Full-Time Youth Director
Position: Youth Director
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Start date: Immediately
Operational Supervisor: Youth Department Chair
General Supervisor: Rabbi
Purpose of the Position
- Support and cultivate in the shul’s youth a rich Jewish identity and sense of connection to G-d and community.
- Create points of engagement between the shul and its youth.
- Oversee a safe, fun, engaging, and meaningful youth program.
- Organize and oversee weekly Shabbat and Yom Tov morning youth groups for children in grades pre-K – 4th Grade, being physically present for three out of four Shabbatot, plust the following holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, and Shavuot.
- Initiate, plan, and implement occasional Shabbat programing beyond Shabbat morning youth groups, such as an oneg or seudah shelishit.
- Coordinate with NCSY and Bnei Akiva representatives to bolster Shabbat programing beyond Shabbat morning youth groups.
- Plan one non-Shabbat activity for each age group (early elementary, lower school, upper school, and high school) every month, especially when pertinent for upcoming or ongoing holidays (such as overseeing the annual Sukkah Hop).
- Support and guide the work of youth leaders in the shul by recruiting them for leadership opportunities, mentoring them in their leadership skills, and being a liaison to represent them to the broader congregation.
- Maintain good communication with high school and upper school students directly in order to foster the youth community and encourage participation and leadership.
- Collaborate with the Rabbi and Youth Department Chair in envisioning goals, planning events, and evaluating the strength and direction of the Youth Department.
- Manage the Youth Department budget.
How to ApplyQualifications and Aptitudes
- Demonstrate professionalism, kindness, and respect to people of all ages.
- Reflect appreciation and observance of Torah values and mitzvot.
- Possess a strong base of Jewish knowledge, especially pertaining to the weekly parshah and Jewish holidays.
- Have a minimum of two years of professional experience in informal Jewish educational programming.
- Have strong communication skills, and be able to develop meaningful relationships with children as well as parents.
- Have strong organizational skills.
- Be a strong ethical and religious role model for the shul’s youth.
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