Due in large part to the growing number of Reform Congregations worldwide, as well as the increased understanding of the number of professionals needed in any one institution in order to best serve the needs of the Jewish community, employment opportunities for all graduates of HUC-JIR are numerous and varied. Graduates serves as clergy, educators, administrators and program directors in congregations of all sizes. Many graduates choose careers as Hillel staff, camp directors or educators in day schools; or in Jewish Community Centers, Federations or other Jewish institutions. Some graduates continue their studies in order to earn a Ph.D. and return to educational institutions in order to educate the next generation of Jewish professionals.
Many graduates join the professional organization, the National Association of Temple Educators, to further their learning and continue to network with colleagues.
The New York School of Education Alumni Association serves many roles. First, it works to support the continuing education of alumni through yearly MARE Praxis Seminar programs (which are also open to current students and are great networking opportunities for both alumni and students), through webinars, updates on the NYSOE Alumni Facebook page, reports from the director and faculty in a regular NYSOE Alumni online Newsletter and through meetings at various education events: NATE conferences; Education Summit at the Biennial; etc. Secondly, alumni are a wonderful resource for prospective students. They often serve as mentors who share their experiences as a student at the school, and as an educational leader in the field. Alumni also assist prospective applicants in the preparation of their application to the education program.