USY Engagement Director - Far West (LA)

Salary: $40,000 - $42,000 

Background: United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the premier Jewish teen engagement program for the Conservative movement.  Through our important work USY (3rd - 12th grade) 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: This person is key to USY’s engagement initiative.  The Engagement Director serves as a leader designing and implementing key initiatives of teen engagement and leadership development that promote and enhance USY’s mission and core values.  Working closely with teens, this person will build relationships and partnerships to strengthen USY, engagement in the community. 

Reports To: USY Area Director 

Primary Responsibilities

Some of what you’ll get to do as an Engagement Director includes: 

  • Plan and implement an inclusive approach to USY engagement through new initiatives
  • Develop and implement new peer to peer engagement initiatives 
  • Create a regional engagement plan to increase membership and participation 
  • Build relationships and partnership opportunities with local professionals, Conservative congregations and other Jewish agencies
  • Foster and manage relationships with local and nation youth professionals and lay leadership
  • Empower, mentor and support USY Chapter staff and teen leadership in congregations 
  • Identify opportunities  and support the creation of new USY Chapters 
  • Establish an annual regional program calendar to be shared with participants, parents, synagogues and other Jewish agencies 
  • Expand the pipeline from Chaverim USY (3rd - 5th) to Hagesher USY (6th - 8th), and Hagesher USY to USY(9th - 12th), to maximize long term and sustainable teen engagement 
  • Promote and recruit for all USY programs, including regional, international, summer, and gap year experiences 
  • Plan and implement regional USY conventions and other programs with the support of USY staff (Area Director and Engagement staff) 
  • Participate in communal and national opportunities aimed to engage Jewish teens
  • Create initiatives to engage teens in new spaces - including public schools, Jewish day schools, and Jewish camps
  • Attend regional and international programs as assigned, including regional conventions and international experiences

Skills you have as a candidate that will help you be successful in this position: 

  • Experience working with teens and youth
  • Relationship building
  • Facilitation
  • Leadership development and coaching 
  • Organized
  • Planning and implementation of processes
  • Conflict management
  • Strong oral and written communication 
  • Budget planning and management 
  • Knowledge of the Jewish traditions; demonstrated commitment ot Conservative Jewish living &/or interest in learning 
  • Knowledge of mental health, safety and well-being for teens

Job Requirements

  • 0-3 years of work experience
  • A bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience  
  • Experience with youth or teens is preferred
  • Ability to work in-person in (insert location(s) here) 
  • Authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Valid passport and driver’s license 
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • As frequent in-person interaction with teens and children is required for this role, the staff-member must be up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination within 6 weeks of start date
  • To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty/function with or without reasonable accommodation in accordance with applicable law

Preferred Experience:

  • Degree in a relevant field(s): Jewish Studies, Education, Social Work 
  • Experience in planning large-scale events
  • Project management
  • Supervisory experience 

Work Environment: This position is located in Los Angeles.  Work location may be on-site at a Conservative synagogue, a nearby USCJ office, or from home. 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a full time position, exempt from overtime, which will require some extended hours due to evening and weekend meetings, programs and other obligations.  This position will mainly operate in the field in local communities throughout the region.  

Travel: The position supports a geographic area of the South West.  This person must be able to travel on a regular basis to programs (1-2 times per month) and visit communities throughout the region on a regular basis.  

Benefits Include

  • Health, Dental, Vision 
  • Accrued PTO 
  • Paid Secular and Jewish Holidays
  • Flexible work environment
  • Retirement plan with vested match

How to Apply

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