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Youth Directors (shared role, would suit a couple) - Finchley United Synagogue

  • Location: Finchley
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: £16,000 pa, split depending on hours worked, plus on site accommodation
  • Employer: United Synagogue
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic duo to work within one of Europe’s most vibrant and dynamic Modern Orthodox communities, Finchley United Synagogue, “Kinloss”. This role is vital to the future success of the Shul’s next generation. Kinloss has approximately 3000 members of all ages, including a sizeable number of young families.

The aim of this role is to develop relationships with the youth (Year 6 – Year 13) and their families at Kinloss and create a range of innovative programmes that will engage them and facilitate their personal, social, spiritual and emotional growth & development. 

The candidates will be passionate and enthusiastic with an excellent track record in youth work and communal leadership. You will have overall responsibility for creating, planning, organising and overseeing all aspects of the ‘youth programming’ and therefore creativity, strong communication and organisational skills are a must for this exciting role.

  • Overall responsibility for planning, organising and overseeing the community’s youth programmes to engage and facilitate the personal, social, spiritual and emotional development of Youth at Finchley United Synagogue (“Kinloss”)
  • To personally inspire and enhance the connection of Kinloss youth with vibrant, authentic Jewish life;
  • To liaise with the Kinloss rabbinical team, Kinloss Office and Community Department Manager, with Tribe Central, with Youth Directors at other United Synagogue communities, to deliver exciting and engaging programmes for young people in our shuls;
Our team of youth workers across our communities are there to assist the almost 20,000 members of Tribe to connect with their United Synagogue communities and the wider Jewish community, to provide a positive Jewish influence. Kinloss is a vibrant and dynamic community. It is a high profile and leading synagogue. There are approximately 3000 members who span the age spectrum, with a rapidly growing number of young families. Specific to Kinloss is the responsibility to encourage the Jewish development of Jewish youth locally, with a focus on educating school years Year 6 to Year 13, building relationships with both the youth and their families.

  • Create, manage and implement a variety of activities suitable for boys and girls including social, educational and religious programmes and events
  • Responsibility for overseeing and developing youth services on Shabbat and Festivals including provisions for girls education; weekly youth kiddushim; arranging ‘take over Shabbatot’; and for hosting Shabbat meals or other activities in the Youth Directors’ flat regularly on Shabbatot
  • To plan and implement pre and post Bar/Bat Mitzvah education programmes;
  • To work with the Director of Operations to ensure the security and safety of all youth activities and adhere to Kinross’ procedures for youth events both at the synagogue premises and off site
  • Initiate and maintain communication with all youth and parents to build and develop relationships and encourage participation in all activities, using all available channels including regular email shots, the Kinloss website, social media
  • To be a part of a Kinloss team delivering special communal events including Purim and Chanukah
  • Develop leadership training course to inspire the next generation of community leaders
  • Co-ordinate with line managers on plans and budgeting
  • Make use of Tribe Central to supplement and enhance the Jewish experiences and community attachments of Kinloss youth
You are required to attend relevant training as requested by your Line Manager or Tribe Central, in co-ordination with the Human Resources Department of the United Synagogue, to include for instance but not exclusively child protection, First Aid, Tribe Engage conferences and ancillary Tribe meetings.

The person to be appointed to this post should able to demonstrate the following:

  • Proven experience in youth work and running and managing programmes/events
  • Substantial knowledge of Jewish customs and practices
  • Experience of being part of, and leading a team, being able to undertake tasks on all levels
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good skills in time management and in the organisation of work
  • Able to work with deadlines, and in a very dynamic environment
  • Proven experience as a proactive team member contributing to the success of the wider team and organisational goals
  • Good interpersonal & oratory skills
  • An understanding and empathy towards the needs of today’s Jewish youth, children and young families and the ability to engage effectively with them
  • The ability to use contemporary forms of IT communication systems including social media
  • Committed to face to face work in formal & informal settings
Desirable Qualities
  • Secular university education to a degree level
  • Year in Yeshiva / Seminary
  • Experience in Jewish outreach work
  • Experience of supervising and managing staff and volunteers
  • Experience of working with lay leaders
  • Experience in creating marketing materials
  • Hold a current and valid driving licence
  • Committed to the aims of the United Synagogue and act as an ambassador for the organisation
  • Comply with The United Synagogue’s policy and procedures and code of expectations
  • Bring to the attention of senior staff any health and safety requirements, which become obvious. In the event of any immediate danger, to take the appropriate action to reduce risk to physical danger to employees, members, contractors, volunteers, children, parents, visitors or staff
  • Work collaboratively with other colleagues across the organisation to ensure the United Synagogue can achieve its vision, mission, and strategy
  • Undertake appropriate training as requested by your line manager in conjunction with the Human Resources Department and be committed to own continuous professional development
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Chief Executive or other designated senior staff/undertaking such other duties that occasionally fall within the purpose of the post
  • Maintaining high levels of discretion and confidentiality at all times
  • This job description and person specification is not prescriptive; it merely outlines the key tasks and responsibilities of the post and the key tasks and responsibilities are subject to change, any changes will be made in consultation with the post holder
  • This Job Description is subject to alteration in response to the changes in legislation or The United Synagogue’s operational procedures
Closing date for applications: 28th February