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April 24, 2014 | 24th Nisan 5774

NFTY Pittsburgh Youth Advisor

Reports to: NFTY Pennsylvania Area Regional Advisor
On-site Mentor: Part-time Mentor (TBD)
Employment Status: Part Time – 8 to 10 hours/week plus two full NFTY regional event weekends

Job Summary – Year 1:
1.    To coordinate Pittsburgh-wide youth engagement among local URJ congregations
2.    To provide opportunities for teens across Pittsburgh to engage Jewishly and socially with one another
3.    To support a strong NFTY presence among Jewish teens and congregations in Pittsburgh. A couple examples are:
a. Understanding the NFTY culture, regional traditions and NFTY lingo to help NFTY Pittsburgh teens feel welcome
b.Encourage and recruit teens to participate in NFTY, URJ programs and camps
4.    To advance and promote teen engagement in Jewish life in the Pittsburgh area through events and other efforts
5.    To support a youth movement across the Pittsburgh area in which professionals, teens, and families invest in and strengthen the caliber of teen engagement in Judaism.
6.    Be a part of the process to develop a NFTY Pittsburgh 3 year plan

Essential Functions & Expectations:
1.    Plan, implement and oversee NFTY Pittsburgh youth events ensuring events are youth led, generally evaluated as outstanding experiences, safe, according to NFTY policy, and within budget.
•    Engage 72 individual/separate teens throughout year 1
•    Four (4) NFTY Pittsburgh events per year, at least one focusing on Leadership Development
2.    Effectively communicate NFTY Pittsburgh teen related information to clergy, congregational youth advisors, parents, lay leaders and teens.
•    Minimum of monthly email communication with parents and teens
•    Maintenance of NFTY Pittsburgh Facebook page with at least weekly updates
•    Maintain financial records and finance reports with at least monthly reports to the NFTY Finance Manager
•    Use NFTY’s registration systems
3.    Ten monthly meetings of NFTY Pittsburgh council to plan and implement the four teen led programs in item 1.
4.    Keep clergy group informed of the progress of NFTY Pittsburgh
•    Two in-person reports regarding progress of NFTY Pittsburgh to clergy group each year
5.    Develop relationships with each congregation
•    Visit each congregation in Pittsburgh and Wheeling, WV  at least twice during the year.- this may consist of attendance at a teen learning program, youth group event, Shabbat service or meetings with individual teens and youth professionals/volunteers.
6.    Coordinate professional learning for Pittsburgh youth professionals
a.At least once per year
b.Provided in partnership with the NFTY Regional Advisor
7.    If possible, attend Pittsburgh area youth professionals meetings
8.    Consult with on-site mentor up to 4 hours per month
9.    Quarterly evaluation of programming and process
10.    Attend 2 NFTY Regional Events per year with teens
11.    Work collaboratively with the NFTY Regional Advisor.
12.    Travel to and/or participate in at least one North American Staff meeting.

Core Competencies:
1.    Mentorship and Coaching Orientation: Clearly and comfortably delegates appropriate tasks and decisions to youth; appropriately shares authority and responsibility; sets clear objectives and measures, monitors process, progress and results; builds feedback loops into the work.  Holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each Teen Leadership Council members’ strengths, challenges and limitations; encourages youth through mentorship; offers support and guidance to youth on a regular, on-going basis. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; empowers others; invites shared input and decision making.
2.    Supervising Youth: Is good at establishing clear expectations and setting clear direction; distributes the workload appropriately; provides regular and ongoing feedback about performance; proactively deals with substandard performance; engages disciplinary processes in a timely manner. Demonstrates ability to manage groups of teens. Demonstrates strong and appropriate personal boundaries in relationships with youth.
3.    Integrity, Ethics and Values: Adheres to an appropriate (for the URJ) 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
4.    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.
5.    Informing Others: Provides the information people need to know; helps people understand the information and knowledge and its relevance to the task at hand; is timely and appropriate with information. 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.
6.    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
7.    Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all colleagues  and youth who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with others; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable.
8.    Professionalism: Maintain calm tone and attitude when working with difficult people; valuing others’ opinions; not getting caught up in political/organizational dynamics; behaving appropriately as the responsible adult in all situations.
9.    Flexibility: 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; and can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
10.    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.
11.    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

Minimum Qualifications:
1.    Bachelors degree preferred
2.    Experience in youth work
3.    2 year commitment
4.    Ability to communicate and travel during day, evening and weekend hours
5.    Demonstrated skills with social media and related methods of communication
6.    Demonstrated organizational skills

Physical Requirements:
•    Physical stamina to function and maintain focus and leadership for up to 3 consecutive days
•    Ability to function on less than optimal sleep for 2 consecutive nights

Please send resume and cover letter to careers@urj.org.

 
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