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Careers at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is always looking for smart, talented, committed people who would like to join our team.

Here are some opportunities available now. For more information about the following job openings, please contact careers@uscj.org.

Job Title Assistant Regional Youth Director - Hagalil USY
Job Description The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism – USY is looking for a dynamic, outgoing person to serve as Assistant Regional Youth Director for the Hagalil region of United Synagogue Youth (USY). This is a full-time position based out of our Edison NJ office, with travel on a regular basis to visit affiliated congregations in the region (evening and weekend commitments). The candidate must be able to interact and enjoy working with middle and high school students and serve as a Conservative Jewish role model. The ideal candidate must have a degree from a four year college or university and a demonstrated knowledge of Judaism. Experience in leading youth groups and programs in a non-profit organization or any equivalent is preferred. The candidate must be committed to an observant Conservative Jewish lifestyle. This is an exciting opportunity to work with teens and help them develop as leaders. Must have a driver’s license and a car.

Job Title Assistant Regional Youth Director - HaNegev USY
Job Description Seeking full-time Assistant Regional Youth Director for HaNegev USY & Kadima. Position will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of HaNegev programming, outreach, and leadership training, grades 6-12. Person will serve as coordinator for all Kadima activities 6 – 8 grade. 

Candidates should have: 
• Clear understanding of the Conservative Judaism movement and its religious responsibilities, as well as of USY and Kadima. 
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with chapter staff throughout HaNegev, lay management and youth. 
• Strong planning and organizational skills. 
• Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently. 
• Ability to organize, complete multiple tasks, pay close attention to detail, and meet deadlines. 
• Computer skills and social media knowledge. 
• Experience in leading youth groups and programs in a non-profit organization, or any equivalent combination of experience and training, that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities 

To apply for this position, please send your resume to Vivian Lewis Director of Human Resources - vlewis@uscj.org 
Please enter Assistant Regional Youth Director for Southeast Region in the subject line. 
Job Title Inclusion Specialist
Job Description The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is preparing to launch the Ruderman Inclusion Action Community, a network of approximately 10 kehillot – sacred communities – that will implement their visions of whole community inclusion. We are looking for an Inclusion Specialist to guide, support and consult with our kehillot during this critical one-year pilot project. 

The Specialist will recruit congregations; adapt our Sulam for Strategic Planners templates to focus on inclusion; assemble study resources; launch the cohort training; provide coaching and consultation to steering committees; share information about inclusion with our kehillot outside the Ruderman Inclusion Action Community network; plan and facilitate workshop(s) at USCJ's 2015 Biennial Convention on the topic of inclusion; work with an independent evaluator and compile reports to our funder. 

Ideal candidates will possess the following skills and experience: 
  • Content knowledge and/or experience with inclusion and disabilities awareness 
  • Program development and project management experience 
  • Proven success staying on track with benchmarks and budget 
  • Teaching and/or consultation experience 
  • Excellent written and oral skills 
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a field relevant to this work 
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a passionate educator/project manager to help communities flourish through the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The Inclusion Specialist will report to the Director of Learning Enrichment, and work closely with our professionals in the Kehilla Strengthening and Transformation department. 

As an independent contractor, the Inclusion Specialist has flexibility regarding location and number of hours worked per week, as success in this position is related to meeting benchmarks each month, and completion of deliverables. Some travel will be required to kehillot in the network, and to United Synagogue’s offices in New York City. 

Please submit resumes directly to Vivian Lewis, director of human resources, at vlewis@uscj.org
Job Title Program Coordinator, Teen Learning Department
Job Description Duties and Responsibilities 

USY Summer Programs 
  • Recruits for USY Summer Programs. Travels to Conventions, regional events, kehillot, summer camp and Israel fairs, parlor meetings and other venues to recruit applicants for these programs. 
  • Assembles all Marketing Kits for programs. 
  • Works with Projects Coordinator and Communications department to create print and web based materials for marketing purposes. 
  • Helps to train USYers, summer program staff, and Regional Youth Directors to be part of a larger recruitment team. 
  • Develops new recruitment strategies. 
  • Handles various USY Israel Pilgrimage responsibilities as assigned. 
  • Works with the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs on the Yellow Candle Scholarship Program 

International Convention 
  • Oversees the logistics portfolio, and shipment of materials to the Convention. 
  • Handles other Convention responsibilities such as kits, busing, and supplies. 

Kadima//USY Membership Expansion and Retention 
  • Works with USY Membership/Kadima Vice President and Membership/Kadima Committee to implement programs and ideas for USY involvement in helping to expand USY and Kadima. 
  • Develop materials and programs to assist chapters and regions in their efforts to increase membership. 
  • Manages our online membership registration system. 
  • Works with communications Coordinator to develop print and web-based materials for this purpose. 

Knowledge and Skills 
  • Clear understanding of the Conservative Judaism movement and its religious responsibilities. This position will become a role model for the constituency of the USCJ. 
  • Clear understanding of the USY and Kadima programs and experience or exposure to either USY on Wheels and/or Pilgrimage Program. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout USCJ, lay management and colleagues. 
  • Ability to think and write creatively and create enthusiasm through the written word. 
  • Demonstrably strong planning and organizational skills. 
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve USCJ goals. 
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills. 
  • Strong time management skills and ability to organize prioritize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally.

Education and Work Experience 
Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Personal experience with USY's high impact summer and/or gap year programs preferred. Demonstrated leadership ability. 

We want to make sure we don't miss your resume so please send your resume through Jewish Jobs and to vlewis@uscj.org!
Job Title Regional Youth Director, EMTZA
Job Description This position functions as a key staff member of USCJ's Central District, supervising and supporting the day to day operations of United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima activities in the EMTZA youth region. The Regional Youth Director will report to a supervisor from the international office and consult with the Central District Kehilla Relationship Manager (KRM) and the regional youth commission chair. 

The duties of the Regional Youth Director include but are not limited to the following: 
  • Function as head of Youth Department in the youth region 
  • Responsible for effective and efficient administration of regional youth programs 
  • Develop and monitor budget in cooperation with supervisor and lay leadership 
  • Work to retain and affiliate USY/Kadima members and chapters in the region. 
  • Work with kehillot to strengthen their youth programs 
  • Promote and monitor all aspects of youth programming, with special attention to Jewish identity, learning and skills 
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop and run regional youth programs and conventions 
  • Organize and oversee regional participation in USY International Convention 
  • Promote and recruit for USCJ youth programs, including USY Israel Pilgrimage, USY on Wheels, Nativ, etc. 
  • Assist and train congregational youth personnel 
  • Oversee and train regional youth leadership 
  • Identify and cultivate potential funding sources 
  • Represent USY, USCJ, and Conservative Movement in the community 
  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with local community organizations 
  • Work with other arms of the Conservative Movement in the region. 
  • Uphold and have an understanding of the positions, policies, and services of United Synagogue’s youth programs, and the Conservative Movement 
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with lay and professional youth leadership of each affiliated kehilla
  • Assist congregations in youth personnel placement 
  • Monitor compliance with standards as related to USY/Kadima 
  • Develop, organize and deliver programs, services and training by providing guidance in training youth leaders in Jewish values and leadership techniques 
  • Oversee USY Officers, Regional Board, and committees 
  • Must be an observant Conservative Jew 
  • Must be a regular attendee of a Conservative Movement kehilla 
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to Conservative Jewish living 
  • Must have a commitment to personal growth and ongoing education 
  • Must have a valid passport and driver’s license 
  • Must be able to travel on regular basis to visit affiliated congregations in region. This includes evening and weekend responsibilities as determined and agreed upon by lay and professional supervisors 

Education and Work Experience: 

  • Minimum – degree from four year college or university 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Judaism 
  • Preferred – advanced training in a field that will enhance director’s ability to be a greater service to youth and youth programs 
  • Experience in leading youth groups and programs in a non-profit organization or any equivalent 
  • Must have a minimum of three to five years’ experience working in related fields 
  • Combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is a plus. 

As an employer, United Synagogue offers you: 
  • The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism offers all full-time employees a compensation and benefit package 
  • Assistance, resources and tools provided by senior team and lay leadership to assure success 
  • Opportunity for growth 
  • Employment by a stable organization with offices and employees throughout the United States and Canada.
The EMTZA Regional Youth Director will work from a home office in the USCJ Central District. Possible locations include Kansas City, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, St. Louis.
If interested in this career path, please submit a resume, along with cover letter stating core compensation requirements online through the Jewish Jobs website.

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