St. Louis Reform Teen Initiative (RTI) Coordinator

Reform Team Initiative
March 26, 2018
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Job Summary
If you’re looking for an entrepreneurial opportunity to revolutionize teen engagement through relationship building, problem solving, creativity, and teen mentorship this opportunity to be a difference maker could be the perfect opportunity for you. As the lead professional for the Reform Teen Initiative, the Coordinate will partner will congregational professionals to develop and implement a teen peer engagement internship program, create new immersive experiences, and strengthen collaborative programming for middle and high schoolers.
The Reform Teen Initiative (RTI) strives to develop new entry points and strengthen existing opportunities for teens by leveraging the collective resources of St. Louis’s Reform congregations to more actively engage teens in Jewish life. The RTI is a new joint initiative of Congregation Shaare Emeth and United Hebrew Congregation, St Louis’s two largest congregations, which formalize our youth engagement partnership to galvanize the entire Jewish community to more actively engage teens in Jewish life. The project is funded in part through the generosity of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Essential Functions - Essential functions are the duties inherent to the position. They describe what the employee is expected to do to fulfill basic task oriented expectations.
• Serve as a role model for Reform Jewish teens.
• Build relationships with partner congregational professionals and teens to develop creative outreach mechanisms to attract and engage the largest possible contingent of teens.
• Launch and staff Peer Engagement Internship program. Serve as a resource, mentor, teacher and advisor to interns. This includes coordinating group and individual meetings, setting appropriate expectations, providing constructive and positive feedback, and ensuring Interns are working towards measurable goals. This is an opportunity to share your talents, personality and unique approach to experiential education, and creating a positive environment for teens to thrive.
• Create and implement a series of immersive alternative break programs based on teen interests.
• Partner with teen leaders and congregational professionals in the planning, implementation and oversight of community wide NFTY 678 and NFTY events to ensure youth ownership with strong content.
• Communicate regularly and effectively with stakeholders, clergy, professionals, parents and teens.
• Maintain a fiscally responsible budget and administer compensation money for teen Interns.
• Ensure each program is evaluated by professionals, parents and/or teens.
• Act as an ambassador for all URJ youth oriented programs including but not exclusive to: Kutz, NFTY in Israel, URJ camps, Heller High School, Mitzvah Corp, and L'Taken.

Core Competencies - Core Competencies describe expectations about the basic character
attributes, behaviors and abilities of the person who is doing the job.
1. Integrity, Ethics and Values: Adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core
values and beliefs; acts in line with and promotes those values; admits mistakes;
doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain; responds to situations with
constancy and reliability.
2. Positive and Joyful Demeanor: Recognizes the positive aspects of people and
situations; responds to adversity with a positive attitude recognizing challenges as
opportunities; maintains a joyful disposition; generally, exudes positive energy.
3. Initiative: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for worthwhile
activities; not fearful of taking calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding
but achievable objectives for self and youth leadership
4. Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all colleagues and
youth who are relevant to the completion of work; builds appropriate rapport;
considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is
5. Communication: Is able to speak articulately and clearly in a variety of
communication settings and styles; can get a spoken message across that has the
desired effect; adjusts and fine-tunes communication in response to both verbal and
non-verbal cues; is able to write clearly and succinctly; can get messages across that
have a desired effect; clearly articulates message content and projects an appropriate
6. Decision Making and Problem Solving: Uses sound logic and to approach difficult
problems and apply effective solutions; can distinguish between symptoms, causes
and implied solutions; enlists the input of others on critical decisions; decides in a
timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
7. Project Management: Identifies the key objectives and scope of a proposed project;
garners needed resources and project support, develops a realistic and thorough plan
for achieving key objectives, keeps team members briefed on progress, implements
action plans, communicates progress to all involved, identifies and resolves barriers
and problems

Preferred Qualifications:
• Proven track record as a teen mentor/supervisor
• Ability to work independently while seeking out feedback from colleagues and
• Minimum of bachelor’s degree
• Experience in youth group, camp, or similar setting
• Knowledge of Reform Judaism

Start date: Summer 2018
Salary: $36,000-$42,000 plus a generous benefits package
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Stacy Jespersen at

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