As the chief executive officer of the school, the Head of School is a dynamic leader who pursues the vision and executes the stated mission of the school, is the face of the school to the public and key stakeholders, overseas the quality of student and family experience, manages and develops faculty and staff, and ensures the financial health of the institution.
Applications will be considered on rolling basis but must be received by March 31, 2020. Competitive salary and benefits. Anticipated start date June 2020. A thorough background check will be conducted before an offer of employment is made.
About Albert Einstein Academy Jewish Day School
Albert Einstein Academy Jewish Day School opened its doors in Wilmington, Delaware in 1970. It is the sole Jewish Day School in Delaware and attracts students from Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northeastern Maryland. The school, serving students in grades K-5, has a rigorous academic program in addition to teaching Judaics, Jewish lifestyle and immersive Hebrew language. We aspire to offer individualized learning through a multi-age classroom setting and through project-based learning. It is a pluralistic school with recent enrollment ranging from 30-40 students and engaging about 15 full- and part-time faculty and staff. We are a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Delaware (JFD), share a campus with the Siegel Jewish Community Center, and maintain close ties with our fellow JFD agencies. For more information, please visit www.EinsteinDay.org.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The head of school will:
• Work in partnership with the Board of Trustees to manifest and refine the school’s mission and strategic future; articulate that mission to all constituencies including students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, donors and the broader Jewish community; and embody and represent the mission of the school to all constituencies.
• Work with the Board to align on annual goals and track progress against those goals.
• Serve as a liaison to the Board of Trustees and the Jewish Federation of Delaware, keeping them informed of all aspects of the school’s operation; represent the Board to the faculty, staff, students, parents, donors, sister agencies and other constituencies.
• Oversee marketing, public relations and development/fundraising, with a focus on re-branding our school, building enrollment and building our financial base.
• Create and oversee a faculty training and development program that supports our shift to multi-age classroom and project-based learning.
• Provide leadership in shaping the school’s programs (academics, Judaics, and extracurricular offerings) including transition to multi-age classroom and project-based learning, and ensure compliance with state standards.
• Ensure that every element of school life reflects the school’s mission and core values.
• Directly supervise and responsibly provide direction to administration and faculty to ensure that school policies are followed.
• Attract, select, hire, retain, develop and evaluate properly qualified faculty and staff; terminate personnel when needed.
• Supervise and occasionally direct or execute projects around the financial management, maintenance of the physical plant, strategic planning, marketing, admissions, recruiting, and fund-raising efforts of the school. May also teach.
• Maintain school culture and quality of life and provide a safe environment for learning. This includes serving as liaison to fellow Jewish Federation of Delaware supported agencies for joint programs/physical plant and resolving and implementing policies around proper student discipline.
• Understand educational trends and the local and regional educational landscape. Ensure adherence to State of Delaware and Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (the school’s accrediting agency) standards and guidelines to ensure that the school’s commitment to academic excellence is well executed and ideally differentiated with respect to local alternatives.
• Communicate effectively and represent with integrity his or her role with all constituencies, including students, faculty/staff, parents, alumni, and the broader Jewish Community.
• Attendance at some evening and weekend events (Board of Trustees, Jewish Federation of Delaware, Community and School events, etc.) required.
• Some travel for student field trips, conferences, etc. required.
• A bachelor’s degree in an education field or commensurate experience required; master’s or doctorate degree preferred
• Proven success in a senior administrative role, including managing/developing faculty and curriculum development, and leading transformation to new curricula and/or educational styles. Prior experience in multi-age classroom and project-based learning preferred
• Demonstrated marketing and PR savvy
• Demonstrated leadership and management experience
• Demonstrated commitment to rigorous academic goals, including individualized learning, and the mission, core values, and Jewish identity of the school
• Experience delivering Judaic studies and foreign language curriculum preferred
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Emotional intelligence
• Proven ability to operate within a broader Jewish Community preferred
• Knowledge of the Hebrew language a plus