At Central Synagogue

Education Department

Youth and Family Education Operations Coordinator

Posted on June 17, 2019

Our Vision
Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,500+ 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
Provide operational support to the religious school, Family Engagement and camp programs.

Reports to:
Director of the Religious School with a dotted line to Camp Director during the summer


  • Full-time, non-exempt and eligible for OT
  • School Year: Monday 12-7, T-Th 10-7, F 10-4:30, with occasional later evening or weekend work Summer: 8:30am-4:30pm Expected to work some High Holy Days

Essential Functions:

  • Knows the formal and informal inter-departmental and Synagogue goals, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Is sensitive to the people, dynamics and functions within the education department and the Synagogue.
  • Serves as a liaison between the YFE department (excluding NS) and Operations, Facilities and Security
  • Coordinates the logistical aspects of all religious school, camp and family engagement programming, including program reservations, set ups, food orders, A/V needs, etc.
  • Orders all necessary supplies for programs and office
  • Coordinates with the Youth and Family Engagement Administrator on program registration and communication with families
  • Books flights, buses and other travel and logistical needs for all trips and events
  • Reconciles credit card usage for religious school, camp and family engagement
  • Serves as liaison with the communications team for all emails and print materials for religious school, family engagement programming and camp
  • Provides daily support for religious school and camp (signs, snacks, guests, early pickups, sign-in, tzedakah and special events)
  • Core Competencies
  • 1.Collaboration Skills
  • 2.Organizational Skills
  • 3.Communication Proficiency
  • 4.Technical Capacity
  • 5.Takes Initiative

Reporting Relationships and Decision Making

On an ongoing basis, exercises administrative judgment and assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results having an impact on people, costs, and/or quality of service within the functional area.


Manages and monitors sensitive information appropriately.  Has the ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality.  Represents the Director of the Religious School, and the institution internally and externally in a professional manner.  Will work collaboratively with other administrative staff and education staff to foster consistency in message and team work.

Decision Making

On an ongoing basis, exercises administrative judgment and assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results having an impact on people, costs, and/or quality of service within the department.

Other Duties
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.  2-3 years’ experience in project management and administration. Technology and database experience a must. Interest and knowledge of synagogue life, Hebrew and Jewish ritual practice desired but not necessary.

Position Requirements:

  • A successful candidate must possess the ability to interpret and translate policy and procedure clearly, and in a personable and patient manner. 
  • Attention to detail and the ability to keep up with data entry and re-entry is essential.
  • A high level of organization is necessary, and the candidate must be able to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Professionalism and maturity demonstrated ability to lead, cooperation in a team atmosphere, a proactive attitude, and a strong work ethic are expectations for this position.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Strong Microsoft word, excel, outlook, PowerPoint, QuickBooks and database skills, especially Salesforce.
  • Knowledge of synagogue life and Jewish education desired.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume, along with a cover letter and three references addressed to Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal, Director of Youth and Family Education, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference “YFE Operations Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Other Open Positions

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Job Summary/Objective
The Executive Assistant reports to the Executive Director and plays a critical role in the coordination of Board activities to ensure effective oversight of meetings, communications, and compliance with our bylaws. He/she also plans and maintains the annual calendar for key events for staff and board, coordinates all staff meetings and events, board events, as well as special congregational events including the annual meeting. He/she plays a critical role in the High Holy Days including coordination of our community service, and other projects as needed, including, for example, oversight of work planning across the Executive Director’s team. He/she also supervises the front desk/receptionist who manages our main phone line, office supplies, and other related tasks. Additionally, he/she supports with assistance from the receptionist, the Executive Director with calendar management, travel, expense reporting and other administrative tasks. This individual must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to work independently and operate with high attention to detail. He/she will interface regularly with senior staff, board, and our congregation. Outlined below is a more detailed list of key responsibilities. Given the nature of synagogue work, a great deal of flexibility and a ‘can-do’ attitude are essential as we work to address the needs of a large community.

December 5, 2019

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.