Director of Youth Organizing for Local Communities and Synagogues

  • Full Time
  • Remote

Union for Reform Judaism

Location: Remote/Online (Default)/In person meetings, as needed

Organization: URJ

Employment Type: Full Time, Benefits Eligible

Department: Camp & Immersives – NFTY

Reporting to: Executive Director of Strategic Innovation and Program, URJ Camp & Immersives

Direct Reports: 3-5 Part-Time Regional Mentors

Start Date: July 1, 2022

Salary Range: $90,000 – $100,000 plus competitive benefits package




The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Camps & Immersives department seeks a passionate community builder to be the Director of Youth Organizing for Local Communities and Synagogues and to support teens in creating a vibrant, powerful, diverse, and inclusive youth movement. The URJ aspires to build the confidence and character of young leaders, so they are inspired to make the world a better place and pursue lifelong engagement in Jewish life. This Organizer will focus their work on Reform congregations across North America to build powerful synagogue networks that support teen leaders from a wide range of backgrounds (Teens of Color, teens with disabilities, LGBTQ+ identifying teens, and other often underrepresented identified), provides opportunities to gather, learn, and celebrate; and creates the “local level” of a thriving Reform teen community.  The Director will nurture the relationships, building the systems and structures to enable professional mentors to deeply collaborate with local congregations to building and growing a movement of Reform Jewish Youth.  The Director of Youth Organizing for Local Communities and Synagogues 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 Director of Youth Organizing for Local Communities and Synagogues reports to Executive Director of Strategic Innovation and Program, URJ Camp & Immersives and is responsible for the following:


Develop, train, and mentor teens as they increasingly grow NFTY to be a movement that
Centers diverse 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 from a wide range of backgrounds to be adult allies.
creates a vibrant and powerful youth community where teens from all backgrounds (including marginalized and underrepresented identities)  can experience wholeness, justice, equity, love and joy in their Judaism.
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 larger team that brings together the full body of work with teens at the URJ including NFTY, Israel, Justice, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) and Camp Teen Leaders under one unified vision and infrastructure
Supervise and support 3-5 Part-Time Regional Mentors in centering teen leaders, growing NFTY through organizing strategies, and supporting NFTYx and local experiences. (Mentors will also participate in training and cohort learning led by the NA Teen Engagement Organizer – North American Communities)
Partner with the URJ Director of Wellness and URJ REDI team to create and implement policies and procedures, as well as ongoing training that ensure an inclusive, safe, and supportive teen community in all levels of NFTY/URJ Teen Engagement.

Create, convene, and organize a leadership team of teens and adults who imagine new ways for synagogues to grow their own teen engagement and the larger Reform Youth Movement.
Create and support North American systems and structures that enable Regional Mentors to partner with synagogues in our shared vision of a robust Reform Teen Movement.
Build relationships with synagogue leaders to help unify our teen work across the Reform world into one powerful teen movement
Manage, in partnership with the Director of Youth Organizing – Leadership Development and URJ REDI team, to create trainings for synagogue leaders who are part of building the Reform Youth Movement.
Build and Implement YP101 – a year-long training experience for new youth professionals in synagogues.
Partner with URJ affiliate organizations (ARJE, CCAR, and ACC) to engage synagogue leaders as partners in this work
Align strategies with the URJ Congregational Engagement and Leadership Experiences department.

Continually refine the infrastructure needed for NFTYx to be a successful engagement and recruitment approach across North America, developing pipeline for the engagement of underrepresented groups (Teens of Color, LGBTQ+ teens, teens with disabilities, and other marginalized groups).
Create and implement support systems to help communities who would like to create local NFTY programming in their congregations and regions (NFTYx)
Meet with new cohorts of teens and synagogue groups to help them imagine how NFTYx can work in their community and prepare them to be handed off to their local Regional Mentor.
When necessary, provide support for NFTYx leaders, volunteers, or Regional Mentors regarding the implementation of health and safety policies and procedures as well as REDI strategies, including working directly with parents and teens.

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

Knowledge of Reform Congregations and Excitement for Working Collaboratively: Love of the Reform Jewish community and a deep appreciation for the synagogue’s ability to transform individuals and communities.  Passion for and knowledge of teen engagement in the synagogue setting, ability to create a climate of welcoming, collaboration, and partnership with synagogue leaders; has a strong and diverse network of colleagues in the Reform Jewish ecosystem
Community Organizing: Knowledge of community organizing, building power, and creating diverse networks; dedication to building relationships and cultivating leaders; ability to bridge and build power and reciprocal relationships across differences; possess the capacity to teach and empower others, particularly to partner to build powerful mutually beneficial relationships
Centering Teen Leaders and Being a Strong Mentor and Partner experience working collaboratively with synagogue teens to actualize their power, make decisions in the areas that impact them, and lead their community; a good listener and compassionate partner; Demonstrate strong and appropriate personal boundaries in relationships with youth; committed to lifting up teen voice and “leading from behind;” is excited by the idea of going above and beyond to help teens grow into their best selves
Jewish Living and Learning: Has a passion for igniting a love of Jewish learning and living; can teach Jewish content in a way that is meaningful and compelling. Masters in related field or cantorial or rabbinic ordination preferred.
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.
REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and incorporating Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) .

In-person meetings, as needed
Evening and weekend hours to accommodate teen schedules (1-2 evening meetings per week)
Potential to be in-person at a URJ 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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