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Youth Director

About Us:

Congregation Ariel is an Orthodox Synagogue, located in the leafy residential area of Dunwoody, GA. We are approximately 15 miles north of downtown Atlanta and close to several major highways, making us accessible to all parts of the greater metropolitan Atlanta area.

We are an active community, offering a full spectrum of religious services, educational opportunities and social activities, as well as a thriving youth program.

Our campus includes a sanctuary, social hall, daily shul, administrative offices, classrooms, a tevilas keilim mikvah, and a modern, elegant women's mikvah.

Position Summary:

The Youth Director is responsible for the overall management and development of youth programming for Congregation Ariel. The ultimate goal of the Youth Director is to foster among local youth a greater connection to Jewish community, synagogues, and Torah observance. This position is accountable for developing and leading a successful Youth Program comprising diverse activities for various age groups and levels of observance while working closely with volunteers including the synagogue’s VP of Education and Education Committee. The Youth Director is a role model for Jewish values and the promotion of Jewish identity. As Congregation Ariel consists of families with differing levels of observance, it is critical that the Youth Director has a genuine comfort level with, and respect for, all segments of the synagogue’s Jewish community, designing programming to be accessible and meaningful to all audiences regardless of their background, while still maintaining consistency with Orthodox principles. Lastly, the Youth Director should strive to raise the level of professionalism and structure of all programming and administrative tasks to be in line with the standards of a well-established synagogue.

The Youth Director will be accountable for all youth programming at the synagogue, including boys, girls, and the mixed gender, under-6 programming. The Youth Director should ensure there is alignment between all the programming workstreams, so they are tightly integrated, consistent, and seamless. Equal emphasis, both from a programming and budget perspective, should be placed on boys and girls. The Youth Director reports into the Executive Director along with guidance from the VP of Education. Lastly, the Youth Director position will be part-time with the opportunity to become full-time in the future.


Oversee the development and delivery of all Shabbos morning and Holiday programs for youth (infant through 12th grade), with specific emphasis on:
Overseeing all Shabbos Morning Groups, ensuring all programs and levels are given due attention
Overseeing all Pre-Holiday and Holiday Programming, ensuring all programs and levels are given due attention
Developing Shabbos Morning Programming - Boys & Girls K - 12
Developing Pre-Holiday and Holiday Programming - Boys & Girls K - 12
Developing Shabbos Morning Programming (Mixed Gender: 0-2 and 3-5, creating two separate programs)
Developing and delivering Shabbos Afternoon Programming - Boys & Girls
Developing and delivering Motzei Shabbos - Boys & Girls
Establishing formalized expectations of Shabbos morning programming, the highest priority, which will be communicated to the Synagogue.
Develop and deliver interim virtual programming due to the COVID-19 impact
Develop and deliver Family, Teen, and Tween Youth Meals
Develop and introduce 2 new programs per year based upon the feedback of the annual survey
Recruit and train youth leaders to support the Shabbos morning and Holiday programs, developing a structured training program, which includes fulfillment of requirements and a certificate of completion. The youth leader positions will be paid and should be treated with the same level of professionalism and responsibility as any other professional job.
Develop an annual calendar of programming, containing name, objectives, audience to be approved by the Board
Propose and manage the Youth Education Expense Budget (Programming and Youth Leader), aligned to the calendar of programming, in coordination with the Executive Director and VP of Education.
Partner with the Board in the strategic planning of the New Building Year 1 goals and measures.
Partner with Professional Staff to ensure there is marketing material available online in hardcopy that describes the various programming offered in order to attract new members.
Develop an annual survey on youth education that provides quantitative and qualitative satisfaction measures across each segment of youth programming as well as conducting a focus group of representative members to provide additional qualitative input.
Develop and track against success measures for the aforementioned vision and responsibilities.

Experience in leading youth groups and programs in a non-profit organization or any equivalent
A genuine comfort level with, and respect for, all segments of the Jewish community
Basic Microsoft Office proficiency (Word, Excel)
Ability to manage a budget
Excellent communication and relationship building skills

Duration part-time
Ad Posted On 2020-08-21
Times this Ad has been viewed 393 times
Ad is posted for 90 days
Categories Youth Advisor
Focus Synagogue, Youth
Organization Name Congregation Ariel
Job Location Congregation Ariel 5237 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
United States
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