Youth Director(s)/Youth Couple – United Synagogue

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Youth Director(s)/Youth Couple – United Synagogue

Contract Type

Permanent

Hours

Part time

Location

Finchley United Synagogue

Sector

Community

Salary

£25,000.00 (pro rota, per person)

Closing date

17th July 2024

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB

• 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.

SCOPE OF JOB

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.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

• 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. weekly Dvar Torah. arranging ‘take over Shabbatot’. and for hosting Shabbat meals or other activities regularly on Shabbatot.

• Assist in planning and implementation of pre and post Bar/Bat Mitzvah education programmes.

• To ensure the security and safety of all youth activities and adhere to Kinloss’sprocedures 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 reach out and develop relationships with non-engaged youth

• To be a part of a Kinloss team delivering special communal events 

• Develop leadership training course to inspire the next generation of community leaders

• Co-ordinate with line managers on plans and budgeting.

• Allocation of time and responsibilities:

35% Shabbat

30% Programming – educational & social

20% Chagim

15% Communication & Outreach

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.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Essential

• 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 license

For more information and to be personally recommended for the role, please contact yb@theworkavenue.org.uk

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