Year Round Posted March 4, 2024

Youth Director

Congregation Beth Am


Director of Congregation Beth Am Youth

Congregation Beth Am (CBA) is a Conservative Jewish synagogue of San Diego that is seeking a dynamic, energetic leader to take on the role of Director of CBA Youth. The successful candidate will be someone who is passionate about building relationships with youth ages 5-18 and fostering their Jewish growth, connections, and commitment. CBA’s Youth program is designed with a clear focus on the goals outlined below.

Youth Program Goals:

Proud, Comfortable, and Engaged: We strive to create a welcoming and fun environment for young members of CBA to take pride in and be comfortable with their Jewish identity, and to be actively involved in synagogue life.

Inclusive and Diverse: We are committed to attracting and embracing youth from diverse backgrounds, ensuring that our community is inclusive and welcoming to all.

Connect with Other Jewish Youth: We encourage participants to develop and strengthen their relationships with their peers, while actively participating in Jewish activities, traditions, and learning experiences.

Promote Prayer, Love of Israel, Tikkun Olam, and Jewish Learning: We stand for these core values of CBA’s mission and we strive to incorporate them in a fun and relevant way for our youth.

Youth Program Details:

Activities and Programs For All Ages: Our youth program offers a range of fun recreational programs tailored to each age group from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Different Touchpoints: We provide multiple touchpoints for engagement, recognizing that different individuals may connect with their Jewish identity in various ways. We strive to integrate the many programs we offer e.g. Hebrew school and USY events.

Youth-Driven: We empower our participants (especially our teens) to take the lead in shaping their Jewish journey, giving them opportunities to contribute their ideas and to serve as leaders and as role models.

Age Groups are Interconnected: We work to create a sense of connection among the different grade levels ranging from our K to our 12th grade, promoting interaction and mentorship among our youth.

Local, Regional, National, and International Opportunities: We facilitate connections and opportunities for our youth to engage on local, regional, national, and international levels, broadening their horizons and enriching their experiences.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Development and Implementation:
● Design and execute monthly and seasonal innovative programs for each CBA youth cohort that promotes Jewish culture, social connection and Jewish values.
○ Target specific age groups (K-1; 2nd-3rd grade; 4th-6th grade; 7th-12th grade, currently USY).
● Participate in Hebrew school and Hebrew High to enhance educational experiences, roles to be assigned.
● Oversee implementation of children’s High Holiday program.
● Coordinate with Education Director on the facilitation and implementation of 4th-6th grade youth retreat.

Community Building and Engagement:
● Foster strong relationships with youth, encouraging their active participation in synagogue life.
● Empower youth to create and implement their own programming and to serve as mentors for younger members.
● Coordinate with other community organizations to create joint programs and initiatives.
● Assist and collaborate with Senior staff for synagogue wide “all-hands” programming.

Leadership and Volunteer Coordination:
● Recruit, train, and manage volunteers for various youth programs.
● Coordinate, organize and run the Parent committee of CBA Youth programs.
● Provide leadership and guidance to youth groups and committees.
● Serve as a positive role model for youth as a passionate and involved Jewish leader.

Communication and Outreach:
● Communicate effectively with families and the synagogue community in partnership with the Director of Communications.
○ Provide marketing material for all youth events.

● Manage hiring, payroll, and supervision for all staff involved in youth programming.
○ Director of CBA Youth will have advisors who will help implement the goals and programmatic elements of our program.

Administrative Responsibilities:
● Develop and manage the budget for all youth programs.
● Develop and maintain the annual youth programming calendar in coordination with the synagogue calendar.
● Ensure compliance with all safety and security protocols for events and activities.

Hours and Work Locations
This is a full-time exempt position. Work will be performed primarily in-person at Congregation Beth Am, with some flexibility around daily hours, understanding that the Director of CBA Youth will be present on campus when youth are present for programming. There is an expectation of availability to attend/lead programming on some Shabbatot/holidays and/or weekends/evenings. The Director of CBA Youth is a member of CBA Senior staff and reports to the Rabbi.

● Competitive salary based on industry standards- $70,000-80,000 (based on experience)
● Benefits include: medical, discounted dental and vision.
● Three weeks paid vacation with additional reasonable working time flexibility as part of mutual understanding of flexibility regarding working hours.
● Access to a 403b plan.




Minimum Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree in Education, Jewish Studies, Social Work, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
● At least 7-10 years of experience of leadership or formal work experience in the Jewish community.
● Prior participation in Jewish communal service and/or youth engagement (e.g. attended a Jewish summer camp and/or a Jewish school, was a member of a Jewish youth group, etc).
● Passion for youth engagement and programming.
● Strong familiarity with Jewish life and deep understanding of Jewish terms and lexicon.
● Excellent organizational and communication skills.
● Outstanding relationship building and interpersonal skills with people of all ages.
● Willing to work evenings and weekends regularly as required for programs and events.

How to Apply

To apply for the Director of CBA Youth position, please submit application materials (cover letter and resume) to rabbie@betham.com.

Visit betham.com to learn more about our warm congregation and great city. Questions? Contact rabbie@betham.com.

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