stephanie Rowley is an eminent scholar and a consummate institution builder with a record of success in uniting great minds to develop innovative approaches and solutions to society’s pressing challenges,” said Teachers College President Thomas Bailey.

Deborah Frankel

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Head of School. Weekday School | The Riverside Church in the City of New York


Ms. Frankel has more than 25 years of experience in the field; her undergraduate degree is from SUNY Purchase and her master’s degree, in early childhood development and education, is from Hunter College.  She’s been both a classroom teacher and a director; for the last 15 years she’s focused on curriculum development, teacher enrichment, and best practices in early childhood education.

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Director, Admissions | Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Michelle Vakman is the Director of Admissions and oversees all admissions-related operations for the School of Professional Studies.  She has worked in higher education throughout her career, including time spent as a recruitment and marketing planner as well as a boots-on-the-ground recruiter. An avid traveler, she was lucky enough to visit 12 states and ten countries in pursuit of high quality prospective students. She prides herself on reading industry trends and finding new and innovative ways to reach and meet the needs of students.

Michelle holds a Master of Science in higher education administration from Baruch College, a Master of Arts in psychology from Adelphi University, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Brandeis University. Prior to joining SPS, Michelle was Director of Graduate Admissions at New York Institute of Technology and a counseling volunteer at the Long Island Crisis Center.

Sonia Reese

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Community Impact | Columbia University

Sonia Reese Retires as Community Impact Executive Director after 30 years as of January 31, 2020

From its earliest inception as a single service initiative formed in 1981 by Columbia University undergraduates Joe DeGenova and David Joyce, CI is the largest student service organization and a primary interface between the University and our neighboring communities. Ms. Reese has placed student volunteers and workers at the center of an integrated community service network firmly rooted in its neighborhood. CI now figures foremost in Columbia’s long-standing pledge to support education through service. Operating under the dual status as a non-profit organization and an emissary from the University, Ms. Reese has forged partnerships with community leaders and agencies committed to realizing neighborhood sustainability.

As Director, Ms. Reese has steered the organization’s growth, ensuring that CI achieves successful outcomes for community members and creates meaningful leadership opportunities for Columbia University and Barnard College volunteers. Ms. Reese has secured CI’s financial stability, and most recently she inaugurated an endowment campaign with the leadership of CU trustees to ensure the longevity of CI and its service programs.

The CI Board of Directors has launched a search for a successor to Sonia Reese.

Susan Ellingwood

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Executive Director of Public Affairs, Office of Communications and Public Affairs | Columbia University


Susan Ellingwood is the executive director of public affairs. Previously, she spent fifteen years at The New York Times on the Books desk and in Opinion, where she was a founding editor of Room for DebateThe Conversation, and On Campus. Susan has also worked at the Committee to Protect Journalists, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. She holds a BA in Russian and international studies from Dickinson College and did her graduate work at Oxford University. She is the editor of two books (What We Saw and America At War) and a producer of the Times-HBO documentary, Last Letters Home.

Charlene Visconti

Charlene photo 1Union Theological Seminary has named Charlene Visconti as the new Dean of Students. She will begin on January 14. Visconti joins Union from New York University Shanghai where she served as dean of students since 2014.

In her prior role, Visconti was responsible for the overall student life experience and engaged an international community of scholars from diverse backgrounds. She also served previously as the Assistant Dean of Preprofessional Advising at NYU. Visconti holds a J.D. from New York University, a bachelors from Marymount Manhattan College and an R.N. diploma from Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing.

“I am pleased to have someone with her impressive credentials and global experience joining us at a time when we have increasing numbers of international students as part of our already diverse student body,” said President Serene Jones. “Charlene’s commitment to the well-being of students was very apparent to the search committee and me, and I anticipate our students will be served well by her.”

“I’m delighted to be joining the Union community and continuing the work of creating an environment where all students can thrive. And I’m excited to learn from and contribute to this vibrant community,” said Visconti.

Thomas Zarkos

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Tom Zarkos is currently the Registrar at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). He began this exciting role in July 2018. Tom had joined MSM in August 2016 as the Director of Financial Aid. Prior to joining MSM, Tom began his career in higher education administration as a student worker in Continuing Education at his alma mater, Pace University in New York City back in 1988. Upon graduation with his bachelor’s degree he began to work in various leadership roles that would provide him with the expertise that provides MSM students with a superior college experience.

Thomas leads his current staff by cultivating relationships with faculty and students. In addition to maintaining accurate academic records and policies, Thomas oversees making sure students are enrolled in their required courses so that they can successfully graduate. When Tom is not assisting with bringing new musical talent into the world, he finds peace at his lake house in Lake Ariel, PA. Although not a musician, Tom dabbles with his acoustic guitar. He is a huge Cher fan and keeps a Cher doll in his office as a conversation piece. Lastly, Tom can be seen roaming the halls of MSM with a lollipop which has become his signature guilty pleasure.