Synagogue Youth Director

Website Ohev Sholom Congregation

A vibrant and open Orthodox congregation in Washington, DC

Ohev Sholom is not just a place of worship; it’s a community. As we expand and nurture our thriving synagogue, we are actively seeking a Youth Director to lead and cultivate an engaging, educational, and spiritually enriching experience for youth of all ages.

To support our kid-centric shul that takes fun seriously, our next Youth Director will be comfortable creating, overseeing, and implementing programming that fosters a sense of community, Jewish values, and skill-building in a synagogue environment. The Youth Director will work closely with our religious leadership team, lay leadership, and parents to identify community needs, enhance our current offerings, and provide leadership, organization, and direction to a wide-range of community volunteers and staff.

About Ohev Sholom

Nestled in the Shepherd Park neighborhood of Washington, DC, Ohev stands out as a vibrant and inclusive Modern Orthodox Jewish community. Ohev Sholom’s mission is to serve our local and greater Jewish community while engaging with our neighbors. Established in 1886 with just over 25 families, our synagogue has flourished over the past 130 years and has grown into a warm and welcoming community, with over 200 families contributing to our rich tapestry.


  • Program Development. Work collaboratively with clergy, synagogue leadership, and parents to create and implement a diverse range of engaging, educational programs and activities tailored to different age groups (from preschool to high school), including overseeing regular youth programming, community-building events, and staffing for Shabbat mornings and holidays
  • Youth Engagement. Build meaningful relationships with, and encourage active participation of, young members through innovative approaches that resonate with the youth community.
  • Staff and Volunteer Management. Hire, supervise, and coordinate all staffing for Shabbat and holiday youth group programs. Recruit, train, oversee, and mentor community teens to assist in program implementation and leadership development.
  • Communication and Outreach. Maintain regular communication with parents and the broader synagogue community to promote events, engage the youth, and keep our community informed about youth programming and opportunities for involvement.

Hours and Work Locations

This is a full-time exempt position. Work will be performed primarily in-person at Ohev Sholom, with the ability to work remotely up to 50% and some flexibility around daily hours, with the expectation of availability to attend/lead programming on some Shabbatot/holidays and/or weekends/evenings. The Youth Director works closely with the clergy and reports to the Director of Operations.

Reduced hours or flexible arrangements will be considered for the right candidate, including for those with seasonal, part-time, or academic commitments.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (completed or near-completion)
  • Minimum two years of experience working in an educational Jewish youth environment (formal, informal, or experiential) in paid or unpaid positions, including camp, school, or synagogue setting.
  • Experience managing a team of paid and volunteer staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management
  • Strong communication skills (written and spoken); ability and comfort communicating effectively with a wide range of people is required
  • A wide range of religious and educational backgrounds will be considered, but strong Jewish identity, knowledge of Orthodox Jewish practices and customs, and an ability to appreciate and model Ohev’s culture of Modern Orthodoxy are a must.
  • Authorization to work in the United States (required).

What You Will Get

  • Competitive salary based on industry standards – $60,000 – $85,000 (for a full time position).
    Benefits include: medical, dental and vision.
  • Three weeks paid vacation with additional reasonable working time flexibility as part of mutual understanding of flexibility regarding working hours.
  • Access to a 403b plan.

To apply for the Youth Director position, please submit application materials (cover letter and resume) to [email protected].

Visit ohevdc.org to learn more about our warm congregation and great city. Questions? Contact [email protected].

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@ohevdc.org