Temple Aliyah is seeking an energetic, organized, articulate individual with excellent people skills to oversee, coordinate and grow the early childhood and young family engagement programs at Temple Aliyah, and to direct its Gan Aliyah Preschool. This is a full-time position that requires independent judgment, initiative, creativity and flexibility. It requires someone with expertise in and a passion for Jewish education and early childhood education. This individual welcomes collaboration with the teaching staff, enjoys interacting with children and parents, is dedicated to promoting an appreciation for Jewish culture and values, and is passionate about building a nurturing dynamic center to serve families and their children. This position reports to the Rabbi and works in partnership with the Gan Aliyah Advisory Board with oversight by the Vice President for Education.
Located in Needham, Massachusetts, Gan Aliyah Preschool is a fully licensed toddler and preschool center that provides high quality early childhood education programs, including extended day options, during the school year within an enriched Jewish environment. We welcome children of all faiths and backgrounds, and our educational approach values learning experiences through play, with activities and materials that encourage creativity, self-expression and inquiry.
The Director is primarily responsible for:
• Oversight of the day-to-day operations of Gan Aliyah Preschool in accordance with all Massachusetts EEC requirements, with a priority on the security and safety of the children and staff. • Development and implementation of a vision for excellence which includes best practices in early childhood education and a multi-year plan for growth. • Seamless integration of the Judaic and secular child-centered, play-based, process-driven curriculum. • Enhancement and maintenance of strong relationships with teachers and families • Recruitment, supervision, mentoring, professional development and evaluation of teachers • Recruitment of families for enrollment, including giving tours and developing marketing and promotion plans using social and other media • Retaining families through community building efforts • Facilitating proactive communication with parents • Development and oversight of budget • Development of the school calendar. • Coordinating and managing classroom space. • Planning appropriate young family programs and supporting the Temple Tots Committee (for families with children 0-5) and their annual programming • Planning and supervising Rosh Hashana (2 days), and Yom Kippur morning programs, and Ne’ilah evening programs for preschool age children
Qualifications: • Director I or II ECE certification with experience as a preschool director. Toddler Lead teacher certification is a plus. • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and/or family development, Master’s degree preferred • Management experience • Minimum five years teaching experience, preferably in early childhood • Strong communication and interpersonal skills • Strong Judaic background (familiarity with Jewish holidays, Jewish rituals and Jewish education). • Demonstrated team leadership and ability to interface effectively with parents and the community Salary & Benefits • Salary is commensurate with skills & experience. • Health insurance; paid vacation and most national & Jewish holidays.