Senior Director of Teen Engagement

USCJ seeks a visionary and bottom-line oriented Senior Director to lead our international youth division and lead the growth of USY and Nativ, our gap year program in Israel. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer/Interim CEO. this position requires you to provide direction and motivate a broad team of youth staff and volunteer leadership while you see both the big picture and the immediate next steps. This role requires a keen understanding of informal teen education, dedication to and enthusiasm for Conservative Judaism and a commitment to grow opportunities for our teens and our communities.

Who we are:

USY is USCJ’s youth group for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. For about 70 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities. USY empowers youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism’s approach to learning, spiritual expression, and social responsibility. Through year round programming and domestic and international travel opportunities, USY inspires in teens a deep sense of pride in and love for their Jewish identity. To learn more, visit;;

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead and support a strong Teen Engagement department and a dedicated and thoughtful International USY Executive Board, by managing, mentoring and developing excellent staff and volunteer leadership.
  • Inspire Staff, Teens, Lay Leadership, Alumni and Donors to be involved and support the next steps of our Youth Programs, focusing on levers to reach, empower and engage teens and pre-teens.
  • Relay relevant insight of the USY business model through the creation of viable KPI’S.
  • Involve a broad set of stakeholders, clergy, professionals and lay leaders across North America, in supporting our teens today and building our teen programs of tomorrow.
  • Build, run and assess programs in an iterative process to build on what’s working and address what’s not.
  • Develop and nurture partnerships which extend and enhance our teens’ and staff’s experiences.
  • Partner with our FRD division, to cultivate, solicit and steward donations from alumni, friends, and institutional funders.
  • Develop and implement a budget that is all inclusive, remains up to date, by working with the senior team and the financial staff to be certain all elements are included.
  • Know and keep appraised of current best practices and requirements for those who work with teens, e.g., training, security, etc. Able to develop, modify and monitor teen engagement policies and procedures to ensure they are always up to date and implemented uniformly throughout USY.
  • Collaborate internally across USCJ to achieve the full organizational mission
  • Collaborate with Marketing to increase outreach and ensure most effective communication stream and messaging

Who You Are:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in Jewish education or related field
  • 10 + years’ experience in Jewish education, specifically in teen engagement and a track record of successfully building engagement and participation
  • Command of youth related issues and the current Jewish youth landscape
  • Track-record of being a nonprofit leader, managing a broad, geographically dispersed team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to develop networks of strong relationships with a wide variety of people
  • Proven ability to fundraise with individuals and foundations
  • Strong fiscal and business management skills including proficiency in developing budgets and advising others in the budgetary process
  • Facility with business analytics and experience using them to inform decisions
  • Strong time management skills and ability to plan, prioritize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
  • High level of Jewish content knowledge and deep commitment to Conservative Judaism. Observant as per the Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards per the Rabbinical Assembly
  • Able to travel for International and USCJ business and be available for evening and weekend meetings

How do I apply for this opportunity?

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Application submission deadline is October 31st, 2019

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Application submission deadline is October 31st, 2019