At Central Synagogue

Family Engagement Director

Posted on November 30, 2017

Our Vision
Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,300 families and the larger community.  We work tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity.  We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal, constantly evolving to reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today.  For more information about our organization visit

Job Summary/Objective
Working directly with The Director of Youth & Family Education and in close consultation with the Director of The Lese Center for Living Judaism and the Early Childhood Director, this person will be responsible for managing projects throughout the department as they pertain to the vision of the Youth & Family Engagement Department. This person will have the ability to plan and execute programming from start to finish, including creative and administrative details.  This position has a flexible start date.

Reports To: The Director of Youth & Family Education

Department Hours:
Full-time, FLSA classification (Non-exempt and eligible for OT)
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm; Fridays 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, or equivalent
Expected to work during some High Holy Days, some Shabbat services and other weekend programming as it relates to the position.

Date:  November, 2017

Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions
The key responsibilities for this position will include the following:

  • Manage Family, Shabbat and Holiday, social and social justice Program Logistics (Rooms, Food, Expenses, Publicity) for ages 0-22
  • Work with Director of Youth and Family Education and Family Engagement team to create content for all YFE programs
  • Coordinate logistics and vendor contracts for Family Engagement programs outside of formal classrooms
  • Manage the production process of printing necessary brochures, postcards and other print material
  • Track budgets, expenses & open balances for Family Engagement activities
  • Collect registration and feedback on programming and enter into our database as relevant
  • Serve as the Education Department’s point person for High Holy Days and other community-wide activities and services
  • Manage the planning and implementation of family retreats
  • Coordinate monthly Youth and Family Education and Engagement Admin. Team meetings
  • Manage Youth and Family Education and Engagement Admin. Team workflow
  • Coordinate office coverage when a member of the Education & Engagement Admin. Team is absent
  • Supervise the Family Engagement Coordinator

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrated people leadership and collaboration skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Ability to manage in a fast-paced environment, establish workplans and work across the organization to align on priorities
  • Able to work independently with strong initiative


  • Master’s Degree in Jewish Education or related field
  • 3-5 years prior experience in Family Engagement programming or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with staff and across various stakeholders
  • Passion for Jewish Education and Family Engagement
  • Supervisory experience a plus

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job and may change at any time.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter including three references to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference “Family Engagement Director” in the subject line of your email.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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Central Synagogue, a 503(c) religious organization, employs 80 full-time and 30+ part time staff positions in more than a dozen departments, including our Religious School; Nursery School and Early Childhood Center; clergy study; membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support teams. Our staff, which we consider "a team," is committed to excellence in our work. Central offers generous benefits and paid time off to its employees. We invite you to review our current openings and apply here. Central Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

X Central Synagogue will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, military status, marital status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is the policy of the Congregation that certain positions must be filled by persons of the Jewish faith as a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. All employees, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and contribute to this policy.