Job Opportunities

Professional opportunities are provided by community organizations and are not necessarily affiliated with Springboard. If you would like to post an opportunity please email Springboard@juf.org.


Teen Engagement Specialist @ Springboard

The Springboard Team is growing! Join our team of fantastic Teen Engagement Specialists in developing and implementing strategies that will help more teens get involved in the vibrant landscape of programs available to Jewish teens in the Chicagoland area.  This person will help teens and their parents to identify the organizations and programs that best fit their interests, work collaboratively with Springboard partners and JUF staff, and support teen engagement in a variety of capacities, including recruiting for and staffing existing programs, running short-term internships and leadership programs, and supporting city-wide programs for teens, professionals and parents. 

Strong candidates are energetic, able to articulate what they like about being engaged in the Jewish community, and can work both independently and as part of a team. 

Job Title
Teen Engagement Specialist
Organization
Springboard
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Associate Vice President, Jewish Enrichment @ BBYO

The  Associate Vice President of Jewish Enrichment  will be responsible for creating the strategy and providing leadership for a multi-million-dollar initiative that delivers meaningful Jewish experiences through BBYO's key touch points - regional conventions, summer experiences and International Convention. This person will be responsible for:

  • Setting overall vision and strategy for Jewish learning in BBYO;
  • Supervising at least four full-time professionals while establishing a diverse and creative network of Jewish "talent" throughout the world; and,
  • Managing a relationship with a major philanthropic partner and an annual budget over one million dollars.

Job Title
Associate Vice President, Jewish Enrichment
Organization
BBYO
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Coordinator of Outreach Programs @ Response

Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) Response Center provides mental health, sexual health, prevention education, and leadership development to teenagers and young adults. Response empowers young adults to make healthy life choices. JCFS is seeking a Coordinator of Outreach Programs to provide oversight of the Response Center's educational programs and activities for a variety of audiences and institutions including schools, synagogues, camps and other Jewish and community institutions.  This position will also assist in the development of trainings and curriculum and building and maintaining effective relationships with community partners

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated experience in delivering educational programming to adolescents and ability to engage with teachers, parents and social service professionals
  • Knowledge of the Chicago-area Jewish community will provide for effective networking and team building
  • Ability to work, interact and communicate effectively with a range of community stakeholders and JCFS staff across multiple program area 

Job Title
Coordinator of Outreach Programs
Organization
Response
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Group Leader @ Moving Traditions

Moving Traditions is seeking dynamic and creative group leaders to facilitate Moving Traditions' programs, Rosh Hodesh and Shevet . These field-tested and innovative programs draw on Jewish wisdom and values to foster the self-confidence and identity of Jewish adolescents. Our groups offer a supportive, safe, and sacred space for teens to openly explore important questions about society and identity, and feel empowered to challenge traditional gender roles. Group Leaders serve as mentors to and role models for their teen participants. Moving Traditions provides in-person experiential training retreats for Group Leaders and supplies curriculum, resources, and ongoing support. This is a unique, paid position for enthusiastic and passionate adults of all ages and backgrounds who would love to spend two hours, once a month, working with a small group of Jewish teens.

The Ideal Group Leader You are someone who: • "gets" teens and loves working with them; • has the ability to and feels comfortable with facilitating meaningful discussions and experiential activities related to Judaism and gender by employing a range of modalities; • is passionate, organized, motivated and a good role model. 
 
The adults who lead Rosh Hodesh and Shevet groups across the country are a diverse group:  Jewish communal professionals, educators, social workers, lawyers, doctors, artists, chefs, actors and software engineers. Join us! Responsibilities: 1. Attend a one-time Moving Traditions' Summer National Training Conference (dates and locations vary; meets Sunday -Tuesday); 2. Support your supervisor in recruitment efforts and retention efforts; 3. Sustain an ongoing group through monthly, two-hour gatherings, followed up with regular communication to parents; 4. Use provided materials and personal creativity to facilitate fun and meaningful gatherings; 5. Manage group dynamics and maintain appropriate boundaries.  Identify and act upon any issues that require follow‐up or referrals; Become familiar with current popular culture through television, teen magazines, and other teen‐targeted media; 7. Help evaluate the program's effect on the participants. 8. Interface periodically with Moving Traditions' Regional Director and Manager of Recruitment and Mentoring to report on the ongoing status of the group. 
 
To find out more about opportunities in the Chicagoland area contact: 
Lisa Alter Krule, Chicago Director  lalterkrule@movingtraditions.org 

Job Title
Group Leader
Organization
Moving Traditions
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Coordinator of Youth Learning and Engagement @ BJBE

BJBE, B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, a vibrant reform congregation in Deerfield, Illinois is looking for a Coordinator of Youth Learning and Engagement. This is a shared position with URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), and the Coordinator will spend the school year at BJBE and the summer in residence at OSRUI in a leadership position (from approximately Memorial Day to August 15). This is an incredible opportunity to join a team of innovative professionals who are making change in Jewish education. We are looking for someone who will be a role model of Jewish values, bring an enthusiasm for Jewish living, and be a strong leadership presence with the ability to engage our students and create community. 

Our Coordinator of Youth Learning and Engagement will: 
• Manage our three youth groups: KYG (3rd-5th grades), JYG (6th-8th grades), and SYG (9th-12th grades) 
• Coordinate our Chai School program, Religious School for 7th-12th graders 
• Supervise our machonik program, overseeing the teen assistants in the classrooms 
• Work with the Director of Education to implement chugim and camp-style programming into the Jewish Learning Center curriculum. 
• Build relationships with families currently sending kids to OSRUI and work to cultivate prospective camp families 
• Foster and support the continued growth of "camp culture" at congregation, including coordinating programming that highlights the value and impact of camp 

Job Title
Coordinator of Youth Learning and Engagement
Organization
BJBE
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Director of JCYS North Shore and Big City Day Camps @ Jewish Council for Youth Services

Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) offers educational, recreational and leadership experiences throughout the year at our family centers, multiple summer camps and specialty programs. Programs are designed to nurture each child's individual spirit, imagination, confidence and talents. 

For over a century, JCYS has responded to the varying needs and shifting demographics in the Chicagoland area. Though our programs and services continue to change and evolve to meet the demands of the community, our commitment and dedication to service - and those we serve - remains constant. 

The Director of JCYS North Shore and Big City Day Camps coordinates and oversees the day-to-operations including staff supervision, budget management, and planning. The Director is responsible for training, supporting and scheduling staff, while monitoring camper happiness and well-being. 

Job Title
Director of JCYS North Shore and Big City Day Camps
Organization
Jewish Council for Youth Services
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Director of Family Engagement and Youth @ Beth El

The Director of Family Engagement and Youth is a full-time position to engage our congregants and help families move seamlessly between our constituencies of the preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school offerings.  The Director will work to grow and promote experiential Jewish education for our community through holiday and Shabbat programming. 

Major Responsibilities: 
1. The Director of Family Engagement and Youth will supervise our Youth Community including programming for preschool families, elementary school, Kadima (6-8), USY (9-12) and our Beth El Sisterhood College Connection. This includes working with all Education directors to develop and execute experiential education, and supervising and being assisted by a team of strong youth advisors including a high school specialist. 
2. The Director is expected to be an active participant and a visible professional within the synagogue community. 
3. Act as a role model for a Conservative Jewish lifestyle
4. Develop strong relationship with parents to make sure they become partners and advocates of the Youth Community. 
5. Analyze, prepare and present budget for approval as well as oversee and track expenses. 
6. Hire, direct, train (including appropriate safety and first aid measures) and supervise youth advisors and any other persons specifically employed in the congregation to implement aspects of Youth Community programs. 
7. Maintain ties, promote and participate in regional, national and international USY forums by working with congregational and other youth professionals to develop and support programming 
8. Provide information regarding eligibility for various Israel scholarships. 
9. Potentially teach in the Cohen Religious School or in the Sokol Hebrew High School, as determined by the Directors of Education. 
10. Facilitate congregational Shabbat and holiday programming for families
11. Interact with all congregants, to the extent possible, to facilitate integration into synagogue activities.

Requirements: 
• Passion for Jewish life crucial; commitment to Conservative Judaism preferred with a sensitivity to its practices including kashrut and Shabbat and holiday observances
• Experience working with young people; knowledgeable in childhood and adolescent development, preferably congregational education or early childhood educational or programming experience 
• Excellent communication skills; report verbally and in writing to families and groups of lay leaders within the congregation 
• Technology proficiency 


Job Title
Director of Family Engagement and Youth
Organization
Beth El
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Director of Educational Innovation @ Anshe Emet Synagogue

Responsibilities 
The Director of Educational Innovation will collaborate with clergy, Anshe Emet's professional education team, and lay leaders with an eye towards implementing the vision of the LaAtid Task Force. In 2018-2019, the Director of Educational Innovation will help to implement prototypes and pilots for substantive change, assess the success of these ventures, experiment with new ideas which honor the vision of the Task Force, and design an implementation plan for the fully realized vision of LaAtid to be implemented in subsequent years. 

In addition, job responsibilities include the following: 
• Take leading role in strategic implementation of the LaAtid school vision for the future 
• Hire, train and manage faculty and staff 
• Coach faculty to implement best practices and the curriculum 
• Align teaching, procedures and educational materials to achieve the goals of the new vision 
• Strengthen family educational experiences for religious school and day school families 
• Communicate effectively with faculty, students, parents, clergy, staff and lay leadership 
• Benchmark the school and stay abreast of best practices for youth and family education 
• Assess changes and outcomes: Evaluate Year 1 pilots and prototypes and adjust the rollout of experiments and implementations in subsequent years 
• Manage the development and execution of the budget for the school 
• Develop a culture of inclusion that uses best practices to include differently-abled students in the school to the maximum extent feasible 
• Position the school to achieve growth in enrollment and successful outcomes 

Qualifications 
• Excited by our vision and principles 
• Collaborative team member and leader 
• Captivating communicator with an audacious mindset 
• Positive contributor who forms meaningful relationships with our children, families, and community members. 
• Extremely organized and has strong computer skills 
• Jewishly knowledgeable and cherishes Jewish life and living, both personally and professionally 
• Familiarity with Responsive Classroom, the Reggio Emilia approach, online language learning, inclusion of diverse learners, and experiential and arts-based approaches to core content learning

Job Title
Director of Educational Innovation
Organization
Anshe Emet Synagogue
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