Director of Education

Temple Judea | Coral Gables, FL, United States

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Posted Date 1/23/2023
Description

The Director of Education at Temple Judea leads the Education Department in advancing the congregational value of Talmud Torah, lifelong learning. The goal of the Director and the Department is to engage families and individuals of all ages, celebrate their Jewish journeys and create opportunities for ongoing Jewish learning and deeper connections to kehillah kedosha (our sacred community), am yisrael (the people of Israel), and - through tikkun olam (repair of the world)  - to all of humanity.

The Director of Education is part of the senior leadership of Temple Judea, working hand-in-hand with the Rabbis and Executive Director to fulfill the three-fold commitment of the congregation to be a House of Gathering, a House of Learning, and a House of Worship. The Jewish world is changing. To ensure Jewish continuity, we must envision new modes of Jewish life and challenge ourselves to dream the impossible. We strive to create cutting-edge models of Jewish education and engagement that inform and influence the broader Jewish community.

The Director of Education is responsible for creating a vibrant and dynamic vision for education that challenges and inspires people of all ages and provides our congregants and our community with meaningful educational experiences. The Director of Education is supervised by the senior Rabbi. 

The Director of Education has strategic, instructional, and managerial responsibilities, which are outlined below:

Strategic

  • Working with other educational professionals and lay leaders, continually reflect and affirm the vision and philosophy for:
    • Early childhood education
    • Supplementary Jewish education for K-6th graders – including family education
    • B Mitzvah educational program
    • Teen learning and college outreach
    • Adult education – including parent education, scholar’s series, and leadership development
  • Ensure that we remain at the forefront of innovation and effectiveness by staying current with educational “best practices and principles” within the Jewish world and beyond.
  • Design and maintain welcoming and engaging educational environments
  • Identify, apply, and implement local, national, and international programs that will support Temple Judea’s educational excellence and meaningful engagement for participants.
  • Serve as thought partner with the rabbis to ensure the continued health of our congregation and its premier place in the local and national community and the Reform movement
  • Develop and implement a plan for the critical transitions between educational stages (e.g. early childhood to religious school, pre Bar/Bat Mitzvah to teen programming, youth group to college)
  • Champion ongoing strategic reviews and continuous improvement so that our approach to education and engagement is constantly evolving  
  • Serve as staff member for all lay committees related to education 
  • Maintain frequent contact with parents and families in order to respond to their unique concerns and needs  
  • If needed, provide crisis intervention and make referral to tutors, clergy, and members of the helping professions
  • Be an involved leader in local and national Jewish educational bodies (including ARJE, ECE-RJ and CAJE-Miami) and bring the educational programs of our congregation to the highest standards as set by these groups
  • Strategize to design congregational family celebrations of Jewish holidays, including High Holy Days, and educational life cycle events, such as Consecration and Kabbalat Torah
  • Encourage youth participation in NFTY, URJ camps, and other immersive Jewish experiences
  • Advocate to continue to raise the perception of all Temple Judea educators in the congregation and in the community

Educational Design and Instruction

  • Collaborate with all Education Professionals to develop curriculum and programming for all age groups
  • As needed:
    1. Prepare lesson plans
    2. Teach classes for learners of all ages 
    3. Design and lead youth and family worship experiences 
  • Serve as designer and one possible instructor for professional learning for all educational staff
  • Create age appropriate holiday observances (with clergy)
  • Serve on faculty at URJ Camp Coleman on annual basis
  • Work to ensure all students (all ages) have adult in the building they feel “knows” them (teacher, counselor, advisor, Klei Kodesh member)

Managerial

  • Directly supervise Temple Judea’s Early Childhood Director, Experiential Education Director, and B’nai Mitzvah Director
  • Establish goals and coordinate formal evaluation processes for Early Childhood Director, Experiential Education Director, and B’nai Mitzvah Director, and their respective programs.
  • Develop and present annual budgets and conduct budget reviews, including allocation requests from Endowment Board and grant requests from WTJ and Margaux School Parent Association
  • Manage request process and use of monies on annual basis from seventeen named funds related to education
  • Supervise recruitment and hiring of teachers for all educational programs and determine their compensation within contractual and budgetary limits as established by the Board of Trustees
  • Conduct ongoing supervision of staff including professional learning, observations and evaluations and, when needed, dismiss staff who fail to meet the requirements of their contracts;
  • Oversee and monitor, including through close consultation with the Temple's Health and Wellness co-ordinator, health policy issues and incidents affecting the Temple's education programs
  • Work with Margaux School and J-PLEx teachers to develop personal growth plans as appropriate to deepen their knowledge and training;
  • Ensure compliance of early childhood program with guidelines from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Schedule educational calendar, including classes, annual programs, and special events 
  • Oversee marketing efforts for all educational programs with emphasis on marketing Margaux School and Summer Camp at Temple Judea
  • Prepare teaching schedules for onsite and virtual classes for all staff including rabbis.
  • Complete group assignments for K-7 learning experiences
  • Coordinate the development of and, where appropriate, supervise programs that span more than one educational program (e.g. Tot Shabbat, family programs).
  • Administer Temple Judea scholarships for camp and Israel experiences
  • Supervise design of all teen travel opportunities
  • Write regular thought pieces to be emailed to populations within the congregation (e.g. early childhood parents, teen parents, etc.)
  • Write and edit materials for board meetings, Tidings, and B’nai Mitzvah celebration books, as well as other items as requested

Finally, we know our Director of Education will need time to study and reflect on the many tasks presented here. As a congregation, we support this study and reflection as a necessary part of the creative process. We look forward to working with our educator in an open and mutually beneficial environment.

Qualifications:

  • Committed to ongoing learning and growth
  • A candidate looking for a collaborative work environment where reflective practice, shared vision and commitment to achieving goals are valued.
  • Minimum 5 years of educational leadership experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of supervising multiple staff member supervisory experience.
  • Preferred advanced degree in Jewish Educational Leadership, Educational and Instructional Leadership or relevant field. 

 

Salary and Benefits:

Salary: $105,000+

Healthcare Benefits: 

  • Medical insurance is provided to all full-time employees for the employee. Additional people may be added to this insurance at the employee’s expense. Plans are available for employees to purchase to cover dental and vision. 
  • Short term disability benefit

Retirement: Percentage of salary contribution to the Reform Pension Board (RPB)

Dues: Membership dues for ARJE, ECE-RJ and any other necessary professional organizations.

Relocation: Cost stipend

Free or discounted membership or tuition:

  • Free family membership for all eligible full-time employees.
  • Free tuition for the early childhood program and for J-PLEx and B Mitzvah tutoring and fees (employee is only responsible for any actual incurred costs).

Paid family leave and sick time: 

  • The congregation will provide eight weeks of paid parental leave.
  • The Director of Education will also have 5 days each year of sick/personal time. 

Vacation time/PTO: The Director of Education will have 20 days of vacation time annually.

 

Salary105000.00 Annual
Duration
Full Time
Categories
Director | Education - Other | Synagogue Director
Organization Type
Synagogue
Benefits
Retirement Plans | Dental | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Relocation Available | Sick Days | Vision
Job Location
US

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