Director of Congregational Engagement

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Department: RSJ/Swenson

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

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Our Mission:        We make meaning and change the world.

We do this in sacred community through…

  • ongoing, significant acts of loving kindness and Tikkun Olam                                                         (גמילות חסדים-תיקון עולם)
  • the mindful study of Torah and the pursuit of wisdom (תלמוד תורה)
  • worship that inspires, uplifts, and connects us to God (עבודה)
  • a lifelong commitment to one another, Israel, and the Jewish People (עמיות)

The Director of Congregational Engagement will work collaboratively with staff and lay-leadership to design and implement strategies to engage deeply as many Stephen Wise Temple congregants and potential congregants as possible in our mission. Recognizing that there are many ways to connect to our communal vision, the Director of Congregational Engagement will serve as a “door-opener,” counselor, coach, mentor, pied-piper, and rav (“teacher”), enabling and inspiring congregants of all ages to make meaning and change the world as part of the Stephen Wise Temple community.

Specific areas of focus and constituencies served will include:

  • Management of our Center for Youth Engagement team (3 full-time staff including a Rhea Hirsch graduate) which has oversight of Sunday School (grades K-6), Camp Wise (summer day-camp), after-school enrichment for Wise School, and WTY (Youth Group program for grades 7-12).
  • Outreach to and Engagement of empty nesters
  • Outreach to and Engagement of 20s & 30s community
  • Outreach to and Engagement of Wise Years community (60s and up)

The Director of Congregational Engagement will work directly with the Senior Rabbi to design an engagement plan that supports the congregation’s five year vision and then partner with the Executive Director, clergy, director of membership, and other staff and lay-leadership to create a strategic plan for its implementation which will include clear and measurable goals and objectives with defined benchmarks and metrics.


  • Master’s degree in Jewish education or advanced training in Jewish education from an accredited program preferred with training in curriculum development, teacher training and supervision
  • Hebrew proficiency and an in-depth knowledge of Jewish texts
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and experiment programmatically
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise a team including the ability to recruit and retain talent
  • Hard-worker who is willing to take the initiative in order to develop a program or an idea who is, at the same time, sensitive to the importance of process and collaboration
  • Ability to work with and relate to congregants of all ages
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