Congregation Kol Tikvah (CKT), in Parkland Florida, is seeking a passionate leader to oversee our youth education and programming with a commitment to fostering engagement of youth and their families. Parkland is a growing, energetic, and warm community with a large Jewish population. The city is especially popular with young Jewish families.
The Director of Education and Youth Engagement is the senior staff position tasked with partnering with clergy, lay leadership and staff to revolutionize traditional educational format in a way that maximizes youth engagement through impactful immersive Jewish experiences. The ideal candidate is dynamic, creative, entrepreneurial, and passionate about Jewish learning (both formal and informal education) and willing to pursue alternatives to traditional classroom-only education. The person has comprehensive experience in planning and implementing programs of all kinds. The Director is a talented leader who is a warm, engaging and approachable people person, good at building meaningful collaborative relationships. The Director should have a clear understanding of youth in today’s world and ideas and methods with which to draw them into engagement in our community and Jewish life generally.
This individual must be able to supervise professional teaching staff and relate to students, faculty, parents, and congregants that are survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in our community. Our community is unique in its needs and this fact colors decisions and protocols on a daily basis.
• Oversight and vision creation for the youth education and engagement department.
• Reimagine educational programs to better engage students to become invested in their learning and growth. Create, implement, and grow a collection of thoughtful and comprehensive Jewish educational experiences for youth and their families.
• Design engaging and differentiated Judaic and Hebrew curricula for varied age groups and different programmatic settings, that ensure students are prepared for b'nai mitzvah and develop a love of Judaism.
• Leverage the existing skills of the staff with entrepreneurial new ideas.
• Build upon a caring, nurturing environment in which students explore and participate in activities that help them build a Jewish identity and direct them on a path to be a participating member of Kol Tikvah and the larger Jewish community.
• Work with other synagogue staff and lay leadership to develop and implement youth and family programs.
• Provide thoughtful opportunities for our youth to engage at early years and remain engaged beyond their B’nai Mitzvah
• Communicate regularly with and build relationships with various stakeholders including clergy and professional and support staff, executive board, board of directors, volunteers, community, parents and children.
• Build warm and open relationships with families.
• Create an inviting youth community environment for children and their families through social events and other community-building opportunities.
• Build connections between the youth and family programming and other synagogue and community programs.
• Lead the efforts to bring Jewish youth education and programming outside of our 4 walls and into the community.
• Cultivate relationships with partners in the greater community to collaborate on programs.
• Manage all aspects of the youth education and engagement program, including administration and budgeting.
• Foster a collaborative educational environment, with a commitment to professional development, that maximizes the talents of teachers, madrikhim, and support staff in order to successfully implement the department’s vision. Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate staff.
• Develop and manage department budget.
• Attend senior staff and other leadership meetings in order to collaborate, coordinate and ensure full communication of departmental activities.
Desired Skills & Experience
• Degree in Jewish education or comparable program. Knowledge of child and adolescent development, classroom management, trends in Jewish education and curricular design. Hebrew proficiency.
• Minimum of one to five plus years of experience in traditional and experiential settings of Jewish education and/or engagement.
• Strong leadership skills.
• Passion for and experience with working in synagogue life.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Dynamic relationship builder.
• A high level of organization and the ability to take initiative, prioritize and multi-task.
• Experience in recruitment and community engagement, membership or customer service.
• Experience working with boards, parents, volunteers, and lay leaders. Adept at connecting with children and families.
• Role model who is committed to participating in congregational life.
• Proficiency with contemporary social media and technology.