Director of Bobbi & Vic Center for Jewish Living and Learning

Jewish Community Center of Houston | Houston, TX, United States

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Posted Date 1/24/2023
Description
Job Description

ABOUT THE HOUSTON JEWISH COMMUNITY: The Houston Jewish population numbers close to 60,000 and is a strong and close-knit community, very welcoming and hospitable to newcomers.  There are multiple Reform, Conservative and Orthodox congregations in Houston, as well as multiple day schools and several kosher restaurants.  Our J, which just completed a major renovation is located in the neighborhood of Meyerland in Southwest Houston.

JOB VISION: As the Director of the Center for Jewish Living and learning you will serve as a Jewish inspiration and educator for all ages, families and adults; you will bring  leadership, creativity and energy into the planning and facilitating of Jewish life at the J including lectures, classes, holiday programs and other special events.  Key component includes creating meaningful Judiac experiences in our early childhood and summer camp programs.

WHAT YOU WILL DO, IN GENERAL

  1. Utilize his/her own Jewish background to create, implement and oversee a diverse offering of programs to advance the mission of the J. 
  2. Posses the skills and educational background necessary to teach adults and children in a variety of formal and informal educational settings, included but not limited to, Jewish education classes for parents, early childhood education, summer day camp, adult education and other Jewish education programs for the J and in the community. 
  3. Serve as a liaison to other Jewish professionals and their agencies throughout Houston in the area of Jewish programming and Jewish education. 
  4. Lend expertise to the success of other Jewish education initiatives and general initiatives agency-wide. 
  5. Work closely with all departments in the J to serve as the Jewish Educational Resource and to create and implement the staff Jewish education program at the J. 

WHAT YOU WILL DO, SPECIFICALLY

  1. Create meaningful Jewish holiday programming for families.
  2. Partner in teh development of the Judaic curriulum for our Early Childhood School education programs, including staff training and age-appropriate hands-on lessons for children.
  3. Design and implement exciting Jewish curricula for our summer camp programs, which serve more than 1200 campers each summer.
  4. Engage in formal teaching opportunities including:
    1. Design classes for staff-centered Jewish education
    2. Weekly engagement with our early childhood schools
    3. Adult education opportunities include: lectures, seminars, mini-courses and JCC's Melton classes. 
  5. Identify areas of opportunity and growth in Jewish engagement at the J and beyond our walls.
  6. Partner with Jewish Family Engagement coordinator to create family Shabbat and holiday experiences.

 

Qualifications

WHAT YOU’LL BRING TO THE JOB

  • Master’s preferred, ideally in the field of education, Jewish studies, communal service, social work, or a field of similar study.
  • 5+ years’ experience in Jewish communal service, Jewish education, camping, or similar field
  • High energy, personable and social; able to connect and build meaningful relationships with children and adults.
  • Creative outlook on programming and ability to think and plan with the big picture in mind.
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing programs, Judaic or secular, for adults and children.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that generate enthusiasm for initiatives.
  • An engaging personality with a passion for teaching and for Judaism.
  • A clear appreciation for diversity in Jewish life and expression.
  • Proven experience in teaching Judaics to diverse audiences.
  • Strong communication sills, both written and oral.
  • Confidence leading some Jewish rituals including blessings for Shabbat and Havdalah.
  • Strong organizational skills that generate well designed and executed programs and events.
  • Flexibility; a team player with a positive and collaborative outlook.
  • Proficient in social media.

A FEW MORE KEY ELEMENTS

  • Must be able to work as part of a team and be able to work independently to achieve specific programmatic and educational goals.
  • Must be willing to work on several weekends and evenings during the month as necessary to teach or administer departmental programs.
  • Must be enthusiastic about the pluralistic approach of Jewish life at the J.
  • Must be willing to work occasionally on Shabbat and holidays for programs designed in the spirit of those days.
  • Must be willing to travel to off-site facilities.

TO APPLY:            Please send resume and cover letter to Joel Dinkin at [email protected]

Duration
Full Time
Categories
Jewish Studies Director
Organization Type
Community Centers
Benefits
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
Job Location
US

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