Youth Engagement Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Congregational Learning
Status: Full-time
Start Date: July 1, 2020

Temple Israel’s Youth Engagement Coordinator (YEC) oversees youth programs (6th-12th grade) including youth groups, teen education, NFTY, and family activities. The ideal YEC is energetic, creative, joyful, and passionate, communicates well, and understands the needs of teens in today’s world.  The YEC will intentionally seek opportunities to partner with our Christian and Muslim neighbors in Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative and other Omaha Jewish youth groups to create joint teen-programming when doing so aligns with the mission of Temple Israel. The YEC will also assist the Director of Congregational Learning in the running of K-12 education programs, work on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings during the schoolyear, and occasionally attend weekend events, trips, and retreats.

Duties/Areas of Work

Youth & Family Programming

  • Advise, supervise, and support the OTYG (high school) and JYG (middle school) youth group programs, and help with the creation of a youth group program for 3rd-5th
  • Partner with the youth specialists of the other Jewish and Tri-Faith institutions to plan opportunities for interfaith community building.
  • Develop teen and parent leaders to envision new opportunities and engage Youth Committee members in helping to plan youth activities.
  • Actively recruit and engage age-appropriate children with Jewish summer camps and programs.
  • Recruit for and attend weekend trips and events such as NFTY-Missouri Valley regional gatherings, Temple Israel Family Camp, and teen travel opportunities.

Teen Education

  • Direct the Wednesday evening teen education program including teaching, designing classes, and providing administrative support for other teachers.
  • Partner in the future visioning of teen education with teen leaders, parents, clergy, and the Director of Congregational Learning.
  • Lead occasional program-wide learning activities for 8th-12th
  • Assist in the supervision and training of Madrichim (teen classroom assistants).

Administration & Communications

  • Assist the Director of Congregational Learning in day-to-day administration of K-12 learning programs and partner in the planning and running of school-wide events.
  • Publish weekly communications and post regularly to the school’s social media accounts about teen programs.
  • Coordinate logistics for trips, retreats, High Holy Day children’s programming, Temple Israel’s Summer Camp Fair, and OSRUI recruiting weekend.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Prior experience working with teens in a youth group, school, or camp setting.
  • Passion for involvement in a Jewish community.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of Jewish practices, customs, and culture.
  • Technological skills (social media, Microsoft Office suite, database entry).
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and complete assignments both alone and as a part of a team.


  • Work collaboratively with Temple Israel’s professional team to create a holy Jewish community, to help our congregants discover Jewish meaning and purpose, and to maintain a collegial and friendly work environment.
  • Participate in the Temple’s committees and programs as appropriate.
  • Ensure coordination between Temple Israel and community calendars.
  • Take an active role in the life of the synagogue and the Jewish com

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The above statements are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the job requirements. Rather, they are intended to describe the general nature of the job. Temple Israel reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to