HIR seeks a vibrant, creative, thoughtful leader to be an active and an engaging role model for our youth.
We are looking for a Youth Director, or co-Youth Directors, (YD) to join our forward-thinking Orthodox community, who will build on the strong infrastructure and successful programs put in place by our outgoing Youth Director and bring his or her own original and unique talents and ideas to our community. The successful candidate will have a background in Jewish communal youth leadership and will demonstrate a successful history of employment in the field as well as strong communication, social, and organizational skills. This person should reflect the open, inclusive and empathic values of our community and inculcate the love of Torah, Tefillah, Medinat Yisrael and Chesed into the programming. He or she will be required to submit to a comprehensive background check.
Youth Programming serves two distinct and complementary purposes: To engage children, from toddlers to teenagers, in Jewish life, and specifically Synagogue life. To provide children safe, fun, educational, and age-appropriate programs. Supervised and supported jointly by the Senior Rabbi and Executive Director, the YD must be comfortable shifting among educational, supervisory and administrative roles and will be supported by an active Youth Committee.
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The position requires:
- Overall supervision of Shabbat and Yom Tov morning groups, including calendar management and curriculum.
- The YD should be present for 80% of Shabbatot and for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, Shavuot, and between 15 and 18 additional, non-holiday programs, as detailed below.
- Promoting, strategizing and implementing inclusion for children with special needs.
- Recruiting, training and supervising all Youth Department staff – teen group leaders as well as adult special program leaders, with a specific focus on monthly or bimonthly training for Shabbat morning group leaders (approx. 1-2 hours per week planning groups and training).
- Updating and enforcing policies regarding children’s safety and health, including oversight of allergies, injuries and first aid, bullying prevention, and child protection.
- Planning and recruiting youth department staff during the summer months, especially at the end of August and beginning of September.
- Together with the rabbinic team, encouraging parent-involvement in the broader shul community.
- Designing, scheduling, and staffing all youth programs and personally overseeing a majority of them, including Monthly Shabbat afternoon activities (warm weather),
- Holiday Programs (key dates): Tisha B’av Afternoon High Holiday Childcare. Simchat Torah Night Chanukah Purim (MAJOR HIGHLIGHT OF YOUTH CALENDAR) Yom Ha’atzmaut (in partnership with Bronx Borough President’s office) Shavuot Pre-Holiday programs Erev Rosh Hashana Erev Sukkot Sunday before Pesach and/or Erev Pesach Childcare during adult programs, such as Shabbat Shuva and Shabbat HaGadol Drashot.
- Teen-only events, such as monthly Friday night onegs.
- Interacting with the broader community through conversation with parents and partnership both within the synagogue and with relevant community organizations.
- Working with facilities, administration and rabbinic staff to administer the youth department, including Completing and submitting payroll paperwork and ensuring background checks (usually 8-12 hours per month).
- Plan (together with the committee chair) shul youth committee meetings (monthly during active periods).
- Overseeing vendor relationships and inventory, reviewing invoices and deliveries, issuing purchase orders, and approving payments (Usually 3-4 hours per week).
- Partnering with Facilities for event set-up and clean up.
- Partnering with the administrator and program associate to market events and communicate with stakeholders.
- Availability during weekly staff meetings.