Director of Youth Education and Engagement

Congregation Kol Tikvah | Parkland, FL, United States

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Posted Date 5/31/2024

Congregation Kol Tikvah (CKT), a reform synagogue in Parkland Florida, is seeking a passionate leader to oversee our youth education and programming with a commitment to fostering engagement of youth and their families.  Parkland is a thriving, energetic, growing community with a large Jewish population, especially popular with families with young children.

The Director of Education and Youth Engagement is the senior staff position tasked with partnering with clergy, lay leadership and staff to revolutionize traditional educational format in a way that maximizes youth engagement through impactful immersive Jewish experiences. The ideal candidate is dynamic, creative, entrepreneurial, and passionate about Jewish learning (both formal and informal education) and willing to pursue alternatives to traditional classroom-only education. The person has comprehensive experience in planning and implementing programs of all kinds. The Director is a talented leader who is a warm and approachable people person, good at building meaningful collaborative relationships.  The Director should have a clear understanding of youth in today’s world and ideas and methods with which to draw them into engagement in our community and Jewish life generally.


*Oversight and vision creation for the youth education and engagement department.

*Reimagine educational programs to better engage students to become invested in their learning and growth.  Create, implement, and grow a collection of thoughtful and comprehensive Jewish educational experiences for youth and their families.

*Leverage the existing skills of the staff with entrepreneurial new ideas.

*Build upon a caring, nurturing environment in which students explore and participate in activities that help them build a Jewish identity and direct them on a path to be a participating member of Kol Tikvah and the larger Jewish community.

*Design engaging and differentiated curriculum for varied age groups and different programmatic settings.  Work with other synagogue staff and lay leadership to develop and implement youth and family programs.

*Provide thoughtful opportunities for our youth to engage at early years and remain engaged beyond their B’nai Mitzvah

* Manage and supervise the staffing of our Religious School program.


*Communicate regularly with and build relationships with various stakeholders including clergy and professional and support staff, executive board, board of directors, volunteers, community, parents and children.

*Build warm and open relationships with families.

*Create an inviting youth community environment for children and their families through social events and other community-building opportunities.

*Build connections between the youth and family programming and other synagogue and community programs.

*Lead the efforts to bring Jewish youth education and programming outside of our 4 walls and into the community. 

*Cultivate relationships with partners in the greater community to collaborate on programs.



*Manage all aspects of the youth education and engagement program, including administration and budgeting.

 *Foster a collaborative educational environment, with a commitment to professional development, that maximizes the talents of teachers, madrikhim, and support staff in order to successfully implement the department’s vision. Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate staff.

*Develop and manage department budget.

* Supervise Kol Tikvah’s Youth Group Engagement Professional and Religious School administrative staff. 

*Attend senior staff and other leadership meetings to collaborate, coordinate and ensure full communication of departmental activities.


Desired Skills & Experience

*Degree in Jewish education or comparable program.  Knowledge of child and adolescent development, classroom management, trends in Jewish education and curricular design.  Hebrew proficiency.

*Minimum of five years’ experience in traditional and experiential settings of Jewish education and/or engagement. 

*Strong leadership skills.

*Passion for and experience with working in synagogue life. 

*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Dynamic relationship builder

*A high level of organization and the ability to take initiative, prioritize and multi-task.

*Experience in recruitment and community engagement, membership or customer service.

*Experience working with boards, parents, volunteers, and lay leaders.  Adept at connecting with children and families.

*Role model who is committed to participating in congregational life.

*Proficiency with contemporary social media and technology.

* Experience working in ShulCloud.


This position is a full-time, salaried position.  Salary will be commensurate with experience, with our budget allowing for an annual compensation of $75,000-$85,000 per year.  The benefits package includes paid time off, retirement plan (403B), Life Insurance, Health/Vision/Dental Insurance, and Synagogue membership.


Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to [email protected].  Within your cover letter, please share your approach to Jewish education and engagement for youth and families, particularly in a post-COVID and post October 7 world. 

Salary75,000.00 - 85,000.00 Annual
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