Location: Remote/Online/In person meetings, as needed (Must live in Atlanta area. In residence during
the summer at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, GA)
Employment Type: Full Time, Benefits Eligible
Department: Camps & Immersives
Reporting to: Associate Director, URJ Camp Coleman
Salary Range: $50,000-55,000 plus competitive benefits package
The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Camping & Immersives department seeks a passionate community builder to be a full-time Teen Mentor and Program Manager for URJ Camp Coleman/Southeast Region. The Teen Mentor and Program Manager will spearhead the new URJ teen engagement/NFTY strategy in the Southeast region, organize and oversee Camp Jenny, and support Camp Coleman’s summer experience. The Teen Mentor and Program Manager works to create a vibrant, diverse, and powerful youth community where teens from a wide range of backgrounds (including Teens of Color, LGBTQ+ identifying teens, teens with disabilities, and other marginalized identities) can experience wholeness, justice, equity, love and joy in Judaism. This new role bridges the space between camp engagement, community organizing, and youth development by catalyzing a core belief in young people’s individual and collective power, and partnering to create an inclusive, safe, and supportive year-round Reform teen community in the southeast.
The Southeast Teen Mentor and Program Manager reports to the Camp Coleman Associate Director and is responsible for the following:
REGIONAL TEEN ENGAGEMENT / NFTY (33%)
NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement.
Work in collaboration with the Coleman camp team, the URJ Teen Organizing team, and the network of synagogue partners. Be an active member of the North American Regional Mentor team and take part in weekly meetings and trainings.
Develop, train, and mentor teens from a wide range of backgrounds?in grades 6-12, in the Southern Area region (Georgia, South Carolina, Charlotte area, Northern Florida), to support the creation of the youth movement that they envision. Provide one-to-one and group coaching and mentoring for teen leaders (both on and beyond the regional board).
Work with diverse stakeholders (teens, congregational educators and leaders, campers & alumni, etc) to identify needs and opportunities in the Reform Jewish Community of the Southeast. Seek partners to build collaborative events and initiatives to fill those needs. Examples could include: Madrichim training, social justice fellowships, specialty teen weekends, camp unit reunions, Atlanta 678 programming, etc.
Plan and execute events in partnership with teen leaders, congregational professionals, and the Camp Coleman team.
Ensure all teen in-person and virtual experiences operate according to URJ policies/procedures, including Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (REDI) practices and within budget.
Camp Jenny is a year-round project facilitating tutoring and support throughout the year as well as a 4-day long camp experience for children who live in the city.
Mobilize teens, congregational professionals, and alumni to recruit volunteers (teens, adults, medical, and resident advisors) to help run and manage the event. Mentor and support teen volunteers. Support adult volunteers through team meetings, information sharing, and conflict management.
Work with School Liaison to foster a strong relationship with the partner school and seek opportunities for programming and relationship building throughout the year.
Helping synagogues and youth groups raise funds for Camp Jenny.
Supporting annual peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns.
Partnering with Camp Coleman development staff to ensure proper acknowledgement of donations.
Working with teen volunteers to manage Camp Jenny’s social media accounts.
Partnering with Camp Coleman team to email teens, alumni, and donors.
CAMP COLEMAN PROGRAM DIRECTOR (33%)
URJ Camp Coleman serves campers from the Southeast United States from Tennessee and the Carolinas through Georgia and Florida.
Oversee all aspects of camp programming, including but not limited to programming for 7 camper units, evening programs, specialty programs, specific camp trips, and camp-wide specialty days. Manage the usage and ordering of program supplies and AV Set up.
Plan, schedule, and support the daily tefilah experience. Plan and execute Shabbat services and experiences. Ensure proper care and presence of Jewish ritual objects (Torah scrolls, prayer cards, prayer books, etc.).
WHO YOU ARE & KEYS TO SUCCESS (THE MUST-HAVES):
To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas:
Relationship Management. Can develop strong public relationships with teens parents, synagogue professionals, volunteers, and community leaders. Exhibits high “emotional intelligence,” prioritizes relationship building, is a good listener. Proven ability to bridge and build powerful, reciprocal relationships across difference and to help others do the same. Effective oral and written communication skills.
Initiative. Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for worthwhile activities; able to take meaningful calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding but achievable objectives for self and in partnership with youth leadership; sets appropriate personal work objectives, measures own progress; identifies personal gaps in knowledge and skill; undertakes appropriate activities to develop needed skills; and seeks regular feedback on performance.
Reform Judaism. Has a love of the Jewish community and an appreciation of synagogues, NFTY, camps, Justice work, and Israel programs and their ability to transform individuals and communities Familiarity with Reform Judaism and the Reform Jewish community.
REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and executing on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities. Prior experience working across lines of difference including race, gender, sexuality, disability, and other underrepresented backgrounds.
- In-person meetings, as needed.
- Spend approx. 1 weekend per month at camp or supporting an event in the region during the academic year.
- Occasional travel throughout the Southeast
- In residence at URJ Camp Coleman from late May through early August.
Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. We acknowledge that due to racism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, that our communities are not whole until everyone experiences a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, we stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of our communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for our communities to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership. Together, our employees and stakeholders, are creating Reform Judaism of today.
Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We look forward to hearing from you! Please click the link to APPLY ONLINE! Alternatively, please mail your resume and cover letter to: Union for Reform Judaism, Attn: Talent Management, 633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
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