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Part-Time Children's Programming Coordinator

Congregation Shaare Zedek seeks a creative, experiential educator to oversee, implement, and run programs for children attending jointly-run services with Shaare Zedek and Kehilat Hadar.

Founded in 1837, Congregation Shaare Zedek is the third oldest synagogue in NYC. Currently awaiting the exciting redevelopment of our property at 212 W. 93rd Street, Shaare Zedek began joint operations with Kehilat Hadar in late October 2019, meeting at Schechter Manhattan, 805 Columbus Avenue. For more information, please visit www.sznyc.org.

ABOUT THIS POSITION
The Children’s Programming Coordinator is a part-time, 8-10 hours per week position focusing on Shabbat morning programming, with additional time expected for communal events and holidays. The Coordinator will report to the Shaare Zedek Board of Trustees and will operate with parent collaboration from both the Shaare Zedek and Kehilat Hadar communities. Together, our communities serve about 180 member households, including over 50 children ages 0-12, about half of whom are under age 5.

RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and run weekly Shabbat morning programming for K-4th graders that includes (a) interactive, multisensory activities that incorporate Jewish themes, and (b) brief learning sessions that highlight themes from the parsha; teach a passage of shabbat liturgy or a community tune; or expose them to other traditional Jewish texts, laws, or concepts.
-- We seek to create mission-aligned content that recognizes our joint communities’ traditional, egalitarian Jewish identity.
-- Prayers and tunes taught are expected to help children become familiar with the main service.

- Liaise with another contracted staff leader running monthly programming for children in grades 5-7 (pre-bar/bat mitzvah), to set a regular schedule and help SZ+KH leaders accurately communicate about week-to-week plans for children.

- Play a supportive role to parents who are leading Tot Shabbat for children under age 5. Parents will rotate leadership, though one will be assigned as a point-person to this position.

- Manage and mentor our Israeli shinshin/it, helping them to develop and constructively run programming that leverages the shinshin’s particular talents and interests, including Hebrew language skills. The shinshin program brings high school graduates from Israel to have a gap-year in the United States, placing them in schools, synagogues, and community centers to build connections between American Jews and Israel.

- Develop and run children’s activities outside of Shabbat mornings on select Friday nights, Saturday afternoons, and holidays. We expect to host a few Shabbat dinners during the winter season, a Chanukah party, a Purim seudah, and select Yom Tov morning activities. Responsibilities include organizing babysitting, developing structured activities, hiring outside entertainment if financially feasible, and preparing any additional staff and logistics, including menu planning.

- Develop and run High Holiday services and activities. Additional compensation will be provided for this more time-intensive period.

- Hire, train, and direct substitute leaders who can fill in on weeks when the Coordinator and/or shinshin are not available.

- Work with a team of 4-6 parents representing both communities to request and process feedback on programming, and to plan future activities. We expect that quarterly meetings will be a helpful way to organize parent/staff collaboration.

- With our communications team, publicize family programming within our communities and to the larger Upper West Side community through attractive flyers and e-newsletters, and on each community’s website, group lists, and social media.

- Propose necessary expenses for weekly and holiday programming to assist with modest budgeting.

- Build and cultivate relationships with parents.

QUALIFICATIONS
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in children’s education, formal or informal. Graduate students of Jewish education are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualifications of our ideal candidate include:

- Enthusiasm for working with children!
- Ability to take initiative, developing content with parent input but independent of parent involvement
- Detail-oriented planning skills to create clear, organized schedules and lesson plans
- Solid facility with Hebrew in the context of Jewish prayer and text; modern/conversational Hebrew not required
- Comfort and familiarity with traditional liturgy and openness to learning the community’s tunes
- A track record of planning and implementing successful youth programs in a non-classroom setting
- Personal interest in working directly—and building relationships—with elementary school-aged children
- Proficiency in and love for Jewish life and practice, aligning with the organizations’ joint mission and values.
- Ability to gracefully navigate between and among two communities that are working hard to operate well together
- Ability to work with children from diverse Jewish backgrounds, including those educated in supplementary Hebrew schools and in Jewish day schools
- Availability to work most Shabbat and Yom Tov mornings and occasional Shabbat evenings, with flexible work hours on weekdays. (There is no programming on federal holiday weekends, and portions of the summer will be unscheduled, as well.)

HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should send the following to jobs@sznyc.org with “Children’s Programming Coordinator” in the subject line:
- Brief letter of interest
- Resume
- Sample K-4th grade Shabbat morning lesson plan that fits the parameters explained in this description

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but we strongly encourage candidates to apply by mid-December 2019.

Duration part-time
Benefits
Ad Posted On 2019-12-09
Times this Ad has been viewed 623 times
Ad is posted for 90 days
Categories Part Time Teaching
Focus Education & Schools, Youth
Organization Name Congregation Shaare Zedek
Job Location 805 Columbus Avenue
New York, New York
United States
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Application Instructions
Interested candidates should send the following to jobs@sznyc.org with “Children’s Programming Coordinator” in the subject line: Brief letter of interest, resume, and a sample K-4th grade Shabbat morning lesson plan that fits the parameters explained in this description. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but we strongly encourage candidates to apply by mid-December 2019.
jobs@sznyc.org


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