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April 23, 2014 | 23rd Nisan 5774

Regional Director of Youth Engagement, Southern California

This position may be located in or around the Los Angeles area.

To be considered, please send salary requirements with cover letter and resume to by August 31, 2013.


  •  Partner with the NFTY Regional Board to develop meaningful, engaging diverse opportunities for teen involvement in Jewish life;
  • Engage and support adults (lay and professional) to play roles to mentor and develop and implement experiences for teens throughout the region
  • Explore and develop partnerships with Reform institutions and organizations outside of the Reform Movement to create experiences for teens in throughout the region

Essential Functions:


  1. Be sh'lichim (emissaries) to Jewish youth and all who interact with Jewish youth, strategizing the most effective means to connect to and engage this generation of Jewish teens with meaningful Jewish life.
  2. Network with congregations and other Jewish organizations in the area to ensure collaboration to benefit Jewish teens in the Southern California area. This includes the development of a regional faculty committee to contribute to the planning and implementation of regional events.
  3. Plan, implement and oversee NFTY regional youth events and partner with appropriate URJ or congregational staff in the planning, implementation and oversight ensuring events are youth led, have strong content, utilize appropriate methodologies, are evaluated, are safe, appropriately document programming, participation and any relevant incidents, operate according to  NFTY policy, and within budget.
  4. Develop creative outreach mechanisms to attract and engage the largest possible contingent of teens to regional and North American.
  5. Promote our mission, vision, programs, values, beliefs, projects, and affiliates.
  6. Act as an ambassador and recruiter for all URJ youth oriented programs including but not exclusive to: NFTY in Israel, URJ camps, EIE, Mitzvah Corps, and L'Taken.
  7. Effectively communicate NFTY youth related information to the region; including  clergy, youth advisors, parents, lay leaders and teens so that people in the region are informed.
  8. Serve as a resource, mentor and advisor to the NFTY Regional Board.  This includes setting a schedule of group and individual meetings, setting appropriate expectations of  regional board members, providing constructive and positive feedback to regional board members, sharing your personality and unique approach to experiential education, and creating an environment for board members that they identify as fun, based on trust and Jewish values, team-focused, and an opportunity for growth.
  9. Create an environment that fosters a multi-faceted community of leadership that is constantly identifying potential leaders and nurturing leadership growth at every level
  10. Maintain a fiscally responsible regional budget
  11. Complete all administrative reporting and process tasks as described in the NFTY Policy & Procedures Manual
  12. Respond to communications and inquiries in a timely fashion
  13. Support congregations in their youth programs:  should serve the congregations in the following ways

                                          i.    Help train and orient congregations' youth workers

                                         ii.    Be a resource for youth programming ideas

                                        iii.    Consult with congregations looking to start a TYG

  1. Maintain updated regional online presence, including website based on the standards set by the NFTY Web Team.
  2. Spend two weeks as full-time faculty at one of our URJ Camps or Summer programs teaching, meeting local and regional clergy and professionals, and building relationships with youth in these programs.
  3. Travel to and/or support Regional and North American Events and meetings
  4. Train and supervise any ancillary staff needed for their region (i.e. Reform Youth Interns)


Core Competencies:


1.                Integrity, Ethics and Values: Adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs; acts in line with and promotes those values; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain; responds to situations with constancy and reliability.

2.                Positive and Joyful Demeanor: Recognizes the positive aspects of people and situations; responds to adversity with a positive attitude recognizing challenges as opportunities; maintains a joyful disposition; generally exudes positive energy.

3.                Personal Resilience: Can effectively cope with change and uncertainty; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty; is flexible.

4.                Initiative: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for worthwhile activities; not fearful of taking calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding but achievable objectives for self and youth leadership; sets appropriate personal work objectives, measures own progress; identifies personal gaps in knowledge and skill; undertakes appropriate activities to develop needed skills; and seeks regular feedback on performance.

5.                Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all colleagues  and youth who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with people at all levels of the organization; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable.

6.                Communication: Is able to speak articulately and clearly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get a spoken message across that has the desired effect; Adjusts and fine-tunes communication in response to both verbal and non-verbal cues; Is able to write clearly and succinctly; can get messages across that have a desired effect; clearly articulates message content and projects an appropriate tone.

7.                Team Orientation: demonstrates interest, skill and success in team environments; places group goals ahead of personal agendas; steps up to offer self as a resource to other members of the team; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others

8.                Decision Making and Problem Solving: Uses sound logic and to approach difficult problems and apply effective solutions; can distinguish between symptoms, causes and implied solutions; enlists the input of others on critical decisions; decides in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.

9.                Project Management: Identifies the key objectives and scope of a proposed project; garners needed resources and project support, develops a realistic and thorough plan for achieving key objectives, keeps team members briefed on progress, implements action plans, communicates progress to all involved, identifies and resolves barriers and problems

10.              Mentorship, Coaching and Supervision of Youth: Clearly and comfortably develops a partnership relationship with youth leaders; appropriately shares responsibility; creates accountability; sets clear objectives and measures, monitors process, progress and results; builds feedback loops into the work. Is aware of each Regional Board members’ strengths, challenges and limitations; encourages youth through mentorship; offers support and guidance to youth on a regular basis. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; empowers others; invites shared input and decision making.  Is good at establishing clear expectations and setting clear direction; engages disciplinary processes in a timely manner. Demonstrates ability to manage groups of teens. Demonstrates strong and appropriate personal boundaries in relationships with youth.

11.              Jewish Teacher and Role Model: In all ways, represents oneself as a role model of the Reform Jewish Movement and a Jewish teacher. 


Minimum Qualifications:


·         Bachelor’s Degree, Masters preferred

·         Knowledge of and experience with the Reform Movement and NFTY preferred

·         Experience in camp and/or youth work in a leadership capacity

·         3 year minimum commitment

  • Ability to communicate or attend events during day, evening and weekend hours
  • Ability to spend at least two-weeksfor URJ Summer program placement (URJ Camp, travel program. Etc.).


Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to function well on less than optimal sleep for 2 consecutive nights
  • Physical stamina to maintain focus and leadership for up to 5 consecutive days


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