Assistant Director, Youth Organizing – Development & Volunteer Community

  • Full Time
  • Remote

Union for Reform Judaism

Location: Remote/Online/In person meetings, as needed

Organization: URJ

Employment Type: Full Time, Benefits Eligible

Department: Camp & Immersives – NFTY

Reporting to: Director of Youth Organizing – Leadership Development

Start Date: July 1, 2022

Salary Range: $60-70,000 plus competitive benefits package




The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Camps & Immersives department seeks a passionate community builder to be the Assistant Director of Youth Organizing with a focus on development and volunteer engagement in the pursuit of creating a vibrant, powerful, diverse, inclusive youth movement. This Organizer will work on building and sustaining a network of adult volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds (including People and Jews of Color, LGBTQ+ identifying people, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups) and donors who provide support and partnership to teen leaders.  While nurturing these relationships, the Assistant Director will build and sustain systems and structures that enable thousands of alumni, parents, and committed adults to find meaning, purpose, and joy in donating their time and money to support growing the Reform Youth Movement for today and in the future.  The Associate Director is part of a new URJ Youth Organizing team, that bridges the space between community organizing and youth development by catalyzing a core belief in young people’s individual and collective power and partnering to create an inclusive, safe, and supportive year-round Reform teen community.


The Assistant Director, Youth Organizing – Development & Volunteer Community reports to Director of Youth Organizing – Leadership Development and is responsible for the following:


Develop, train, and mentor teens as they increasingly grow NFTY to be a movement that
centers teen leadership and reflects the values, interests, and aspirations of teens and their peers.
partners with Reform synagogues and like-minded communities.
welcomes alumni/volunteers to be adult allies.
creates a diverse, vibrant and powerful youth community where all can experience wholeness, justice, equity, love and joy in their Judaism (including teens from a wide range of marginalized backgrounds).
Prioritizes racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI)
In partnership with a network of NFTY and URJ leaders, implement trainings, fellowships, and leadership trajectories that help teens actualize their power and build their vision of a Jewish community and movement.
Be an active member of the URJ Youth Organizing team and join in learning, reflection, and growth.

Organize a leadership team of teens and adults to create a volunteer network and structure where alumni, parents, and adult allies can directly support NFTY/URJ Teen Leadership.
Create and maintain systems and infrastructure needed to support and train a vibrant and fluid community of volunteers.
Identify and mentor volunteer leaders from a wide range of backgrounds across North America who will bring in other leaders and build a strong support system for teen leaders.

In partnership with the URJ Development team, organize a leadership team of teens and adult allies who will build resources for NFTY and teen leadership using both grassroots and large donor strategies, focusing on three main areas:
Local resources that can be utilized by teen leaders in their communities.
Scholarship funds for participation in camp weekends and other high-cost programming.
Organizational support to ensure the ongoing investment in URJ Youth Leadership.

Collaborate with the URJ Marketing and Communications team to ensure that teen leaders receive the support and training they need to communicate with all partners and participants (teens, adults, synagogue professionals, alumni…).
Organize teens interested in leading communications and marketing for their region. Help them access tools and knowledge to be influencers & informers in their communities.
Ensure all stakeholders are receive the communications needed to experience a sense of belonging in the Movement

To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas:

Community Organizing: Can imagine a volunteer network built through community organizing, relationship building, and intentional centering of teen power; dedicated to cultivating diverse leaders; proven ability to build reciprocal relationships across differences; possess the capacity to teach, motivate, and empower others
Systems Creation: Can translate vision into action; Can create powerful systems that support relationships, distribute leadership, and create deep collaboration.  Believes that youth work is stronger when supported by a diverse network of committed adults
Development expert relationship builder; excited to help build an approach to fundraising for the Reform Youth Movement; knowledge of online giving strategies
Centering Teen Leadership and Being a Strong Mentor and Partner a passion for working collaboratively with teens to help them actualize their power and create a strong Jewish Youth Movement; a good listener and compassionate partner; Demonstrates strong and appropriate personal boundaries in relationships with youth.; committed to lifting teen voices and “leading from behind;” is excited by the idea of going above and beyond to help teens grow into their best selves
Initiative. Enjoys working hard; is action-oriented and full of energy for worthwhile activities; not fearful of taking calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding but achievable objectives for self and in partnership with youth leadership; sets appropriate personal work objectives, measures own progress; identifies personal gaps in knowledge and skill; undertakes appropriate activities to develop needed skills and seeks regular feedback on performance.
Reform Judaism. Has a love of the Jewish community and an appreciation of synagogues, NFTY, camps, Justice work, and Israel programs and their ability to transform individuals and communities, Familiarity with Reform Judaism and the Reform Jewish community.
REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience or willingness to prioritize and execute on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities.

In-person meetings, as needed
Evening and weekend hours to accommodate teen schedules (1-2 evening meetings per week)
Potential in-person at camp for part of the summer

Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. We acknowledge that due to racism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, that our communities are not whole until everyone experiences a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, we stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of our communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for our communities to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership. Together, our employees and stakeholders, are creating Reform Judaism of today.


Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We look forward to hearing from you! Please click the link to APPLY ONLINE!  Alternatively, please mail your resume and cover letter to: Union for Reform Judaism, Attn: Talent Management, 633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.

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