I . Job Summary
The Youth Engagement Coordinator creates and oversees youth programming for the Beth Israel. The function is to foster social, spiritual, educational and social action programming. All youth programming activities should enable children to develop and deepen their connections to Reform Judaism, other Jewish youth, Beth Israel, the local community and Israel.
II. Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities
Education and Programming
In consultation with the Religious School Director, provide and implement a combination of programming and education opportunities for our 3rd-5th grade youth group, 6th – 7th grade youth group, and our 8th-12th grade youth group (NFTY/BBYO).
Coordinate with the Religious School Director to integrate Youth and Religious School activities appropriately. Assist in all school programs.
Provide song leading as needed for the religious school, including grade level events.
Promote youth participation and attend NFTY SOCAL Regional Events. Promote youth participation with potential attendance at local, regional, and national youth programming and retreats; and Israel trips.
Supervise all Senior Youth Group board meetings.
Work with Senior Youth Group board to organize activities for teens.
Create all resource materials to promote youth programs
Maintain data about event participation
Organize and administer annual Religious School camp weekend in consultation with appropriate personnel
Teach classes in the CBI High School and provide other educational support when needed
Meet with BBYO staff on a weekly basis
Organize monthly Teen Shabbat Experience
Create new creative “points of entry” for youth who are not involved with existing youth programs.
Plan Youth High Holy Day Programming
General and Administrative
Organize permission forms for all events
Process invoices and expense authorizations for Youth related activity
Create and maintain youth rosters for all youth groups with appropriate contact information
Promote all youth programs and activities available through a variety of venues, including web site, youth e-blast, mailers, etc. Regularly maintain youth program page on web site.
Maintain Youth Program calendar and ensure all dates are coordinated with Beth Israel calendar.
Plan and/or coordinate all youth events, including ascertaining and arranging location, arranging food, program transportation, hiring and supervising chaperones and advisers, etc.
Report directly to Director of Education.
Interact with youth, members, volunteers, and community organizations as appropriate.
Supervise event chaperones and/or youth advisors.
Qualifications, Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of and commitment to Reform Judaism including prayers, rituals and holidays
Strong organizational, project management and leadership skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
The ability to work with youth of all ages
Knowledge of child development issues
Good organization skills and ability to multi-task; attention to detail
Ability to take initiative and exercise independent judgment and decision-making
Expertise working with computer, including Internet and social media, word processing, email, database, and spreadsheets
Work Hours Per Week Required
Part-time position: 20 hours per week, with the option to add teaching hours. Schedule may vary depending on time of year and organizational activities. Availability for evenings and weekends is required. Must be willing to work Jewish holidays as needed.