Director of Youth and Programming at Beth Jacob

Job Title:

Director of Youth and Programming 

Organization Name:

Beth Jacob Congregation

Job Type:


Salary Range:



Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Beth Jacob Synagogue is seeking a passionate and experienced leader to ignite a love of Judaism in our next generation. As the Director of Youth & Programming, you’ll design and deliver engaging experiences for children, teens, and families, fostering a vibrant and welcoming synagogue community.

Beth Jacob is a welcoming, traditionally progressive, egalitarian synagogue located in Mendota Heights, Minn.. We are guided by the principles of Torah (study), Avodah (meaningful worship and work), and Gemilut Chasidim (acts of loving kindness.) We exist as a congregation in order to practice and further our understanding of Conservative Judaism through the celebration of Shabbat, holidays and lifecycle events, and daily practice.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of Youth and Programming will be responsible for overseeing and facilitating youth programming for children and teens ages 0-18, as well as support programming synagogue wide. The Director of Youth and Programming will oversee the BJUSY advisor, and will work with the BJUSY board, synagogue staff, and adult youth commission to sustain and grow the synagogue’s youth programs; including Tot Shabbat and family programming, BJuniors (3rd-5th grade), Gesher (6th-8th grade), and BJUSY (9th-12th grade). The Director of Youth and Programming will work with and support our Clergy and Executive director to create synagogue-wide programing success, ensuring alignment with Beth Jacob’s mission and vision.

The Director of Youth and Programming will report to the Director of Congregational Learning and will work closely with, and take direction from, the Senior Rabbi and Executive Director. The role is a full-time position beginning July 1 2024.

Experience and Qualifications Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) (direct, concise, polite, comprehensive, welcoming)
  • Marketing skills, event planning
  • Able to efficiently switching between tasks, multitasking
  • Must be a practicing Jew and knowledgeable about Conservative Judaism
  • Serve as a role model/dugma for the synagogue youth and their families
  • Must not conduct synagogue business on Shabbat or Jewish holidays
  • Brings Jewish values of Torah, Avodah, and G’milut Chassadim to life
  • Does mitzvot and encourages observance through personal action and teaching
  • Is ethical in all dealings with the synagogue and the youth program
  • Does not use drugs, alcohol, or tobacco at events or any time in the presence of youth
  • Does not attend synagogue events when under the influence
  • Speaks appropriately, refrains from l’shon harah (gossip, slander) and nivul peh (foul language)
  • Confronts social issues with which youth and teens deal from the Jewish perspective
  • Is familiar with how to deal with teen issues such as suicide, substance abuse, sexuality, and family problems
  • Can serve as a confidential resource to youth; understanding when to maintain confidentiality and when such confidentiality cannot be kept; reporting problems such as drug/substance abuse, sexual or physical abuse, or pregnancy to a parent or synagogue officials
  • Supports behavioral religious standards which USY members and staff are expected to follow. See Emtza Regional USY Home page for more details

How to Apply

Email resume and cover letter to Rabbi Justin Held – [email protected]