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Youth Advisor, Congregation Beth El
Congregation Beth El, located in South Orange, New Jersey, is seeking a Youth Advisor to lead our experiential, social and social action-focused youth program. The Beth El teen program is an exciting part of a warm, vibrant, diverse and rapidly growing congregation that attracts many families from the area with middle school and high school age children, as well as young families making the move from New York and other local cities to the suburbs whose children will soon age into the program. Our spiritual leader is Rabbi Jesse Olitzky, a former USY International President, who has long been a leader and advocate for teen engagement, and was recognized by the Jewish Forward as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis.”
Beth El’s comprehensive program’s core component is SOMA Kadima & USY, our USCJ-affiliated Kadima (middle school) and USY (high school) youth groups with their home base at Beth El.
This part-time position will require a commitment of, on average, 12 hours per week over a period of 11 months (August 2018-June 2019), with the majority portion of this time spent on-site at Beth El or communicating directly with parents and teens, as the schedule and program needs dictates.
At a high level, responsibilities include:
PROGRAMMING: Develop, promote and execute a compelling 2018-19 calendar of programming for the Kadima and USY chapters, including a variety of social events and social action programs.
ENROLLMENT AND ENGAGEMENT: Actively work with parents and teens to encourage enrollment, including assembling and guiding a USY Board. The Youth Advisor will serve as the spokesperson for the program to continue to build its visibility and reputation in the Beth El and wider communities.
LOGISTICS COORDINATION: Manage the budget and event logistics with the support of the Executive Director, Teen Life Committee and additional clergy and staff.
COLLABORATION: Working cooperatively with the clergy, professional team, Teen Life Committee and lay leadership of Beth El, as well as partnering with families and the synagogue community, to meet the goals of Beth El’s mission, vision and strategic plan as it relates to the teen program and post B’nai Mitzvah education.
Specific responsibilities will include:
1. Work with the professional and lay team to create and promote a welcoming and engaging teen program that aligns with and reinforces the strong, diverse, growing community at Beth El.
2. Plan and execute a calendar of monthly events for the SOMA Kadima and USY programs.
3. Recruit new members for the 8th-12th Grade educational program, the USY chapter and the Kadima program. This includes collecting all necessary registration information from teens and their parents.
4. Develop a calendar of diverse and engaging social and social action programs for USY and Kadima.
5. Establish a teen board for USY, and mentor, empower, and advise the teens.
6. Communicate with members and parents about upcoming events for the educational program, USY, and Kadima programs. Encourage attendance at events and classes. This will require phone calls and emails, and being active on social media. Provide program and class details to the synagogue’s publicity committee for promotion through the weekly emails and Shabbat communications.
7. Promote attendance at regional and international Kadima and USY events, and arrange for chaperones and transportation for select events.
8. Coordinate programs with the Executive Director and staff, including all necessary space and set-up requirements. Maintain budget and record keeping.
9. Attend all meetings of the Teen Life Committee and coordinate their lay leadership support.
Our ideal candidate will have superb references and possess the following qualifications:
1. 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.
2. Strong interpersonal skills including written and verbal communication skills.
3. Professional, articulate demeanor that engenders respect and confidence, and the ability work collaboratively with parents, teens, colleagues, lay leaders, and synagogue staff members.
4. Knowledge of Jewish life, traditions and culture, and experience integrating these concepts into a teen setting.
5. 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.
6. Successful experience in utilizing technology and social media for marketing and communication.
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