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Eisner Prize Winner

Program of Distinction

UJA-New York

Experiential Jewish Educator

Job Description

Department: Intergenerational Program Engagement

Reports To: Director of Intergenerational Program Engagement

Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt

Position Description Summary: We seek a highly skilled and passionate, experiential Jewish educator, to coordinate and facilitate programs for older adults and students in grades 5-12.

At the core of our work is a belief in the inherent need for people of all ages to connect with one another and to develop compassion and responsibility for one another through meaningful volunteerism and communal responsibility. The Coordinator develops, facilitates and promotes a wide array of intergenerational programs through partnerships with local public and private middle schools, high schools, and youth organizations. This position serves as DOROT’s lead experiential educator for our signature summer teen internship programs, intergenerational school year service-learning programs, and our Bar/Bat Mitzvah volunteer initiative.

The ideal candidate has a proven track record as a generative thinker, problem solver and committed collaborator who inspires curiosity and growth in program participants. They must possess both skill and a passion for innovative, creative program design that explores values, wisdom, and the importance of communal responsibility.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Serve as lead Jewish educator for DOROT’s Jewish summer teen internship programs, which operate in multiple sites.
  • Lead DOROT’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Initiative in Manhattan and Westchester, with responsibility for its scope, depth, and rich variety of program opportunities. This initiative includes b’nai mitzvah projects, service-learning partnerships, intergenerational programs, and family volunteering.
  • Work closely with the Coordinator of Youth and Family Volunteers to collaborate on year-round intergenerational programs and co-manage the Summer Teen Internship Programs.
  • Maintain, cultivate and expand relationships with a wide array of schools and community partners each year.
  • Design and facilitate exemplary and dynamic intergenerational programs built on best practice.
  • Collect, track, and maintain participant data.
  • Work on special projects and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts; Masters Preferred
  • Experienced Jewish educator with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in informal educational programs for teens
  • A passion for working with high school students
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating high-quality experiential and project-based lesson plans
  • Demonstrated success and commitment to group process and leadership development.
  • Comfort and ease working with older adults
  • Motivated self-starter who can work independently as well as collaboratively in a team setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexibility to work occasional evening hours for ongoing programming and 8-10 Sundays per year for program events.

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