Director of Youth and Family Education @ Temple Ner Tamid

Director of Youth and Family Education

Who We Are:

Temple Ner Tamid is a welcoming, diverse, and musical Reform congregation of 500+ households. With a full-time staff of 12, Temple Ner Tamid supports a range of engaging community activities, Jewish holiday celebrations and lifecycle events, supplemental religious education for K-12th grade, and an active preschool.

Our staff and leadership are always looking for new ways to provide innovative engagement to our community. With excellence at the forefront of all we do, we strive to meet our mission of inspiring our members to be more curious, connected, and just.

Who You Are:

You are a professional who understands the positive influence Judaism can have in people’s lives and a desire to foster that connection. As a warm, approachable, and inviting presence, you are an effective communicator with teachers, students, parents, and volunteer leaders. Your formal and informal education endows you with the knowledge of Jewish practice, as you exemplify strong personal values, serving as a Jewish role model in any community.

As a community-building leader, you are excited to speak in front of a large group, easily communicating your passion and vision. Comfortable with change and willingness to adapt, you are a self-starter and team player who fosters a collaborative environment. You are seeking a warm, supportive, spiritual, and progressive community into which to immerse yourself!

What You Will Be Doing:

• With a desire to mentor, you will recruit, train, and supervise teachers and leaders for our Kindergarten through 12th grade classes and supplemental programming.

• Using your expansive knowledge of Jewish texts, traditions, rituals, and offerings, you will guide the teachers in implementing engaging educational curriculum for every grade, effectively building on the learning year after year.

• In close collaboration with our Rabbi and Cantor, you will lead our 6th and 7th grade B’nai Mitzvah Initiative program, preparing families and students for the experience of becoming B’nai Mitzvah.

• Understanding that Judaism is fostered in the home, you will work to strengthen and expand our Jewish Family Journeys program, engaging families in grade-level small group gatherings that facilitate families bringing the knowledge of the classroom home with them.

• With deep knowledge of how teens connect with one another and their tradition, you will craft an interesting and challenging high school program to engage our teens in important conversations about the world they are living in and how to look at it through a Jewish lens. This includes a partnership with Moving Traditions for gender specific programming and resources.

• Drawing on previous experience and knowledge of best practices, you will mentor and supervise the Youth Group Director in implementing an engaging and purposeful social supplemental teen program outside of formal classes.

• With a sense of adventure, you will plan and implement annual experience trips for high school students, including staffing the annual Religious Action Center’s L’Taken program in Washington DC and will adapt and re-envision our senior year volunteer trip. (when travel safely resumes)

• In partnership with the Rabbi and volunteer leaders, you will serve as a key staff member in crafting and implementing community holiday celebration programs and educational program efforts as needed.

• Utilizing the existing successful Shoresh Preschool program, you will work with the Shoresh Preschool Director to assist with Jewish education efforts throughout the school.

• Knowing that engagement of parents is as important as their children’s, you will work diligently to engage parents on an individual level as well as work with the VP of Education and the Parent Committee in an effort to bring parents together with quarterly events.

• Understanding the importance of serving and raising awareness of a diverse community, you will work to adapt our program to be inclusive of all students, including those with special needs, those being raised in an interfaith home, Jews of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and other diverse needs as expressed in our community. You will infuse the curriculum for all students with an understanding of the diversity of the Jewish community and the implications of privilege within our community.

• As a well-organized, self-motivated, computer savvy professional, you will properly manage your budget, order and keep track of supplies, supervise and mentor your administrator, create and manage marketing materials and website/social media content, ensure all student data is up-to-date, and keep office, storage, and classroom spaces organized.

• Seeking to continually grow as a professional, you will engage with regular goal setting and evaluation efforts of your work, attend relevant conferences and workshops to expand your education, participate in networking groups to share best practices, and seek new and innovative programs in the field to bring back to the community.

Your Background:

Throughout your career you have demonstrated a track record of successful supervision of staff, creation and execution of formal and/or experiential education curriculum, and a varied level of professional experiences. You have left a trail of praise from your colleagues and community leaders, demonstrating innovative problem-solving with at least 4 years of relevant Jewish educational experience.

With a bachelor’s degree in any field and preferred Masters in Jewish Education, you have strong technological skills and are proficient in Microsoft Office Suite as well as basic website/zoom/form/survey and other sites.

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
To be considered for this position, send a cover letter and resume as pdf attachments to [email protected] with the subject “Director of Youth and Family Education – YOUR NAME”. Compensation and benefits package are determined upon experience and education and is comparable to industry standards in accordance with the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. This position is on-site at Temple Ner Tamid, located at 936 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003.
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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, relocation option available
  • Other Benefits: long term disability, conference and professional development budget, travel opportunities
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-02-16
  • Times this job has been viewed: 428 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director, Education - Other, Engagement
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Temple Ner Tamid
936 Broad Street
Bloomfield , New Jersey 07003


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