Director of Youth & Family Engagement - Temple Sinai
Mission forTemple Sinai: Temple Sinai is a warm and welcoming ReformJewish community dedicated to the support of Israel andpassionate about lifelong learning, soulful worship, and socialjustice.
Philosophy: Relationships are at the core of this role. They lay thebasis for any programs. Face to face meetings, personal asksand phone calls are considered the most effective way ofcommunicating with participants/parents and should be prioritizedabove eblasts and flyers.
Core Experience and Qualifications: At least three years experience working with young people and experience of Jewish communal leadership. Strong knowledge and understanding of Jewishtraditions and practices, particularly those of ReformJudaism. High-energy person, withstrong interpersonal and communication skills. Able to create programs, setpriorities, work independently with volunteers and layleadership and adapt to changing circumstances. Well organized person who canmotivate, delegate and oversee to completion all programmatic tasks including working with other staff to create materialsand market events to the congregation. Understands and promotes participatory teamdecision-making. Knowledge ofbasic computer applications along with social media e.g. Facebook, Instagram, as well as communication tools like ActiveCampaign and Remind, ability to create electronic posters and invites through programs like Canva. Ideally cansing and/or play an instrument.
Hours:. 15 hours per week. Available for flexiblescheduling including evenings and weekends, particularly Fridaynights, Saturday mornings and Sundays. The Youth and Family Engagement Worker should have one full day off a week.
Responsibilities: Create, oversee, budget, facilitateand coordinate programs, activities, congregational and communitywide events, including, but not limited to, the followingareas (priorities for these activities can be jointly setwith the Rabbi):
Direct oversight of Temple Sinai’s NFTY program, SVTY. Organize separate elementary, middleand high school youth group activities at least once a month including empowering and guiding the teen TYG (Temple Youth Group) board to take ownership of the youth program. Oversee and develop advisors and staff to ensure appropriate coverage for all youth programming. Carry out contact and marketing between events on relevantsocial media platforms and one to one/small group meetingswith key youth leaders. Building positive relationships withteens’ parents/guardians. RunningHigh Holy Days activities for teens at least once on eachof Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Involve the youth groups in the wider congregationwhere appropriate such as attendance at Friday Night Live. Actively promote Jewish summer campsto young people, particularly U.R.J camps. Bring the youth group closer toNFTY including sending teens to NFTY Southwest Region & international NFTY conventions. Coordinate events,where possible, with other Las Vegas valley youth groups. Program the annual Youth retreat/shabbaton. Attend Shabbat and other holiday services that include youthprograms. Maintain an effective and secure filing system anddatabase of participants. Ensureparental permission for participation is given whereneeded. Report all accidents andhealth & safety concerns to the Rabbi and/or ExecutiveDirector.
COVID 19: Every attempt should be made to offer in person programming (alongside online events) while conforming to coronavirus protocols.
Administration: Maintainconfidential youth and personnel records. Establish annual youth group calendar and coordinate room utilization with theExecutive Director. Report all accidents and health & safety concerns to the Rabbi and/or Executive Director. Prepare monthly articles for theTemple bulletin and work with the Marketing committee to submit regular articles and ads to the local newspaper. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with theparent community and community at large to facilitate continuedgrowth in youth group enrollment and Temple membership. Supervision and training for the madrichim program.
B’nai MitzvahProgram: Collaborate with the Rabbi and Cantorial Soloistto enhance the program and build a cohort each year beyondthe one-on-one tutoring.
Community Building: Design opportunities for youth and parents with school agechildren, K-12 to meet beyond the walls of Temple Sinai andbeyond the traditional meeting times.
Training andDevelopment: Attendance at relevant conventions and seminars (e.g URJ Biennial, the Association of Reform Jewish Educators annual conference, NewCAJE, Gratz NEXT, etc.) is required and a reasonablebudget for this will be provided.
Reporting andSupervision: Reports ultimately to the President, dailysupervision and oversight by the Rabbi.
Other Key Relationships: Cantorial Soloist, Controller, Executive Assistant,Board of Trustees.