Overview and purpose:
The role of NFTY Area Manager is vital to the success of URJ and our teen engagement strategies. NFTY Area Managers work collaboratively with stakeholders, teens, camp and NFTY North American leadership to support NFTY and teen engagement both regionally and through out North America. This role is focused on year-round engagement which includes supporting the creation of new strategies including NFTY, mentoring current teens and creating systems to support emerging teen leaders, overseeing NFTY regional events in partnership with host camps, supporting the network of NFTY adult volunteers in their area, working closely with congregational, community and youth leaders to inspire, and facilitate and increased impact of the URJ’s mission to create a more whole, just and compassionate world. The Area Manager will serve in a leadership capacity in residence at a URJ Camp during the summer or will use the time to travel and spend time at multiple camps in their area.
You are an engaging and motivational team member who is deeply committed to and optimistic about the Reform movement. You have superb interpersonal and communication skills and can build an sustain long-term relationships with critical partners and congregational leaders. You enjoy partnering with and empowering teens and young adults to help both themselves and their peers thrive in a changing world. You are highly-organized, detail-oriented and strategic and can project-manage, deliver on multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and thrive on being a change agent in a dynamic environment. You are tech-savvy and comfortable learning new technologies and possess a data-driven, growth mindset. You have a love for Jewish learning, celebration, and ritual and can empower others to find meaning and joy in Jewish life. You lead with a deep understanding that our participants embody overlapping identities and diverse experiences.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is a dynamic network of nearly 850 congregations, 15 camps, and the Religious Action Center, along with lay leaders, clergy, and professionals across North America. Our progressive, inclusive approach to Jewish life unites thousands of years of tradition and values with modern experience to strengthen Judaism today and for future generations. Through immersive experiences, engagement with civic life, creative programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our constituents enhance their capacity to build and expand community, deepen Jewish learning, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership.
In partnership with URJ camps and the URJ Strengthening Congregations team, support a network of the 100+ synagogue professionals whose portfolios include year-round teen engagement (including rabbis, educators, cantors and youth professionals)
Align congregations and URJ strategy for teen engagement
Convene the network of volunteer mentors in the East Area who support NFTY programming and teen leaders
Teen Engagement/ Mentoring
Mentoring and supporting the NFTY teen board and leaders in the East Area including helping them work with the network of NFTY adult volunteers (NFTY-GER, NFTY-NE, NFTY-PAR, NFTY-NAR and NFTY-MAR)
In partnership with the full camp staff, running 2-3 retreats per year when safe to return to in-person programming.
Developing and running the Madrichim Academy and/or other URJ Teen Leadership Opportunities.
Being a full team member of the NFTY staff working collaboratively to support teen leaders across North America.
Collaborating with North American leaders and the larger URJ community, to engage teens and core stakeholders in the evolution of NFTY
Overseeing the NFTY strategy in their area
Partner with the Camp Director and camp staff to cultivate and rebrand existing programming for teens in the hub
Cultivating opportunities to expand the teen leadership opportunities in their area
Qualifications and experience:
We are aware that People of Color and women often do not apply for positions unless they possess every qualification. We encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds, including underrepresented/marginalized, who possess most of these qualifications, even if not all, to apply for the position.
Master’s Degree in youth/Jewish education-related field
3 years of relevant professional experience
Impeccable skills in leveraging effective working relationships and influencing key stakeholders in support of organizational goals
Top-notch oral and written communication skills
Proven customer service skills
Advanced organizational and planning skills.
Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and multitask with minimal supervision.
This posting is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.