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November 1, 2014 | 8th Cheshvan 5775

NY - Director of Youth Engagement (SSTTE)

Job Description for SSTTE Director of Youth Engagement

Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-el (SSTTE) is a vibrant Reform community in Westchester County, NY. We are strongly connected to our history and committed to a future of excellence. We are seeking a full-time Director of Youth Engagement to carry out our community mission for our youngest members.
The applicant must be:
  • An engaging and energetic individual with an exceptional understanding of the developmental needs of youth and teens, able to take initiative to reach out and engage them
  • Able to create exciting, multi-faceted experiential programs using innovative practices
  • Able to communicate with lay leaders, professional staff and parents
  • Able to experiment and develop new models for youth and teen programming and engagement. This may include but is not limited to travel programs, retreats, social action opportunities, leadership development and more.
  • In addition the applicant must be a team player who thrives in a collaborative and creative environment, who is prepared to challenge assumptions about synagogue life, education and youth programming in order to create a vibrant, healthy and sustainable environment in a demanding yet supportive setting.

Responsibilities Include:

Teens
  • Act as the point person in conjunction with the Director of Congregational Learning for the Team Tikkun 8th-12th grade experiential learning program. This includes helping to develop engaging elective offerings, overseeing the Teen Philanthropy Project, conducting leadership training for 11th and 12th graders, and developing new, innovative programs
  • Lead the High Holiday Teen Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
  • Empower teens to plan youth-led Shabbat services with assistance from the clergy
  • Coordinate and schedule volunteer experiences in the Westchester County area once per month, giving teens and teen parents notice to sign up for events. Maintain attendance records
  • Advise the teen student leaders of SCARTY, our teen senior youth group and help them to create programming, schedule events, order supplies and market their programs
  • Promote participation in the New York Area Region of NFTY, and participate in events if teens from SSTTE are present. Build a relationship with the NFTY NAR Advisor as well as other area youth professionals· Develop programs, chaperone and manage logistics for trips to New Orleans, Washington DC and our Teen Program Kick Off Retreat in September

Young Families
  • Plan, facilitate, and publicize monthly youth group programming for “Ketanim” (grades 2-3) and “Club 4-5-6” / JCAR (grades 4-6). These programs can be based around holidays, special events or can simply be structured social time for participants
  • Maintain consistent contact with 2nd -6th grade parents regarding upcoming events and programs
  • Build relationships with younger children and their families by planning and attending congregation-wide programs in conjunction with other members of the professional staff. These programs include: intergenerational holiday programs and family oriented Shabbat services (approximately once per month)
  • Teach on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays in various subjects in the K-6th grade Religious School at the discretion of the Director of Congregational Learning
  • Create visually captivating marketing materials through social networks
  • Foster a safe and meaningful environment for youth participating in each program
  • Evaluate goals and effectiveness of programs upon completion in order to improve futureprogramming

Logistics and Communication
  • Maintain email and text contacts of all families and their children
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and monthly Board of Trustees meetings with the other members of the SSTTE professional staff
  • Schedule meetings of the Youth Advisory Board, and ensure that the teen members of the board are present at meetings
  • Remain in contact with all families when there are events, through phone calls, email, texts, etc.
  • Knowledge of social media is a must: oversee the Team Tikkun/SCARTY Facebook page and Twitter account created by the Communications Chair of the Youth Group
  • Create monthly articles for the Shalom Newsletter distributed to the entire temple membership, including promoting youth events in the Shalom when appropriate
  • Take advantage of professional development opportunities by the Jewish Education Project, Jewish
  • Federation, URJ and other organizations by attending conferences and networking when appropriate

Experience
  • 2 years experience working with young people through Hebrew School teaching, Jewish camp experience or other Jewish educational programs
  • BA Required; MA in Education or Jewish education a plus· Computer skills, knowledge of social media and Microsoft Office

Character
  • Personal competence, integrity and commitment to the mission of the Reform Jewish Movement
  • Keen interpersonal skills, outgoing personality; allowing for contact and connection with a full range of temple youth, volunteers and staff· Strong organizational, project management and leadership skills

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to Debbie Finn, Search Committee Co-Chair, at dgfinn3@gmail.com.

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