Education and Youth Director, Seattle

Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, Washington is hiring a full time Education and Youth Director. Our ideal applicant is a warm, vibrant Jewish educator with a graduate

degree in Jewish Education or a similar advanced degree. He or she should be well versed in the tenets of Conservative Judaism. 

The applicant should have experience with children of all ages and abilities and be skilled in fostering a love of Jewish education.

Our ideal school principal will have a demonstrated ability to think creatively and implement innovative programs through experiential learning.

The School:

Congregation Beth Shalom Religious School is a USCJ Frameworks of Excellence School of approximately 110 students grades pre-k -8 and has been named the Best Supplementary school by the JT News (Washington state’s only Jewish newspaper) 4 years in a row. Beth Shalom offers a high quality, experiential Jewish education and has

won grants from both the Shemanski Foundation and The Legacy Heritage Fund. The school has created several innovative programs such as an annual mock “Trip to Israel,”

a well-attended Family Camp weekend at a Jewish summer camp and a biannual Pajama Havdallah, open to the entire Seattle area Jewish community. The students in our school

attend both public and private schools and come from a geographically diverse area. 

The Community:

Beth Shalom is a mid-size, vibrant conservative egalitarian synagogue with a diverse membership and range of observance. It has on average 150-175 attendees on

Shabbat morning and a strong, active adult education program. Our services are highly participatory with a large number of congregants who are able and willing to lead

services, read Torah and teach. There is also a daily minyan, weekly pre-school and elementary children’s services and a monthly service for teenagers. Beth Shalom has four different youth groups, from second grade through twelfth grade. Beth Shalom prides itself on its warm and welcoming community.


The Director is responsible for the vision and operation of the Beth Shalom Religious School, Prozdor (elementary and middle school) and youth groups (second grade through twelfth grade), and helping with the children’s programs connected to a number of synagogue wide programs.

Areas of Oversight:

• Religious School

• Prozdor Middle School

• Youth Department

• High Holiday programming and services

• Family Camp

Job Description:

Overall Responsibilities

• Responsible for the vision, direction, and running of the Religious School, Prozdor and youth group and special programs (including High Holiday youth programs, pajama havdalah, Purim carnival) including staffing, curriculum, program content, budget, recruitment, publicity, administration and implementation.

• Responsible for Family Camp, including recruiting volunteers and staff, organizing the program and coordinating with the rental facility.

• Organizes and supervises leaders for High Holiday children and youth programs. Hires, provides publicity and administrative support for Shabbat and holiday children and youth programs.

• Provides professional staff collaboration and expertise to the Religious School Committee and youth commission, and is responsible for creating a middle school

parent committee.

• Assists with family education and parent learning and integrating families into the congregation.

• Organizes and supervises local youth group programs, including USY and Kadima. Provides support for regional programs and staffs local programs along

with additional advisors. Hires, trains and supports the additional youth group advisors.

• Participates in professional development locally and nationally, maintains membership in JYDA, and works with USCJ education and youth departments.

• Serves as an appropriate role model within the framework of the Conservative Movement.

• Initiates new programs when appropriate, in consultation with the Rabbi, assistant rabbi and relevant committees that further enhance the educational program of the synagogue. Participates in planning for the educational goals and programs of the congregation.

Please send cover letters and resumes to