Assistant Director of Education - Playschool

ABOUT SOCIETY HILL SYNAGOGUE PLAYSCHOOL
Society Hill Synagogue Playschool is a welcoming, inclusive school community for children ages 2-5 that embraces diversity in religion, ethnicity, race, and family structure. Our philosophy is child-centered and play-based. We believe that children learn through play in a safe and nurturing environment. We respect children as individuals and respond to their needs with compassion and dedication.

Our teachers are enthusiastic, experienced early childhood educators who love what they do and bring a wide range of skills and artistic talents to the classroom. Almost every faculty and staff member has earned their B.A., and several hold Master’s degrees. Continuous professional development is a high priority at our school. Through planning and observation, our faculty provide appropriate developmental experiences designed to enrich the whole child, including social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative development.

ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM
Our curriculum integrates age-appropriate academics focused on literacy and language acquisition, early math skills, and scientific exploration with free play and early socialization activities indoors and outside in our large courtyard and at local parks, thematic art projects, circle time and singing, and a celebration of Jewish values, holidays, and customs.

Our schedule includes ZoomDance classes tied to seasonal themes and beloved stories for children ages 2-4, Soccer Shots for children ages 3-5 to develop gross motor skills and good sportsmanship, music and drama classes for all of our students taught by a leading music and theatre educator, and a Friday morning Shabbat celebration that brings all of our classes together with singing, dancing, and delicious challah. In addition, our students participate in trips to a variety of local treasures, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, and theatre companies for live shows.

POSITION SUMMARY
Society Hill Synagogue Playschool is seeking a dynamic, warm, and experienced Assistant Director of Education to join our administrative team. Working closely with the synagogue’s Director of Education, the Assistant Director will lead a team of dedicated teachers and ensure that the Playschool’s mission and philosophy are reflected in the curriculum, pedagogy, and day-to-day operations of the program. The Assistant Director plays a critical role in the Playschool’s continued growth and success through the creation of meaningful learning experiences for children in a nurturing and progressive early childhood environment.

The Assistant Director of Education for Playschool is a full-time position. The compensation package is commensurate with experience and includes paid health insurance, paid vacation, and sick leave.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Supports the mission, vision, and goals of Society Hill Synagogue Playschool.
• Fosters a positive atmosphere and a close community among Playschool students, parents/caregivers, faculty, and staff.
• Ensures that the curriculum and daily classroom practices align with the Playschool’s educational philosophy.
• Observes in classrooms and provides day-to-day oversight, support, and feedback to faculty.
• Monitors and assesses the climate of each classroom and the individual and group needs of the members of that classroom community.
• Ensures that information about students’ learning needs and learning profiles is being acted upon to fully support students, including maintaining ongoing dialogue with support specialists (e.g., occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists).
• Plans meaningful professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
• Participates in meetings and presentations with parents/caregivers, including orientations, welcome events, and holiday programming.
• Serves as the primary contact for parent/caregiver emails and questions.
• Coordinates weekly classroom e-newsletters from the Lead Teachers.
• Supports Lead Teachers in preparation for parent-teacher conferences and in gathering appropriate samples and written notes about each child.
• Manages the ordering of instructional materials, school supplies, and snacks.
• Implements all safety and security protocols, including regular drills.
• Attends monthly Playschool Committee meeting.
• Represents the Playschool at community early childhood education events.

QUALIFICATIONS
• B.A. required, M.A. preferred, in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.
• A minimum of five years of faculty supervision and/or teaching experience in a preschool.
• A demonstrated passion for early childhood education and a commitment to progressive educational philosophy.
• A collaborative work style and the ability to communicate respectfully and effectively with children, parents/caregivers, faculty, and other colleagues.
• Punctuality, professionalism, and good judgment.
• Familiarity with Jewish holidays and customs is preferred but not required.

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Society Hill Synagogue
418 Spruce Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19106
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