Assistant Director, Youth Action Institute

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The Edlavitch DCJCC's Center for Social Responsibility (MCCSR) is launching the Youth Action Institute (YAI), a brand-new initiative to engage youth ages 11-18 in service learning and civic participation, and we need a dynamic individual to help us build out this exciting new program. This new role, reporting to the Director of Social Impact, will build out the YAI from the bottom up. You will foster relationships with schools, synagogues, and other teen serving organizations, build a network of teen leaders and a marketing strategy to engage them, and develop meaningful service-learning opportunities and execute all programs and events associated with the YAI. Additionally, this role will support the execution of our four large-scale days of service and assist with other MCCSR events as needed.

Who you are:
• You believe deeply in the power of civic engagement as a path to changing individuals and communities for the better.
• You believe in the potential of youth to make change in their communities; you see them as capable, intelligent, and motivated, given the right tools by the adults around them.
• You are highly professional: you understand and respect boundaries and the sanctity of client and volunteer confidentiality at all times.
• You are a relationship-builder extraordinaire, particularly with teens: you love meeting new people, hearing their stories, remembering important details about them, listening deeply, and striving to understand the complexities of their realities from a culturally-competent perspective whether they are clients, teen participants, partner agency staff, parents, or colleagues.
• You are a “go” person: you aren’t afraid of ambiguity and don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do at every step. You know how to dive in and get started, and to seek clarification when it is needed.
• You have an awesome attitude: you see the good in people rather than looking for faults, you love what you do, you’re motivated to come to work and engage with your colleagues and constituents, you’re eager to grow as a human and a professional, you take feedback with grace, and you take pride in the work that you accomplish.
• You are comfortable applying Jewish wisdom and tradition to issues of social justice and equity (prior knowledge not mandatory – we can teach you!).

• 5-7 years of work experience in youth programming/mentorship, program management, or service learning
• Demonstrated ability to plan and execute projects and events from start to finish
• Ability to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays (comp time offered)
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent problem-solving skills
• Well-organized and extremely detail-oriented
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be proactive, and work independently
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok), and Google applications

This position requires the ability to lift up to 30 lbs.

Salary and benefits: The starting salary for this position is $62,000, commensurate with experience. The ideal start date is April 2024, but we will continue searching until the right candidate is found. This role will be executed primarily from the EDCJCC in Dupont Circle, with a hybrid schedule that permits telework 1-2 days per week.

We offer a generous benefits and vacation package.

Join Us!
Please send a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications for and interest in this position along with how you learned about the opening to Sonya Weisburd at

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