Director of Education

[Note: For the full description including information about our educational programs, the congregation, and the broader community please visit http://xxxxxxxxxxxxx Minimum base salary of $70,000]

Lead our Religious School, its families & its faculty

As the leader of our religious school you will have the sacred privilege of envisioning and shaping curricula and you will also be responsible for maintaining and building our school/congregational culture of deep and meaningful relationships. In leading our dedicated staff of long-time and new faculty, you will shape the ways and methods that pass Jewish tradition on to the next generation. By forming meaningful relationships with religious school families, faculty, and staff, you will be able to express your Jewish and educational vision in transformative and deeply impactful ways.
Specific tasks will include:
• Build relationships with students and parents that foster connection to synagogue and Jewish tradition
• Oversee educational philosophy, models of learning, and curriculum development to ensure
whole person engagement with Jewish content
• Oversee the next steps in our ongoing transition from a Hebrew education program based on
decoding to one based on becoming “A Community of Pray-ers”
• Manage school-related communication through all relevant channels (e.g. email, phone, social media, flyers, etc.)
• Serve as the “face” of the Synagogue and Religious School for students and parents during school sessions and year-round
• Supervise, develop, train, and partner with faculty to help them bring Judaism to life for our students. Many of our faculty members have degrees in education and/or special education
making them perfect partners for executing educational vision.
• Create opportunities for professional growth for faculty and staff to ensure that pedagogy, learning models, and classroom management take into account a variety of learners using the best methods
• Partner with the congregation’s religious school committee to help them serve as ambassadors of the school while, at the same time, testing ideas and responding to feedback
• Lead and/or participate meaningfully in appropriate synagogue programming as the leader of religious school
• Play a vital role in our b’nei mitzvah program including coordination of training with the cantor, assigning and tracking b’nei mitzvah dates, and planning our annual 6th grade b’nei mitzvah retreat

Levitical Work (i.e. Administrative)

Ensuring the smooth operations of the school and the congregation require that we - like the Levites – ensure that administrative needs are effectively met on all levels. Your main partner in this will be our Religious School Administrator who will oversee the daily administrative tasks involved in running the school to assure that you can focus on relationship building, curriculum development, and faculty. You will maintain ultimate responsibility for administrative functions including:
• Prepare and manage religious school and youth budget
• Active participation in weekly staff meetings
• Serve as a central ambassador for new and prospective members through ongoing outreach,
• personal consultations, and other membership recruitment activities
• Maintaining collegial, professional relationships with the other staff members upon whom you
• will rely for administrative support
• Engagement in our monthly board meetings
• Participation in Westchester Association of Temple Educators professional group
• And, like everyone from Rabbi Goldsmith to the President of the Board through our facilities director and administrative assistant, sometimes we all pitch in to move chairs, stuff envelopes, make coffee, and do the Levitical Work necessary to set the stage for the sacred.

Attributes We Seek in the Educator:

In the collaborative spirit that marks Emanu-El, we held several town hall meetings and distributed surveys to find out from our congregants what hopes and dreams we share for our religious school and our congregation moving forward; what hopes and dreams we would like our new Educator to help to foster. The results could not have been clearer. Our congregation seeks someone who, first and foremost, loves children. We are looking for someone who wants to further our sense of community and connection by sustaining the comfortable and positive environment of our diverse congregation. We want to partner with an Educator with a strong commitment to supporting different learning styles, someone who knows that within every child is a spark of the Divine and that it is our job to foster that spark. We are known for being warm, personal, comfortable, flexible, and accommodating - we want to “make it work” for every family who walks through our doors. In other words, at Emanu-El we value every person as an individual and we fully welcome every individual into our religious school, our worship services, and our community. We hope that you will partner with us in this holy endeavor!

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, parental leave, medical, retirement plans
  • Other Benefits: Working with a great team!
  • Preferred Experience: Entry Level (0-2 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2020-01-19
  • Times this job has been viewed: 486 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director, Principal / Head of School, Jewish Studies Director
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester
2125 Westchester Avenue
Rye , New York 10580
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