Director of Youth and Community Engagement
Woodlands Community Temple has a long-standing reputation for excellence in engaging our youth. The Director of Youth and Community Engagement will build upon this success by keeping our pre- and post- b’nai mitzvah experiences fresh, innovative, and relevant to the lives of our young people. This person is responsible for the holy task of building lasting relationships among our young people, helping them to find a path to Jewish engagement that meets their particular interests and needs. The Director of Youth and Community Engagement will also serve as the temple’s experiential education specialist, creating and executing community-wide programming and immersive experiences for all ages.
The Director of Youth and Community Engagement will report directly to the Director of Congregational Learning.
This is a full-time position shared with the URJ. The Director of Youth and Community Engagement will spend the school year at Woodlands Community Temple. During the summer months, this professional will serve on staff at either Eisner Camp or Crane Lake Camp, and will also staff at least three family camp weekends at the Northeast URJ Camps during the school year.
-Create, innovate, and implement the vision and programming for teen engagement that reflects the wants and needs of our temple youth, as well as the latest insights in youth engagement.
-Create individualized pathways to Jewish engagement both within and outside of our temple in order to help each young person find a way that is most authentic for them.
-Foster deep/significant relationships with our youth.
-Develop a madrichim leadership program that helps our teens build leadership skills. This is done in consultation with the Director of -Congregational Learning and the Learning Center Coordinator.
-Advise WoodSY, the Woodlands youth group, which functions as a “for teens, by teens” leadership opportunity within the youth community.
-Foster a safe and meaningful environment for youth participating in each and every program.
-Evaluate goals and effectiveness of programs upon completion in order to improve future programming.
-Create and maintain our alumni network by communicating with WCT college students, working with clergy and Youth and Family Engagement --Committee to plan and execute programs.
-Promote URJ camps and teen programs.
-Promote participation in the New York Area Region of NFTY, and participate in events along with teens from WCT. Build a relationship with NFTY NAR leadership and other area youth professionals. Take an active role building NFTY presence within the temple and regionally.
-Develop and execute immersive experiences for all ages (i.e. family retreats, Israel trips, ski-weekends, adult retreats, and local trips to museums, plays, etc.) in partnership with clergy, staff and lay leadership
-Develop, chaperone and manage logistics for immersive experiences created at WCT or available via outside agencies such as, but not limited to, annual teen retreats and trips, 3rd/4th grade late night, 5th/6th retreat, 9th grade sexuality retreat, L’Taken, Civil Rights Journey
-Develop and teach the 7th grade program, which includes the Mitzvah Challenge, “What It Means To Become B’nai Mitzvah” curriculum, Comparative Judaism, and Holocaust Education in partnership with the Director of Congregational Learning
-Creatively develop and run the Monday night high school Academy program with support from the Director of Congregational Learning. This includes envisioning curriculum, teaching classes, advising staff, developing the calendar of events, and acting as lead point person on Monday nights.
-Lead gender-based programming component of religious education program, working closely with the national Moving Traditions team and manages the Moving Traditions partnership.
-Build team identity and relationships with 3rd through 5th grades as a way to foster future engagement via retreats planned with support of the DCL, school board, and faculty.
-Create and foster relationships within the temple community in order to encourage participation in temple events.
-Build excitement and interest for post b’nai mitzvah involvement.
-Build relationships with younger children and their families by planning and participating in congregation-wide programs.
-Chair the LGBTQ+ task force.
-Partner with clergy, staff and lay leadership to develop and execute community-wide programming (i.e. intergenerational holiday programming, community wide social active initiatives, social programming).
-Actively participate in local youth professional roundtables and networking groups.
-Create immersive programming that is multigenerational in scope and allows for various points of entry to congregants of different ages and interests, as well as to both new and longtime members.
-Promote participation in and facilitate access to URJ camping programs as well as other Jewish summer and school year learning opportunities. -Work with staff and clergy to ensure that all interested WCT families have appropriate information and support to make camp attendance possible.
Ritual & Worship
-Work with the WoodSY Religious and Cultural Vice President to develop and execute teen services for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre.
-Help plan other teen ritual experiences as requested by the teens.
-Participate in leading family services on the High Holy Days.
-Is welcome, but not required, to participate in congregational Friday evening services and other ritual observances.
-Empower teens to participate in and help lead regular community worship with support from the clergy, as well as to create and lead youth worship opportunities
-Develop and execute creative worship services and programs with the clergy and Jewish Life committee that help members of the community at all ages to find individual access to worship and spirituality (i.e. Yoga Shabbat, Nashir song leader training, visual worship)
Marketing & Communications
-Develop and execute marketing plans, using all available vehicles including but not limited to social media, print, WCT website, experiential, one-to-one contact, Makom for all youth and community engagement programs.
-Manage the Woodlands Youth Experience web page, Facebook page, Twitter account (and other social media vehicles) and oversee the postings of the WoodSY VP of Communications to ensure appropriate, timely postings in accordance with temple social media policy.
-Maintain communication channels with temple teens and their families to keep them informed of programs and engaged as a part of the community.
-Attend weekly staff meetings, school board meetings and monthly Board of Trustees meetings.
-Schedule meetings of the Youth and Family Engagement Committee, and ensure that the teen members of the board are present at meetings.
-Responsible for management of youth activities budget with oversight by Director of Congregational Learning, including appropriate planning and oversight of WoodSY and other youth and community programming expenses and fundraising.
-Maintain attendance records at youth events and work with professional staff and lay leadership to analyze attendance and utilization for future planning and cost control.
-Seek out and attend professional development opportunities by the Jewish Education Project, Jewish Federation, URJ and other organizations.
-Minimum 2 years of experience working with young people through religious school teaching, Jewish camp experience or other Jewish educational programs.
BA required; MA in education/ Jewish education, experiential learning or related areas is a plus.
-Computer skills, knowledge of social media and Microsoft Office
-Knowledge and appreciation of, and respect for, the mission of the Reform Jewish movement.
Salary Range $40,000 - $45,000