Youth Director, H2I Youth Group

Added on: Friday, May 11, 2018

H2I Youth Group, the joint youth program of three Conservative synagogues in Northeast Queens, NY, is seeking a Youth Director to lead our social and social action-focused United Synagogue Youth program. The Youth Director is expected to be a Dugma (role model) to our Youth and Advisors. This is a part time position.

 

The candidate should be a committed and knowledgeable Conservative Jew, be accessible to the Youth and Advisors in the program, be ethical in all dealings with the Youth program and support the behavioral and religious standards which USY members and staff are expected to follow. A USY alumna is preferred but not a requirement.

 

This is a part time position requiring an average of 15 hours a week, including participation in on-site meetings (which take place on Sunday evenings) and programs (days vary), supervisory meetings as needed, youth committee meetings, and other duties. Programming is split into three age ranges: Nitzanim (Grades 2-3) and Chalutzim (Grades 4-5) which meet together, Kadima (Grades 6-8), and USY (Grades 9-12).

 

The Youth Director will be responsible for:

  • Weekly Programming: Creating and carrying out meaningful, inspiring, and inclusive youth programming. Together with the chapter advisors, the Youth Director will plan a calendar of activities for younger groups that is balanced, including educational, religious, and social content, integrates with all three synagogues and METNY and Sababa USY Regional and Divisional calendars and activities, facilitates the continued growth of the youth program, includes a variety of programs both on and off-premises and reaches out to and creates a sense of community with youth who are unaffiliated with USY. The Youth Director, along with the USY Advisor, will also oversee the elected teens on USY Chapter Board, working with them to develop a calendar of activities for USY that meet the aforementioned goals. 

 

  • Special Programming: The Youth Director will develop a special programming calendar that incorporates overnight programming for the Kadima and USY groups, including but not limited to a USY Chapter Shabbaton (Friday afternoon-Saturday night), a Kadima Chapter Shabbaton (Friday afternoon-Saturday night), a USY Social Actions Shul-In (Saturday night-Sunday morning), a Leadership Training Institute for the elected USY Chapter Board and a Purim Carnival. For each of these events, the Youth Director will attend and be responsible for creating and managing applications; ordering, receiving, and confirming the receipt of food and other programming materials; developing a schedule and overseeing the work of chapter advisors and USY board members during the programs. Most importantly, the Youth Director is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the safety and security of youth during these overnight programs.

 

  • Divisional and Regional Programming: The Youth Director will coordinate any divisional or regional programming taking place at any of the member synagogues. The Youth Director shall attend these events. The Youth Director must also attend Sababa Divisional and METNY Regional USY programming whenever possible. The Youth Director must also attend any divisional/regional Youth Director meetings. 

 

  • Engagement and Outreach: The Youth Director will conduct a parent meeting to explain its benefits and promote the program, facilitate a “Parent Group” on social media, develop content for and manage the H2I Youth Group website and social media, send weekly reminder messages about upcoming programming, news and events, develop and distribute calendars describing monthly programming and flyers for special events, respond to e-mails from parents and members in a timely fashion, and oversee marketing and recruitment campaigns at the direction of the Youth Committee to grow membership.

 

  • Other responsibilities will include: 
  • Supervision and Support of the Advisors 
  • Managing H2I’s registration system and database of its members, tracking payments and program participation. 
  • Registering members with and submitting dues to International USY. 
  • Developing working relationships with youth group members, officers, parents, office staff and lay leaders.
  • Writing monthly articles for each synagogue’s bulletin. 
  • Managing the budget and chapter finances. 
  • Appling for grants to offset the expense of programming.  
  • Serve on and work with the Youth Committee as an ex-officio member. 

 

Our ideal candidate will have superb references and possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience working with teens in a camp, synagogue, educational, or program setting, and a passion for teen engagement. No formal training as an educator is required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including written and verbal communication skills.
  • Professional, articulate demeanor that engenders respect and confidence, and the ability work collaboratively with parents, teens, colleagues, lay leaders, and synagogue staff members.
  • Knowledge of Jewish life, traditions and culture, and experience integrating these concepts into a teen setting.
  • Understanding of, and preferably experience with, developing and implementing post B’nai Mitzvah experiential programs, with respect for individual development and difference, and an emphasis on community building.
  • Successful experience in utilizing technology and social media for marketing and communication.

 

Please send cover letter and resume to: H2IYouthCommittee@gmail.com

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