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Careers at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is always looking for smart, talented, committed people who would like to join our team.

To apply for any of the positions listed below, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@uscj.org, with the name of the position in the subject line.

Job Title Kehilla Relationship Manager: Northern Pacific and Pacific Southwest Regions
Job Description

This position is the primary local point of contact with leaders of kehillot in United Synagogue’s network to assure excellent customer service and connection with the opportunities and programs of the United Synagogue and/or collaborating organizations. It also serves as the primary liaison with United Synagogue district/regional leaders.

Position Purpose:

To manage the processes for front line messaging, information/referral, dues* and variances*, and convening meetings and conferences on a local level.

District Kehilla Relationship Managers are the primary contact for all leaders of assigned kehillot in their district/region who request information or referral about United Synagogue’s services. District KRMs assure that messages and communications about opportunities and programs flow efficiently to kehilla leaders, and are the key professionals to identify and recruit candidates for initiatives implemented by the continental staff. In collaboration with the continental Kehilla Strengthening and Transformation staff and regional Program Director**, they plan, coordinate and convene local meetings and conferences consistent with the objectives of the KST department. District Kehilla Relationship Managers work closely with district/regional leaders to identify potential volunteers for local conferences to be launched in cooperation with external collaborating organizations. Working closely with district/regional leadership, they recruit and deploy volunteers to ensure an efficient process for managing dues, variances and other administrative matters.

These representatives are the ombudsmen for our kehillot following up on progress with United Synagogue staff or collaborating organizations, and assisting in resolution of questions with United Synagogue.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a deep understanding and knowledge of available resources within and outside of the United Synagogue.
  • Manage the processes related to dues collection and budget preparation*.
  • Manage the processes related to messages and communications about new products and/or services.
  • Identify potential candidates and recruit for United Synagogue’s opportunities, programs and services.
  • Share background information about kehillot, as needed, with Transformation Specialists.
  • Regularly utilize the United Synagogue customer relationship management (CRM) tool for recording and reviewing kehilla contacts.
  • Routinely follow-up with appropriate United Synagogue staff or outside resources to ensure that issues are resolved.
  • Make certain that all data is updated in the CRM database for district/regional kehillot.
  • Collaborate with appropriate continental and regional** staff to convene local meetings and conferences.
  • Travel as appropriate.
  • Identify district/regional volunteers.
  • Assist in the training of district/regional volunteers.
  • Coordinate the activities of district/regional volunteers.
  • Coordinate with District/Regional Council Leadership.
  • Cooperate with the appropriate continental staff person responsible for the continental volunteer program.
  • Coordinate district/regional newsletters and other district/regional communications as appropriate.
  • Serve as a resource to the Kehilla Strengthening and Transformation department, finance department or other continental departments of United Synagogue.
  • Any other duties that may be required to fulfill the mission of kehilla relationships and USCJ.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Commitment to excellent customer service
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent active listening skills
  • Excellent computer skills; competence in Microsoft word, excel and power point, and willing to learn client management database and other systems as required
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Personable – people person
  • Capacity to analyze and connect needs with resources
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines
  • Team player
  • Problem solver
  • Knowledgeable about leadership, management and governance of kehillot
  • Knowledge of synagogue life and/or Jewish communal organizations
  • Expertise in building and maintaining stakeholder relationship
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the tenets of Conservative Judaism
  • Commitment to personal growth and ongoing training

Education and Work Experience:

  • College degree or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of kehilla leadership, management, governance and programming
Salary
Job Title Operations, Events, & Planning Associate, Office Facility Management & Event Planning
Job Description

This individual will play an integral role in the planning and execution of the organizational biennial convention in November as well as the annual youth convention in December. S/he will also assume responsibility for assisting in the coordination of USCJ’s pending headquarters move in the late fall of 2015 from its current location to lower Manhattan. The individual will perform other administrative and operational duties to support the Manager of Facilities & Meetings as needed.

Position Purpose:

This position functions as a staff member of the Operations Department with responsibility for working with the Manager of Events and Facilities in managing the organization’s headquarters move as well as two major conventions in the fall/winter. This position will report to the Manager of Facilities & Meetings, and will be working across all departments in planning for the office move. These duties include and are not limited to the following:

Duties and Responsibilities: USCJ Convention (November 2015)

  • Serve as part of the core planning team for USCJ biennial convention in November.
  • Work with Manager of Facilities and Meetings and Event consultant in planning and executing the logistical plan for the conference
  • Work with event consultant in ensuring smooth registration process
  • Overall administrative support for Manager of Facilities and Meetings & Convention Program Director in execution of the conference.

Duties and Responsibilities: USY International Convention (December 2015)

  • Sending out RFPs and reviewing initial responses for service providers and suppliers such as hotels, caterers, promotional materials, and transportation.
  • Assist the Manager of Facilities & Meetings in planning and executing the logistical plan for the conference
  • Work with Manager of Facilities & Meetings in ensuring proper room and audiovisual setups for each convention session
  • Overall administrative support for Manager of Facilities and Meetings & Convention Program Director in execution of the conference.

Duties and Responsibilities: Office Move and Building Maintenance

  • Work with Manager of Facilities & Meetings on all aspects of ensuring proper buildout of new physical plant
  • Participation in weekly construction meetings
  • Assist in creation of collateral for new location
  • In coordination with Assistant Office Manager, manage day-to-day running of USCJ Headquarters office.
  • Negotiate vendor office contracts as needed
  • Assist receptionist as needed with setup of office meeting rooms.
  • Other related projects and duties as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities: Other

  • Assist the Manager of Facilities & Meetings in the planning, logistics and set up for organizational quarterly board of directors meetings
  • Ability to work some late nights and weekends proximate to projects
  • Ability to travel (10-15%)

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Clear understanding of Conservative Judaism. 
  • Strong MS Office Skills with emphasis on Word, Excel, & PowerPoint
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills with colleagues across departments, vendors, and senior organizational lay & professional leadership.
  • Demonstrate strong planning, organizational skills, and an understanding of budgets.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to new systems, takes initiative, possesses strong time management skills, and has the ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced team environment built around community and teamwork.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail to meet deadlines.
Education and Work Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 1-2 years of office experience preferred
Salary
Job Title Program Associate: USY Services
Job Description

USY (United Synagogue Youth) is the youth organization of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. With 17 regions throughout North America, USY offers chapter, regional and international events, engaging thousands of teenagers. The program associate will work in conjunction with part-time advisors and youth directors on the chapter levels, regional youth directors across the continent, and full-time staff in the international USY office. The program associate will focus on spearheading leadership development, Tikun Olam (USY’s Tzedakah program), and chapter consultation services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supporting all USY International Programs
  • USY Leadership Development
  • Manage parent communication for Leadership Trainings using Constant Contact and RegPack
  • Coordinate registration materials collection and coordinate collections of outstanding documents for leadership programs, including AIPAC and board weekends
  • Direct conference logistics with USCJ meeting management including confirmation of Lodging and catering calls for USY on Wheels during summer
Tikun Olam

  • Play lead role in overseeing Tikun Olam, USY’s Tzedakah Progam
  • Including: Tracking contributions from Regions and Chapters, managing allocation program.  Developing relationships with recipient agencies and curating the list of said agencies.


Chapter Consultation Services

  • Help develop and coordinate services to USY Chapters, including:
  • Liaison to JYDA
  • Advisors Newsletter
  • Maintain and Update USY Program Bank and Pinat Chinuch
  • Liaison to USCJ Learning staff
  • Curate USY Website in coordination with our communications team


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiarity with e-mail marketing
  • Database management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Attention to detail, proofreading and editing
  • Knowledge of Conservative Jewish practice
  • Background in Jewish education
  • Some recruitment travel, including international and regional USY events
  • Ability to work with others on a collaborative team
  • Ability to learn RegPack (our participation system)


Education and Work Experience:  degree from four-year college or university

Salary
Job Title Program Associate: USY Summer Programs
Job Description

Each summer, 300-500 USYers attend USY Summer Programs. A diverse range of options are offered, including the North American-based USY on Wheels bus tour and Pilgrimage trips to Israel and Europe. In recent years, USY has sought to develop new short-term programs including TivnUSY: Building Justice, in partnership with a local social justice organization in Portland, Oregon, and USY’s Mission to Cuba, a one-week tour of a country most Americans have never visited. The USY Summer Programs office team works to support these programs, communicating with parents and participants during the recruitment period and throughout the summer. The program associate will serve as the first point of contact for prospective and registered parents and participants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain parent communication for Summer Programs using Constant Contact 
  • Ability to learn RegPack (our participation system)
  • Manage registration materials collection and coordinate collections of outstanding documents
  • Create Tefillah and Medical binders for summer groups
  • Oversee sightseeing programs for USY on Wheels
  • Supervise medical review program
  • Serve as lead contact for USY on Wheels logistics with USCJ meeting management including confirmation of lodging and catering calls for USY on Wheels during summer
  • Oversee Pilgrimage Free Weekend logistics

Knowledge and Skills:


  • Familiarity with e-mail marketing
  • Database management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Attention to detail, proofreading and editing
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Conservative Jewish practice
  • Background in Jewish education
  • Some recruitment travel, including international and regional USY events
  • Ability to work with others on a collaborative team
  • Ability to interact with parents and high school students, both in person and over the phone


Education and Work Experience: degree from four-year college or university


Salary
Job Title Regional Youth Director - CRUSY (Interim)
Job Description

This position functions as a key staff member of the Central District USCJ, supervising and supporting the day to day operations of United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima activities in the CRUSY youth region. The Regional Youth Director will report to a supervisor from the international office and consult with their District Kehilla Relationship Manager (KRM) and the regional youth commission chair.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties of the Regional Youth Director include but are not limited to the following:

  • Function as head of Youth Department in the youth region
  • Responsible for effective and efficient administration of regional youth programs
  • Develop and monitor budget in cooperation with supervisor and lay leadership
  • Work to retain and affiliate USY/Kadima members and chapters in the region.
  • Work with kehillot to strengthen their youth programs
  • Promote and monitor all aspects of youth programming, with special attention to Jewish identity, learning and skills
  • Develop and run regional youth programs and conventions
  • Organize and oversee regional participation in USY International Convention
  • Promote and recruit for USCJ youth programs, including USY Israel Pilgrimage, USY on Wheels, Nativ, etc.
  • Assist and train congregational youth personnel
  • Oversee and train regional youth leadership
  • Identify and cultivate potential funding sources
  • Represent USY, USCJ, and Conservative Movement in the community
  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with local community organizations
  • Work with other arms of the Conservative Movement in the region
  • Uphold and have an understanding of the positions, policies, and services of United Synagogue’s youth programs, and the Conservative Movement
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with lay and professional youth leadership of each affiliated kehilla
  • Assist congregations in youth personnel placement
  • Monitor compliance with standards as related to USY/Kadima

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be an observant Conservative Jew
  • Must be a regular attendee of a Conservative Movement kehilla
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to Conservative Jewish living
  • Must have a commitment to personal growth and ongoing education
  • Must have a valid passport and driver’s license
  • Must be able to travel on regular basis to visit affiliated congregations in region. This includes evening and weekend responsibilities as determined and agreed upon by lay and professional supervisors

Education and Work Experience:

  • Minimum – degree from four year college or university
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Judaism
  • Preferred – advanced training in a field that will enhance director’s ability to be a greater service to youth and youth programs
  • Experience in leading youth groups and programs in a non-profit organization or any equivalent
  • Must have a minimum of three to five years’ experience working in related fields
  • Combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is a plus.


Salary
Job Title Regional Youth Director - Pinwheel (part-time)
Job Description

Position Purpose:

This position functions as a key staff member, supervising and supporting the day to day operations of United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima activities in the Pinwheel youth region. The Regional Youth Director will report to a supervisor from the international office and consult with their District Kehilla Relationship Manager (KRM) and the regional youth commission chair.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties of the Regional Youth Director include but are not limited to the following:

  • Function as head of Youth Department in the youth region
  • Responsible for effective and efficient administration of regional youth programs
  • Develop and monitor budget in cooperation with supervisor and lay leadership
  • Work to retain and affiliate USY/Kadima members and chapters in the region.
  • Work with kehillot to strengthen their youth programs
  • Promote and monitor all aspects of youth programming, with special attention to Jewish identity, learning and skills
  • Develop and run regional youth programs and conventions
  • Organize and oversee regional participation in USY International Convention
  • Promote and recruit for USCJ youth programs, including USY Israel Pilgrimage, USY on Wheels, Nativ, etc.
  • Assist and train congregational youth personnel
  • Oversee and train regional youth leadership
  • Identify and cultivate potential funding sources
  • Represent USY, USCJ, and Conservative Movement in the community
  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with local community organizations
  • Work with other arms of the Conservative Movement in the region. 
  • Uphold and have an understanding of the positions, policies, and services of United Synagogue’s youth programs, and the Conservative Movement
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with lay and professional youth leadership of each affiliated kehilla
  • Assist congregations in youth personnel placement
  • Monitor compliance with standards as related to USY/Kadima
Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be an observant Conservative Jew
  • Must be a regular attendee of a Conservative Movement kehilla
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to Conservative Jewish living
  • Must have a commitment to personal growth and ongoing education
  • Must have a valid passport and driver’s license
  • Must be able to travel on regular basis to visit affiliated congregations in region. This includes evening and weekend responsibilities as determined and agreed upon by lay and professional supervisors

Education and Work Experience:  

  • Minimum – degree from four year college or university
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Judaism
  • Preferred – advanced training in a field that will enhance director’s ability to be a greater service to youth and youth programs
  • Experience in leading youth groups and programs in a non-profit organization or any equivalent
  • Must have a minimum of three to five years’ experience working in related fields
  • Combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is a plus.

Salary
 

To apply for any of these positions, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@uscj.org, with the name of the position in the subject line.

 
 
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