Temple Emanu-El is a place of sacred encounter, where learning, prayer, and deeds change people’s understanding of themselves, their world, and their responsibilities in it. We are seeking a dynamic, warm, and creative professional to guide our youth and families through educational experiences that bring Jewish values to daily life, nurture spiritual experiences, and both anchor and challenge us to reach out to a world in need.
Working closely with the full Education & Engagement Team, the Director of Youth Education will play an instrumental role in transforming and implementing our approach to youth and teen education and engagement. We seek to create a learning environment based in relationship that honors the life experiences of our students, integrates Social Emotional and Spiritual Learning, and brings the richness of Jewish wisdom and tradition to life in a deep, immersive educational experience that spans from Kindergarten through high school graduation.
The Director of Youth Education should be enthusiastic and bright, able to create and maintain authentic relationships with youth and adults of all ages and engage parents and congregational leadership as partners in youth education. The DYE should be comfortable with change and willing to experiment with different kinds of educational programs and experiences, as well as reflect on those experiences and articulate clearly the steps necessary to improve or create meaningful experiences for others.
The DYE will require the organizational and personal skills to supervise, manage, and support a large number of part-time faculty, a committed corps of volunteers, and a significant budget. The DYE should be a person who can thoughtfully assess, edit, and create curriculum and experiences that educate and inspire and who can operate and excel in formal, informal, experiential, and family educational settings. In a collaborative environment where education and engagement go hand-in-hand, we are looking for a community builder and team player rather than a top-down leader. Partnership is important across the board – both between lay leaders and staff and within the staff itself, where we support each other, work together, study, laugh, and have fun as a team.
PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND SKILLS:
• A Master’s Degree in Jewish Education, Education, or a similar advance degree is required
• A minimum of five years of experience is preferred
• Excellent leadership and programming skills
• Excellent executive skills, written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Highly organized and able to handle multiple responsibilities
• Proficient at Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook
1. In partnership with the Senior Director and lay leadership:
a. Develop and implement an ongoing vision for education and engagement of Kindergarten through 12th graders and their families.
b. Serve as staff liaison and work with chair(s) to craft the agenda of the Youth Education and Engagement Committee. Engage the committee in the support and visioning of the K-12 experience at Temple.
c. Convene, create, and serve on other relevant committees and task forces as need arises.
2. In partnership with the Director of Family Education & Engagement and the Director of Youth Engagement:
a. Engage parents of Kindergarten through 12th graders through education and engagement opportunities both directed at adults and in support of the student programs.
b. Connect Kindergarten through 12th grade parents and families to appropriate Temple experiences and opportunities.
c. Recruit un-engaged and under-engaged families to participate in Temple’s programs.
3. Supervise the Communications & Program Assistant, the Youth Education Registrar, as well as all religious school and Hebrew school faculty and support staff.
4. Contribute to and attend Temple-wide events that include Kindergarten through 12th graders and/or their families, including family worship and holiday celebrations.
5. Work with Clergy and Senior Director to create and implement meaningful worship and High Holy Day experiences for youth and their families.
6. Serve as faculty at the URJ Greene Family Camp for one week during the summer and staff retreats during the school year as agreed upon with the Senior Director.
1. Coordinate and manage all educational programs for Kindergarten through 12th grade, including special events, working with faculty to ensure a positive and engaging student experience.
2. Coordinate and manage Temple’s Hebrew program, including mid-week Hebrew and Hebrew Emanu-El for 3rd through 6th grades, as well as introductory Hebrew for Kindergarten through 2nd grades.
3. In partnership with the Director of Social Justice & Special Projects, integrate Temple’s social justice partnerships into the youth education experience.
4. Direct professional development programs for faculty, including orientation, in-service, and continuing education.
5. In partnership with the Communications & Program Assistant:
a. Create and oversee the Youth Education calendar, program calendars and schedules, and room and Zoom requests. Integrate the Youth Education calendar with the overall Temple calendar.
b. Create and disseminate all communication for Youth Education programs, including platforms like website, social media, and email.
6. Ensure open lines of communication between staff and faculty. Monitor communication between faculty and parents and ensure it happens regularly.
7. Provide content for the Mishpachah Minute, Temple’s parenting newsletter; Sunday Morning Live, a video presentation of a weekly theme; The Weekly, Temple’s weekly email; The Window, Temple’s print magazine; and any other communications as appropriate.
8. In collaboration with the Director of Finance, prepare the annual Youth Education budget, manage expenditures to ensure spending remains within approved budget, and prepare and manage grant requests as required.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT TEAM MEMBERS:
The work of education and engagement is the primary function of all staff members, clergy, and lay leadership at Temple, as we strive to help every Temple member (and prospective member) develop a connection between other congregants, friends, family, Jewish community, Jewish people, the world, and God. Staff will help connect members with aspects of synagogue life that meet their spiritual and communal needs, through our core values of Prayer, Learning, Israel, Social Justice and Community. Members of the Engagement & Education Team are partners with clergy, lay leadership and each other. We value each other’s opinions, respect each other’s time and pitch in during crunch times. Together we strive to make Temple a place of sacred encounters.
ENGAGEMENT & EDUCATION TEAM MEMBERS SHARE RESPONSIBILITY FOR:
1. Holiday & Shabbat Celebrations
a. Staffing of Shabbat and holiday services are also distributed and shared among members of Temple staff. Work with appropriate staff and clergy to support Shabbat worship when agreed upon with your supervisor.
b. Collaborate with volunteer committees, clergy liaison and other staff to plan and implement various holiday celebrations throughout the year. Specific holiday responsibilities are distributed and shared among members of Temple staff.
2. Leadership & Relationship Cultivation
a. Communicate and interact regularly with other teams and a wide array of members to build relationships and engage individuals in congregational life and leadership responsibilities.
b. Coordinate with lay leaders, clergy and staff to set goals in your areas of responsibility and translate them into action.
c. Contribute toward the identification and cultivation of future Temple leaders.