Senior Director of Teen Engagement, USY

USY Senior Director of Teen EngagementMersky, Jaffe & Associates, a national executive search and consulting firm, has been engaged to conduct a search for the next Senior Director of Teen Engagement, USY for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), New York, NY.

Background and Mission:

Founded in 1913, USCJ is a network of nearly 600 Conservative Jewish communities across North America, representing the values and beliefs of an authentic and dynamic Judaism in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Israel.  Its work strengthens kehillot (Jewish communities inside and outside the walls of a synagogue) by providing visionary leadership training, creating opportunities for Jews of all ages to learn and grow, sharing essential resources, and seeding innovative ideas.

USY is USCJ’s youth movement for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. For more than 60 years, USY has taught young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities.

The mission of USY is to empower youth to develop friendships, leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish People, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in Conservative Judaism’s approach to learning, spiritual expression, and social responsibility. USY provides year-round programming and domestic and international travel opportunities, inspiring in teens a deep sense of pride in and love for their Jewish identity and preparing them to make Jewish decisions in the real world.

USY is at a pivotal point – with a new organizational structure and approach, and a doubling of investment in local growth and success, USY’s goal is to engage an even greater number of teens in compelling experiences through a Jewish lens.

Position Description

USCJ seeks a visionary and bottom-line oriented Senior Director to lead its international youth division and spearhead the growth of USY and Nativ, USCJ’s gap year program in Israel.  Reporting to the Chief Innovation and Implementation Officer, the Senior Director will provide direction and motivation to a broad team of youth staff and volunteer leadership, while seeing the big picture and the immediate next steps. This role requires a keen understanding of teen education, dedication to and enthusiasm for Conservative Judaism and a commitment to grow opportunities for its teens and communities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and support a strong Teen Engagement department by managing, mentoring, and developing staff and volunteer leadership.
  • Manage a multi-million-dollar budget and develop new lines of business and revenue sources.
  • Work with team(s) to set education, programming, and engagement goals.
  • Develop, modify and monitor teen engagement policy and procedures.
  • Provide vision and lead the team to develop roadmaps for future needs and endeavors.
  • Respond and manage customer service for all department programs.
  • Collaborate internally across USCJ to achieve the organization’s mission.
  • Partner with the Financial Resource Development division to cultivate, solicit and steward donations from alumni, friends, and institutional funders.
  • Forge new relationships and partnerships, and further develop existing relationships with outside organizations.
  • Utilize analytics to measure progress towards and attainment of goals and identify new opportunities.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in Jewish education or a related field (preferred).
  • 10 + years’ experience in Jewish education, specifically in teen engagement with a track record of innovation and success.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • Proven nonprofit leadership, with experience in supervising program directors and managers, including a local and remote workforce.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and lay leadership.
  • Strong fiscal and business management skills including proficiency in developing budgets and advising others in the budgetary process.
  • Facility with business analytics and experience using them to inform decisions.
  • Command of youth related issues and the current Jewish youth landscape.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to plan, prioritize and complete multiple tasks with attention to detail and deadlines.
  • A high level of Jewish content knowledge and deep commitment to Conservative Judaism and be observant in accordance with Conservative Jewish Law.
  • The ability to travel for International and USCJ business and be available for evening and weekend meetings.

Mersky, Jaffe & Associates is proud of its association with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and to be conducting the search for the next USY Senior Director of Teen Engagement. If you, or someone you know, might be a suitable candidate for this unique position, please forward, in confidence, the person’s name, cover letter, resume, salary requirements and contact information to Lori Fodale.