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April 24, 2014 | 24th Nisan 5774

DE - Director of Youth and Family Programming

Congregation Beth Emeth is looking for a full-time professional to oversee Youth and Family Programming in our congregation beginning in June or July of 2013. We seek someone who is enthusiastic, creative, knowledgeable about and deeply committed to Judaism, loves working with children, teens and adults, and is familiar with Reform ideology and practice.

The ideal candidate will have prior Jewish educational and youth programming experience. The Director of Youth and Family Programming works with children and families in both informal and formal education at the synagogue. S/he plans events for and oversees all youth groups, coordinates youth, teen and family worship, and works closely with the Religious School as a Hebrew teacher and partner in school-wide and congregational programming.

The Director of Youth and Family Programming is responsible for sustaining a comprehensive youth culture at Beth Emeth. This position is supervised and mentored by the Rabbi, as well as the Youth and Family Programming Committee Chairperson.

Detailed areas of responsibility:

  • Oversee all youth and family programming and coordinate event staff and parent volunteers
  • Supervise all youth groups and youth activities including the following: BESTY (8th - 12th grade), Jr. BESTY (6th - 7th grades), Halutzim (3rd - 5th grades), Mahtan (K - 2nd grades), and our toddler/pre-K programs
  • Manage the youth and family programming budget
  • Plan and implement calendars of activities for all youth groups and religious school-aged families. Our goal is approximately 1-2 programs monthly for the older children and one program every 6 weeks for the younger children.
  • Serve as a Hebrew/Religious school teacher as assigned by the School Director
  • Facilitate/coordinate monthly teen Ruach Shabbat services
  • Attend monthly family Kabbalat Shabbat services and coordinate post-service dinners and family programming
  • Coordinate the Purim carnival and other holiday and non-holiday programming as assigned by the Rabbi
  • Engage youth and families to help create a sense of community
  • Encourage and develop volunteers of all ages
  • Work closely with the congregational staff and attend regular staff meetings
  • Organize and participate in regular Youth Committee meetings
  • Interact with other youth and informal education programmers in the Delaware Jewish community
  • Create and implement new youth and family programming as necessary to expand and strengthen the youth culture and family involvement at Beth Emeth

Specific requirements include the following:

  • Creative and energetic individual who is committed to our mission of Jewish continuity and the goals of our youth and educational effort
  • Must enjoy working with children and adults of all ages
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a vibrant and talented group of people, both lay and professional
  • Strong Jewish background
  • Supervisory and budgeting experience
  • Related work experience (youth advisor, summer camp counselor, religious school teacher, Hebrew tutor, etc)
  • Willingness to work outside of normal business hours (weekends, evenings) as these are the times most activities/events occur
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Comfortable working with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

If you're interested in applying for this position, please forward a cover letter and resume to Jan Goodman at

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