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April 24, 2014 | 24th Nisan 5774

NY - Part-Time Teen Leadership Coordinator

Congregation Emanu-El, the oldest Reform congregation in New York City, seeks to hire a part-time Teen Leadership Coordinator for its department of Lifelong Learning. The work of this department is to transform and revolutionize the congregation's educational programs, including its Religious School, holiday celebrations, youth and adult education programs. Visit our website at to learn more about our congregation, our educational vision, and the programs we offer.

We seek to engage a highly motivated teen educator to help turn engaged Jewish teens into Jewish leaders in the community. The ideal candidate has experience working with teens, a strong understanding of how to best run a Temple Youth Group, and passion toward Jewish living.

Primary Job Responsibilities:
The Teen Leadership Coordinator advises the Senior Youth Group Board and the Teen Benefit Committee. The Senior Youth Group Board has approximately one board meeting per month and plans about one event (usually social or social action oriented) each month. The Teen Benefit Committee plans the annual benefit for American Jewish World Service, held at the end of April. This benefit is entirely teen run. This year, the teens raised over $20,000. The committee meets once per month most of the year, more often in the weeks leading up to the benefit. There may be more frequent meetings with the benefit co-chairs.

  • Create goals, measuring tools, and methods of accountability with members of the Teen Benefit Committee and Senior Youth Group Board.
  • Communicate regularly with teen leadership via email, text, Facebook, etc.
  • Recruit marginally engaged or unengaged teens to come to outreach events throughout the year (Mitzvah Day, Midnight Run, spring program TBD)
  • Develop leaders among program participants.
  • Chaperone all Senior Youth Group activities and Teen Benefit meetings. (Calendars will be made with you at the first Senior Youth Group Board and Teen Benefit Committee meetings).
  • Help plan the 2 Teen Leadership Programs (December, April). These programs are for teens on SYG Board and TBC, as well as other teen leadership programs at Emanu-El.
  • Help plan and chaperone the Alternative Stay-cation (tentatively scheduled for Presidents Weekend in February).
  • Research quality teen leadership, fellowship, scholarship, and internship opportunities for teens, and direct our most involved teens to these programs.

This is a part-time position of approximately 10 hours per week, including all youth group board meetings, benefit committee meetings, and events. The remainder of the hours will be arranged with the Coordinator of Youth Learning and Engagement who supervises this position. The starting date for this position will be in August or September 2012. Opportunities for additional work may be available.

Salary commensurate with experience.

For more information about the position, or to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

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