What is the Position?
Are you passionate about Jewish learning and living? We’re looking for someone to join our vision-driven Education Team with a special focus on youth and family engagement! You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many children and families at our thriving synagogue. We are a fully egalitarian Conservative congregation with a vibrant membership base of 550+ member households. We are deeply committed to fostering Jewish engagement in an atmosphere of mutual respect and inclusion. Our families want their children to be connected, to be inspired, and to see Temple Israel Center as their second home.
Who is the Successful Candidate?
You are a people-person and a kid-magnet, able to relate especially well to older elementary school age children and their families. You are energetic, dynamic, organized, and creative. You take initiative and can drive projects independently as well as collaborate with colleagues, clergy, and congregants to create dynamic and engaging learning opportunities. You are passionate about Jewish learning and living, and are comfortable working in the Conservative movement, including leading services for youth. You are motivated by the possibilities of creating deep learning and engagement opportunities in a values-driven community.
What are the Responsibilities?
Please note that the responsibilities are somewhat flexible. Even if you don’t have experience with everything listed below, but you think you’d be a good fit for the community, we’d still love to talk - please apply!
• Develop and maintain strong relationships with TIC families, focusing on forging connections and deepening the engagement of both day school and Shorashim (religious school) families.
• Discover and create ways to enhance Jewish learning and connection for new and existing families in a way that builds enthusiasm for their Jewish engagement.
• Partner with lay leaders and colleagues on new initiatives connected to family engagement like monthly chesed opportunities for youth and families, grade-level Shabbat experiences, or other initiatives you will dream up!
• Lead one of our multiple Shabbat youth services on-site 3-4 Shabbat mornings per month, as well as Shabbat afternoon learning or social programs.
• Collaborate with the education team, clergy, and families in evaluating the current Shabbat offerings and development of new initiatives.
• Re-introduce (or re-imagine!) Shabbat buddy program matching teens with younger children.
COMMUNITY-WIDE HOLIDAY PROGRAMS/CELEBRATIONS
• Serve as coordinator for creative and content-rich holiday programming for youth and families, with oversight for logistics, supplies, building set-ups, staffing, etc.
• Collaborate with the Education Team and clergy as well as experience a wonderful leadership opportunity as you engage with community members/leaders to design and implement programming. Holiday programs include, but are not limited to High Holidays, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, MLK Day of Justice, Purim, and Shavuot.
YOUTH EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT
• Lead our 3rd-5th grade youth group, Ruach, creating a calendar of unique and engaging programming that will serve the needs of our public school and day school population.
• Partner with fellow educators to create innovative approaches for youth group engagement.
• Teach in Shorashim (our Kdg-6th grade religious school)
This position is supervised by the Director of Learning and Engagement and includes mentoring and professional learning opportunities. You’ll also have many opportunities for collaboration with our Education Team and Clergy.
When Do We Want You?
We are eager to hire the right candidate for this educational leadership position, ideally with a start date at the beginning of July. Salary range is $45,000-$60,000 depending on experience, and an attractive benefits package is offered.