Synagogue Youth Director

Job Type

Part Time



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131 west 86th Street
New York
United States


The Jewish Center (JC) is a vibrant and dynamic synagogue and social center located in the heart of Manhattan's pulsating Upper West Side. A flagship for Modern Orthodoxy in New York City, The Jewish Center offers a full complement of classes, lecture series, social programming for all ages and stages of life, along with a full schedule of weekly and Shabbat services.

Role Summary

The Youth Director serves as a valued member of the JC community and a role model for our children. The Youth Director strives to develop long-lasting relationships with the children and their families by designing and implementing age-appropriate spiritual and social programs for children and teens that foster a love of Judaism and commitment to chessed and the community. The Youth Director works under the direction of and in concert with the Clergy and the Youth Committee Co-Chairs. 



  • Reach out to and engage current families
  • Design programming that actively recruits new and prospective families
  • Follow up with youth and families who are not current members and invite to future shul activities
  • Work with community youth leaders from other congregations to develop inter-shul social and spiritual activities


  • Weekly

                       a.     Organize and implement Shabbat morning groups/Shabbat Junior Congregation

                       b.     Organize Shabbat afternoon programming

  • Events

                             a.     Organize/assist with Teen Minyan

                             b.     Assist or coordinate events (such as parent/child learning, Musical Havdalah, motzei Shabbat programming in the winter)

                             c.     Plan 1-2 youth Shabbatons (Friday night dinner and/or Shabbat lunch)

                             d.     Coordinate a youth Shabbat with the Chazzan

                             e.     Create and implement chessed events/activities

                             f.     Implement Chaggim programming (e.g. Sukkoth decorating, Simchat Torah party or parade, children’s Purim megillah reading, etc.)

                             g.     Develop Pre-teen/Teen events (e.g. teen oneg, Saturday night movie night, etc.)


  • Finance

                   a.     Supply bookkeeper with staff attendance and payroll information per JC procedure

                   b.     Work with families to engage them in sponsorship of specific programs

  • Management
  1. Actively recruit, supervise and train the group leaders of all Shabbat morning and afternoon programs
  2. Create and implement curricula
  3. Be present on Shabbat to ensure seamless programming
  4. Coordinate with parent volunteers to plan events
  • Communication

                  a.  Write a weekly email outlining programming for the week and upcoming events

                  b.     Advertise events within the shul and to the Upper West Side community

                  c.     Maintain a database/roster of families and children that attend shul programs

                  d.     Develop and maintain an annual, quarterly and monthly calendar of events

                  e.     Supply Executive Director with a Youth Department update for the newsletter when published (estimated at 3x per year) within appropriate time frames

                   f.     Attend regular staff meetings and Jewish Center Committee and Board meetings


  • Experience working with children in an educational or recreational setting (Designing and implementing programs is preferred)
  • Must be able to attend the Jewish Center on Shabbat/holidays (Rosh Hashana and/or Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, Shavuot, Purim, Chanukah) except for approved vacations (up to 3 Shabbatot from September-June and up to four additional Shabbatot over the summer)
  • Willing to commit to 2 years in the position


Performance and Competency Expectations

·        Detail-oriented and organized; able to plan and execute the Youth Department mission and programming

·        Experience with recruiting, hiring and supervising others (group leaders etc.)

·        Creative

·        Committed to engaging families and inspiring commitment

·        Collaborates well with others

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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