About Hebrew Educational Alliance, Denver, CO
Hebrew Educational Alliance, HEA, is a large Conservative synagogue located in Denver, Colorado committed to fostering a Kehillah Kedosha – a sacred community rooted in the Jewish values of lifelong Jewish learning (Torah), spirited Jewish worship (Avodah) and compassionate concern for the world (Gemilut Chasidim). HEA’s goal is to promote lifelong Jewish learning as an essential part of the life of its members. As a diverse congregation of learners, we are dedicated to deepening our Jewish knowledge through a multiplicity of learning modalities and relational Judaism. Our religious school program is called HEArt, a combination of our name, HEA, plus Ruach and Torah.
Hebrew Educational Alliance (HEA) is seeking an innovative, enthusiastic Jewish educator to serve as full-time director of our K-10th grade religious school, K-12th grade youth groups, young family outreach and engagement, Hebrew, and b’nai mitzvah programs. The Education Director will implement the mission and vision of the congregation to cultivate a love of Jewish life and learning for HEA’s preschool and school-aged children and their families. This position will interact with HEA staff, congregants, and members of the greater community in a professional and caring manner. The Education Director will work closely with the Director of the Preschool to ensure that programming for young families is cohesive and inclusive. This position will report directly to the CEO and will work closely with the clergy team.
Specific responsibilities of the Education Director will include, but shall not be limited to:
- Provide excitement and enthusiasm for learning.
- Create opportunities for our young families and religious school families to deepen their relationships with each other using engagement and relational Judaism methodology.
- Motivate students, parents, faculty, and fellow staff to engage in meaningful educational experiences through relationship building, program recruitment and retention activities, and programmatic excellence.
- Model an active Jewish life and participation at HEA.
Creative Programming and Curriculum Implementation
- Oversee creation and implementation of supplemental programs including retreats, family education, t’filah, opening day, all school programs, and holiday observances with support from additional staff.
- Support successful curriculum implementation, evolution, and evaluation. Use both formal and informal learning arenas including project-based learning, immersive and experiential learning methods.
- Present a creative and innovative approach designed to inculcate a love of Jewish life and learning for all students and families.
Leadership, Teaching, and Supervision
- Oversee all aspects of the school and other education programs, with the support of the Religious School Assistant Director, including primary staffing, budgeting, scheduling, management, administrative oversight responsibilities of registration and other record-keeping activities, school calendar, oversight of student evaluations, and obtaining necessary supplies and materials.
- Serve as one of HEArt’s primary teachers.
- Actively engage in a thoughtful process of supervision, support, goal-setting, and evaluation for faculty and staff associated with the HEArt, Young Families, and youth programming - to include the Youth Advisor.
- Plan and execute young family programming in collaboration with our Assistant Rabbi and Engagement Director.
- Lead or co-lead an interactive and engaging Shabbat morning service for elementary school aged children and their families at least once a month.
- Lead or co-lead an interactive and engaging Shabbat morning service for families and their preschool aged children at least once a month.
- Oversee our Madrichim program for 9th-12th graders by implementing training sessions throughout the school year, mentoring student teachers, partnering with faculty, and overseeing administrative details connected to the program.
- Effectively communicate on a regular basis with parents, students, faculty, and the congregation.
- Serve as staff support for education related committees, programs, and activities.
- Be available and present for parents, students, and congregants.
- Exhibit excellent time management and work/life balance.
Member of the HEA Team
As a member of HEA’s professional team, the Director of Education shall:
- Participate in weekly staff meetings and occasionally attend monthly board meetings.
- Participate in the life of the Denver area Jewish communities.
- Lead worship opportunities designated by our congregational rabbis and music director for Shabbat and holidays.
- Pursue professional, Jewish, and personal growth.
- Experience with formal and/or informal education and/or Jewish youth programming, including Jewish camp or a college degree in Jewish Studies or Education.
- Experience working with children with learning differences and behavior challenges.
- Experience supervising, mentoring, and motivating employees.
- Knowledge of Jewish practices, holidays, and customs.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with congregants, clergy, and staff with tact, patience, discretion, and a willingness to be of service.
- Self-starter with high standards of excellence; ability to multitask, prioritize and work efficiently, independently, and collaboratively, think creatively, and solve problems; demonstrate initiative and good judgment while working in a lively office environment.
- Effective written and oral communication.
- Flexible schedule: This position requires hours outside of a ‘normal’ work week, including some supervision of our youth during evenings and weekends, and can vary based on events and activities. Presence at HEA when Religious School is in session is required.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
- Strong working knowledge of social media and video conferencing technology.
- Experience with CRM/database programs such as Shul Cloud.
- Ability to lead informal worship; song leading and ability to play guitar is not required but a plus
This job operates in a professional, in-person or hybrid environment, with occasional local and national travel. This role routinely uses standard office equipment, including a computer and a cell phone. The employee is generally required to spend extended periods of time sitting, typing, and working at a computer. Person must be able to stand, walk, and climb stairs when school is in session. May require the ability to occasionally lift and transport items.
Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
HEA is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations. HEA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws.
- Salary range $60,000-$70,000
- Optional enrollment in HEA’s health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance and vision insurance plans
- Professional development
- Jewish Educator’s Assembly dues
- Paid vacation and sick leave
To apply for this position:
- Send your resume along with a cover letter to [email protected] by May 6 2022 (no phone calls please).
- HEA is an equal opportunity employer.