Youth Director

Congregation Adat Reyim | Springfield, VA, United States

Posted Date 4/20/2022
Description

Congregation Adat Reyim is a welcoming, inclusive, growing congregation located 15-miles from Washington DC. Our name - which means a “Community of Friends” - values an inclusive approach to Judaism. We are an independent congregation of approximately 250 households that values the richness of Jewish tradition and respects the many ways our diverse community members connect to each other and the Divine.

Position Overview:

The Youth Director is a part-time position of 10 hours/week under the supervision of our Religious Education Director. The goal of this position is to provide a meaningful and positive experience for our Teen Program. The Youth Director will coordinate events throughout the year for the children of our members. Duties will begin on or about August 1, 2022 and continue throughout the school year, to the end of May/beginning of June 2023. There is a possibility to start before Summer 2022 under the right circumstances. The Youth Director will be responsible for all informal programming for children in 8th-12th grade. The Youth Director will be expected to create a programming calendar and communicate effectively with the office staff to coordinate events. In addition, the Youth Director will manage the Madrichim program under the direction of the Religious Education Director. We would like a candidate that will come back to this position every school year, or make a two-year commitment, if possible.

 

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

Communications:

- Manage our monthly teen email update and other email communications/reminders to teens and parents. Communicate with teens on other platforms as needed (text, Remind app, Instagram, phone calls, etc.) under the direction of the Religious Education Director. 

- Keep in constant contact with all teens, parents, and staff members as necessary.

- Create flyers, promote, market and advertise all youth events.

- Communicate with the synagogue office staff to coordinate events when needed.

- Communicate effectively and maintain productive and positive relationships with volunteers, office staff, the Rabbi, parents, the board, and the community.

 

Administrative:

- Maintain a basic database of teens in our program, making sure that information is correct and up-to-date. 

- Assist with registration, attendance, sign-ups for programs, events, service opportunities, and learnings.

- Order and pick up food/supplies for teen programming when needed.

- Responsible for all basic set up and clean up for all Madrichim & Teen Programs

- Assist the religious school and director during Sunday morning classes (9:00-11:30 AM)

 

Programming:

-Create, organize, execute all teen programs (1-2 times per month)

-Supervise/mentor the Madrichim on Sunday mornings during religious school

-Lead 1 leadership session per month for the Madrichim, in collaboration with the Religious Education Director.

-Assist with planning and preparing for Confirmation ceremony/weekend

 

Educational/Experiential:

- Foster relationships between teens of all ages and backgrounds; empower teens to try new things and develop new friendships. 

- Possibility of creating a "youth board," a small group of teens who meet to help guide the teen program, under the direction of the Youth Director and Religious Education Director. 

- Possibility of accompanying teens and chaperones on weekend or multi-day trips.

- If COVID prevents us from being in person, the requirement would be to be present and engaged in Zoom meetings.

 

Hours:

10-12 hours/week. It will vary week to week.

Must be on-site and available on Sundays for religious school (9:00-11:30 AM), teen program events (usually Sunday afternoon/evenings), and a select few Friday evening and Saturday programs throughout the year. All other work can be done remotely or in the office.

Must be available to lead teen programming for High Holidays and other community holiday programs as needed.

Will meet twice a month with the Religious Education Director.

 

Preferred Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills and communications experience.
  • A robust Jewish background (cultural and/or religious), who is passionate and enthusiastic about Judaism and Jewish life. 
  • Have experience with youth and teens aged 12-18. 
  • College graduate preferred, but not required. 
  • Proven reliability and experience navigating change, including pandemic response.
  • Demonstrated ability to create vibrant and invigorating Jewish informal teen programming.
  • Demonstration of respect for, acceptance of, and inclusion of families of diverse backgrounds and experiences – especially Jewish diversity.
  • You must have access to a cell phone, reliable computer and internet access.
  • Experience with Shulcloud, if possible, or ability to learn.

 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Leah Miller, Religious Education Director, at [email protected]

Duration
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Categories
Community Outreach | Engagement | Youth Groups Advisor
Part Time Categories
Hebrew School/Sunday School | Youth Advisor
Organization Type
Education & Schools | Synagogue
Job Location
US

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