Youth Director

Congregation Or Tzion | Scottsdale, AZ, United States

Posted Date 5/01/2022
Description

Congregation Or Tzion  is a vibrant, welcoming community where Jews and their families in Scottsdale, Arizona and beyond gather to worship, learn, serve, and actively engage in the sacred traditions of our shared heritage. We are inspired by Jewish history, the wisdom of our sacred texts, and the tenets of Conservative Judaism. We use these in order to nurture our souls and our connection to God, to educate our children as well as ourselves, to cultivate leadership among all congregants, to celebrate our joys, to comfort those among us who are suffering, and to serve our community, the People and Nation of Israel, and the world beyond our community. We engage in the great traditions of Judaism, respond to the current concerns of our community, and plan for a future of sacred engagement for generations to come.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Congregation Or Tzion seeks a dynamic, compassionate youth director who will guide our informal youth education and programming, from our youngest members through our teenagers. This part time, senior leadership position,  includes managing youth and teen engagement programs in close collaboration with our lay-led Youth Commission alongside our Senior Rabbi, Cantor, Education Director, and Executive Director.

The Youth Director is responsible for creating, arranging and implementing various activities and events for congregational Jewish youth, focussed on grades 3-12. The programming is intended to bring the community youth together in a safe and fun environment consistent with Conservative Jewish values.  Events may include social, educational, community service, leadership, athletic and religious elements. The ideal candidate must have a passion for working with and assisting children, as well as strong leadership skills. A positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job are a must.  

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Youth Group

  • Manage all aspects of age-appropriate youth programming for community youth in grades 3-12
  • Work to support elected youth group leaders to develop meaningful programs to benefit all Or Tzion youth 
  • Coordinate regular Or Tzion Teen Shabbat gatherings and other programs (appx. 2 programs per youth group per month)
  • Coordinate Youth High Holiday programming for all age groups. High Holiday planning will be done in collaboration with the clergy, Education Director, High Holiday Planning Committee, Youth Commission and youth leaders.
  • Promote regional and international USY, BBYO, and other youth conferences and events, attending these events when required 
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with parents, teens, and Youth Commission
  • Create attractive and informative event and programming flyers for publication on social media and both synagogue websites 
  • Work with communication board member(s) to increase social media presence

 

Leadership

  • Be a strong Jewish role model and mentoring presence in our community, providing one-on-one and group guidance and leadership development 
  • Facilitate and mentor teen board members to lead and manage youth lounges and other events as appropriate 
  • Work with Far West USY and Mountain Region BBYO as appropriate for regional events 
  • Organize/run USY board elections 

Outreach 

  • Assess the needs of unaffiliated youth in greater Scottsdale
  • Create programming designed to attract this population through a variety of programs and events, including social, holiday, educational, community service and religious elements
  • Build relationships with Or Tzion families and parents to build an inclusive community for congregational youth

Management/Administration

  • Manage staff support, food, budget, and transportation for youth events as necessary 
  • Collaborate with Or Tzion clergy, staff, lay leadership, youth leaders, and parents, as appropriate
  • Attend all Youth Commission meetings
  • Integrate programming with synagogue calendar, and assist with broader synagogue initiatives and special events
  • Envision long-range plans for youth groups

Requirements

  • Minimum three years’ experience of camp-style programs and youth education
  • Solid understanding of youth/teen development
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with children, teens, adults, staff and colleagues
  • Proficient in resource planning and usage, including department and program budgets
  • Demonstrated experience working with children/teens in an educational and/or recreational setting 
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to follow rules and regulations associated with working with children safely 
  • Knowledge and understanding of Jewish dietary laws and Shabbat and Holiday observance. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Google Office Suite. Familiarity with Shulcloud appreciated.
  • First Aid, CPR Certification or receive within 30 days of employment

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work/Location

This is a part-time position, approximately 20 hours/week on average, including some evening and weekend hours.  All hours are to be worked at Congregation Or Tzion, with the exception of travel for programs, meetings, and outreach. Must be willing to travel out-of-state to regional and international programs.

The job can be expanded into a full-time position with the addition of part-time services as an Engagement Associate in the Phoenix area on behalf of the Far West Region of USY.  Additional information provided on request.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

  • All employment subject to background check
  • Must have authorization to work in the USA
  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Duration
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Organization Type
Synagogue
Benefits
Leave Early for Shabbat | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days
Job Location
US

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