Director of Youth Engagement

Congregation Kol Ami | White Plains, NY, United States

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Posted Date 2/25/2024

The Director of Youth Engagement is a full-time, senior staff member. As a member of our team, this person must be a strategic thinker, strong collaborator, and inspirational leader. They will incorporate managerial and administrative responsibilities with direct teaching and relationship building as they shape an engaging youth community at Kol Ami. This position will give our new Director of Youth Engagement a great deal of creative freedom. The Director of Youth Engagement oversees and advises the Youth Group Leadership Board, the “Va’ad”, by supporting our teen leaders in the creation of programming and cultivating leadership, meeting regularly with Va’ad presidents and members, and managing Kehilah (a half-hour program during High School on Wednesday evening). Kol Ami is proud of its history of joyful, meaningful, and community-focused youth engagement. We are eager to welcome a new team member to build on this legacy and help us adapt and grow for the future.

Our Youth Engagement Program will be:

A well-supported, innovative program developed by the Director of Youth Engagement in partnership with clergy, senior staff, lay leaders, and teens to inspire and engage our middle and high school students. Kol Ami is committed to providing our youth with the opportunity, both inside and outside the school setting, to connect, learn, socialize, and grow. Programs will support leadership development, instill in them a strong Jewish identity, and build meaningful, life-long friendships and community.

Our Director of Youth Engagement will be:

A dynamic, dedicated role model and teacher. The Director of Youth Engagement will create engaging, experiential programming for and oversee all the activities of our Junior Youth Group (Grades 5-8) and Senior Youth Group (Grades 9-12). They will also be a regular teacher in our Religious School and an important mentor for our youth.

A bright, motivated, and talented professional who is inspired to work with youth. The Director of Youth Engagement will take initiative to bring new ideas, programs, and opportunities to our youth at Kol Ami. They will develop, execute, and promote diverse, innovative youth programming, including both informal and formal educational opportunities. They will also organize, recruit for, and lead a variety of travel programs and retreats for our youth, including by way of example:

  • Confirmation Retreat for 10th graders with rabbi
  • L’taken Seminar with the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Bi-annual Israel trip during winter break
  • Bi-annual Tikkun Olam trips
  • Annual Family Retreat

A collaborative leader and relationship builder. The Director of Youth Engagement will recruit new students into our youth programs, build strong relationships with currently engaged students and parents, and create a bridge between our school and youth programs, including by way of example:

  • Organize programming to cultivate social justice awareness and leadership skills
  • Maintain regular communications with families
  • Empower the Va’ad to create programing for Kehilah on Wednesday nights
  • Lead bi-weekly meetings for the Va’ad
  • Apply for and manage youth-related grants

The Ideal candidate:

  • Has a background in education and/or Judaic studies and experience working with youth, preferably in a Jewish setting
  • Has strong leadership and organizational skills with a proven ability to set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and plan and execute multiple, diverse programs
  • Has excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and relationship-building skills, with a focus on experience with youth and families
  • Brings new ideas and can lead projects and programs and work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Is familiar with the Hebrew language and Reform Jewish liturgy and embraces a progressive Jewish environment
  • Has a strong background in, knowledge for, and love of Judaism and Jewish community
  • Is passionate, disciplined, responsible, achievement-oriented, engaging, and fun loving!
  • Has a working knowledge of basic computer programs and extensive experience with social media
  • Is a strong communicator with an ability to create outreach materials, write updates for our quarterly congregational magazine, and share professional updates with parents and lay leaders.

This is an exciting and challenging position that brings with it tremendous opportunity. Here, you will be supported in your growth and development as you bring a commitment to learning, creating, and partnering in the sacred task of building and sustaining Jewish community.  We are looking for a Director of Youth Engagement who will share a love for Judaism with all members of our synagogue community and play a crucial role in shaping the lives of our youth and community.

This is a full-time, year-round position which includes working with teens evenings, weekends, and holidays. The preferred start date is between July 1, 2024 and August 15, 2024.  Salary range is $50-55K, based on experience. Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included, and a 403(b) plan is available. The Director of Youth Engagement reports to and is supervised by the Senior Rabbi, and reports to and is supervised by the Director of the Religious School for all teaching responsibilities. There in an opportunity to be part of the URJ CLASP Fellowship for alumni of URJ Eisner and Crane Lake camps.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume by e-mail with the subject line “Director of Youth Engagement” to [email protected].

Salary50,000.00 - 55,000.00 Annual
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