“In Pirkei Avot, Akavya ben Mahalalel advises reflecting upon three things: from where you came, where you are going, and before whom you are destined to give account and reckoning. Jewish educators are continually in dialogue with these three elements.” (Missy Bell, RJE and Beth Young, RJE, “The Importance of Being Excellent“, http://xxxxxxxxxxxxx__2Cxf4zRgVtP9d8dN5BZLBASUU)
If you are passionate and want to build a creative and innovative school at a rapidly growing synagogue, Greenwich Reform Synagogue (GRS) could be the place for you.
This Director of Education position offers the unique opportunity to expand our current school and develop state-of-the-art educational programs as a part of an inspired and supportive team at a vibrant congregation with an extraordinary culture. This full time position includes a paid sabbatical each summer to allow for personal and professional growth. As a member of senior staff, the person in this position reports directly to the Rabbi.
At GRS, we believe that if we can dream it, we can do it. As our own Rabbi Gerson said: “The beauty of our new building is rivaled only by the hearts of GRS’s committed congregants, whose Ahavat Yisrael – love of and commitment to the people of Israel – is a true inspiration and model for all American Jewish communities.”
Located just outside of New York City, Greenwich offers a beautiful suburban environment but also easy access to all the best of New York. GRS has a unique perspective on the needs of the Greenwich community, particularly those of interfaith families. We welcome all who wish to participate in our congregational family — all ages, faiths, and orientations.
GRS is dedicated to fostering new ideas and providing the resources to make those ideas a reality. If this sounds like the kind of community you’re looking to join, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you further.
• Coordinate and oversee all aspects of religious school
• Oversee budget, operational, and administrative needs
• Recruit, hire, and provide professional development for faculty
• Facilitate ongoing evaluation and supervision for staff and religious school students
• Develop, refine, enhance and shape curriculum
• Send communications to parents and community
• Lead children’s services as needed
• If possible, act as song leader at family and other holiday services
• Work with the Rabbi and Cantor as appropriate to prepare family and tot services for the High Holy Days.
• Co-plan and execute the Family B'nei Mitzvah Program
• Run and expand youth group
Ideal candidate qualities:
• Innovative, proactive, and professional
• Strong knowledge of Judaism and Hebrew
• Excellent communication skills
• Highly organized and detail-oriented
• Strong management skills
• Engaging and responsive personality
• Ability to relate to children and parents
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion
• Have realistic expectations for school size -- appropriate yet aspirational
• Collaborate with the Preschool Director
• Work with teachers, parents and clergy
• Recruitment, training, mentoring of teaching staff
• Preschool - monthly
• K-7 - Weekly Sunday School
• 3-5 - Weekly Hebrew Tutoring
• 6-7 B’nai Mitzvah Hebrew program
• Post B’nai Mitzvah program for teens until 12th grade
• Parents: Expectations, standards, program details, safety details
• Students, teachers, and Board of Trustees: Marketing and engagement
• Outreach: Marketing GRS program to interested families
• Staff: Engage and mentor staff in best practices for educating our kids
School safety: Conceive, implement and disseminate info for the school’s health and safety procedures