A Bay Area suburban (near Oakland and Berkeley) Reform congregation of 900 + families seeks a Youth Director to take our highly successful program and move it to the next level of excellence. Our new Youth Director will fulfill our mission of combining formal and informal youth education in the classroom, youth group, and end-of-summer camp settings. The Youth Director will coordinate our three youth groups: Simcha (grades 5-6), Anachnu (grades 7-8), and LAFTY (grades 9-12) and will be involved in our two week summer camp: Camp Kefli (grades K-8), the JQuest’s (religious school) Seventh grade program, Noar Night (our teen school), the Family Retreat, and Shabbatarama, our monthly Friday night family Shabbat program. The professional team at Temple Isaiah seeks a creative and energetic colleague who would love to push the boundaries of typical youth programming into new and exciting realms of Jewish learning, community building, supporting their mental health and social justice. The Youth Director is responsible for deeply engaging with our youth and teens and bringing them into closer relationship with each other, with our congregational community and with the Jewish people everywhere.
Our ideal candidate will be available to begin in the middle of June.
We are looking for a dynamic individual who:
- Has a proven record of developing, planning and implementing both formal and informal educational programs with youth.
- Has knowledge of Judaica and Hebrew language and an interest in life-long Jewish learning.
- Believes in and is committed to the moral development of youth.
- Possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills.
- Has the ability to communicate sensitively and compassionately with individuals from various backgrounds and a wide range of ages.
- Has a creative and inventive mind, a sense of humor, and is unbound by convention.
- Is an engaging and confident public speaker.
- Is committed to social justice.
- Has good time management skills and is adaptable to change.
- Has basic financial management skills.
- Pays attention to details.
- Competent in designing creative and exciting flyers, social media posts, videos and publicity materials.
- Exercises discerning judgment regarding the physical and emotional safety of children and youth.
- Has a flexible schedule allowing for evening meetings, weekend youth group events and overnights.
- Songleading and guitar skills are a plus, but not required
Salary commensurate with Jewish education and experience. College education and 1-2 years experience working at camp and/or with youth groups preferred.