Hebrew School Director--Part Time Position approx. 20 hrs./wk.
Congregation Emanu-El is a warm and welcoming progressive conservative synagogue located in downtown Victoria, on beautiful Vancouver Island. The Hebrew School Director models Congregation Emanu-El’s values and maintains a supportive intellectual and emotional climate for all our families and youth. As the most prominent representative of our growing Hebrew School, the Director, in conjunction with the Rabbi, is the chief articulator of our educational mission and goals, our academic philosophy and program, and our willingness to engage the congregation and community at large. Recognizing that education and engagement happen across and throughout the Jewish calendar and lifecycle, the Director will also envision and facilitate the Bnei Mitzvah program and ideally a semi-regular baby/tot group and teen youth programming. Finally, in conjunction with the Rabbi, the Hebrew School Director will offer High Holiday and semi-regular Kabbalat Shabbat family programs.
• Establish and maintain a Jewish learning culture that is progressive, innovative, and relevant for our youth and families;
• Engage prospective and new members;
• Keep informed about the latest educational theories, methods, and technology in order to establish and maintain standards based on the best educational practices;
• Provide a leadership role in designing and implementing new educational curricula and programs, with a particular focus on Hebrew School and the Bnei Mitzvah program
Reports to: the Rabbi
Persons responsible for review: President of the Board, Hebrew School & Youth Committee Chair, Rabbi, with input from others as appropriate.
Review dates: November and April of each year.
Main responsibilities (inclusive but not limited to):
Hebrew School Curriculum:
1. Collaborate with the Rabbi, teachers and Hebrew School Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) to co-develop curriculum for Pre-K through Bnei Mitzvah program. The 2020-21 student cohort in Ganon through Kitah Vav grades (pre-kindergarteners through Bnei Mitzvah) is about 50 students.
2. Review curriculum, develop a plan for revision/update of curriculum, and implement a plan over an agreed time frame. Be willing to experiment with creative educational programming.
3. Foster a sense of belonging for a diverse student population regardless of their family’s level of observance.
4. Create a culture that includes all children and is reflective of their learning needs, aligning with tikkun olam, anti-racism, and acceptance of gender diversity.
Hebrew School Staff:
1. Recruit and supervise teachers, teacher assistants, substitutes, presenters and volunteers.
2. Work with teachers to review lesson plans, provide feedback and communication as appropriate.
3. Prepare and present teacher training. Ensure education staff is properly trained and prepared; review lessons as appropriate and supervise teachers and related staff.
Hebrew School Program Administration:
1. Teach or manage teachers of Hebrew School on Sunday mornings (10:00 to 1:00, about 50 students) and Tuesday afternoons (3:30 to 5:30, about 15 students). Arrive on Sundays at 9:00 and Tuesdays at 2:00 to ensure that school is ready to start on time.
2. Ensure smooth administration and running of Hebrew School. Supervise the administrative activities related to running the school.
3. Prepare budgets for education activities and related programs including the building and management of the Hebrew School budget. Submit payroll to Shul bookkeeper on a monthly basis and apply annually for Federation grants.
4. Attend and report at monthly Board meetings and write an annual report for the Shul AGM.
5. Write a brief Hebrew School article for quarterly synagogue newsletter.
6. Work with the administrative staff to oversee registration of students and payment of school fees.
7. Oversee annual “Pesach Market” spring Hebrew School fundraiser & fall youth group fundraiser.
8. Coordinate Bnei Mitzvah Program for middle school students.
1. Maintain all types of communication with parents, including attending parenting committee (PAC) meetings.
2. Field parent concerns and behavior challenges.
3. Plan and hold an Open House before Hebrew School begins. Meet once individually with every new family to the School.
4. Communicate with parents to explain the Hebrew School curriculum/programs and facilitate resolution of individual problems.
Other Educational/Family Programming:
1. Organize, together with Hebrew School teachers and the Rabbi, children’s services for High Holidays and semi-regular Friday night family services.
2. Oversee, in conjunction with the Rabbi, Bnei Mitzvah tutors and program
3. Organize and implement semi-regular baby/tot group
4. Organize monthly teen youth group activities/curricula
Desired Skills and Experience:
• Degree in education and/or a related field.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of, and commitment to, Jewish practices, values, and priorities.
• Familiarity with child and adolescent development and with trends in Jewish education.
• Command of modern Hebrew; musical abilities a plus.
• Ability to support and work effectively with clergy, teaching and support staff, and congregation members, especially parents and children, the Board of Directors, the Parent Education Committee, and the Jewish and non-Jewish community at large.
• A high level of organization and the ability to take initiative, set priorities, delegate, provide constructive supervision, and make last minute adjustments as needed.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated competence, leadership, and collaborative skills, including in virtual meeting settings.
• Proficiency in essential desktop and online computer applications; skill in using social media and email engagement effectively; familiarity with database software (including ShulCloud) a plus.
• Creative digital and print marketing talents a plus.
• Salary commensurate with experience.
Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to the synagogue office: email@example.com. Applications are requested by April 5th, but will be accepted until the position is filled.
Position start date: no later than August 1, 2021.
Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree Preferred and 3-5 years of experience.