Teen Program Coordinator

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Department: Stephen Wise Temple and Wise Schools

Type: Part Time

Min. Experience: Student (College)

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Founded in 1964, Stephen Wise Temple is one of the largest Reform Jewish synagogues and schools in the world. The Wise community consists of a thriving congregation; Wise School (a top-tier K-6 elementary school and Early Childhood Center); Center for Youth Engagement (including Religious School, teen programming and Camp Wise); weekly worship services; and over 100 opportunities for deep learning, tikkun olam (helping those in need), and Jewish engagement throughout the year. With 1,800 member families and more than 170 employees, Wise is known for its extensive educational, spiritual, and musical programs designed for individuals, couples, and families at all stages of life.

The Wise campus is located on 19 beautiful acres atop the Mulholland Corridor of the Santa Monica Mountains and includes the new, state-of-the-art Katz Family Pavilion for daily athletic activities and diverse major events. The community founded by Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin is now led by Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and a committed team of educators, administrators, and lay volunteers.

Wise makes meaning and changes the world.

Teen Program Coordinator (Part-Time)

As we continue to explore new models to engage our teens beyond their b’nai mitzvah, we are looking for a part-time team member to help us design, implement, and connect our teen students to appropriate and meaningful programs and experiences. More than anything, we are looking for a connector – someone who can develop and nurture appropriate relationships with and for our teens. Specific job responsibilities include:

WTY (Wise Temple Youth):

  • Work with Director of Religious School, Director of Congregational Engagement, and clergy to redesign and implement a new model for our current Wise Temple Youth (7-12 grade program)
  • Advise WTY Student board; encourage their leadership of aspects of WTY programs
  • Plan and staff WTY gatherings, including NFTY weekend events
  • With Director of Congregational Engagement, implement strategic retention and recruitment initiatives
  • Encourage participation in NFTY regional and national programming
  • Manage WTY budget, including appropriate forecasting, with input from Director of Religious School and Director of Congregational Engagement
  • With office manager, track enrollments and follow-up with students/families
  • Implement social action/service learning programming within WTY
  • Teen Madrichim (Religious School teen teaching assistants):
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate high school Madrichim staff
  • Implement curriculum for Madrichim program in conjunction with Director of Religious School
  • Hire and supervise teen staff for CYE programs, including Family Camp and High Holy Day programming


  • Recruit student participants for our TALAVI twinning program
  • Assist TALAVI coordinators with logistics
  • Staff TALAVI delegation visit in Los Angeles
  • Family Camp:
  • Assist in general planning and execution of Family Camp
  • Manage teen program track for Family Camp as needed
  • Staff Family Camp as cabin supervisor; assist with general logistics

*TALAVI: Part of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles School Twinning Program, TALAVI (Tel Aviv-Los Angeles-Vilnius, Lithuania) brings together teens from the three countries in an effort to show our teens Jewish life across the world; to build community; forge lifelong friendships; and educate our students about Jewish history and culture. The partnership allows teens to host Jewish students from Tel Aviv, Israel and Vilnius, Lithuania and to travel to each city.


  • At least 21 Years of age
  • High school diploma required; minimum 2 years of higher education preferred
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and program planning skills
  • A dynamic and engaging personality
  • The ability to work enthusiastically and innovatively with youth gained through experience working with youth in formal and informal settings
  • Passion and maturity for building meaningful and appropriate relationships and community with students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Proven capacity to serve as a positive role model of Jewish values
  • Ability to work independently, to effectively manage collaborative programs and initiatives, and to work as part of a professional team
  • A strong work ethic, sense of humor, growth mindset, and interest in trying new things and learning from mistakes
  • Attention to detail, flexibility, and adaptability
  • Excellent communication skills, including proficiency in utilizing social media and technology for engagement and collaboration


RSJ/Swenson is providing candidate screening services for this position.


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