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Now Hiring: Youth Education & Family Programming Director

The Congregation Shir Tikvah (CST) community is looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, and thoughtful Youth Education & Family Programming Director to be part of our synagogue community.

Reports to Executive Director
42 Weeks/Year with winter & summer time off.  Average of 18 hours/week - flexible depending on duties. Eligible for 401k match starting in January of 2024.

To apply, please send a cover letter and current resume to

CST’s Youth Education & Family Programming Director works closely with our Rabbi and staff to fulfill our mission of teaching our children to find their own Jewish voice, through exposure to the joy and richness of our texts, culture, and ritual. This position oversees the operation of youth and family programming from pre-K through high school.  
You are a compassionate teacher, an effective communicator and someone who is willing to roll your sleeves up when the grape juice hits the floor. You enjoy getting to know families and sharing your own experience and passions. You balance day-to-day needs with long-term planning and approach your work with a strong sense of organization and effectiveness. You know how to manage staff and work within a budget. You are excited by the idea of working within a community that is independent, socially progressive and grounded in Jewish tradition.  
Congregation Shir Tikvah is a thriving and active independent Jewish synagogue on Portland’s Eastside.  Relatively small (210 families) and relatively new in town (20 years old), we serve Jews from traditional and liberal religious backgrounds, as well as secular Jews, interfaith couples, LGBTQ2IA+ and their families. We vary in degree of observance and cultural practice, bringing new vitality to our traditions while maintaining continuity with our heritage, our people, and our history through an egalitarian, and open-minded approach to Jewish worship, thought, and social action. Our programs enable everyone to engage fully with our traditions no matter their level of Jewish knowledge or practice. 
1. Provides administrative support and coordination for the Nashira project. (for youth ages 4-13)
● Directs operations approximately 18 Sunday mornings/year.
● Hires, oversees, and supports teachers.
● Leads the education curriculum committee, as well as facilitating teacher/madrikh training and support.
● Registers students and maintains financial & contact records.
● Sends out a weekly newsletter when Nashira is in session.
● Ensures adequate parent communication throughout the year.
● Purchases, distributes and maintains supplies.
● Communicates with Rabbi and Brit Mitzvah Coordinator to meet student and family needs as necessary.
● Oversees event aspects of Brit Mitzvah celebrations.
2. Provides administrative support and coordination for Tot Shabbat. (0-4)
● Hires, oversees and supports Tot Shabbat teacher.
● Ensures adequate parent communication throughout the year.
3. Provides planning support and on-site assistance for family-centered aspects of holidays and celebrations.
● Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
● Sukkot and Simkhat Torah
● Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and Tu B’Shvat
4. Provides planning and administrative coordination for our emerging high school program. (post Brit Mitzvah - high school)
● Works with Rabbi to support program planning and teacher needs.
● Registers students and maintains financial & contact records.
5. Represents Shir Tikvah in community outreach where applicable. 
The ideal candidate would possess:
a. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in either education or Jewish studies, with experience as a lead teacher in an elementary, camp or after-school setting.
b. Excellent written, interpersonal and leadership skills.
c. An understanding of special education and alternative ways of learning, including problem-solving for students who may be experiencing post-Covid asynchrony, or a willingness to learn.
d. A familiarity with Jewish languages, particularly Hebrew, as well as culture and best practices in modern Jewish education.
e. Comfort level with office tools, databases and forms, e.g. Microsoft Office or Google Office Suite.
f. A demonstrated ability to work on a team with respect for a variety of viewpoints.
g. Strong attention to detail.
Sat, June 3 2023 14 Sivan 5783