The Youth Engagement Coordinator is a part-time position to grow and promote positive Jewish experiences for our synagogue youth through year-round programming, including Shabbat and holidays.
An integral part of our educational team, the Youth Engagement Coordinator initiates and plans innovative programming in cooperation with our Director of Congregational Learning, Rabbi, Education Vice President and lay leadership. Our programs build teen community, religious involvement, community service and fun social events that nurture and foster Jewish identity.
Average time commitment is 20-25 hours per month, including evenings and weekends.
1. The Youth Engagement Coordinator will organize, plan, communicate and implement youth events and activities for grades K-12 to include, but not limited to social, recreational, community service, holiday and religious programming that connect participants to their Jewish journey. This includes working with Director of Congregational Learning to develop and execute experiential education and social events.
2. Recruit, retain and grow membership and participation in our youth community.
3. Act as a role model for a Conservative Jewish lifestyle.
4. Conduct a minimum of one event per month.
5. Enforce and follow all policies of Congregation Beth Torah and Conservative religious standards.
6. Communicate regularly with Director of Congregational Learning and Rabbi informally and formally and through attendance at appropriate meetings.
7. The Youth Engagement Coordinator is expected to be an active participant and a visible professional within the synagogue community, such as attending Shabbat and holiday services.
8. Maintain ties and participate in regional, national and international USY events as requested by Director of Congregational Learning or CBT Youth Engagement Committee.
9. Provide content for Congregational Learning Center and Congregation Beth Torah community publications.
10. Maintain expenses within budgetary guidelines.
11. Additional responsibilities as required.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
• Creative, optimistic and passionate about making a difference in the future of Jewish youth as well as demonstrating leadership skills and the ability to serve as a role model and mentor for our youth.
• Experience working with teens, with a strong background in informal Jewish education preferred.
• Jewish background and a positive attitude toward Jewish life including a familiarity with traditional Conservative Judaism and sensitivity to its practices (i.e. Shabbat and Kashrut).
• Ability to work independently and take the initiative to do what is necessary to get the job done, and to work collaboratively as part of a team.
• Self-motivated and energetic with a vision for youth participation, engagement and growth.
• Effective management, communication and inter-personal skills.
• Excellent written and verbal skills
• Technology proficient.
• Creative, digital and print marketing talents a plus.
• Skillful with social media and basic computer applications needed.
• Overall supervision provided by the Director of Congregational Learning and Education Vice President
• Works with other community youth professionals, SWUSY Regional and USY International staff to support programming
• Attends local meetings of youth professionals and conferences