Engagement Director, USY/Kadima
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the premiere Jewish teen engagement program for the Conservative movement. Through our important work USY empowers Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspire Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences based on the ideology of Conservative Judaism.
The Director of Engagement is a key position for USY’s new engagement initiative. The Director of Engagement serves as an engagement leader designing and implementing key initiatives of teen engagement and leadership that enhance USY’s mission and core values. Working closely with teens, the Director of Engagement is responsible for creating engagement initiatives and programs for teens. The Director of Engagement will build relationships and partnerships to strengthen USY and Kadima engagement.
Position Reports to
USY Branch Program Director
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The duties of this position include, but are not limited, to the following:
Plan and implement an inclusive approach to USY and Kadima engagement through new engagement initiatives.
Develop and implement new peer to peer engagement initiatives.
Create branch engagement plan to increase membership numbers and participation.
Build relationships and partnership opportunities with local professionals, Conservative congregations and other Jewish organizations.
Foster and manage relationships with local and national youth professionals and lay leadership.
Empower, mentor and support USY and Kadima chapter staff and teen leadership.
Encourage and support the creation of new USY and Kadima chapters.
Execute new Kadima engagement initiatives and programming.
Enhance the transition bridge from Kadima to USY to maximize teen engagement.
Promote and recruit for all USY and Kadima programs, including regional programs, international programs, International Convention (IC), USY’s summer programs (USY on Wheels & Pilgrimage) and USY’s gap year program (Nativ).
Plan and implement regional Kadima convention and other Kadima programs with the support of the Engagement Associates.
Participate in communal and national opportunities that engage Jewish teens.
Create new initiatives to engage teens in new arenas, including public school settings, Jewish schools, and Jewish camps.
Attend regional program branch/international programs, as assigned.
Ideal Candidate Key Qualities for Success in this Position:
Experience working with teens
Strong leadership and organization skills
Planning and implementation
Strong oral and written communications skills
Budget planning and tracking
Knowledge of the Jewish tradition; demonstrated commitment to Conservative
Jewish living and/or interest in learning
Knowledge of mental health, safety and well-being for teens
Minimum – degree from four year college or university
Commitment to personal growth and ongoing education
Preferred Education and Experience
At least 4 years’ experience working in related fields
Degree in relevant field(s) including: Jewish Studies, Education, Social Work
Experience in planning large-scale events
Advanced training in a field that will enhance director’s ability to be of greater
service to youth and youth programs
This position may operate in an office located within proximity to assigned regions. Location may be on-site at a Conservative synagogue, a nearby USCJ office, or at a home office.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full time position, exempt from overtime, which will require some extended hours due to evening and weekend conventions and meetings. Position will be mainly in the field - in local communities and throughout the branch.
The position supports a geographic area comprised of two or more USY regions. Must be able to travel on regular basis to events (1-2 times per month) and visit communities throughout the branch on a regular basis. Position includes evening and weekend responsibilities. Travel to the International Convention and occasional travel to USCJ staff meetings.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Must have authorization to work in the U.S.
Valid passport and driver’s license
Work Authorization/Security Clearance
United States or Canadian Work Eligibility