Youth Engagement Coordinator

$35,000 + benefits
Reports to:     Director of Congregational Learning
Status:             Full-time
Start Date:      July 15, 2019

Job Summary
Temple Israel’s Youth Engagement Coordinator (YEC) oversees youth programs (6th-12th grade) and assists the Director of Congregational Learning in the running of K-12 education programs. 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, as well as with other synagogue youth groups and BBYO, to create joint teen-programming when doing so aligns with the mission of Temple Israel. The YEC will be expected to work Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings as part of a 40-hour work week and will occasionally attend weekend events, trips, and retreats.

Duties (most important 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
  • Plan and lead experiences for families with elementary school-aged children.
  • 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 for youth engagement 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 students for URJ youth programs and attend NFTY Missouri Valley regional events with our teens

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 a weekly parent newsletter and post regularly to the school’s social media accounts.
  • Fulfill teacher requests for supplies and materials.
  • Coordinate logistics for trips, retreats, High Holy Day children’s programming, Temple Israel’s Summer Camp Fair, and OSRUI recruiting weekend.

Teaching Teens

  • Teach as a member of the teen education faculty, actively engage with teens during dinner and down time, and lead occasional program-wide learning activities for all 8th-12th
  • Assist in the supervision and training of Madrichim (teen classroom assistants).


  • 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 as part of Temple Israel’s professional team to create a holy Jewish community, to help our congregants discover Jewish meaning and purpose, and to create 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.