Director of Youth Engagement @ Jacksonville Jewish Center

Director of Youth Engagement

The Director of Youth Engagement for Setzer Youth Education (SYE) at the Galinsky Academy of the Jacksonville Jewish Center (JJC) oversees and administers a wide-range of year-round activities involving the youth and families of our community. They supervise programs through a holistic approach to experiential youth programming, seeking linkages between these elements and the greater Jacksonville Jewish Center community. They will provide leadership and direction to the youth group advisors, chapter presidents and board members, scout troop leaders, and parent volunteers. They are part of the educational team of the Galinsky Academy, and also part of the JJC’s professional team, working in a collaborative environment with the clergy and staff.

The position is a full-time job, albeit one that lends itself to a flexible schedule. It is understood that the Director of Youth Engagement’s presence and participation in evening and weekend events counts toward the regular 40-hour workweek. Evaluation of the success of the Director’s performance will not be based on the extent to which they keep regular office hours during the week, but rather their engagement in all aspects of the mission as outlined in the descriptive bullets listed in the job description.

Core Responsibilities:

- Responsible for youth department logistics: planning, calendar, finances, conventions, communications, publicity, recruitment, etc.
- Hire, train, and supervise the youth group advisors
- Foster leadership in the Center youth
- Maintain contact with current and prospective participants (outreach)
- Create clear communication plan for staying connected with youth families
- Recruit/engage parent volunteers
- Work with volunteer and professional leadership to create and review the mission, vision, and goals of the SYE department
- Youth Merit Scholarship Program: reviewing applications, publicizing requirements, and tracking compliance

Youth Group Engagement:

- Work with youth group chapter board members to develop effective, engaging programs that include educational, religious, social, and cultural components
- Facilitate monthly meetings for each youth group board with an eye towards team building, board member reports, evaluating past programs and discussing upcoming events and programs
- Conduct at least two events per youth group per month
- Enforce all policies & religious standards at each event, including but not limited to: supervision, safety, driving, dress code, kashrut, Shabbat,
- Organize conventions and Shabbatons (as needed) - includes managing logistics, day-to-day operations, discipline, and other duties as needed
- Participate in youth-related travel away from the synagogue including, but not limited to, Kadima/USY trips & conventions. (Youth-related travel may also include the Siyyum Washington Trip and/or the MJGDS Middle School Retreat, if not in conflict with primary responsibilities)
- Serve as primary liaison with JJC scouts - ensuring that scouting events are listed on youth and synagogue calendars, are in compliance with JJC administrative and safety policies, and cross-promoting scouts with youth group members

Youth and Family Education: Collaborate with Second Rabbi on Youth and Family Education Objectives and Programming including, but not limited to:

- Jewish Teen Leadership Initiative (JTLI) for students in grades 8-11: curriculum development and facilitation of JTLI sessions
- Shabbat, Festival, and High Holy Day Youth/Family Programming: organizing, coordinating, and/or leading, working with the Clergy and other volunteers
- Teen Leaders for K-5 Shabbat/Festival Programming: recruitment, training, and mentorship
- Madrikhim (teen volunteers) in the Bernard & Alice Selevan Religious School (BASRS): mentoring teens, helping cultivate leadership skills

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

- A Jewish background and a positive attitude toward Jewish life
- Proven leadership skills and ability to serve as a role model and mentor for youth
- Experience working with youth and teens, with a strong background in informal Jewish education
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Takes initiative to do what is necessary to get the job done
- A familiarity with traditional Conservative Judaism and sensitivity to its practices, including Shabbat and kashrut
- Creative, optimistic, and passionate about making a difference in the future of Jewish youth
- Self-motivated and energetic with a vision for student participation, engagement, and growth
- Effective management and communication skills
- Proficiency in Google Suite and social media platforms

Note: The Jacksonville Jewish Center believes that its youth programming is vital to building social relationships between students from all of the constituent schools of the Galinsky Academy, even as it seeks to utilize the celebration of life cycle events such as bar/bat mitzvah and graduation to create an enhanced sense of belonging to a youth community, as well as that of the synagogue as a whole. Accordingly, the Director of Youth Engagement must operate as an integral member of the larger team of staff and clergy. They will work directly with, and report to, the Second Rabbi, whose own primary portfolio includes oversight of all experiential, informal, and supplementary Jewish education at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. In addition, the Director of Youth Engagement will enjoy a collegial and collaborative partnership with the Senior Rabbi, Hazzan, Head of School for the Day School/Preschool, and the synagogue’s Executive Director. The Youth Commission will continue to serve as a place where key decisions are made regarding policy, budget and strategic planning.

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, medical, leave early for Shabbat
  • Other Benefits: Discounts for school tuition, professional development opportunities
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-10-27
  • Times this job has been viewed: 548 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Education - Other, Programming, Engagement
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools, Synagogue
Job Location
Jacksonville Jewish Center
3662 Crown Point Road
Jacksonville , Florida 32257


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