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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.

To apply for any of the positions listed below, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@uscj.org, with the name of the position in the subject line.

Job Title Administrative Assistant - Hagalil USY
Job Description

Position Purpose:

USY (United Synagogue Youth) is the youth organization of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. With 17 regions throughout North America, USY offers chapter, regional and international events, engaging thousands of teenagers. The Hagalil region is located in Central and Northern New Jersey. The Administrative Assistant will work in the office and be responsible for all applications, program preparation and support.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supporting all USY International Programs
  • USY Leadership Development
    • Manage parent communication for Regional programs using Constant Contact and RegPack
    • Coordinate registration materials collection and coordinate collections of outstanding documents for Regioanl Kadima and USY programs.
    • Help regional Director with program management including confirmation of Lodging and catering calls for regional programs.
  • Tikun Olam
    • Track contributions from Chapters, and send the money to the NY office
  • Chapter Consultation Services
    • Help develop and coordinate services to USY and Kadima Chapters, including;
      • Advisors Newsletter
      • Work on USY Website in coordination with our communications team

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiarity with e-mail marketing
  • Database management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Attention to detail, proofreading and editing
  • Ability to work with others on a collaborative team
  • Ability to learn RegPack (our participation system)

Education and Work Experience:

BA preferred

Salary
Job Title Assistant Director, Development
Job Description

The Assistant Director of Development’s primary responsibility is the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program, including the coordination and oversight of supporting initiatives in the development division, fund raising and donor relations.  Such position shall take the lead in achieving a coordinated matrix of communication and solicitation strategies for different products and market segments. Particular focus shall be required in managing USCJ’s direct mail program, with focus on email, social network, website utilization, phone/mail, personal visitation and volunteer engagement, all with the goal of building a sustainable and increasing tradition of annual support.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a comprehensive annual giving program, including direct mail, eMarketing, pledge reminders, acknowledgments, database management, reunion giving, convention fundraising, and personal solicitations, including face-to-face contacts, social and digital media.

Fundraising:

  • Plays the lead role in managing all aspects of USCJ’s direct mail and eMarketing program, including annual product and calendar development, penetration and marketing strategies, and assessment of quality and cost/benefit of program’s organization and vendors.
  • Manages a portfolio of 100+ upper-level annual giving prospects and major gift donors including visits and contacts that will yield increased giving. 
  • Manages a portfolio of 50+ corporate/business contacts including visits that will yield increased support of USCJ. 
  • Assist in the identification of and the obtaining additional sources of funding for events through sponsorships and in-kind gifts, including soliciting sponsorships for USY International Conventions and USCJ Biennial Conventions.
  • Facilitates calendar of LUMINATE (online eMarketing) approaches to various constituents focusing on the Conservative Yeshiva and USY.

Data and Stewardship:

  • Works closely with the Company’s IT and data systems’ personnel, and becomes expert at the management of the company’s data bases used in the annual campaign.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of and ensures that USCJ is in compliance with all applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations, United Synagogue Development Mission, Standards of Conduct, as well as other policies and procedures in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects the highest of ethical and professional behavior, and the use of best practices, expected of a high quality non-profit’s fundraising activities.
    • Reviews statistical data in order to evaluate the annual giving program and recommends plans, policies and programs using proven strategies as needed. 
    • Responsible, in conjunction with the CDO and the Finance Department for the preparation of monthly and annual expense and income projections or budgets relating to annual giving programs within the Development Plan

Reunion/USY Giving:

  • Provides counsel and expertise and execution to the overall development of a Wheels/Pilgrimage/NATIV reunion giving program and parent fund, ensuring that such programs provide increasing support.
  • Works as part of the Development team and with USCJ’s marketing and communications professionals to develop the case for annual giving to USCJ that is easily communicated verbally and in writing and online, and helps to integrate the message into all materials.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong skills and background in the development, maintenance and/ or growth of annual giving or similar fundraising programs and outreach.
  • Experience in direct mail programs a plus.
  • Strong expertise in fundraising systems and technologies
  • Maintain a professional, collaborative work environment so as to foster a positive public image for USCJ. 
  • Possess a personal presence that is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity, and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals, and values of USCJ.
  • Provide a high level of customer responsiveness and serves as a role model to encourage a commitment to customer service. A strong service orientation is required.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have an understanding of the Jewish community as well as the ability to cultivate and manage annual donors: corporate, individual and foundation.
  • Must be energetic and self-motivated.
  • High degree of professionalism.
  • Experience creating and producing appeals, recruiting and inspiring volunteers, use of measurable social media implementation and managing large complex database of donors and prospects.
  • Keep current in area of expertise and assures that standards and practices reflect best practice within area of expertise.
  • Must be flexible and demonstrate a great tolerance for change with ability to manage self and others through change.
  • Must display strong negotiating, consensus building and facilitation skills and be comfortable in a team-oriented hands-on environment.
  • Demonstrated business acumen.
  • Must have an aptitude for learning quickly and acting maturely.
  • Requires the ability to exercise a high level of discretion, confidentiality and independent judgment.
  • Must have ability to think creatively and analytically.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a sensitive manner.
  • Develops relationships with USCJ staff with the goal of cultivating a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.
  • Remains up-to-date on fundraising and direct marketing techniques and current on the various tax laws that impact the foundation’s programs.
  • Prepares reports as necessary or as requested.
  • Performs other duties consistent with purpose of job.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Business Administration or a closely related field; Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Minimum of four years of development experience, including a minimum of two-three years of growing an annual giving program. Prefer experience in a Jewish organizational giving or not-for-profit environments.
  • Demonstrated experience as a proven fundraiser with a track record of increasing philanthropic revenue and solicitation.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Proficiency in donor software, specifically Raiser’s Edge Database and LUMINATE desired.
Salary
Job Title Communications Associate
Job Description

Mission Critical:

The Communications Associate is essential to implementing the updated Strategic Plan goals of using marketing and communications to share organization successes and those of Conservative Judaism with stakeholders including clergy, lay leadership, congregants, teens and parents and the larger Jewish world.

Position Purpose:

The Communications Associate will work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to drive all marketing and communications activities for USCJ and its sub-brands, including development, membership and Israel programming.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Regularly maintain and update content on USCJ website 
  • Own social media presence for USCJ and associated programs and sub-brands
  • Draft and distribute weekly newsletter to member congregations
  • Assist with creation and maintenance of marketing collateral for USCJ and sub-brands
  • Assist with promotion and marketing communications for bi-annual convention and other events.
  • Design and launch email marketing campaigns.
  • Gather and maintain stories of success across organization
  • Copyedit and proofread communications as needed.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Proficiency in social media management, monitoring and engagement
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and email marketing platforms (such as Constant Contact)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across an organization
  • Ability to work independently, juggle many projects and priorities and meet deadlines
  • Skilled at anticipating, managing and resolving conflicts
  • Highly organized
  • Results-oriented
  • Graphic design, video editing a plus

Education and work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, English, marketing, journalism or related field.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in communications, marketing or related field
Duration full-time
Salary Range Not Posted
Benefits
Preferred Experience 3 Years Experience
Preferred Degree Bachelors
Job Posted On 2015-12-01
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Job is posted for 60 days
Job Categories Associate, Marketing/PR
Job Focus Synagogue, Youth
Organization Name The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Job Location 120 Broadway, Suite 1540
New York, New York 
United States
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Job Title Director of Youth Activities, Hagesher/ EPA Regions
Job Description

This position functions as a key staff member of the Hagesher/EPA regions, supervising and supporting the day to day operations of United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima activities in the Hagesher/ EPA regions. The Regional Youth Director will report to a supervisor from the international office and consult with the Mid- Atlantic Kehillah Relationship Managers (KRMs) and the regional youth commission chair.

The duties of the Regional Youth Director include but are not limited to the following:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Promote and monitor all aspects of youth programming, with special attention to Jewish identity, learning and skills
  • Develop and run regional youth programs and conventions
  • 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
  • Oversee and train regional youth leadership
  • Organize and oversee regional participation in USY International Convention
  • Work to retain and affiliate USY/Kadima members and chapters in the region
  • Monitor compliance with standards as related to USY/Kadima
  • Function as head of Youth Department in the youth region
  • Work with kehillot to strengthen their youth programs
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with lay and professional youth leadership of each affiliated kehillah
  • Assist congregations in youth personnel placement
  • Assist and train congregational youth personnel
  • Responsible for effective and efficient administration of regional youth programs
  • Develop and monitor budget in cooperation with supervisor and lay leadership
  • Promote and recruit for USCJ youth programs, including USY Israel Pilgrimage, USY on Wheels, USY High, Nativ, etc.
  • Represent USY, USCJ, and Conservative Movement in the community
  • 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
  • Identify and cultivate potential funding sources
  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with local community organizations

Knowledge and Skills:

Qualifications:

  • Must demonstrate a commitment to Conservative Jewish living
  • Must be a regular attendee of a Conservative Movement kehillah
  • Must be an observant Conservative Jew
  • Must have a commitment to personal growth and ongoing education
  • 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
  • Must have a valid passport and driver’s license
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must have a car, driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Judaism
  • Minimum – degree from four year college or university
  • 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.
Salary
Job Title Interim Controller
Job Description

Position Purpose:

Serve as a principal resource for monthly closings, being an expert on coding and bookkeeping, and monitoring balance sheet and income statement accounts for reasonableness and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Duties and Responsibilities - Specific Responsibilities & Essential Functions:

Accounting and Financial Reporting Systems:

  • Responsible for internal reporting
    • Monthly reports to leadership and departmental budget owners
    • Budget upload
    • Data integrity
    • Coordination with Finance and other USJC staff who are part of the process
  • Review for accuracy, completeness of documentation, and proper coding all accounts payable transactions, including payments to vendors and employee expense reimbursements. Post them after approval of authorized signers.
  • Insure that releases for restriction transactions are properly executed, consistent with the purpose of the grant or fund, and that there are adequate funds to cover them.
  • Review for accuracy and coding all cash disbursements and post them after review.

Reconciliations:

  • Perform monthly reconciliation between finance records and dues dept. cash receipts records
  • Perform monthly reconciliation between finance and development (new gifts, pledges, cash receipts)

Monthly and YE Closing Process:

  • Record closing entries for month end close as prescribed
  • Review and approve all bank reconciliations
  • Update investment account roll-forward and record monthly and year-end accounts

Managerial Responsibilities:

  • Supervise two accounts payable clerks and one staff accountant; share supervision of membership dues clerk
  • Review and post a of the staff accountants work, journal entries, accounts receivable, bank recs, etc.
  • Manage staff in a professional and responsible manner

Other/General:

  • Participate in annual audit process
  • Perform special projects as needed
Salary
Job Title New Segment Specialist
Job Description

Each summer, 300-500 USYers attend USY Summer Programs. A diverse range of options are offered, including the North American-based USY on Wheels bus tour and Pilgrimage trips to Israel and Europe. In recent years, USY has sought to develop new short-term programs including TivnUSY: Building Justice, in partnership with a local social justice organization in Portland, Oregon, and USY’s Mission to Cuba, a one-week tour of a country most Americans have never visited. The USY Summer Programs office team works to support these programs, communicating with parents and participants during the recruitment period and throughout the summer. The New Segment Development Specialist will work to help us introduce our excellent programs to potential new participants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for identifying and developing new potential audiences for USY Summer Programs
  • Coordinate with our communications department to develop a marketing strategy
  • Cultivating relationships through face to face visits and web based interactions
  • Working with our Summer Programs Team to coordinate overall recruitment strategy
  • Developing new techniques for raising visibility of our programs in action and in the off season

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Comfort speaking in front of large groups of people
  • Knowledge of the USY summer programs and participants
  • Represent USY, USCJ, and Conservative Movement in the community
  • Must have a valid passport and driver’s license
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to travel on regular basis. This includes evening and weekend responsibilities as determined and agreed upon by professional supervisors.

Education and Work Experience:

BA

Salary
Job Title Regional Youth Director - CRUSY (Interim)
Job Description

This position functions as a key staff member of the Central District USCJ, supervising and supporting the day to day operations of United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima activities in the CRUSY youth region. The Regional Youth Director will report to a supervisor from the international office and consult with their District Kehilla Relationship Manager (KRM) and the regional youth commission chair.

Duties and Responsibilities:

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
  • 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

Knowledge and Skills:

  • 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.
Salary
Job Title USY Program Associate
Job Description

Position Purpose: USY (United Synagogue Youth) is the youth organization of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. With 17 regions throughout North America, USY offers chapter, regional and international events, engaging thousands of teenagers. The program associate will work in conjunction with part-time advisors and youth directors on the chapter levels, regional youth directors across the continent, and full-time staff in the international USY office. The program associate will focus on spearheading leadership development, Tikun Olam (USY’s Tzedakah program), and chapter consultation services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supporting all USY International Programs
  • USY Leadership Development
    • Manage parent communication for Leadership Trainings using Constant Contact and RegPack
    • Coordinate registration materials collection and coordinate collections of outstanding documents for leadership programs, including AIPAC and board weekends
    • Direct conference logistics with USCJ meeting management including confirmation of Lodging and catering calls for USY on Wheels during summer
  • Tikun Olam
    • Play lead role is overseeing Tikun Olam, USY’s Tzedakah Progam
    • Including: Tracking contributions from Regions and Chapters, managing allocation program. Developing relationships with recipient agencies and curating the list of said agencies.
  • Chapter Consultation Services
    • Help develop and coordinate services to USY Chapters, including;
      • Liaison to JYDA
      • Advisors Newsletter
      • Maintain and Update USY Program Bank and Pinat Chinuch
      • Liaison to USCJ Learning staff
      • Curate USY Website in coordination with our communications team

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiarity with e-mail marketing
  • Database management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Attention to detail, proofreading and editing
  • Knowledge of Conservative Jewish practice
  • Background in Jewish education
  • Some recruitment travel, including international and regional USY events
  • Ability to work with others on a collaborative team
  • Ability to learn RegPack (our participation system)

Education and Work Experience:

BA

Salary
 

To apply for any of these positions, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@uscj.org, with the name of the position in the subject line.

 
 
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