The Union for Reform Judaism seeks an experienced Director of Youth Engagement for Texas & Oklahoma. The Director of Youth Engagement will partner with URJ Greene Family Camp and Reform Congregations in Texas and Oklahoma in order to further engage children, teens, and their parents in Jewish life. In this newly created position, the Director of Youth Engagement will implement immersive and local programming to foster youth engaged as life?long Jews.
The Director of Youth Engagement will target youth and families who are not yet meaningfully engaged in Reform Jewish life.
The Director of Youth Engagements five primary priorities are:
1. Create initiatives to connect youth to the Jewish community through immersive and local programming, as well building peer and intergenerational relationships; 2. Create portals to bring in youth who are not currently served by organized Jewish programs; 3. Create initiatives that enable youth and teens to find positive Jewish role models; 4. Deepen partnerships with congregations to further engage youth; and 5. Help families create (not just provide for them) a Jewish community for Jewish living at home and in congregational life.
The Director of Youth Engagement is responsible for leading the smooth execution of new initiatives to draw youth into Jewish life.
The Director of Youth Engagement has responsibility for:
Developing immersive youth programming at Greene Family Camp, utilizing the Wise Academy Eco?Village and other programmatic resources.
Creating regional immersive experiences that harness the power of convening congregations together, such as a regional ski trip.
Establishing local programming to give youth a taste of informal Jewish programming and to connect local congregations together;
Creating mentorship initiatives to help youth find Jewish role models and lasting nonfamily adult relationships;
Partnering with congregations (both professional and lay leadership) to create new ways to involve their youth;
Organizing and leading advisor and religious school teacher training to expand knowledge and skills;
Implementing a multi?congregation?based community organizing campaign to determine new initiatives, build lay leadership and new programmatic partners.
The ideal candidate will possess:
Entrepreneurial spirit to build and develop a new program from the beginning, to solve problems as they arise, and to refine vision as the program builds and grows.
Ability to think creatively, to brainstorm new ideas, and to create solutions when complications arise;
Charisma, warm demeanor and ability to be inclusive and collaborate for programs and for the programs vision;
Strong commitment to the mission and vision of Reform Judaism with the ability to serve as a strong and compelling ambassador for the Union for Reform Judaism;
Flexibility in coping with unforeseen challenges, change and uncertainty;
Excellent judgment and an ability to project a positive, professional image;
Competent organizational skills and ability;
Fluent in social media;
Ability and willingness to travel in Texas, Oklahoma and for North American URJ meetings;
A demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining disciplined adherence to program goals;
Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing;
Take initiative, with the ability to work alone and in group settings.
The Director of Youth Engagement must have a minimum of 3 years of successful experience managing programming and building partnerships. S/he has a proven track record of collaborating with a wide?range of individuals toward a shared vision.
Advanced degree preferred (i.e. education, Judaics, communal service or ordination), bachelors degree required;
Knowledge of and experience with the Reform Movement;
Experience in camp, youth work and/or congregational work in a leadership capacity;
Experience in and/or training in community organizing;
Proven strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build supportive relationships internally and effective collaborations externally;
Ability to attend events during day, evening and weekend hours;
Ability to spend two weeks, as appropriate, at Greene Family Camp training staff;
Experience overseeing the cycle of programming from conception to implementation to evaluation, as well as managing event planning.
Experience teaching or training adults and youth individually and in small groups.