Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (BHS) is a warm, vibrant, urban Reform congregation of approximately 500 families. Located in historic Brooklyn Heights, NYC, we are home to over 250 students in our Religious School. Our synagogue’s Religious School is a supplementary after-school/weekend program that operates Sunday through Wednesday with occasional programs on Shabbat.
The goal of our Jewish Education programs for our youth is to prepare our children with the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual tools that will allow them to become active members of the Jewish community – able to celebrate Jewish holidays, participate in Jewish worship, model Jewish values, and engage in acts of tikkun olam, repairing our world. We look to our Assistant Director (AD) to:
Serve as a warm and steady presence who can anchor our Religious School and Family Education programs. ?
Demonstrate the ability to organize people, ideas, and resources. ?
The AD will function under the direct supervision of the Associate Rabbi-Educator, and in coordination with the Education Programs Manager and the Parent Religious School Committee. The AD oversees all logistics of day to day operation of the school; day-to-day faculty and student issues, and maintains a strong leadership presence. The AD works closely with the central administrative arm of the synagogue to achieve success in the school. The AD is responsible for parent-teacher conferences and communication, teacher meetings and development, and additional special religious school programs. The AD, in partnership with our Associate Rabbi-Educator, is responsible for developing and implementing our monthly family education programs, field trips, and our High Holiday youth programming.
The BHS Assistant Director of Jewish Education models leadership through strong inter-personal skills, community building, and communication. The AD should be highly organized, motivated, and have passion for working in a Reform supplemental religious school setting. The AD should demonstrate the ability to problem solve, possess strong leadership skills, be attentive to detail, and have excellent written and verbal communication and technology skills. The AD should have the ability to envision and direct functional systems and effectively guide and direct our teaching faculty. The AD should have the relevant experience to supervise and mentor a young and enthusiastic population of teachers.
Religious School Faculty
Provide regular supervision and agenda to teachers.
Be a resource, setting the tone and tenor of our school.
Develop and lead regular teacher meetings
Create and oversee teacher schedule
Responsible for hiring and supervising substitute teachers.
Check and assess lesson plans and curriculum implementation
Recruit and hire faculty.
Religious School Students
Create a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for all students.
Assist in developing an atmosphere that fosters a love of Jewish learning and a place for exploration of Jewish identity.
Assign students to classes.
Review student attendance and respond to lapses.
Manage behavior and student discipline.
Religious School Parents
Be the intermediary between teacher and parent.
Manage the distribution of weekly email newsletters from teachers to parents.
Oversee dismissal of students at the end of each day.
Communicate with parents via email and phone about upcoming programs.
Schedule, plan and oversee parent-teacher conferences.
With Associate Rabbi-Educator be an overall resource to parents regarding Jewish education and their child’s success in the Religious School when needed.
Religious School Operation
Work with Education Programs Manager and maintenance staff in assigning grades to classrooms and oversee the set-up of these classrooms.
With the Associate Rabbi-Educator develop Religious School calendar, budget, and communications schedule.
Create and maintain running inventory of Religious School infrastructural resources
Teach a unit in the 7th grade curriculum.
With Associate Rabbi-Educator oversee High Holy Youth Programming.
Master’s degree in Jewish Education or Education, or equivalent, preferred.
Optimal candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years’ directly applicable experience.
$65,000-$70,000 (Commensurate with experience and paid over 12 months.)
This job requires presence in the synagogue Sunday - Thursday from August – June. Attendance is not required in July and some flexibility with August start date. Vacation can be taken during school vacations only and must be discussed and planned in advanced with the Associate-Rabbi Educator.
This position is entitled to all of the benefits to which a full-time employee is entitled at BHS including health benefits, pension, vacation leave, professional development and other benefits as negotiated, commensurate with experience.
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