The Jewish Agency American Section is searching for an excellent candidate to fill the position of Director of the Shinshinim program in Metro Atlanta.
The Shinshinim Service Year Abroad Program is a partnership between the Atlanta Jewish Federation and the Jewish Agency for Israel (“JAFI”). This program recruits and places well-equipped, trained young Israel engagers in several institutes in the Atlanta Jewish Community. The Shinshin develops personal relationships with the community at large with the intention to serve as role models and informal educators and to instill a profound love and appreciation for Israel. The Shinshinim develop a greater understanding of Jewish life in the Diaspora and their personal connection to the Jewish People.
This role ensures the successful implementation of the program in the local Atlanta schools, synagogues and other organizations across the community. The person is in charge of guiding and supporting the Shinshinim throughout the year and making sure the program reaches its goals. He or She liaises with the Jewish Agency for Israel, local organizations staff, educators, and host families.
Tasks include supervising the Shinshinim including easing the Shinshinim into American culture and facilitating and overseeing all operational components of the Shinshinim program. This person is also responsible for providing them ongoing Jewish education background, and supporting curriculum planning for each one of the organizations.
• Supervise, manage, and foster a team of Shinshinim.
o Expand connections with Atlanta Jewish organizations for programming, recruitment and community-building.
o Ensure cross-collaboration with professionals within with other Federation teams to better leverage resources and talent.
• Strengthen both the individual Shinshinim and the collective of the hub through collaboration on projects and social interactions of the group
General Management and Logistics
• Facilitate and oversee all operational components in the Shinshinim program including professional, emotional, financial, and logistical aspects of the program
• Coordinate all logistics related to working with local organizations, including scheduling weekly work plan, committee and team meetings and events including meeting notifications, arrangements, day of details, pre and post communication.
• Help ease the Shinshinim into American culture and maintain open lines of communication throughout the year.
• Attend meetings, take minutes and review them with lead professional prior to distribution. Initiate follow up as needed.
• Metrics management, including data collection, analysis and visualization.
• Create professional opportunities and resources for the Shinshinim including continuing professional development.
Communication and Engagement
o Communication with both the individual Shinshinim and the collective of the hub, with host families, families in Israel, other hub communities.
o Maintaining relationships and coordinating communities of practice with the host families and partner organizations, including site supervisors, educators and professionals who manage the Shinshinim experiences.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree Bachelor degree, minimum 4-5 years of experience in a non-profit organization or equivalent. Must excellent verbal and written communication abilities, knowledge and ability to use databases, computer spreadsheets, word processing and other basic programs.
Hard working, flexible in time, able to multi-task and must be collaborative. Knowledge of Jewish educational environments and understanding of Israel and Israeli society. Experience working in Jewish schools and/or the Jewish community, both formal or informal is a plus. Must be capable of working with a variety of audiences. Valid work permit required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Intermittent Standing with prolonged periods of sitting at desk or in meetings. Must have stamina needed to attend morning, evening and weekend meetings and events in addition to regular schedule. Must be available for local, national and international travel to attend meetings, functions and other activities. Must provide own transportation and have a valid state of Georgia driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.