Full time position
Yearly Time Commitment: Year Round
Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, partial reimbursement for health insurance premiums
Start Date: May 2021
Warm, welcoming, unaffiliated synagogue seeks a Youth Education Director to develop and manage education programs for children and young families. This position has a flexible start date, ideally mid-late May 2021.
The majority of this position will be dedicated to the continued development and management of an innovative after-school heritage program for children grades TK-8, offering Jewish cultural and religious enrichment along with general afterschool enrichment. The program currently serves one class of 14 children. We anticipate expanding to a maximum capacity of 30 children this next school year.
This position also includes room for growing other programming such as summer camps, family Jewish education workshops, and Young Family services to accompany general services at major holidays, including a monthly family Shabbat service.
Works closely with Clergy, Preschool Director, Executive Director, and President of the Board of Directors. Programming duties for Afterschool program, family workshops, and children's services.
Primary responsibilities In After School Program:
Vetting, hiring, and managing after school program teachers
Collaborating with ED on registration, advertising, and communications
Handle all discipline and special education concerns
Provide vision and strategy for after school program implementation and growth
Build warm and open relationships with families from diverse backgrounds.
Create and oversee the budget for youth and family education programs
Some teaching when needed
Growing the enrollment capacity including collaborating with ED on coordinating transportation from local elementary schools.
Other duties include:
Coordinate young family services including young family shabbat and children’s services for high holidays and other holidays.
Develop curriculum for religious education for ages 5 through Bat and Bar Mitzvah
Coordinate with the Clergy to support B’nai Mitzvah training where it overlaps with the after-school program
Maintain a safety plan in coordination with other areas of the organization
Develop, in consultation with the spiritual leaders and lay leaders, a guiding vision for youth and family education
Communicate and promote this vision to multiple stakeholders (Board, congregants, families, prospective congregants, donors, community partners).
Build intergenerational connections between families with children and other members of the community
Communicate effectively with families, staff, board, and the wider community, through synagogue newsletters, social media, and internal communications.
Identify and build partnerships with other youth and family programs in the wider community
Experience in the field of Jewish education.
Experience managing staff
Experience with budgets and program management.
Experience working with children
Excellent computer skills including: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Experience with ShulCloud database is a plus.
The successful candidate: A creative Jewish educator, passionate about innovative Jewish education and the future of an engaged Jewish community.
Knowledge and understanding of synagogue life, Jewish practice and holidays, and familiarity and comfort with sacred Jewish texts
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to take initiative, prioritize and manage time and staff
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
The ability to think strategically and creatively
Experience managing a budget
Some Proficiency in Hebrew
Experience working with boards, parents, volunteers, and lay leaders
A willingness to work some evenings and weekends
A willingness to work on the High Holidays and other major Jewish holidays
The ability to connect with children and families
Applicants should be able to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.