Full-time Director of Youth Engagement

Posted: 02/26/2020

Director of Youth Engagement

Temple Emanuel, a progressive Reform congregation with approximately 500 families near Washington D.C. in Kensington, Maryland, seeks a full-time Director of Youth Engagement (DYE) who can:

  • maintain and expand upon our vibrant, close-knit community of teens and pre-teens
  • establish meaningful relationships with synagogue youth of all ages
  • develop and implement programs that are not only engaging and fun but also cultivate Jewish values and a strong Jewish identity
  • communicate effectively with teens and families
  • work cooperatively with lay leaders and professional staff

Job Responsibilities of Director of Youth Engagement

Responsibilities for the DYE can be organized into 3 areas: Youth group administration and programming, Temple-wide duties, and communications.

Youth group administration and programming, which includes activities such as:

  • hosting monthly lounge nights
  • planning and supervising Temple lock-ins and weekend events
  • attending NFTY regional events
  • scheduling Board meetings; developing teen leadership skills
  • connecting teens to social service opportunities outside the Temple (such as the RAC’s L’Taken)
  • supervising a part-time junior youth group leader who works with KESTY J (6th/7th graders) and KESTY 45 (4th/5th graders)

Temple-wide duties, which include:

  • attending most monthly Board of Trustee and all Youth Committee meetings
  • in conjunction with the clergy, organize three teen-led services during the year, including High Holiday services for young families.
  • attending weekly professional staff meetings
  • coordinating youth involvement in Temple-wide events, such as Purim carnival
  • teaching and/or assisting in 8th grade upper school class
  • creating and managing the Youth Program budget with help from the Youth Committee
  • managing the religious school’s teen madrichim program on Sunday mornings

Communication duties, which include:

  • maintaining all marketing for youth programs, including social media outlets, distribution lists, and other forms of communication
  • submitting articles, pictures, and dates for upcoming events to Temple publications

Desired skills and traits

  • Ability to connect with young Jews on a personal level and help them cultivate lasting friendships
  • Strong communication and executive functioning skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain a budget
  • Ability to motivate, delegate, and oversee to completion all program tasks
  • Able to work in teams
  • Strong supervisory skills
  • Available to work Sundays and some evenings during the school year
  • Music skills a plus

Experience and qualifications

  • BA or BS preferred
  • Jewish educational background that includes a firm understanding of Jewish history, holidays, prayer, ritual practices, and values
  • Prior youth group programming leadership and/or camp counselor experience preferred


This is a full-time position. Benefits include paid time off, conference allowance, personal expense account, and health-insurance contribution. Salary commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

Please send resume to Rabbi Mark Levine at