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