Assistant Director: Yozma- Nativ College Leadership Program

Mission Critical: 

Nativ is the Conservative Movement’s College Leadership Program in Israel and has provided an unparalleled Gap Year experience in Israel for forty years, with over 2000 alumni worldwide. Nativ is dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, provides a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult.   By focusing on Jewish living, leadership development, and Israel exploration, Nativ infuses living in Israel with Jewish life and spirit.

Nativ is also proud to run Yozma, an inclusion track within Nativ dedicated to furthering the development of life and leadership skills that are essential for young adults with cognitive and social challenges to lead independent, meaningful Jewish lives and successfully transition to a college program. Yozma is an inclusion program, integrated into every part of Nativ life alongside the other Nativ participants.   The Yozma program maintains a 3:1 staff to participant ratio, and generally includes 3-5 participants.

From September through May, Nativ participants are immersed in the rich and diverse society of Israel, exploring the land and enjoying a fulfilling Conservative Jewish lifestyle.  Students study in the Fall Semester at Hebrew University, the Conservative Yeshiva, or Ulpan. In the Spring Semester, they live and volunteer in different communities in Israel, such as  Tiberias, Yemin Orde, and Karmiel.  

Nativ is the culminating experience of USY’s immersive programs and each year there are significant numbers of USYers who are part of the program.   Additionally, Nativ is proud to consistently attract significant young adults who came from public schools, Ramah camps, Solomon Schechter day schools, and Orthodox day schools.

Position Purpose

The Assistant Director of Yozma manages the Yozma track within the Nativ program, working directly with participants and their families to ensure a maximally successful experience, and supervising the madrikhim on the program who specifically work with Yozma participants.       

 

Based in Jerusalem, the Assistant Director of Yozma reports to the Director of Nativ, and is a fully integrated member of the Nativ Senior Staff in addition to his/her/their responsibilities on Yozma.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Oversee the daily operation of the Yozma track including programming, health and safety, disciplinary issues, staff supervision, parent communication, and participant support
  2. Along with the Assistant Director for Admissions, screen and interview Yozma applicants and their parents to ensure a proper fit for the program
  3. Supervise Yozma madrichim to be hired on a yearly basis
  4. Speak weekly with each family with a child on Yozma to provide support, assess needs, and ensure meaningful two-communication to ensure a participant’s success on the program
  5. At a minimum, speak weekly with each Yozma participant to provide support, assess needs, and ensure meaningful two-communication to ensure a participant’s success on the program
  6. In the first semester, serve as the main interface and advisor to the administration and faculty at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem regarding Yozma participants during the admissions process, course, selection, and throughout the academic term
  7. In the second semester, serve as the main interface and advisor with the supervisors and staff at the volunteer locations the Yozma participants select
  8. In accordance with best practices, document contact with parents and participants to ensure that the development objectives of the program are being met
  9. Provide other programmatic leadership and support for Nativ, in accordance with the direction of the Nativ Director and the needs of the program
  10. Act as the in-house Yoetz or Yoetzet for the general Nativ student body to ensure that all participants are well-integrated into the program

Supervisory Responsibility

Depending on enrollment, the Assistant Director will supervise 1-2 madrichim on Nativ who specifically work with the Yozma participants.

Recommended Education and Experience

  • Advanced Degree strongly preferred, in Special Education, Education Social Work, Cognitive Development, or any advanced degree that demonstrates enhanced qualifications in disability inclusion.
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science required
  • Hebrew Fluency (i.e. reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Dual citizenship for Israel and the United States or Canada is preferred, but not required
  • 3-5 years or more relevant experience

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • High knowledge of best practices for disability inclusion, particularly regarding the interface between disability inclusion and experiential education
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development for oneself and the staff he/she/they supervises
  • Commitment to the values and practices of Conserative Judaism 
  • Knowledge of CRM systems and customer service platforms 

Work Environment: Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center for Conservative Judaism, Jerusalem, Israel 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 12-Month A Year Position
  • A number of evenings and weekends are required, depending on the needs of the program

Travel:  

The majority of program travel takes place within Israel. For the first semester, the Assistant Director will spend most of their time in Jerusalem.   For the second semester, travel will be required to locations around  Israel where the groups are located,  to monitor the program’s progress and serve participants. 

When travel to North America is safe, the Assistant Director for Yozma will travel to North America 1-2 times per year to interview Yozma applicants.

Work Authorization

Although Nativ is run by USY and USCJ, both of which are based in the United States, the Assistant Director for Yozma will be employed by the Israel Experience, Nativ’s land-provider in Israel.   This enables all work authorization and procedures to be aligned with Israeli employment law.

How to Apply

For further inquiries, please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected]