Educational Leader/Consultant for Congregational Education @ Jewish Education Center of Cleveland

Educational Leader/Consultant for Congregational Education

The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (a central agency for Jewish Education) is looking for a creative and collaborative professional to nurture the growth and development of congregational education and early childhood education and engagement initiatives.

Key responsibilities:
• Support the strategic work of the JEC by providing leadership in the agency and community, with a special focus on congregational/part-time education and early childhood settings.
• Determine gaps or weaknesses in the field, develop and then support initiatives to address them. (Past foci included: Hebrew in the pre Bar/Bat Mitzvah years, changing part-time education paradigms, early childhood education and engagement.)
• Engage in long-term, intensive capacity-building initiatives in congregations. As pilot programs are evaluated and concluded, share the models and curriculum with other educators locally and nationally.
• Provide consultative support (including mentoring and coaching) to education directors in a variety of topic areas.
• Support synagogue and early childhood teachers and directors with appropriate professional learning opportunities.
• Collaborate with other JEC staff members on a variety of projects to support excellence and sustainability in Jewish education.
• Collaborate with and support Federation (e.g., early engagement, Yom Ha’atzmaut, community relations, campaign).
• Nurture professional networks, including Education Directors Network (congregational education directors).
• Supervise and mentor Curriculum Resources Department staff, including teacher resource center and library.

The ideal candidate:
• Has a minimum of five years of experience in senior educational roles in a Reform or Conservative congregational setting.
• Works well with educators from all spectrums of Jewish thought and practice.
• Is comfortable working in partnership with (as well as mentoring) synagogue education directors, and teaching and coaching teachers.
• Has experience initiating, innovating change processes, and then implementing projects with limited oversight.
• Possesses excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.
• Is well-organized.
• Has deep content and process expertise.
• Ability to work with volunteer leadership, including staffing committees and professional networks.
• Has attained a Master’s degree in Jewish education (or equivalent).

OPTIONAL:
o Sufficient Hebrew background and interest to support Hebrew learning initiatives.
o Experience supporting early childhood education and/or engagement.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, relocation option available, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: Cleveland is an affordable city with lots of lifestyle opportunities, plus a robust and diverse Jewish community. A number of places (day schools, JCC) even offer a discount for Jewish professionals!
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2020-04-21
  • Times this job has been viewed: 614 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Consultant, Director, Education - Other
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools, Federation
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Job Location
Jewish Education Center of Cleveland
JECC 2030 S. Taylor Road
Cleveland Heights , Ohio 44118
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