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Assistant Director of Youth and Teen Engagement

Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish path that is authentic, profound, and helps all members of our community seek and live their purpose to the fullest.

Our spiritual leaders and our nearly 1,800 member families share a vision of a diverse, dynamic, and inclusive community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life, while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. We are committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating our practices and programs to create a vibrant, contemporary, and relevant Jewish life for all who are seeking it.

Our community is led by Rabbi Rolando Matalon, together with a senior leadership team that comprises Rabbi Felicia Sol, who oversees all programs, and Executive Director/COO Colin Weil, who oversees advancement, communications, finance and administration, and operations. BJ has a staff of approximately 40 full-time and 10 part-time employees.

Our pivot to all-virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic expanded our reach substantially to thousands of additional individuals and families from around the country and beyond, who now regularly join us for prayer and learning. Our post-pandemic vision includes a dynamic hybrid operation where most of our offerings are available in-person in our historic Upper West Side campus, as well as through various online platforms. Additionally, we are building a robust library of on-demand content for our community.

Family Life and Learning Vision

To ignite families to live a Jewish life with a renewed purpose and connection to Jewish learning.

Job Overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Director of Youth and Teen Engagement who is able to connect with our teen demographic: primary school-aged children as well as emerging adults. The position will rely heavily on the ability to inspire a wide range of ages and therefore requires a high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to be effective in various roles (e.g. informal learning, formal teaching, participating in staff meetings, facilitating participation in large groups). The ideal candidate will seek out and discover creative ways to connect with all BJ members. 

This position is an active part of the Family Life and Learning Department, and a regular fixture on Shabbat, weekends, holidays, and in the community of BJ families. Assistant Director is a two to three year commitment and will report to the Director of Family Life and Learning. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • In conjunction with the Director, set a vision for teen learning and engagement and implement all teen and programming, in collaboration with the Family Life and Learning team and part-time staff.
  • Oversee all logistics and implementation of immersive experiences including but not limited to, the annual teen retreat, teen domestic and international trips, and as well as curriculum development for all immersive experiences.
  • Create substantial relationships with our youth, teens, and families and actively recruit and retain youth and teens for all programming.
  • Management and leadership development of the Teen Executive Board. 
  • Coordinate ozrim (teen teachers), part-time youth professionals, and Moving Traditions educators; including recruitment, retention, professional learning, mentoring evaluation, and assessment of the staff.
  • Develop, direct, and evaluate all teen programming and look for ways to transform the department’s offerings including service learning, teen hangouts, teen Shabbat, teen holiday programs, cohort learning, teen trips, and Hitoreri (monthly Friday night service for teens).
  • Coordinate and manage the teen calendar and teen budget; ensure procurement of all materials, setups, and supplies for all programs. 
  • Play an active role in our Hebrew School (Kadima@BJ) by organizing programs and building relationships with Kadima@BJ children and their families.
  • Capitalize on opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration.
  • Work in conjunction with teens, college students, and parents to help build lay committees. 
  • Work with the Communications Department to manage various forms of communications and publicity, including through social media, phone recruitment, regular email communication with teens and families, and updates to the BJ website and calendar.
  • Think radically about engagement of college-age (post-teen) students, and work in collaboration with the Family Life and Learning team to implement this vision.
  • Maintain awareness of current events, trends, and possibilities for teen engagement.
  • Other duties may be assigned based on skill set.

Qualifications, Experience, and Skills

  • Three to five years of formal and or informal educational experience—summer camp or youth movement work experience will be highly regarded.
  • A master’s or bachelor’s degree in education and/or Judaic studies.
  • A self-starter who takes initiative; a highly motivated, creative, and strategic thinker who seeks out new and creative ways to engage families.
  • An energetic team player with high standards of excellence and the ability to foster those qualities in others.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and strong organizational skills. 
  • Comfortable working with new technology; experience with Monday.com and Salesforce a plus.
  • Provides vision, leadership, strong project management, and experience integrating values into age-appropriate educational programs.
  • Demonstrated success working with tweens and teens aged 11-18, creating welcoming environments, and building meaningful relationships.
  • Is passionate about Jewish living and learning, fun, creative, enthusiastic, and has a good sense of humor.
  • Is excited to work as a part of a team to create new and exciting opportunities for youth and teens.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time overtime exempt position, with a salary range of $60,000 to $70,000. Salary will be based on experience level. BJ offers medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, sick, and holiday policies, 403b retirement plan.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bj.org with the subject line “Assistant Director of Youth and Teen Engagement.”

B’nai Jeshurun is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in recognition of our values, commitment to social justice, and responsibility to our spiritual leaders and staff, congregants, and the communities within which we live and work. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, veterans, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ applicants.

Mike Witman

Written By Mike Witman

Michael Witman currently serves as the Director of Family Life and Learning at B'nai Jeshurun in New York City. He previously served as the Director of Education at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck. Mi...

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