Director of Engagement, USY/Kadima (Northern/Central NJ)


United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the premiere Jewish teen engagement program for the Conservative movement. Through our important work USY empowers Jewish youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, a deep engagement with and love for Israel, and a commitment to inspire Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences based on the ideology of Conservative Judaism.

Position Summary

The Director of Engagement is a key position for USY’s new engagement initiative. The Director of Engagement serves as an engagement leader designing and implementing key initiatives of teen engagement and leadership that enhance USY’s mission and core values. Working closely with teens, the Director of Engagement is responsible for creating engagement initiatives and programs for teens. The Director of Engagement will build relationships and partnerships to strengthen USY and Kadima engagement.

Position Reports to: USY Branch Program Director

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The duties of this position include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Plan and implement an inclusive approach to USY and Kadima engagement through new engagement initiatives.
  • Develop and implement new peer to peer engagement initiatives.
  • Create branch engagement plan to increase membership numbers and participation.
  • Build relationships and partnership opportunities with local professionals, Conservative congregations and other Jewish organizations.
  • Foster and manage relationships with local and national youth professionals and lay leadership.
  • Empower, mentor and support USY and Kadima chapter staff and teen leadership.
  • Encourage and support the creation of new USY and Kadima chapters.
  • Execute new Kadima engagement initiatives and programming.
  • Enhance the transition bridge from Kadima to USY to maximize teen engagement.
  • Promote and recruit for all USY and Kadima programs, including regional programs, international programs, International Convention (IC), USY’s summer programs (USY on Wheels & Pilgrimage) and USY’s gap year program (Nativ).
  • Plan and implement regional Kadima convention and other Kadima programs with the support of the Engagement Associates.
  • Participate in communal and national opportunities that engage Jewish teens.
  • Create new initiatives to engage teens in new arenas, including public school settings, Jewish schools, and Jewish camps.
  • Attend regional program branch/international programs, as assigned.

Ideal Candidate Key Qualities for Success in this Position:


  • Experience working with teens
  • Relationship Building
  • Facilitation skills
  • Strong leadership and organization skills
  • Coaching skills
  • Planning and implementation
  • Conflict management
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Budget planning and tracking
  • Knowledge of the Jewish tradition; demonstrated commitment to Conservative Jewish living and/or interest in learning
  • Knowledge of mental health, safety and well-being for teens


  • Minimum – degree from four year college or university
  • Commitment to personal growth and ongoing education

Preferred Education and Experience

  • At least 4 years’ experience working in related fields
  • Degree in relevant field(s) including: Jewish Studies, Education, Social Work
  • Experience in planning large-scale events
  • Supervisory experience
  • Advanced training in a field that will enhance director’s ability to be of greater service to youth and youth programs

How to Apply

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].