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April 20, 2014 | 20th Nisan 5774

Regional Director of Youth Engagement - NFTY CWR

This full time, home-based position may be located in the SF Bay Area or Nevada

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 evelop and implement experiences for teens throughout the region

Explore and develop partnerships with reform institutions and organization outside of the Reform Movement to create experiences for teens in throughout the region

Essential Functions:

  • 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.
  • Network with congregations and other Jewish organizations int he area to ensure collaboration to benefit Jewish teens in the Northern California, Northern Nevada, and Utah area.  This includes the development of a regional faculty committee to contribute to the planning and implementation of regional events.
  • Plan, implement and oversee NFTY regional youth events and partner with appropriate URH 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.
  • Develop creative outreach mechanisms to attract and engage the largest possible contingent of teens to regional and North American events.
  • Promote our mission, vision, programs, values, beliefs, projects, and affiliates.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Create an environment that fosters a multi-faceted community of leadership that is constantly identifying potential leaders and nurturing leadership growth at every level.
  • Maintain a fiscally responsible regional budget.
  • Complete all administrative reporting and process tasks as described in the NFTY Policy and Procedures Manual.
  • Respond to communications and inquiries in a timely fashion.
  • Support congregations in their youth programs: should serve the congregations in the following ways: Help train and orient congregations' youth workers; Be a resource for youth programming ideas; Consult with congregations looking to start a TYG
  • Maintain updated regional online presence, including website based on the standards set by the NFTY Web Team.
  • Spend two weeks as full-time faculty at one of our URJ Camps or Summer programs teaching, meeting local and regional clergy and professional, and building relationships with youth in these programs.
  • Travel to and/or support Regional and North American Events and meetings.
  • Train and supervise any ancillary staff needed for their region (i.e., Reform Youth Interns).

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 the day, evening and weekend hours
  • Ability to spend at least two weeks for URJ Summer program placement

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
Please send salary requirements with cover letter and resume to

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