Large reform city congregation on the north side of Chicago seeks a personable and organized individual to serve as our Youth Engagement Coordinator (YEC). The Temple Sholom YEC will coordinate informal Jewish educational programming for grades 3-12 and provide our teens with opportunities to act as leaders within a Jewish context. These opportunities include organizing ritual, educational, and social activities for themselves, and participation in congregational events as a group, addressing social justice issues, and assisting the congregation when appropriate. The function of the YEC is to provide an atmosphere and a structure in which our youth can succeed in reaching the goals outlined above. The YEC shall act as a role model, advocate and guide encouraging teens to plan and implement new ideas and helping them bring each to life. They will be inspiring, fun, relatable, passionate about Judaism and the role our youth play in it.
The YEC is responsible for carrying out duties in a manner consistent with the Temple’s mission and strategic plan. Attention given to enhance quality service and programs, increase member involvement/satisfaction, strengthen donor involvement and build organizational strength. The YEC will report to the Director of Lifelong Learning and will meet on a regular basis throughout the year. This is a part-time (25-29 hour) position involving evening and weekend commitments and some travel.
• 2 years of experience working in a school environment
• Bachelor’s degree in education or Jewish Studies preferred
• Communications skills including e-blast software
• Computer skills including Microsoft Suite, Mail Merge skills, Database management, Google docs, ability to learn new programs that are specific to temple management
• Knowledge of Jewish customs and appreciation for Jewish tradition
• Ensure the safe and healthy oversight of youth event participants
• Work with Orr Shalom Youth Board to create a school year plan with a variety of worship, educational, (2-4) social justice and social activities
• Organize, publicize and lead monthly Youth Group events, September-May
• Order food/supplies, make reservations, book transportation, gather materials
• Maintain records of event RSVPs and participation
• Teaching or support role in Sunday school and midweek Hebrew including supervision of teen Madrichim and general classroom support - Sundays 8:30am-2pm, Tuesdays 4-6pm, Wednesdays 6-8:30pm
• Advocate for opportunities at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) including retreats and Camp Spirit Day
• Publicize opportunities to connect with the wider Jewish community
• Perform other related duties as assigned or required; duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed to meet the needs of the Lifelong Learning department.
• Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities.