Director of Congregational Learning & Engagement
Temple Aliyah is a thriving, medium-sized, egalitarian Conservative synagogue located in suburban Boston with 425 families, a preschool, religious school and active teen groups. Our membership is demographically diverse; attracting young families moving to the suburbs, as well as retaining our empty nesters. We are proud to be led by Rabbi Carl Perkins and Cantor Jamie Gloth.
The Director of Congregational Learning & Engagement is a key leadership position and strategic member of Temple Aliyah’s senior staff. The Director will implement a cohesive vision for congregational learning and engagement, including innovative programming for children, teens, families, and adults. The Director has responsibility for Mercaz Aliyah, which offers Jewish education in grades K-7, and informal post-b’nai mitzvah Jewish education. The Director works closely with clergy, other senior and administrative staff, and lay committees to help ensure that a unified vision of learning permeates programming and services for all ages and stages of congregants' lives. This position reports to the Rabbi for program, curriculum, and halachic matters and administratively, with oversight by the School Committee and the Adult Education Committee, and the Vice President for Education.
Scope of Responsibilities/Expectations:
Envisions, develops and articulates the strategic direction, goals, and structure of TA’s educational programs, responsible for both day-to-day operation and supervision as well as long range planning.
Works with lay leadership/committees to develop adult education and intergenerational programming, and oversees their implementation.
Collaborates with the School Committee, the Youth Committee, and Temple Tots (families with children ages 0-5) in implementation of educational programming.
Plans and implements relevant, quality educational programs (consistent with the congregational learning vision) with thoughtful, effective communication and logistics.
Maintains strategic and ongoing communications to TA and extended communities regarding educational programming.
Remains current with research, trends, and innovations in synagogue education and brings best practices to our faculty and learning community.
• Develops and implements holiday educational programming High Holiday (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) youth (K-12) services, including hiring service leaders and on-site supervision.
• Administers the K-7 Jewish education program and informal post-b’nai mitzvah Jewish education, including development and implementation of curriculum and educational programming with input from clergy and lay leadership/committees, procurement of educational materials; and integration of technology strategically into the learning environment.
• Recruits, interviews, hires, directs, observes, evaluates, develops, and helps retain highly qualified faculty, specialists, substitutes and special needs support. Provides professional development opportunities through staff meetings, internal and external programs, and coaching/mentoring.
• Oversees the development and implementation of registration, class placement, schedule/calendar management, and family handbooks.
• Presents course and schedule plans for each year to School Committee for review and approval prior to the release of registration materials to parents.
• Presents final staffing plan for Mercaz Aliyah for review and approval for school calendar year to VP of Education and Chair of School Committee.
• Develops budget including High Holiday and Youth Shabbat budget, and manages the same in conjunction with the VP of Education.
• Manages transportation for students
• Supervises administrative staff, including in maintaining content of Temple Aliyah website pages relevant to Mercaz Aliyah in order to ensure currency and usefulness as a marketing and information tool.
• Arranges for substitute coverage.
• Develops and implements after-school and vacation day programs as part of the overall educational plan for Mercaz Aliyah.
• Assists in planning of and attends monthly meetings of the School Committee and attends bi-monthly education/youth leadership meetings.
• Provides outreach to Temple Aliyah families with children with special educational challenges and creates an appropriate education plan tailored to the family.
• Provides outreach to Temple Aliyah families with children not currently enrolled in Mercaz Aliyah or in local Day Schools.
• Develops strategies for promoting Mercaz Aliyah within and outside of Temple Aliyah for the purposes of publicity and recruitment and management of administrative staff in execution of these strategies.
• Develops and implements grade-based family educational programs for Mercaz Aliyah families.
• Is present for all days that classes are in session and teaches, as needed.
Engages congregants of all ages by facilitating connections within and between education and programming opportunities
Develops educational programs and marketing materials to recruit new students and their families, and to retain current students and families, encouraging their connection beyond educational programs in which they are presently enrolled.
Acts as a Temple Aliyah ambassador, fostering and actively engaging students and their parents, congregants, and prospects, helping create a welcoming environment; and maintaining a visible presence in all areas of congregational learning.
Develops and manages the congregational learning budget, working with the Treasurer, Executive Director, and others, including regular reports to the Board.
Plans and coordinates (with the professional team & lay leadership/committees) the calendars for Mercaz Aliyah, Family Education, Holiday Programming, and Adult Education.
Attends Senior Staff meetings and presents updates on a regular basis.
We seek a leader and educator who is devoting his/her career to formal and informal Jewish learning across congregants’ lifespans; who is enthusiastic, accessible and skilled at helping connect the members of our community; and who can communicate with and be responsive to adults and children alike. S/he should be comfortable with change, willing to experiment with different kinds of educational programs and experiences, and strongly self-evaluative. We are seeking a community builder and team player who fosters a collaborative environment among staff, committees, and the congregation.
The Director will have demonstrated experience in a religious school or other educational setting; ability to effectively communicate with parents, colleagues, children, youth, and visitors in a respectful and professional manner; excellent verbal, and written communication skills; requisite Judaic and Hebrew knowledge; and computer literacy and experience using social media for marketing and engagement.
A Bachelor’s or graduate degree in Jewish Education, Education, or equivalent is preferred.
Salary & Benefits
• Salary is commensurate with skills & experience.
• Health insurance; paid vacation and most national & Jewish holidays.