Congregation Netivot Shalom (CNS) seeks a Youth and Family Education Director (YFED) to grow and lead a vibrant and joyful youth and family community within our egalitarian Conservative/Masorti congregation in Berkeley, California.
Some background about our synagogue: Netivot Shalom began in 1989 and grew out of our founding members’ collective commitment to creating an egalitarian spiritual home for Conservative/Masorti Jews in Berkeley, California. We are members who are Jewish and not, Jews-by-choice, interfaith families, multiracial, multicultural, married, single, families and individuals, LGBTQ, straight, old, and young. We explicitly recognize and cherish each other as teachers and students in our highly participatory community.
Our Youth and Family Education Director will offer nurturing and engaging formal and informal learning opportunities, build strong relationships within our community, and help make Netivot Shalom a vibrant spiritual home for families and youth.
- Develop, in consultation with the rabbi and lay leaders, a guiding vision for youth and family education programs at CNS.
- Communicate and promote this vision to multiple stakeholders (Board, congregants, families, prospective congregants, donors, community partners).
- Create, implement, and grow Jewish educational experiences for CNS youth and their families, including Ketzev (our religious school/youth chavurah that meets two afternoons per week), Amitim (our B’nei Mitzvah program), our multifaceted Shabbat morning youth programming, holiday programming, teen programming, and youth groups.
- Create and oversee the budget for youth and family education programs.
- Work collaboratively with the Youth Education Committee, made up of parents and lay leaders.
- Develop, oversee, and evaluate youth and family programs.
- Design engaging curricula for various age groups and programmatic settings.
- Research and order curricular materials necessary for implementing the programs.
- Apply for grants to fund new program ideas.
Staff Supervision and Collaboration:
- Recruit, hire, train, supervise, evaluate and support teachers and staff of youth and family education programs.
- Recruit, manage and support volunteers, including the Youth Education Committee.
- Coordinate professional development and mentoring for teachers.
- Work collaboratively with other synagogue staff (Rabbi, Administrator, Administrative staff, Preschool Director) to develop and implement youth and family education programs.
- Build warm and open relationships with families from diverse backgrounds.
- Create an inviting youth community environment for children and their families through social events and other community-building opportunities.
- Build intergenerational connections between families with children and other members of the community.
- Communicate effectively with families, staff, board, and the wider community, through synagogue newsletters, social media, and internal communications.
- Encourage and facilitate positive relationships between youth and family program stakeholders and the greater Congregation Netivot Shalom community.
- Identify and build partnerships with other youth and family programs in the wider community.
The successful candidate:
You are a creative Jewish educator, passionate about the future of an engaged Jewish community in America. You have:
- A Master’s Degree and a minimum of 3-7 years in Jewish educational programming (preferred)
- Knowledge of synagogue life, Jewish practice and holidays, and familiarity and comfort with sacred texts
- Excellent organizational skills and the ability to take initiative, prioritize and manage time and staff
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- The ability to think strategically and creatively
- Experience managing a budget
- Proficiency in Hebrew (preferred)
- Experience working with boards, parents, volunteers, and lay leaders
- A willingness to work some evenings and occasional Sundays
- A willingness to work on most Shabbat mornings
- A willingness to work on the High Holidays and on most of the other Jewish holidays
- The ability to connect with children and families
- Comfort and joy in a Conservative, egalitarian community
Congregation Netivot Shalom is an equal opportunity employer