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Open Temple is currently seeking an Engagement and Outreach Coordinator and a Director of Family Programming and Education

Engagement and Outreach Coordinator Position Summary:

Open Temple’s Engagement and Outreach Coordinator engages community members in person and optimizes social media and other PR and marketing tools to ensure that our core values of Creativity, Love and Truth are reinforced through our outreach. Open Temple continues to set the bar for innovation in Jewish and spiritual community. Our Engagement and Outreach Coordinator works closely with our Rabbi/Artistic Director and other senior staff to engage existing congregants and amplify our voice with the Jew-ishly curious and those who love us in Venice, Los Angeles and beyond. This part-time position requires a high level of creativity, emotional intelligence, independence, judgment and attention to detail, not to mention a balance of intuition and curiosity, and strong project management skills. Enthusiasm, a positive attitude, efficiency, and a sense of humor are essential.

As Open Temple’s Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, you will:

Recruit and engage community members:  

  • Schmooze: get to know the whole of the diverse OT community
  • Use data around interests and attendance history to steward individuals in our community to Happenings they might enjoy
  • Respond to likes, comments, etc. on social media
  • Co-design and implement an outreach plan for our summer and holiday break camps
  • Co-host Live Stream Happenings and upload videos of Happenings 
  • Develop volunteer opportunities for all Happenings and connect interested volunteers with these opportunities 
  • Assist with engagement around all circles (social justice, community care, etc)
  • Implement strategies to acknowledge life-cycle occasions

Serve as a supportive member of our team

  • Participate in set-up and breakdown of events
  • Pitch in when others need support

Translate the vision of our Rabbi/Artistic Director into visually engaging tools

  • Create deliverables that attract new faces to Open Temple and optimize engagement among familiar faces
  • Source and create imagery for e-newsletters, website, social media posts, etc.

Create, implement, and manage a weekly outreach plan that is on brand

  • Create and implement a social media strategy using platforms like Facebook and Instagram (manage posts, use hashtags to optimize visibility, etc.) along with email blasts and targeted mail merges
  • Create and sustain strategic partnerships to share Open Temple’s programming with relevant channels (i.e. JKidsLA, PJ Library, Jewish Federation, NuRoots, Moishe House, etc.)
  • Ensure our website has appropriate information and homepage is appropriately prioritized

Desired Skills /Experience

  • 3-5 years experience in outreach, marketing, and/or engagement
  • Understanding of marketing, communications, and branding
  • Social media savvy – analytic skills to measure and advise on social media engagement, demonstrated experience building audiences
  • Proficiency with Canva, WordPress, MailChimp, Later, Google Suite, YouTube, Vimeo and more
  • Familiarity with the Jewish, non-profit sector + ritual, holiday and life-cycle traditions

Qualifications

  • Love and respect for people 
  • Curious, a desire to continually learn and grow
  • Strong team player, happy to help with areas outside job description, does whatever needs to be done
  • Dependable, responsible, self-motivated, creative and solution oriented
  • Ability to work well in high pressure situations and on deadlines
  • Sense of humor, resilience & flexibility
  • Generative, positive, takes ownership
  • Confident and professional

To Apply:

Salary commensurate with experience.  Send a short letter of introduction that shares why you are a good fit for this position and your resume in PDF format to superpower@opentemple.org.

Director of Family Programming and Education Position Summary

Open Temple seeks a creative Rabbi and/or Jewish educator to serve as our community’s Director of Family Programming and Education. This position is best for someone who enjoys weaving Jewish thought, civilization, and the arts into an experiential supplementary school environment as well as a rich year of adult education, holiday and shabbat programming. The candidate should be a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment. Duties will include implementing creative, arts-driven programming into all aspects of Creative Torah Academy (CTA), curating and working alongside guest artist/educators, program administration, set-up and planning of Creative Torah Academy art projects, teaching and growing adult education opportunities (such as Intro to Judaism and Adult B Mitzvah) and facilitating on-site activities for shabbat and holidays all in service of a vibrant Family Program.

Open Temple is a spiritual community in Venice, California. Our vision is to create a world in which everyone has an open door into their Jewish Soul Journey. The CTA program is one of the doors for children and families. The program brings creative spiritual practice to the core of Jewish education while nurturing the Jewish imagination and critical thinking. CTA offers an integrated Jewish arts curriculum with impactful family education experiences that catalyze arts learning in our performing arts center campus as well as inspiring home-based learning. Through integrated arts units in fine arts, drama, movement and studio sessions, students experience creativity as a way to express their spirituality and co-create authentic rituals while they learn Torah and Jewish traditions. They also develop stronger Jewish identities that connect with the creative voices of our collective past. Our collective goal is to inspire families to lead more self-examined, purposeful lives through a family’s Jewish Soul Journey.

The Director of Family Programming and Education will play an integral role in the growth and development of this unique program as well as adult education, summer/break camps and ritual offerings. The position will report to the Senior Rabbi.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Creative Torah Academy (CTA) Responsibilities

  • Direct formal youth educational program: Creative Torah Academy and B. Mitzvah 
  • Plan and execute enrollment house talks and open houses and oversee CTA recruitment
  • Teach CTA and oversee additional CTA teachers  
  • Supervise formal educational program staffing, including recruiting and hiring faculty
  • Manage enrollment and communications with families (with support from our administrative coordinator)
  • Implement and evaluate CTA curriculum and expand our curriculum with formal education programs, ensuring a standard of excellence, and develop CTA Curriculum Guide 
  • Collaborate with senior staff to develop and implement strategies designed to increase the quality of CTA experiences and to maximize enrollment including evaluation tools (survey participants, children, families, evaluate curriculum, etc.)
  • Integrate creative B. Mitzvah into the greater fabric of the community
  • Create and implement Madrikh program equivalent
  • Manage CTA budget based on enrollment
  • Participate in applying for grants

Adult Education Responsibilities

  • Conceive, implement and support expanded adult education 
  • Oversee and coordinate adult learning and engagement opportunities
  • Collaborate with senior staff to develop and implement strategies designed to increase the quality of adult educational experiences and to maximize enrollment including evaluation tools (survey participants, evaluate curriculum, etc.)
  • Prepare and manage budget for education programs 
  • Participate in applying for grants

Camp Responsibilities

  • Conceive, implement and support our new summer and break camps
  • Collaborate with senior staff to develop and implement strategies designed to increase the quality of camp experiences and to maximize enrollment including evaluation tools (survey participants, evaluate curriculum, etc.)
  • Prepare and manage budget for camp sessions 
  • Participate in applying for grants

Ritual Responsibilities

  • Conceive and implement Saturday morning family shabbat service
  • Conceive and implement tot shabbat
  • Direct onsite and off-site holiday programs for youth and families
  • Oversee engagement with, and develop programs for families, including working with local early childhood educators to conceive and implement post-Covid family programming for birth – 6 years
  • Engage collaboratively in recruitment and retention of families
  • Serve as a model of Jewish life and values for the community

Essential Qualifications

  • Rabbinical ordination or masters in education or equivalent
  • Conversational and Biblical Hebrew
  • Knowledge of, and ability to teach principles of Judaism/Jewish studies
  • Demonstrated experience working with and inspiring youth
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Adaptability and stress management
  • Ability to inspire and encourage participation
  • Ability to work collaboratively with clergy, staff, parents and congregants
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to create and manage budgets
  • Ability and willingness to write grants

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Certificate in Jewish Education
  • Experience as a religious school teacher/director
  • Musical proficiency in vocals and/or guitar
  • Experience in staff development and engagement
  • Jewish camping background

Open Temple is radically pluralistic. This position is open to candidates of all Jewish denominations. With that, we understand that certain denominational affiliations will guide ritual preferences for “who is a Jew” and “who one can marry.” If you are interested in this position, please know that we will consider all candidates and work with you and your ritual practice. We also have overnight accommodation available for those who are Shomer Shabbat.

Ideal Start Date is July 1, 2022.

The compensation for the position is competitive and commensurate with experience and final contract. Possibility for part/flex time OR full time position. Salary $80,000-$110,000 plus benefits depending on contract position.

Serious inquiries only.  Please contact Rabbi Lori Shapiro: rabbilori@opentemple.org. Include your resume in PDF format and a short letter of introduction that shares why you are a good fit for the Director of Family Programming and Education position at Open Temple.

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