Youth Engagement Coordinator

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Barnert Temple
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Published 28 days ago

Barnert Temple, the oldest congregation in New Jersey, takes pride in its almost 175 years as a thriving, innovative Reform congregation now comprised of 450 families committed to living the values we teach.

We seek a dynamic, professional Youth Engagement Coordinator (YEC) to join our team of clergy, educators and administrators.  The YEC will encourage our youth to own and lead programming that nurtures critical thinking, intentional learning, and engagement with worship, study and social justice.

The successful candidate will possess a “camp spirit,” emanating from a strong personal Jewish identity and a clear understanding of today’s teens. The YEC will promote youth participation in our broader temple and regional community.  

Barnert Temple Youth Engagement Coordinator (YEC) Job Description

The YEC is a part time position* which includes supervisory responsibility, communication with staff, parents and youth, and teaching a weekly 9th grade class (*the position could become full time per the candidate’s interests, availability and ability: see possible additions below, marked with *).

The YEC will:

  • Advise the BarTY Senior Youth Group (grades 8-12)
  • Teach the 9th Grade JJP Class on Tuesday evenings 
  • *Create and lead youth group-style activities for students in grades 3-7

Administrative & Supervisory Responsibilities 

The BarTY Senior Youth Group Advisor will:

  • Maintain and nurture an active high school youth group informed by Jewish ethics and values 
  • Encourage and support teen participation in regional NFTY-GER (National Federation of Temple Youth, Garden Empire Region) events 
  • Help the BarTY Board develop a Teen Event Calendar synchronized with the Temple Calendar. Events should focus on socialization, social justice, religious, cultural, fundraising, opportunities 
  • Plan and implement a monthly event, including: transportation, finances, food, supplies, coordinate adult supervision (paid or volunteer)
  • Encourage BarTY-ites to come to Shabbat once a month and attend with them

Leadership Development

  • Anticipate, target, and develop new youth leadership
  • Support growth in current leaders

BarTY Board Relationship

  • Build strong one-on-one relationships with each Board member
  • Develop clear job roles for each Board member
  • Mentor and develop each Board member in their roles
  • Convene monthly Board meetings, September through June
  • Additional “work” meeting where necessary
  • Maintain regular communication via group chat or other method of communication agreed upon with Board members


  • Help the Board to create content for and publicize events through email, social media, Temple bulletin, Temple eblasts
  • Confirm Board members are in regular contact (phone calls texts, etc.) with BarTYites, outreach and events
  • Regular check-in with Regional Board Members who are BarTYites
  • Maintain regular contact and reporting with Rabbi, President, Temple Board
  • Communicate and coordinate with Temple office regarding events, set-up and PR
  • Maintain “physical” presence in Temple building: posters, photos, collections

Financial Oversight

  • Develop annual Senior Youth Group Budget
  • Maintain financial records with the BarTY treasurer
  • Yearly, review budget and expenditures with Temple Treasurer for oversight
  • Submit receipts to office manager in an expeditious manner

External Events: GER, NFTY summer programs

  • Encourage participation in GER events
  • Promote NFTY-in-Israel, Mitzvah Corps, URJ Camps
  • Promote NFTY Convention and other appropriate NFTY events
  • * Staff the RAC L’taken weekend

Supervision YEC

  • The YEC is under direct supervision of the Senior Rabbi
  • The YEC receives support from Rabbi and Parent Liaison

Additional Responsibilities

Grade 9 Teacher

By teaching a weekly 9th grade class, the YEC spends significant, meaningful time pursuing Jewish educational topics with future leaders. The curriculum is fluid and based on the needs and interests of the particular class.

*JJP and Judaics Teacher

Our Jewish Journey Project (JJP) is our innovative, flexible, and very fun version of “religious school.”  By participating as a teacher in JJP, younger students get to know the YEC and will be more open to engaging in social events organized by the YEC.

*JJP Hebrew Teacher

Our Hebrew teachers have both classroom teaching time and one-on-one online support time with our students. This time helps reinforce relational Judaism that is at the center of our mission.

*TAG Advisor

TAG is our scholarship incentivization program for 3rd-8th graders. TAG stands for Torah (study), Avodah (rituals) and gemilut chasadim (acts of human kindness). It serves to encourage students to live Jewishly all day long, in and out of the Temple. TAG-visors check-in with individual students who have chosen to join this optional program, supporting their deeper engagement in Jewish practice and in social justice.

*Jr. Youth Group

As a regional congregation, our families come from 20 different towns and our students represent over 30 different schools. Our YEC will schedule and run programs for our 3-7th graders, encouraging connections and Jewish engagement.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Prior experience working with teens in synagogue youth group, school or camp setting required
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Jewish practices, customs, and culture preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential information is essential, as is the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Highly motivated and organized and able to complete tasks and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
  • “Camp” background (especially music) is appreciated but not required
  • Ability to take initiative and superb time-management skills
  • Flexibility to work at events and programs when required, which may be outside of normal business hours
  • Comfort and agility in the world of social media 
  • Part time OR full time

Email your resume and cover letter briefly describing your background to: 

Sara Losch,

The Temple building is ADA accessible. We are located in a suburban setting off a major highway; therefore, no public transportation, but parking is located at the Temple.  

* If full time, the incumbent will be eligible for vacation, personal days, health insurance, HAS Plan and 403(b) after a brief probationary period. The office is closed on major Jewish holidays in addition to some Federal holidays.

Barnert Temple, the oldest congregation in New Jersey, takes pride in its almost 175 years as a thriving, innovative Reform congregation now comprised of 450 families committed to living the values we teach.

We seek a dynamic, professional…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Start Date
    August 23, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Ability to choose full or part time

Ability to choose full or part time


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Franklin Lakes, NJ
Associated Location
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417, USA

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