Youth and Family Education Assistant

Job Title:

Youth and Family Education Assistant

Organization Name:

Shir Tikvah

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Jan. 31, 2023

Position Summary:

Shir Tikvah is a k’hilah k’doshah (holy community), joyfully revealing the intersections of talmud torah (lifelong Torah study), t’filah (prayer), tzedakah (justice), and hachnasat orchim (radical hospitality). We creatively wrestle with tradition and innovation as we invigorate Jewish spiritual life and transform the world.

Shir Tikvah is a synagogue located in South Minneapolis, founded in 1988. Shir Tikvah has grown significantly in its 35 years; in particular, our Youth and Family Education Department has transformed over the last decade as we rise to address the ever-developing needs of our diverse Jewish families. As such, we are looking to build out our professional staff to meet the expanding needs of our community.

Department Summary:

Shir Tikvah’s Youth and Family Education Department provides education and engagement opportunities for Shir Tikvah’s young people – from newborns to high school seniors – and their parents/guardians. These opportunities include informal get-togethers, formal classes, ritual and lifecycle celebrations, and other regular and special gatherings, to name a few. Among our cohorts and programs are: K’tanimot – our newborns, babies, and tots group; the religious school – our Jewish Academy for Moral Imagination (JAMI); our nationally-renowned B’Mitzvah program; and our beloved junior and senior youth groups.

Position Summary:

The Education Assistant provides administrative support to the Youth and Family Education Director. They work both behind the scenes and regularly interact with faculty, students, and congregant families. Primary tasks include email communications, scheduling meetings, tracking data, and general event support. This is a year-round position with an average of 20 hours per week, and includes both in-person work and remote work. This is a position new to Shir Tikvah and has the potential to grow.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assist the Department and Director to ensure a smooth operation as we provide the community with joyous and meaningful education and engagement opportunities:

-Administer and process program registrations

-Create and maintain calendars, rosters, student files, and other public-facing and internal documents

-Enter data and establish systems and tools that track and share information

-Gather and print materials

-Help run events

-Organize files and keep records

-Proofread correspondence

-Purchase food and supplies and assist with other errands

-Manage other program logistics as they arise and are assigned

  • Oversee the building during program hours to ensure our community is warm, welcoming, and safe as we live into our value of Hachnasat Orchim (radical hospitality):

-Open and close the building

-Spruce up classrooms and prepare communal spaces

-Greet and assist faculty, students, families, other visitors, and callers

-Model an environment of order throughout the building, including organizing and inventorying office and school supplies

  • Support our faculty members to ensure healthy employment and positive teaching experiences abound as we care for and strengthen our team:

-Communicate with faculty and respond to their requests

-Prepare materials, print, make copies, and gather last-minute supplies for and with members of the faculty

-Track attendance

  • Support our students and families to ensure positive community and learning experiences flourish as we care for and educate our community:

-Communicate with congregants and responds to their requests

-Coordinate volunteer opportunities for students and parents/guardians

-Schedule appointments between students/families and members of the team

-Track and report attendance

  • Support the Department and Director in other endeavors, priorities, and projects as assigned to ensure our community is tended to as we engage them in things including but not limited to Jewish holidays and other annual gatherings.

Experience and Qualifications Requirements: 

Experience level: Three to five years of relevant experience working in a youth community (camp, school, etc) is preferred.

How to Apply

Please send your résumé and a cover letter to Forrest Yesnes at [email protected] In your cover letter, please share what interests you most about this role, how your personal and professional experiences have prepared you for it, and how you imagine contributing to the mission of our congregation. The deadline for applying is 01/31/23.

Shir Tikvah Congregation is an equal-opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates to join our multiracial, multifaith, multigender team. People of color, women, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.