Director of Congregational Learning and Engagement/Director of Congregational Learning/Director of Engagement

Director of Congregational Learning and Engagement/Director of Congregational Learning/Director of Engagement

  • Full Time
  • New York, NY
  • Closing date: Aug 31, 2021

Website Town & Village Synaoguge

Conservative Synagogue

We are looking to fill one full-time or two part-time positions. When applying, please let us know if you are interested in full or part-time employment and if part-time, which roles you feel best suit your skillset.

Town & Village Synagogue is a vibrant, multi-generational, egalitarian, traditional Conservative synagogue (around 385 member units) located in Downtown Manhattan and serving members from all over New York City and surrounding areas.

We have developed a new position which requires an individual who is passionate about learning and thrives on collaboration. The Director of Congregational Learning and Engagement will have congregation-wide impact and will be responsible for coordinating our Early Childhood and Adult Education programs, Hebrew School (currently fewer than 35 students) and Center for Conversion to Judaism, creating new programs and the membership E.S.R. (engagement, satisfaction and retention) program.

The Director(s) report to the President and work with a team that consists of our clergy, and senior lay leadership to create a caring, welcoming and vibrant environment for members and prospective members. They will also work closely with and support our Synagogue Administrator, our Early Childhood Coordinator, our Teen Coordinator and a range of volunteers. The focus of this job will be to create, develop, expand and coordinate new and existing learning and engagement opportunities across the congregation (all ages) and beyond, on and off campus, in-person and virtually.

Roles and Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

Hebrew School Administration:

  • Oversee annual school calendar, class schedule and school events
  • Develop the school curriculum to reflect the needs of students and the values of the synagogue
  • Prepare annual budget, including the Early Childhood Program
  • Create outreach for student enrollment
  • Recruit teaching staff and Teen Coordinator, establish clear goals and guidelines for teachers, hold regular teacher meetings, conduct reviews and maintain open communication

Early Childhood Education:

  • Collaborate with Early Childhood Coordinator and Cantor on Tot Shabbat and other programming
  • Help establish plans for a smooth transition of families from early childhood to our Hebrew School

Adult Education:

  • Work with involved and experienced lay leadership and clergy to determine the adult education offerings
  • Help prepare an annual calendar of adult education opportunities, help determine how the programs will be delivered (in person, virtual, etc.) and who will teach them
  • Coordinate all related communications and logistics
  • Coordinate staff schedules and approve payments
  • Develop and keep track of budget
  • Help solicit and track contributions to the Learners’ Circle

Center for Conversion to Judaism (CCJ):

  • Oversee registration (once approved by relevant clergy) and tuition payment collection
  • Coordinate staff schedules and approve payments
  • Develop and keep track of budget
  • Solicit and track contributions to the CCJ

Other Educational Priorities:

  • Develop and implement strategies with appropriate individuals for informal enrichment activities (holiday programs, children’s services, Shabbat class dinners) for families with children, as well as for adults.
  • Plan and Implement opportunities for multi-generational and family learning that enrich and enhance their Jewish lives
  • Integrate students and families into the larger congregational community, encouraging participation in grade level worship and family services.

Engagement/Membership:

  • Stay current with best practices in the field of engagement, including Relational Judaism
  • Assess what will be most effective strategies for T & V and collaborate with staff and lay leadership to implement
  • Develop and execute programs to recruit, motivate, connect and honor volunteers
  • Assist in work of identifying, recruiting and retaining members and develop relevant criteria to measure engagement and program success
  • Track prospective members, coordinate outreach to them from existing members and clergy, develop ways to integrate them into the community
  • Help identify “at risk” members and collaborate retention efforts

Programming:

  • Work with lay leaders and event chairs on annual Gala and similar events
  • Collaborate with clergy, Synagogue Administrator and congregational committees to enhance our existing programs, including religious services, holiday events, educational and social programs and social action initiatives to create meaningful engagement
  • Develop and implement (with the team) new programs which may take place outside of the Synagogue
  • Assist in the collaboration with mission-aligned community partners
  • Ensure that engagement and follow-up are integrated into every program

Tracking:

  • Work with Synagogue Administrator to develop and maintain mechanisms to track members’ interests and participation and to make this information available (with regard for needed confidentiality)
  • Track volunteer skills and interests in order to match with opportunities
  • Identify trends in membership demography and interests
  • Help create timely and relevant communications to targeted populations and individuals

Communication/Teamwork:

  • Work collaboratively as part of T & V’s team to fulfill its mission
  • Represent T & V, at relevant committees and meetings in the Jewish community and in the community at large
  • Take an active role in the life of the synagogue and the Jewish community

 

Qualifications:

  • Preferred experience: 5 years or more in Jewish organizational life
  • Relevant degree (Rabbinic/Cantorial ordination, Masters in Jewish Education, MSW) desired but not required with relevant experience
  • Judaic knowledge, including familiarity and comfort with Conservative Judaism
  • Strong organizational skills, multi-tasker, self-starter
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Professional and empathetic in interpersonal relationships
  • Standard technology skills (Word, Excel, Google Suite and CRM)
  • High standard of excellence, dedication, flexibility and a “do whatever it takes to accomplish the job” attitude
  • Warm, engaging and accessible with a love for all children

 

Work Location:

  • At the time of this posting our building is basically closed, and we are operating virtually. We expect a gradual return to in-person programming over the summer. The Hebrew School is likely to remain hybrid (a combination of in-person and virtual learning, which had been our plan pre-Covid) in the Fall. All candidates must be comfortable with working remotely and able, with sufficient notice, (and following relevant COVID-19 guidelines) to be in-person.

 

Work Hours:

  • Mostly weekday but some evenings and weekends as appropriate for Synagogue programming and Jewish Holidays

 

Full or part-time depending on position components.

Salary:  $30,000-100,000, according to position components, experience and expertise

Benefits: Vacation, holiday and sick time, professional development, Synagogue

membership, Hebrew School tuition, and parsonage (if applicable)

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