Come join the dynamic and innovative team at Temple Isaiah as our new Youth Director! As a Bay Area suburban (near Oakland and Berkeley) Reform congregation of 900 + families, we are looking for a creative and energetic colleague who is interested in working with us to push the boundaries of typical youth programming into new and exciting realms of Jewish learning, community building, social justice and support of our teens’ overall well-being.
You will be part of a team (including the Associate Rabbi, Director of Lifelong Learning and Assistant Director of Education and Youth) responsible for planning and implementing the various formal and informal Jewish educational experiences for our teens and youth. The Youth Director has a variety of roles including coordinating three youth groups [Simcha (grades 5-6), Anachnu (grades 7-8), and LAFTY (grades 9-12)], as well as leadership in our two week summer camp [Camp Kefli (grades K-8)], the JQuest (religious school) seventh grade program, Noar Night (teen school), as well as other family programming at Temple Isaiah. This position is about deeply engaging our youth and teens through meaningful relationships and dynamic programming.
This position is an exciting opportunity for someone who is considering a career as a Jewish professional, looking for opportunities to gain a wide set of skills--from program planning and group facilitation to budgeting and marketing-- and/or is seeking mentorship as you begin your professional career. You will have strong support and mentoring, and we have a track record of Youth Directors going on to find meaningful work in the Jewish community and nonprofit world after leaving this role.
We are looking for an individual who:
- Has a proven record of developing, planning and implementing both formal and informal educational programs with youth.
- Has a creative and inventive mind, a sense of humor, and is unbound by convention.
- Has knowledge of Judaica and Hebrew language (limited) and an interest in lifelong Jewish learning.
- Believes in and is committed to the moral development of youth.
- Possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills.
- Has the ability to communicate sensitively and compassionately with individuals from various backgrounds and a wide range of ages.
- Is an engaging and confident speaker in large groups.
- Is committed to social justice.
- Has good time management skills and is adaptable to change.
- Has basic financial management skills.
- Pays attention to details.
- Is competent in designing creative and exciting flyers, social media posts, videos and publicity materials.
- Exercises discerning judgment regarding the physical and emotional safety of children and youth.
- Has a flexible schedule allowing for evening meetings, weekend youth group events and overnight programs.
-Songleading and guitar skills are a plus, but not required.