TEEN TIKKUN OLAM / SOCIAL ACTION COORDINATOR
Part-time (15-20 hours/week)
Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, MD is looking for a young leader to help us build and facilitate a new program for our students (grades 7-12) to learn about and take action on social justice issues in our community.
Under the supervision of the Director of Education, the Teen Tikkun Olam / Social Action Coordinator will work closely with Clergy, the Youth Committee and student leaders to develop meaningful and inspiring programming merging timely societal issues with timeless Jewish values and learning.
Qualified candidates will bring core knowledge and a love for Jewish education, passion and creativity to create dynamic and relevant community engagement experiences, administrative skills to manage program logistics, and maturity to mentor and teach students.
At this unique moment in history, the Teen Tikkun Olam/Social Action Program has the potential to inspire our students - and serve as a springboard for their leadership in the Jewish community for years to come.
• Develop a Regular Cadence of Engagement and Programming Centered on Social Action and Jewish Values: Generate concepts, plan, organize, promote and execute engagement with students (grades 7-12) on relevant social justice issues in our community and Jewish values. This will be a combination of virtual programs, volunteer activities, interaction with outside speakers, social media content and other resources to promote learning and leadership development.
• Serve as an Advocate and Role Model for Youth Leadership in the Jewish Community: Mentor and coach students to plan and implement programs themselves while encouraging leadership skills in our students. This could include facilitating programs or connections with Jewish youth organizations including USY, BBYO, etc.
• Encourage multi-generational connections and learning: When feasible, lead activities to complement and support existing activities led by Har Shalom’s standing Social Action / Tikkun Olam Committee and other synagogue auxiliary groups (Sisterhood and Men’s Club). Plan opportunities for teens’ families or Religious School students (grades K-7) to learn and take action.
• At minimum, qualified candidates have backgrounds in Jewish Studies, Education (formal or informal), or related fields.
• Experience teaching in a religious school/Hebrew school, Jewish camp or other organized Jewish setting.
• Experience in a regularly scheduled or formal community volunteering program, or affiliation with a community-based nonprofit organization
• Experience (as a participant-leader or staff member) in a Jewish youth movement
• Interest in working in collaboration with synagogue staff and clergy to integrate youth programming into the overall life of the synagogue
• Comfortable maintaining a consistent social media presence on multiple platforms, merging relevant social justice and Jewish values content and resources to foster conversation among teens
• Familiarity with and knowledge of synagogue life and Jewish religious practice as interpreted by the Conservative movement
• Desire to be a positive role model, in character, values, and lifestyle for Jewish youth
• Love for the State of Israel and a commitment to its relevance/importance in the identity of Diaspora Jews; willingness to facilitate conversation with students about Israel as a young, vibrant and dynamic Democracy.