Reports to: Chief Program Officer

Summary:

Put yourself at the intersection of LGBTQ rights, Jewish identity and the broader movement for social justice in American society. Keshet seeks a dynamic and experienced professional to join a phenomenal team. The Director of Youth Programs shapes and oversees the implementation of all of Keshet’s youth programming, as well as playing a key role in planning for future program expansion. 

The Director of Youth Programs oversees the implementation of the Keshet LGBTQ and Ally Youth Shabbaton program, drives strategy and sets goals for these weekend retreats and youth leadership initiatives, and spearheads Keshet’s effort to develop new and innovative national programming to empower Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens, young adults, and youth movement professionals.  

 The Director of Youth Programs reports to the Chief Program Officer and oversees the Youth Programs Manager. This position is located in New York City, though exceptional candidates in other locations will be considered.

About Keshet:

Keshet works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life. We turn values at the heart of Judaism—equality, inclusion, and human dignity—into action in Jewish communities because when we stand by and allow LGBTQ Jews to be excluded, we hold all of Jewish life back from reaching its full potential. We equip Jewish organizations with the tools to build LGBTQ-affirming communities, create spaces for queer Jewish teens to feel valued as queer and Jewish, and mobilize the Jewish community to fight for LGBTQ justice nationwide.

As an organization that teaches the importance of proactive LGBTQ inclusive messages and actions, Keshet recognizes the similar need to make our commitment to racial equity and justice clear and explicit. We commit to embed a racial equity and justice lens into Keshet’s leadership and staff structure, political analysis, organizational policies, communications, and program content. 

Keshet’s national office is in Boston with offices in San Francisco, Chicago and New York, as well.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of Keshet’s programming for teens, young adults, and teen professionals, including: 
    • Six annual Keshet LGBTQ and Ally Shabbatonim (currently five for teens, one for 18-24 year olds)
    • Trainings and consultations for Jewish teen-serving organizations
    • Annual “Jew York” Pride event
    • Partnerships with national Jewish youth movements such as BBTO, NFTY, and USY
  • Lead Youth Programs Department staff, interns, and volunteer retreat staff in Shabbaton and other event implementation including communications, marketing, and recruitment, planning educational programs, and program evaluation
  • Build and sustain relationships with teen leaders and youth movement professionals nationwide with a focus on developing the skills of LGBTQ and ally teens to serve as leaders for LGBTQ equality in their home communities 
  • With key staff and other stakeholders, lead the effort to develop and implement additional innovative teen programming
  • Conduct trainings and consultations for Jewish youth-serving organizations 
  • Supervise the Youth Programs Manager, contract Shabbaton staff, and volunteers.

Qualifications:

  • Passionate commitment to Keshet’s vision and mission of advancing LGBTQ equality in Jewish life
  • At least five years’ experience in program development and management in a non-profit or education setting
  • Demonstrated expertise in the development of informal, experiential programs for youth that are interactive, engaging, and inclusive of youth with a variety of racial, ethnic, gender and sexual identities, and abilities
  • Experience developing and leading LGBTQ cultural competency training for educators and other youth-serving professionals
  • Extensive knowledge of LGBTQ identities and experiences and the ability to articulate the intersections among diverse Jewish and LGBTQ identities
  • Proven track record of managing teams with an open, inclusive leadership style that encourages cohesion, accountability, and high performance
  • Ability to apply a racial justice and gender equity lens to programs and work products as well as staff culture and management
  • Significant knowledge of Jewish tradition, identity, and experience is preferred; ease working across a wide range of Jewish communities is essential.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences
  • Excellent analytical, planning, and project management skills
  • Capacity to navigate a fast-paced, high energy, and creative environment effectively and efficiently
  • Proven ability to successfully cultivate strong relationships with both teens and adults
  • Experience leading complex projects with multiple stakeholders and managing program budgets 
  • Ease working with colleagues in multiple geographic locations and using technology like a Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) database, video-conferencing, and shared cloud drives to facilitate daily work and collaborative projects
  • Training and/or significant practical experience with teen mental health issues, a plus
  • Experience with program evaluation and assessment, a plus
  • Willing and able to travel throughout U.S. and Canada an average of once a month 

Compensation:

Salary range is $75,000-85,000/year, commensurate with experience.

Keshet offers a competitive benefits package, and a fast paced, purpose-driven, and fun work environment.

To apply:

Please send resume and a thoughtful cover letter via email to [email protected] and include “Director of Youth Programs” in subject line. 

Keshet values diversity, including racial and ethnic diversity. In your cover letter, please share with us any aspects of your identity and experience that you feel help prepare you to work effectively in Jewish communities that are diverse in race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ability, and more. We encourage trans, non-binary, and people of color to apply.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until we find the right candidate for the position. 

Keshet Equal Employment Opportunity:                      

Keshet is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff. Keshet provides equal opportunity to all people regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other proscribed category set forth in federal or state regulations. This policy applies to all employees and candidates for employment.

Keshet

National Office

284 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.524.9227

New York Office

214 West 29th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

San Francisco Bay Office

2 Embarcadero Center
8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Chicago Office

4700 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite B
Chicago, IL 60640