Director: Atlanta USY
USY empowers exceptional Jewish teens to create exceptional Jewish experiences. For 70 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities. USY empowers youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism’s approach to learning, spiritual expression, and social responsibility. Through year round programming and domestic and international travel opportunities, USY inspires in teens a deep sense of pride in and love for their Jewish identity. To learn more, visit www.usy.org.
A key pillar of USY’s growth strategy is narrowing the focus of our staff to concentrate on a single metropolitan area with significant capacity for a vibrant community of Jewish teenagers. The USY City Director is a philanthropy-driven pilot aimed at demonstrating a proof of concept for creating a model of Jewish teen community for USY and all youth serving organizations in the Jewish Community.
The USY City Director will be hired to both develop a city-wide engagement plan powered by USY and recruit teenagers to attend existing regional and international programs, while developing unique USY experiences for that specific metropolitan area. The City Director will work directly with the local congregations to build their teen engagement programs, while establishing the USY brand outside the walls of congregations to expand USY’s reach beyond the traditional USY chapter.
Atlanta, Georgia was selected at the first pilot of this initiative due to the ongoing growth of the Jewish population, the capacity for USY participation to dramatically improve, and the partnership of the local congregations and community organizations.
Duties and Responsibilities
The position reports to the USY Branch Director who supervises staff in the southeastern United States; the position will require some contact with the Senior Director of Teen Engagement in terms of keeping open lines of communication with the funder and future potential funders. The position includes five areas of responsibility:
Grassroots Organizing and Leadership Development for USY in Metropolitan Atlanta: Using a community organized based-model, the City Director will work on a daily basis to maximize touchpoints of Jewish engagement with Jewish teenagers between grades 5-12. This organizing model will pilot a new system of engagement that USY hopes to expand to other communities across North America.
Teen Engagement Capacity Building With Conservative Synagogues: All Conservative synagogues have different teen engagement structures, and the City Director will be responsible for developing an action plan for best serving each based on a needs assessment. The work with congregations will be guided by the principles of USY’s new Teen Advocates and EPIC Teens programs.
Pilot New Teen Engagement Models: USY wants to use this pilot as an opportunity to change what we mean by “engagement” in a USY and Kadima context, empowering teenagers to form micro-communities around their interests and create high-quality experiences to bring together larger groups of Jewish teens to experience Jewish life together through participant-selected projects, whether for Jewish culture programming during lunch or after school, creating a mural for a synagogue’s youth space, or bringing teens together in a virtual space for a Fortnite tournament. The City Director will have the opportunity to experiment with models with the potential to impact the entire organization.
Serve as Member of USY Branch Staff: The City Director will be an official member of the USY Branch Staff in the southeastern United States, and will attending regular staff meetings with key staff and USYers, as well as staff in-person USY and Kadima programs on a regional and international level once the organization deems it safe to return in to in-person programming.
The Teen Engagement Department allows team members the opportunity to develop passion projects that they believe will provide enhanced value for member congregations, and looks forward to helping this person find other opportunities to use their unique talents and skills.
From time to time, the USY City Director will need to interface with the Senior Director of Teen Engagement to make regular reports to foundations and funders.
Supervisory Responsibility: NA
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science required.
Preferred Education and Experience
3 years or more relevant experience
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Significant knowledge of teenagers, teen engagement, and experiential Jewish education. While USY background and knowledge is a plus, it is not required.
Experience in immersive Jewish education, whether as a camp counselor, youth group advisor, Birthright staff member, Hillel engagement position, etc.
Build relationships and partnership opportunities with local professionals, local Conservative congregations and other Jewish organizations
Passion for Judaism, Talmud Torah, social action, Israel, and overall Jewish engagement
Familiarity and comfort with the principles of Conservative Judaism
Work Environment: USY City Director must be based in Atlanta, Georgia
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Some evenings and weekends required, almost all of which are known far in advance
Semi-regular travel required. Travel includes major events such as USY International Convention and branch and regional programs