Congregation Beth El, Berkeley’s progressive Reform Congregation since 1945, seeks a warm, enthusiastic and creative teen educator to serve as our new Director of Teen Learning and Engagement.
The position has generous benefits, including working with a fun, welcoming and talented team.
More than 500 households rely on the congregation for worship, community, preschool care, after school education, summer camp and a wide range of additional programming throughout the year. The Director of Teen Learning and Engagement will be a key member of the Program (senior) Staff and will serve as a primary pathway for connection between teens, caregivers and Jewish communal life.
Candidates must have meaningful experience in Jewish education, ideally in both formal and informal settings. Candidates must also have strong knowledge and understanding of Jewish traditions and practices, particularly those of Reform Judaism. Familiarity with budgeting and payroll is preferred. You must have excellent in-person and written communication skills. Experience with program creation and implementation, teacher supervision and management is needed.
Congregation Beth El is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and values diversity of culture, thought, and lived experiences. We seek talented, qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, conviction history, uniform service membership/veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical conditions, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression regardless of physical gender, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.
Job Title: Director of Teen Learning and Engagement
Department: Youth and Family Education
Reports To: Director of Congregational Learning
Compensation Range: $40,000 - $45,00 annually.
To oversee, manage and implement all aspects of the congregation’s learning and engagement programs for 6th-12th graders and their families.
Overview of Main Responsibilities:
Supervise 6th-12th grade learning and community-building programs.
Oversee 8th-12 grade madrichim (teacher’s assistant) program, including recruitment and supervision.
Oversee budget for all 6th-12th grade programs.
In collaboration with the Director of Congregational Learning, create and oversee community-building programming for 6th-12th grade parents and caregivers that builds a greater sense of belonging among adults.
Serve as staff liaison to 6th-12th grade education committees and parent/caregiver group meetings.
With the support of the Director of Congregational Learning, create and run engaging and meaningful special events and programs.
Direct and coordinate all 6th-12th grade field trips and class trips.
Oversee all logistics of Beth El 10th-12th graders participating in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s annual L’taken Social Justice Seminar in Washington DC.
Staff Recruitment, Management and Development
Supervise 6th-12th grade teachers.
Recruit and hire 6th-12th grade teachers in collaboration with the Director of Congregational Learning.
Responsible for accurate time keeping, payroll for all 6th-12th grade staff.
In collaboration with the Director of Congregational Learning, plan and deliver teacher trainings.
Create all communications and marketing materials for 6th-12th grade programs.
Education, training and experience:
At least four years managing educational programs (with at least two years’ experience supervising others).
At least two years’ experience in Jewish education.
Experience managing a budget and/or payroll strongly preferred.
Demonstrates excellent communication skills and sensitivity and comfort in engaging with people of all ages.
Passionate about Judaism and Jewish communal life.
Energized by kids and/or teens.
Excellent oral and written skills.
Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, and prioritize demands.
Flexible, able to meet changing work needs and demands.
Excellent organizational and supervisory skills (including talent development).
Comfort with Hebrew (understand some phrases, ability to read Hebrew at a beginner level).
Plans and utilizes time effectively with minimal supervision.
Ability to work collaboratively with staff and synagogue volunteers.
A sense of humor and a passion for learning are essential.
Cultural responsiveness and an alignment to our values and commitment to equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Noise level is moderate with seasonal increases in volume.
Normal working hours:
Part-time: 25 - 30 hours a week.
Before and during afterschool hours, as well as some evenings and weekends.
Summer programming is significantly lighter than during the school year, so incumbent is expected to alter their work schedule depending on the demands of the role.