Mid-West Teen Mentor, OSRUI CampAt OSRUI Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute URJ Camp

Posted Jun 1, 2022 Job Length Year Round



Location: Remote/Online (Default)/In person meetings and events, as needed

(Strong preference for someone in the Chicago Metropolitan Area; occasional in-person programming, meetings, and camp retreats. Summers: In person at URJ OSRUI and NFTY in Israel.)

Organization: URJ (default)

Employment Type: Full Time, Benefits Eligible

Department: Camp & Immersives – NFTY

Reporting to: Camp Director, OSRUI (Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute Camp)

Start Date: July 1, 2022

Salary Range: $48,000 – $52,000 plus competitive benefits package


The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Camping & Immersives department seeks a passionate community builder to be a full-time Teen Mentor for the URJ’s Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) Camp/Mid-West Region. The Teen Mentor bridges the space between camp engagement, community organizing, and youth development by both catalyzing a core belief in young people’s individual and collective power, and partnering to create an inclusive, safe, and supportive year-round Reform teen community in the Mid-West. The Teen Mentor works to create a vibrant, diverse, and powerful youth community where teens from a wide range of backgrounds (including Teens of Color, LGBTQ+ identifying teens, teens with disabilities, and other marginalized identities) can experience wholeness, justice, equity, love and joy in Judaism. Working in collaboration with the OSRUI camp team, the URJ Teen Organizing team, and the network of synagogue partners, the Teen Mentor will develop, train, and mentor teens as they increasingly grow NFTY to be a movement that centers youth leadership, reflects the values, interests, and aspirations of teens and their peers, partners with Reform synagogues and like-minded communities, and welcomes alumni/volunteers to be adult allies.


The Mid-West Teen Mentor reports to the Camp Director of OSRUI and is responsible for the following:


Mentoring and Organizing Teens

Organize & mentor regional teen leaders from a wide range of backgrounds in grades 6-12, in the Chicago and Northern regions, to support the creation of the youth movement that they envision.

Provide one-to-one and group coaching and mentoring for teen leaders (both on and beyond the regional board).

Community Leadership

Be an active member of the North American Regional Mentor team and take part in weekly meetings and trainings.

Ensure all teen in-person and virtual experiences operate according to URJ policies/procedures, including Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (REDI) practices and within budget.

Communicate URJ youth related information to Mid-West stakeholders (clergy, youth advisors, parents, lay leaders and teens) with the goal of sharing information and engaging stakeholders. Communications should put teen leadership at the center.

Event Support and Planning

In collaboration with teens and the OSRUI camp team, oversee the annual Mid-West event (NFTY CAR/NO) at OSRUI, including implementation and oversight. Ensure event is youth powered. Mentor youth leaders to establish written and detailed learning and experience outcomes and embrace varied modalities of learning to create a holistic and inclusive experience for all participants. Create and implement event evaluation.

Member of the staff for North American Teen Leadership Summit training held at OSRUI.

Organize local synagogue leaders and volunteers to grow the Movement

Organize local synagogue leaders to build a strong network of professionals who support one another and see the value of working together to center teen leaders and build a strong Reform Youth Movement.

Network with congregations and other Jewish organizations in the area to ensure collaboration that benefits Jewish teens in the region.

Utilize the systems and structures created by the NFTY NA Organizer for Local Communities and Synagogues to support the implementation of NFTYx events for grades 6-12 in the region by building the NFTYx program calendar, supporting congregations through the process, ensuring the centering of teen leaders, and sharing publicity.

Utilizing the systems and structures built by the NFTY NA Organizer for Development and Volunteer Community, bring regional volunteers into the work of mentoring teen leaders, volunteering to create program and opportunity, and donating to support NFTY locally and across North America.

Prioritize the engagement of teens from underrepresented and marginalize backgrounds including Teens of Color, LGBTQ+ identifying teens, teens with disabilities and other identities.

Active member of the OSRUI camp team.

Support recruitment and retention of teen campers through year-round engagement.

Recruit for the NFTY Summer in Israel trip in partnership with teens, the NFTY in Israel team, and the OSRUI team.

Create a cohesive experience for teens that connects NFTY, camp, and Israel programming throughout the year.

Act as an ambassador and recruiter for all URJ youth programs including but not limited to URJ Camps, NFTY in Israel, Heller High, and Religious Action Center youth experiences.

Staff the OSRUI summer teen Israel trip (5 weeks in Israel, including pre-trip trainings).

Provide leadership and engagement opportunities for OSRUI and Mid-west teens when they return from their Israel summer (as part of larger URJ Israel team).


Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. We acknowledge that due to racism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, that our communities are not whole until everyone experiences a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, we stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of our communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for our communities to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership. Together, our employees and stakeholders, are creating Reform Judaism of today.




WHO YOU ARE & KEYS TO SUCCESS (THE MUST-HAVES): To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas: Centering Teen Leadership and Being a Strong Mentor and Partner. a passion for working collaboratively with teens to help them actualize their power and create a strong Jewish Youth Movement; a good listener and compassionate partner; Demonstrates strong and appropriate personal boundaries in relationships with youth; committed to lifting up teen voice and “leading from behind;” is excited by the idea of going above and beyond to help teens grow into their best selves Relationship Management. Can develop strong public relationships with teens parents, synagogue professionals, volunteers, and community leaders. Exhibits high “emotional intelligence,” prioritizes relationship building, is a good listener. Proven ability to bridge and build powerful, reciprocal relationships across difference and to help others do the same. Effective oral and written communication skills. Initiative. Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for worthwhile activities; able to take meaningful calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding but achievable objectives for self and in partnership with youth leadership; sets appropriate personal work objectives, measures own progress; identifies personal gaps in knowledge and skill; undertakes appropriate activities to develop needed skills; and seeks regular feedback on performance. Reform Judaism. Has a love of the Jewish community and an appreciation of synagogues, NFTY, camps, Justice work, and Israel programs and their ability to transform individuals and communities Familiarity with Reform Judaism and the Reform Jewish community. REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and executing on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS In-person meetings, as needed. Participate in camp, NFTY, and Israel Immersive recruiting visits throughout the fall and winter season. Spend approx. 1 weekend per month at camp during the academic year 5 weeks in Israel leading NFTY in Israel experience for teens In residence at OSRUI during the summer when not in Israel.

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCESS Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We look forward to hearing from you! Please click the link to APPLY ONLINE! Alternatively, please mail your resume and cover letter to: Union for Reform Judaism, Attn: Talent Management, 633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017. The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. 

Contact Information

Camp Name

OSRUI Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute URJ Camp

Job Title

Mid-West Teen Mentor, OSRUI Camp

Camp Address

600 Lac La Belle Dr, Oconomowoc, WI, 53066, United States