Director of Youth Programming and Engagement

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Park Avenue Synagogue

DESCRIPTION OF PARK AVENUE SYNAGOGUE:
Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS) is one of the largest Conservative congregations in North America. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the synagogue includes staff of more than 180 talented individuals, who together with our world-class clergy team, serve a membership of over 1,800 households. Our thriving Adult Programming, Penn Family Early Childhood Center, Congregational School, Youth, and Young Family Education departments provide high quality and inclusive Jewish educational, social, and worship opportunities to our members and the community at large.

DESCRIPTION OF JOB:
Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS) is one of the largest Conservative congregations in North America. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the synagogue includes staff of more than 160 talented individuals, who together with our world-class clergy team, serve a membership of over 1,700 households. Our thriving Adult Programming, Early Childhood Center, Congregational School, Youth, and Young Family Education departments provide high quality and inclusive Jewish educational, social, and worship opportunities to our members and the community at large.

Park Avenue Synagogue’s Rabbi Judah Nadich High School and teen engagement programs have been providing teens with an extraordinary post Bnei Mitzvah experience since 1959. We now have over 250 teens in our congregation between eighth and twelfth grades and are fully committed to engaging them and their families beyond Bnei Mitzvah through our multifaceted Teen Program that provides the framework for this successful experience. The Director of Youth Programming and Engagement will report to the Director of Congregational Education (DCE), work closely with the Rabbis and Director of the Congregational School, and will leverage the educational and teaching experience of our clergy and broader education team.

In addition to working with our teen/high school population, this professional will help develop the strategy to engage our 3rd-7th grades in order to ensure continuity from youth to teen programming. Additionally, this person will be involved in building connections to our college students as well.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with the Director of Congregational Education, clergy team and teen and lay leaders to set educational, programmatic and engagement goals for the PAS Teen and Youth Program
  • Organize and implement PAS High School Learning and Programs, which include but are not limited to: Fall Kickoff; Wednesday evening classes, teen-led Food Pantry; monthly Saturday afternoon study sessions with the senior rabbi; social justice programs; teen travel program including pre and post education and engagement; other social and educational events involving teens as well as partnering with the clergy to plan the annual Teen Appreciation Shabbat, Rock Band and A Capella
  • Creating and implementing programming for 3rd-7th graders
  • Oversee the inclusion efforts in youth and teen programming and arrange for training for participants
  • Organize, oversee and execute High Holy Day programming for PAS teen community
  • Develop relationships with PAS teens and their parents: gather contact information, encourage participation, foster dialogue and feedback and further connect them to the Park Avenue Synagogue community and its offerings
  • Cultivate and empower teen leadership through our Teen Leadership Council
  • Develop curriculum, teach and present in Teen Program, Congregational School, and Vav (6th Grade) Bnei Mitzvah sessions
  • Collaborate with the broader PAS education team on holidays, events, speakers, etc. to include teen and youth participation
  • Collaborate with the Communications department to effectively advertise and market all High School and Youth programs through use of regular departmental e-blasts, synagogue-wide e-blasts when appropriate, parent grade rep e-mails, phone calls, the PAS website, monthly bulletins and, program guides, social media and other methods of communication
  • Organize the College Connection program that includes packages and Zoom sessions during the year
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Teen Engagement Committee, Youth Committee, Jewish Camping Committee, Day School Committee, and other committees as assigned
  • Represent the youth department at meetings to seek out collaborative opportunities between education departments during holiday celebrations and synagogue-wide events
  • Build collaborative relationships with other organizations and area youth programs
  • Understand the latest trends in youth engagement and high school programming, and the ability to learn and implement the best practices amongst comparable synagogue and
    neighborhood high school and youth programs

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Past leadership in informal or formal Jewish education experiences focused on high school and youth. Professional experience in Jewish education, camping, Hillel campus or synagogue setting
  • Strong interpersonal skills: Exceptional ability to communicate and build relationships with youth and teens; Exceptional ability to communicate effectively with parents, colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Excellent project management, program planning, execution, and administrative skills: Demonstrated ability to organize and lead engaging programs, classes and trips for youth and high school students; Ability to lead and manage part-time programming staff; Understanding of and ability to work within a departmental budget
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Team player: ability to work collaboratively with clergy and other educational staff team members to achieve goals, pro-active, creative, “can-do” attitude.
  • Schedule includes some weeknights, Shabbats, holidays and Sundays. From September to May programming takes place on at least two Shabbatot/weekends per month.
  • Sense of entrepreneurialism – able to experiment and develop new models for high school programming and engagement
  • Well versed in latest high school and youth engagement techniques and ability to leverage those to create exciting, multi-faceted curricular units and experiential programs
  • Experience leading innovative Jewish holiday, Israel, Shabbat and other Jewish educational programs for youth, teens and families
  • Ability to lead dynamic and meaningful services for youth and high school students in collaboration with clergy and educational team (desired but not required)

SALARY: Starting salary $70,000. Commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefit package. Qualified candidates should submit a brief cover letter and a resume to Zawnia Dehaney, Director of Human Resources at jobs@pasyn.org.

Frequently cited statistics shows that women and underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the criteria. If you meet many but not all the criteria and feel you may be a good fit for the role, Park Avenue Synagogue encourages you to apply

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