Principal K-8

Pardes Jewish Day School | Scottsdale, AZ, United States

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Posted Date 2/19/2023

Pardes Jewish Day School is a premier Jewish independent school for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, founded in 1993. Pardes is the largest Jewish Day School in Arizona, located in Scottsdale.  The School prepares students to become outstanding members of society through a rigorous secular and Judaic education, a nurturing community, and a foundation in Judaism that welcomes all Jewish traditions. 

POSITION:  Principal  K-8 

REPORTS TO: Head of School

JOB PURPOSE: To serve as the administrator of the lower and middle school in developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities, and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational development of each student and staff member. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • To make a positive impact on student’s lives by creating an atmosphere conducive to learning. 
  • To be an advocate catering to diverse learning modalities to promote and enhance individual student strengths toward the mission and values of Pardes. 
  • To prepare and inspire faculty to instill in our students a love of learning and a connection to Judaism.
  • To act as the educational leader of a school division, responsible for its day-to-day operation; to direct the activities of the members of the school instructional and the non-instructional staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Through collaborative and respectful leadership skills, enhance a strong sense of community for students, parents, and staff. 
  • To be a leader in educational innovation. 
  • To be an active, collaborative member of the Administrative Team and preside over the Academic Council.
  • To observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; to supervise the teaching process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs.
  • To be a visible presence in all areas of the school; to work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise; to keep the head of school informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school. 
  • To provide an orderly, controlled environment in which learning can take place, and a school climate which is supportive and which reflects high morale. 
  • To function as the chief articulator of the division’s educational programs, expectations, and behavioral guidelines. 
  • To be aware of the educational, physical, social, and emotional needs of the students, faculty, and staff in the community in order to develop plans for meeting these needs. 
  • To oversee and direct the activities of the lead teachers, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees.
  • To make recommendations to the head of school regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty.
  • To strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through tact, helpfulness, respect, and a recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher. 
  • To conduct regular meetings with faculty which will deal both with routine school matters and with the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
  • To prepare a master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations. 
  • To serve as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
  • To work in collaboration with the administrative team to ensure safety and effective operations for students.
  • Provides activities which facilitate the professional growth of the school staff and enhance the quality of the instructional program
  • Develop the annual objectives for the instructional, extracurricular, and athletic programs of the school.
  • Develop and manage an annual preliminary budget for review by the HOS and Director of Operations.
  • To maintain congruency between the school’s board-approved mission statement and all activities of that division.
  • To perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School. 

Qualifications (preferred):

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred (Teaching Credential required)
  • Progressive experience in school management with minimum 4 years experience as a school administrator in a Jewish Day School

Working Conditions:


  • Office and Classroom environment

Physical Demands:  

  • Sitting, standing, and walking for extended periods of time.
  • Read handwritten documents and other records or reports. 
  • Some light lifting and carrying. 
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers.
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone. 
  • Seeing to read a variety of materials and monitor children. 
  • Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve and file materials.
  • Bending at the waist, kneeling, or crouching.

Working Relationships:

Ability to maintain confidential and positive working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students, school and community organizations vendors and the general public.

Interested applicants should complete and submit an Employment Application

Pardes Jewish Day School, as an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate in its hiring of employees on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship, marital or veteran status, age or disability. We actively seek diversity among faculty and administration as well as among students. 

Salary85,000.00 - 105,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Organization Type
Education & Schools
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Kosher Food Option Available | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
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