Active URJ affiliated Reform congregation seeks part time Education Director who shares our values to run our school program including students aged 3 through 12th grade. Our core values include: innovating education, and learning and teaching our Jewish traditions creatively to promote meaningful self-discovery for our members of all ages. We achieve this in part through Project Based Learning and teaching Hebrew reading/prayer skills. Our full set of values is listed below:
Innovating education, learning and teaching our Jewish traditions creatively to promote meaningful self-discovery for our members of all ages.
Building community, growing and strengthening the bonds of family, friendship, and community within the temple and beyond.
Honoring individuality, welcoming and celebrating our community's diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and religious practices, so that all may feel comfortable within our Jewish home.
Drawing meaning from Judaism, looking to Jewish culture, spirituality, and learning as a source of guidance, insight, and meaning.
Upholding our social responsibility, working as individuals and together to improve the world inside and outside our temple.
In alignment with our values of innovating education, building community, valuing individuality, drawing meaning from Judaism, and upholding our social responsibility, the education Director will hire, train, and supervise teachers including evaluations. Regular staff meetings will be run by the education Director who will also provide professional development opportunities for teachers. The Education Director will work closely with their team of 6-8 teachers and will both review and provide feedback on lesson plans, as well as participate in classroom set-up and organization.
Qualified candidates are responsible for creating the religious school calendar in coordination with School Committee and Rabbi, submitting teacher payroll and planning/managing the school budget. The Education Director will also coordinate annual enrollment and registration.Qualified applicants have experience with and are skilled at finding and applying for grants.
The Director will hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and have a background in Jewish education.
The home-school connection is important and as a result the Director submits weekly school e-mail updates and active communication with families. The Director will value student’s individuality and will therefore meet with parents, as needed, to help all students succeed, including reviewing IEPs, 504s, etc. With teachers, the Director will provide families with progress reports twice a year for students in grades K-7. As a representative of our congregation and school, the Director will recruit new members and talk with prospective members.
To continue our innovating Jewish education, the Director will participate in school committee meetings once a month.
Candidates should be willing and able to teach classes, as needed, including during teacher absences, arrange for substitute teachers as needed, develop and coordinate field trips for teen programming, and plan and implement student-led services twice a year and school holiday events.
The Education Director is supported by a part-time administrative assistant up to 7 hours per week.
Core Competencies Required:
Excellent planning and organization skills
Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and written with a broad audience (children and adults).
Demonstrates flexibility and openness to feedback from colleagues, parents, and the community.
Ability to effectively multi-task
Values each individual for their unique contribution to the community
Computer proficiency required with Google Docs, Publisher, and Constant Contact preferred
Experience with Grant writing preferred
Budget writing experience
Experience with Project Based Learning and coaching