Youth Engagement Coordinator, Barnert Temple
Barnert Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in New Jersey, takes pride in the deep roots it has nurtured in our almost 175 years. We continue to believe that all who join our community will be equally nourished. Barnert Temple is a thriving, innovative Reform congregation with 450 families committed to living the values we teach.
We seek a dynamic, professional Youth Engagement Coordinator (YEC) to join our team of clergy, educators and administrators. You will encourage our youth to own and lead programming that nurtures critical thinking, intentional learning, and engagement with worship, study and social justice.
You possess a “camp spirit” emanating from your strong personal Jewish identity. You have a clear understanding of today’s teens as well as the ability to engage their active participation in our Jewish community.
Barnert Temple Youth Engagement Coordinator (YEC) Job Description
You are responsible for ongoing communication with staff, parents and youth. You will also serve as an instructor in our Jewish Journey Project (JJP - religious and hebrew school), teaching Hebrew and Judaic courses. Our team members each wear multiple hats in our dynamic and sacred environment, making the responsibilities diverse.
The YEC will:
advise the BarTY Senior Youth Group (grades 8-12)
teach the 9th Grade JJP Class on Tuesday evenings
teach JJP Judaics courses and Hebrew, as needed, for grades 3-6 TBD
serve as the TAG Advisor*
create and lead youth group-style activities for students in grades 3-7
The BarTY Senior Youth Group Advisor will:
Maintain and nurture an active high school youth group informed by Jewish ethics and values
Encourage and support teen participation in regional NFTY-GER (National Federation of Temple Youth, Garden Empire Region) events
Help the BarTY Board create an annual teen event calendar that is synchronized with the Temple calendar. Events should be balanced and focused on socialization, social justice, religious, cultural, fundraising, opportunities
Plan and implement a monthly event, including: transportation, finances, food, supplies, coordinate adult supervision (paid or volunteer)
Encourage BarTY-ites to come to Shabbat once a month and attend with them
External Events: GER, NFTY summer programs
Encourage participation in GER events
Promote NFTY-in-Israel, Mitzvah Corps, URJ Camps
Promote NFTY Convention and other appropriate NFTY events
Staff the RAC L’taken weekend
Anticipate, target, and develop new youth leadership
Support growth in current leaders
BarTY Board Relationship
Build strong one-on-one relationships with each Board member
Develop clear job roles for each Board member
Mentor and develop each Board member in their roles
Convene monthly Board meetings, September through June
Additional “work” meeting where necessary
Maintain regular communication via group chat or other method of communication agreed upon with Board members
Create content for and publicize events through email, social media, Temple bulletin, Temple eblasts
Confirm Board members are in regular contact (phone calls texts, etc.) with BarTYites, outreach and events
Regular check-in with Regional Board Members who are BarTYites
Maintain regular contact and reporting with Rabbi, President, Temple Board, Director of Lifelong Learning
Develop Youth Committee for adult support
Communicate and coordinate with Temple office regarding events, set-up and PR
Maintain “physical” presence in Temple building: posters, photos, collections
Develop annual Senior Youth Group Budget
Maintain financial records with the BarTY treasurer
Yearly, review budget and expenditures with Temple Treasurer for oversight
Submit receipts to office manager in an expeditious manner
The YEC is under direct supervision of the Senior Rabbi
The YEC receives support from Rabbi, Director of Lifelong Learning and Assistant Director of JJP and Youth Committee Chair
Grade 9 Teacher
By teaching a weekly 9th grade class, the YEC spends significant, meaningful time pursuing Jewish educational topics with future leaders. The
curriculum is fluid and based on the needs and interests of the particular class.
JJP and Judaics Teacher
Our Jewish Journey Project (JJP) is our innovative, flexible, and very fun version of “religious school.” By participating as a teacher in JJP,
younger students get to know the YEC and will be more open to engaging in social events organized by the YEC.
JJP Hebrew Teacher
Our Hebrew teachers have both classroom teaching time and one-on-one online support time with our students. This time helps reinforce
relational Judaism that is at the center of our mission.
TAG is our scholarship incentivization program for 3rd-8th graders. TAG stands for Torah (study), Avodah (rituals) and gemilut chasadim (acts
of human kindness). It serves to encourage students to live Jewishly all day long, in and out of the Temple. TAG-visors check-in with individual
students who have chosen to join this optional program, supporting their deeper engagement in Jewish practice and in social justice.
Jr. Youth Group
As a regional congregation, our families come from 20 different towns and our students represent over 30 different schools. Our YEC will
schedule and run programs for our 3-7th graders, encouraging connections and Jewish engagement.
Other Administration and Communication Expectations
Encourage students and families to connect to URJ Summer Camps.
Track participation of youth in all programs, classes and retreats.
Recruit for, promote and advertise teen programs.
Partner with Clergy and Assistant Director of JJP to plan High Holy Day programs for K-5th grade; staff Junior Congregation on the HHD.
Bachelor’s Degree preferred
Prior experience working with teens in synagogue youth group, school or camp setting required
Strong knowledge and understanding of Jewish practices, customs, and culture preferred
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Discretion and ability to handle confidential information is essential, as is the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Highly motivated and organized and able to complete tasks and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
“Camp” background (especially music) is appreciated but not required
Ability to take initiative and superb time-management skills
Flexibility to work at events and programs when required, which may be outside of normal business hours
Comfort and agility in the world of Social Media
The Temple building is ADA accessible. We are located in a suburban setting off a major highway; therefore, no public transportation, but parking is located at the Temple.
After a brief probationary period, the incumbent will be eligible for Vacation, Personal Days, Health insurance, HAS Plan and 403(b). The office is closed on major Jewish holidays in addition to some Federal holidays.