Director of NFTY


The URJ is seeking an experienced professional to join our team to play a key leadership role in defining, creating and implementing the strategies to support, grow and develop NFTY and the professionals who work with youth in the Reform Movement to lead to a larger number of young people participating in our youth activities.

A substantial focus of the work will be on supervising and supporting the externally facing NFTY staff. This position will take the lead in creating, coordinating and developing strategies and initiatives for program and professional development for the hub staff and other staff working with youth throughout our system based on the new URJ youth strategy (see related strategy summary document). This position will play a central role in developing and implementing the strategies related to collecting and analyzing data and pursuing grant funding. The position requires significant travel.

This position will work in conjunction with hub staff to develop, prepare and consult on programmatic initiatives.

This position reports to the director of youth engagement and works in close collaboration with the URJ Human Resources Department. The position directly supervises the associate director of NFTY and all NFTY staff.


• Develop and implement strategies to supervise all externally facing NFTY staff;
• Recruit top professionals;
• Develop in-service professional development;
• Develop and ensure the highest quality learning and engagement programming;
• As part of the emerging youth engagement strategy, develop systems for supervision and mentoring of youth professionals locally, regionally and on the NA level.
• Begin to develop strategies and initiatives that will integrate youth professionals and adults working with youth throughout:
• URJ camps;
• URJ congregations;
• Other organizations.
• Develop strategies for setting goals and assessing ongoing progress based on data on the local, regional and NA levels.

Core Competencies

Initiative: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented; not fearful of taking calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding but achievable objectives for self and others.

Verbal Communication: Is able to speak articulately and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get a spoken message across that communicates a desired message and tone.

Written Communication: Is able to write clearly and succinctly; can get messages across that have a desired effect; clearly articulates message content and projects an appropriate tone.

Change Management: Seeks organizational innovation with a purpose; leads others in innovative activity; creates a prudent risk-taking environment; embraces life-long learning for oneself and for others; accepts the mistakes of others and turns them into learning opportunities; identifies alternatives to status quo and advocates system changes when barriers to change are identified.

Hiring and Staffing: Is a good judge of talent; hires the best people available from inside or outside the organization; is not afraid of selecting strong people; assembles talented staff.

Decision Making and Problem Solving: Uses sound logic to approach difficult problems and apply effective solutions; can distinguish between symptoms, causes and implied solutions; decides in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.

Priority Setting: Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; projects focus.

Interpersonal Skills: Relates well to all kinds of people including peers, superiors and subordinates, inside and outside of the URJ; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; is seen as approachable.
Mission Ownership: Demonstrates understanding and full support of the mission, vision, values and beliefs of the URJ; can demonstrate those values to others; consistently behaves in a manner consistent with the mission, vision, values and beliefs.

Project Management: Identifies the key objectives and scope of a proposed project; garners needed resources and project support, develops a realistic and thorough plan for achieving key objectives, keeps team members briefed on progress, implements action plans, communicates progress to sponsors, identifies and resolves barriers and problems

Teambuilding: Blends people into teams when appropriate; leads the team successfully through difficulties and challenges, including conflict, diversity and inclusion issues within the team; creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; shares wins and successes; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging and pride in the team.

Motivating Others: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many kinds of direct reports and team or project members; empowers others; invites shared input and decision making; makes each individual feel that his/her work is important.

Delegation: Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions; appropriately shares authority and responsibility; creates accountability; sets clear objectives and measures, monitors process, progress and results; builds feedback loops into the work; trusts people to perform their own work.

Minimum Qualifications

Masters degree or equivalent professional experience

Deep understanding and experience in youth related work

How to apply

Please send salary requirements with cover letter and resume to

New York, New York
Union for Reform Judaism

633 Third Ave, New York, NY, 10017, US