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Posted date [Jun-23-2016]
(ID: 4309)

Whippany, NJ

The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life is the newest Department of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (as of July 1, 2016). Originally chartered in 2006, The Partnership merger with the Federation builds upon synergies and shared vision to Bring Jewish Learning to Life for young people and their families.

After 8 successful years, our incumbent Director of Teen Initiatives is moving on to a new position with a national Jewish teen movement. We would like to meet a

visionary professional who has demonstrated the ability to use informal experiences to intentionally impart Jewish educational content in meaningful ways.

The Director will be an experienced Jewish educator, holding a BA + Rabbinic ordination, or a Masterās degree in Jewish Education or higher, and will be a key resource for Jewish educational content for the Department and for colleagues throughout the Federation. S/he will be proficient in accessing and interpreting classical and modern Jewish resources and in written and spoken Hebrew.

The Director will be responsible for envisioning, planning, implementing and assessing the Departmentās educational initiatives for pre-teens and teens ages 12-

18 with guidance and support provided by professional and lay leadership within the Department and the Federation. These include initiatives currently underway and those that may be started anew, all with an eye towards providing compelling access points for teens to explore their evolving Jewish identities within a well-balanced, financially sustainable portfolio of initiatives under the JTEENGMW (Jewish Teen Educational Experiences Network, Greater MetroWest) umbrella.

These initiatives include:

ā¢ JTEENGMW @ - Growing this program that brings Jewish learning to teens based at congregational schools throughout the community;

ā¢ The Learning Community ā Build a cadre of teens who will meet and learn Jewish texts and other Jewish sources on a consistent basis;

ā¢ SeniorITIS ā Senior Institute for Teens In-Service ā Summer program for high school seniors to learn about Jewish principles that drive the Jewish community through mentorships and seminars;

ā¢ Alexander Muss HS in Israel & March of the Living ā Recruitment and follow-up with participants to guide their ongoing Jewish journeys upon return;

ā¢ Ongoing engagement with Federation-basedshlichim (cadre of IsraelBeducators) to maximize Jewish educational opportunities for the students with

whom they interact;

ā¢ Supervise and share responsibility with 1.5 Department professionals who Bring Jewish Learning to Life through Jewish Service Learning initiatives such as:

o Mitzvot of Greater MetroWest ā providing an array of hands-on, long-term Mitzvah opportunities for hundreds pre Bānai Mitzvah and their families;

o Destination: Jewish Service Learning ā Grant program to encourage Jewish Service Learning;

o J-Serve ā Annual day of simultaneous Jewish Service Learning for hundreds of teens;

o Iris Teen Tzedakah Program ā year-long program focused on Jewish philanthropy;

o Justice League, Iris Teen Mitzvot, and Mitzvah Mania ā Several ongoing and integrated opportunities for Jewish learning through service.

There is more information about these initiatives at

The successful candidate will demonstrate

_ An enthusiastic attitude towards Jewish learning and pluralistic Jewish


_ Community organization and coalition building experience with

congregational, youth movement and day school colleagues

_ Significant and continuing personal Jewish learning

_ Significant experience in working with Jewish teens

_ Experience with both āformalā and āinformalā education methodologies

_ Experience in working in partnership with lay leaders.

_ Social media savvy

_ Hands-on fiscal, administrative and assessment capabilities

This is a full-time position based in Whippany, NJ reporting to the Federationās Chief Jewish Learning Officer. Working from home is not an option. The position entails working some Sundays and some weeknights; this fluctuates throughout the program year. The successful candidate will begin his/her tenure in July. A competitive compensation package includes opportunities for professional development,

vacation, and health insurance.

Interested parties should submit all of the following for consideration:

_ A current resume reflecting the experiences and competencies sought

_ Work sample(s), not more than 5 pages total, demonstrating professional

experience with teens in formal and/or informal Jewish settings

_ Contact information for 3 professional references

Submissions must be made by e-mail only to

Candidates will not contact you directly. Any relevant candidates will be forwarded by our staff.
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Location Whippany, NJ
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
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