Community Director (Lower Mainland – Metro Vancouver)

USY enables Jewish teens to create meaningful Jewish experiences. For 73 years, USY has equipped young Jews with the skills, values and confidence essential to become strong leaders in their religious and secular communities. 

USY offers Jewish experiences that support and connect youth as they navigate the joys and challenges of growing up. Through Jewish education and shared experiences, youth discover their passions, realize their potential and find their place in a lifelong supportive community.

USY ensures safe spaces for teen participants to broaden their horizons by exploring, sharing, listening, challenging, empathizing, supporting and thriving in order to pave the way for the next generation of Jewish youth. 

USY empowers teens to build relationships that elevate, leadership skills that make an impact and a sense of belonging to the Jewish People and Israel, along with a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism’s approach to experiential learning, spiritual expression and social responsibility.

USY inspires teens to share a deep sense of pride and love for their Jewish identity through year-round programming, immersive experiences, domestic and international opportunities and connections.

At USY and USCJ, we don’t just talk about our values – we live them every single day. Collaboration, Dedication to the Mission, Generosity of Spirit, Innovation and Adaptability, Integrity, Solution Orientation and Striving for Excellence are not just words on a page for us; they are the guiding principles that shape our culture and drive our success. Join us and observe firsthand how our values inform and direct our work with precision and purpose.

To learn more about us, visit www.usy.org

Position Summary:

The Community Director is a key role focused on unifying and integrating teen engagement efforts in the Lower Mainland (Metro Vancouver). The Director will bring added capacity and leadership to the Lower Mainland’s youth portfolio by providing support to the currently active Conservative congregations of Beth Israel, Beth Tikvah and Har El.

The Director’s efforts will enhance and strengthen the missions and core values of our partner organizations through implementation and execution of key program components targeted at teen engagement and leadership development. At the local level, the Director is accountable for creating connections with/between diverse Jewish teens through new engagement initiatives with a view to universal participation and inclusion.

Responsibilities:

  • Programming and Collaboration
    • Support an inclusive approach to teen engagement at all age levels, including USY engagement through new engagement initiatives.
    • Participate in the overall plan to increase membership numbers and participation.
    • Build relationships and partnership opportunities with local professionals, Conservative congregations and other Jewish organizations, including but not limited to King David High School, JCC and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.
    • Assist and lead chapter, multi-chapter and city-wide events.
    • Promote and recruit for all Lower Mainland USY programs including chapter programs, regional programs and summer programs.
    • Participate in communal opportunities that engage local youth directors and/or teens.
    • Serve as Member of the USY Staff Team and attend regular staff meetings with key staff and USYers, as well as staff in-person programs on a regional and international level.
  • Leadership Development
    • Recruit, train, empower and mentor teen leaders to take active roles within the USY community.
    • Support and develop teen leaders within the Lower Mainland and empower them to take ownership of their programming events so that programming expands in both volume and participation numbers.
    • Stay current on issues and emerging trends impacting Jewish teens and integrate these into leadership development opportunities.
    • Frame a positive and supportive work environment with USCJ’s shared staff values of: collaboration, dedication to the mission, generosity of spirit, innovation and adaptability, integrity, solution-oriented and striving for excellence; accountable for “living the values” in daily work relationships and work product/outcomes.
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Jewish Education, Jewish Studies or similar field preferred
  • 2 to 5 years or more relevant work experience
  • Passion for USY’s mission and commitment to empowering Jewish teens
  • Significant knowledge of youth development, teen issues and emerging trends, teen engagement and experiential Jewish education
  • Experience in immersive Jewish education
  • Strong understanding of Jewish youth culture and experience
  • Knowledge of Jewish traditions; demonstrated commitment to Conservative Judaism living and/or interest in learning
  • Demonstrated people-management and coaching, including conflict management skills
  • Excellent relationship-building, leadership and facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication (verbal, written and interpersonal) and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and multitask
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with budget planning and tracking
  • Knowledge of how to successfully engage teens on social media platforms preferred
  • Proficient in Google Workspace; knowledge of CRMs and other customer platforms preferred; ability to learn online systems and programs quickly; and proficient with video conferencing technologies

Schedule:

Monday through Friday; requires attendance at evening meetings and weekend programs and conventions as needed

Travel:

Requires travel for site visits, programs, conventions and other events as needed

Salary and Benefits:

$48,000 – $53,000 CAD; benefits include extended medical and dental coverage

USY is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

For consideration, submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected]