NFTY Area Manager, Midwest

Overview and Purpose:

The role of NFTY Area Manager is vital to the success of URJ and our teen engagement strategies. NFTY Area Managers work collaboratively with stakeholders, teens, camp leadership and NFTY North American leadership to support NFTY and teen engagement both regionally and throughout North America. This role is focused on year-round engagement which includes supporting the creation of new strategies including NFTYx, mentoring current teens and creating systems to support emerging teen leaders, overseeing NFTY regional events in partnership with host camps, working closely with congregational, community and youth leaders to inspire, and facilitate and increased impact of the URJ’s mission to create a more whole, just and compassionate world.  


You are an engaging and motivational team member who is deeply committed to and optimistic about the Reform movement. You have superb interpersonal and communication skills and can build an sustain long-term relationships with critical partners and congregational leaders. You enjoy working with children, teens, and young adults in immersive experiences, creating new structures and opportunities, and being a change agent in a dynamic environment. You are highly-organized, detail-oriented and strategic and can project-manage, deliver on multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. You are tech-savvy and comfortable learning new technologies and possess a data-driven, growth mindset. You lead with a deep understanding that our participants embody overlapping identities and diverse experiences. 


The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is a dynamic network of congregations, lay leaders, clergy and professionals across North America. Our progressive, inclusive approach unites thousands of years of Jewish tradition and values with modern Jewish experience to strengthen Judaism today and for future generations. Through programs, information and networking opportunities provided by the URJ, our nearly 850 member congregations enhance their capacity to build and expand community, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership.

What You’ll Do as the NFTY Area Manager:

NFTY Strategy Management

  • Collaborating with North American leaders and the larger URJ community, to engage teens and core stakeholders in the evolution of NFTY
  • Overseeing the NFTY strategy in their area
  • Partner with the Camp Director and camp staff to cultivate and rebrand existing programming for teens in the hub
  • Cultivating opportunities to expand the teen leadership opportunities throughout the Reform Movement

Teen Engagement/ Mentoring

  • Mentoring and supporting NFTY teen board and leaders throughout North America, in partnership with the full camp staff, and to run in-person retreats *when safe to return to in-person programming.
  • Developing and overseeing North American Teen Leadership Fellowships/Networks experiences
  • Being a full team member of the NFTY staff working together to support NFTY teen leaders and build strong teen leadership opportunities for the North American community

Relationship Management

  • Managing the relationships with synagogue professionals whose portfolios include year-round teen engagement (including rabbis, educators, cantors and youth professionals)
  • Align congregations and URJ strategy for teen engagement
  • Partner with other URJ teams to manage relationships with congregations throughout the area

You Have:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent professional experience
  • 5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Impeccable skills in leveraging effective working relationships and influencing key stakeholders in support of organizational goals
  • Top-notch oral and written communication skills 
  • Proven customer service skills
  • Advanced organizational and planning skills
  • Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multitask with minimal supervision
  • Comfort with learning and using new software quickly

Physical Requirements:

  • The Area Manager will serve in a leadership capacity in residence at a URJ Camp during the summer or will use the time to travel and spend time at multiple camps in their area.  
  • Must be able and available to travel, when needed, in support of camp programs and URJ activities.
  • Participation in professional development programs, including annual conferences and gatherings, is expected.

Application process: 

Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining how your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We’re looking forward to hearing from you! Apply Online Here.

The URJ maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. 

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.