United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the premiere Jewish teen engagement program for the Conservative movement. Through our important work USY empowers Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspire Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences based on the ideology of Conservative Judaism.
The Engagement Associate is a key position for USY’s new preeminent engagement initiative. The Engagement Associate is part of the engagement staff executing and implementing key program components of teen engagement and leadership to enhance USY’s mission and core values. The Engagement Associate is responsible for direct engagement of teens on a local level through new engagement initiatives.
Position Reports to
USY Branch Program Director
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
The duties of this position include, but are not limited, to the following:
Support the inclusive approach to USY and Kadima engagement through new engagement initiatives.
Assist with the implementation of the new peer to peer engagement initiatives.
Participate in overall plan to increase membership numbers and participation.
Build relationships and partnership opportunities with local professionals, Conservative congregations and other Jewish organizations.
Assist and lead multi-chapter and city-wide events.
Promote and recruit for all USY and Kadima programs, including regional programs, national programs, International Convention (IC), USY’s summer programs (USY on Wheels & Pilgrimage) and USY’s gap year program (Nativ).
Participate in communal opportunities that engage local youth directors and/or teens.
Create new initiatives to engage teens in new arenas, including public school settings, Jewish schools, Jewish camps and synagogues.
Attend regional program branch/international programs, as assigned.
Ideal Candidate Key Qualities for Success in this Position:
Experience working with teens
Strong leadership and organization skills
Planning and implementation
Strong oral and written communications skills
Budget planning and tracking
Knowledge of the Jewish tradition; demonstrated commitment to Conservative
Jewish living and/or interest in learning
Minimum – degree from four year college or university
Commitment to personal growth and ongoing education
Preferred Education and Experience
At least 4 years’ experience working in related fields
Degree in relevant field(s) including: Jewish Studies, Education, Social Work
Advanced training in a field that will enhance director’s ability to be a greater
service to youth and youth programs
This position may operate in an office located within proximity to assigned regions. Location may be on-site at a Conservative synagogue, a nearby USCJ office, or at a home office.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) and will require some extended hours due to evening and weekend conventions. Must be available for weekly daytime meetings.
The position supports a geographic area comprised of two or more USY regions. Must be able to travel on regular basis to Regional events. Position includes evening and weekend responsibilities. Travel to the International Convention and occasional travel to USCJ staff meetings.