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Lead Teacher- Chester County Hebrew High School

The Lead Teacher of the Hebrew High School is a part-time employee of Kesher Israel Congregation, working maximum 8 hours per week. Set school hours will be Sundays, 9:00 am-1:00 pm. The position will report to the Education Director. The purpose of this position is to enrich Jewish education in the community- post B’nai Mitzvah, and to do so by successfully completing the duties described below.

Major Duties include the following general descriptions. The Lead Teacher of the Hebrew High School will use discretion and take initiative as required to achieve goals; and will consult with Professional and Lay Leaders to identify, clarify, and/or achieve goals.

- Work in committee to oversee and evaluate the High School curriculum, field trips, overnight trips, workshops and guest speakers, to establish clear goals for the program on a annual basis
- Teach one course per semester per year
- Provide guidance on lesson plans to ensure classes are insightful and engaging
- Assist the Education Director on all administrative work connected to the Hebrew High School
- Collaborate in creating and overseeing joint community events Kesher Israel Congregation.
- Work with Rabbi, Education Director, Hebrew High School Committee, and Executive Director regarding school programming in order to build a sense of community- school and congregation- and a continuity of care for our members
- Communicate with parents and cultivate their involvement with the Hebrew High School
- Provide weekly and timely email bulletins to all parents during the academic year
- Prepare articles for the monthly synagogue newsletter
- Attend synagogue board meetings as necessary
- Cultivate a warm relationship with students and their families

Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:
- Master’s Degree or bachelor’s degree in Education preferred
- Prior experience as a Lead Teacher or educator in religious school setting
- Strong organizational and leadership skills
- Passion for Jewish learning and teaching
- Enthusiastic, friendly and positive attitude in dealing with clergy, staff, board members, congregants and guests
- Understanding of Shabbat and Jewish Holiday traditions and practices
- Familiarity with Jewish Life cycle traditions and practices
- Ability to work collaboratively with staff and synagogue volunteers
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, discretion and understanding of sensitive issues
- Knowledge and use of common software applications; and ability to learn new applications.
- Excellent knowledge and use of email and social media
- Ability to be proactive and take initiative

The workplace is located at Kesher Israel Congregation at 1000 Pottstown Pike, West Chester, PA. The majority of work will be completed in the Synagogue; but work may take place in the community as well. Significant travel, except for occasional field trips with the students, is not expected.

Supervisory Controls:
- The Education Director is the Lead Teacher’s Supervisor in consultation with the Hebrew High School Committee.
- The Education Director collaborates with the Hebrew High School Lead Teacher to develop a process for reviewing and evaluating the Lead Teacher’s work.
- Decision for rehiring the Hebrew High School Lead Teacher comes from the Education Director in consultation with the Hebrew High School Committee.

- Supervisory direction and established Congregational policies and procedures provide guidelines for work completion.
- These guidelines are generally applicable, but the employee makes adaptations in dealing with problems and unusual situations
- When instructions do not apply, or unexpected complexities arise, the Hebrew High School Lead Teacherconsults with the supervisor.

Scope and Effect:
- The purpose of the Hebrew High School’s work: is to make post B’nai Mitzvah Jewish education relevant, fun and accessible to students through innovative educational programs and experiential learning.
- The impact of the work product: a strong Jewish Community of teens, maintaining connection to the Jewish community

- Contacts are most frequently teachers, students and parents. Also includes other KI staff and congregants
- Most contacts involve the accurate and courteous exchange of information and may require follow-up when available information is insufficient to satisfy the communication.
- Characteristics of mindful listening, patience, motivation, and compromise are frequent components of successful contacts

Physical Demands:
- Are generally limited to sedentary occupation impacts;
- The position does require mobility within the building (which has handicap access) and a limited amount of local area driving
- The position does not require heavy lifting, extreme flexibility, or extensive exertion.

Duration part-time , contract
Benefits N/A
Ad Posted On 2020-06-18
Times this Ad has been viewed 118 times
Ad is posted for 60 days
Categories Hebrew School/Sunday School, Other, Part Time Teaching
Focus Education & Schools, Synagogue
Organization Name Chester County Hebrew High School
Job Location Kesher Israel Congregation 1000 Pottstown Pike
West Chester, Pennsylvania
United States
Application Instructions
Please email your cover letter and resume directly to the Education Director.

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