Rabbi in Residence/Senior Jewish Educator
Overview and Opportunity Statement
Rochelle Zell Jewish High School is recruiting a senior Jewish educational leader to lead the Jewish life program of the school, serving as a dugma ishit (personal exemplar) of the mission and values of our school. The senior educator will serve as a teacher and mentor to students, faculty, and families, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Now in its twenty-first year, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School is a private, co-educational Conservative Jewish high school of 150 students (grades 9-12) from over 20 communities in the greater Chicago area. RZJHS employs 64 full and part time faculty and staff. In the fall of 2007, the school moved to a permanent, state-of-the art campus, located on 7.3 acres in Deerfield, Illinois. The school prides itself on providing students with language and tools to navigate the complexity of what it means to live in the 21st century, and fosters a communal ethos of deep and lasting relationships among all four grades and between teachers and students.
In the words of our mission statement: “Rochelle Zell Jewish High School creates a culture of academic excellence that inspires and prepares our students to think critically, achieve their full potential, and live Judaism as responsible and involved citizens in the modern world.”
Summary of Job Responsibilities
The Rabbi in Residence/Senior Jewish Educator is responsible for providing leadership for the school’s Jewish life program and informal education and teaches classes as part of the Jewish Studies faculty. The ideal candidate will have a passion for working with teenagers, be a team player and a creative thinker.
- Overseeing and participating in the Jewish life aspects of the RZJHS experience including tefillah, tikkun olam programs, Jewish holiday programming, and grade-level programming including sophomore overnight, Shabbatonim, junior trip to New York, and the Senior Israel Experience
- Working closely with Student Activities Director, overseeing student and club life to promote the student-centered ethos of the school
- Coordinating faculty development in the area of Jewish learning and serving as a resource for faculty and staff members
- Serving as pastoral presence (mashgiach ruchani) for students and faculty
- Serving as a positive Jewish role model for students, families, and faculty with regard to both Jewish values and observance
- Representing the school externally with partner organizations, including local synagogues, day schools, summer camps and rabbis
- Teaching 1-2 Jewish Studies classes to students
- Attending, speaking, and teaching at ceremonial and/or milestone events
- Assisting as needed in the areas of recruitment and development
- Serving as part of the senior educational leadership team, collaborating on key, school-wide educational decisions and initiatives
The ideal candidate is a friendly, dynamic and engaging Jewish professional with a deep passion for and commitment to Jewish day school education. The ideal candidate also has broad experience working with students, parents, and staff at the high-school level, as well as connections and experience working in the context of a broader Jewish community and the Jewish world at large.
Other desired qualifications:
- A lived understanding of the values and practices of the Conservative movement
- Jewish day school experience
- Administrative experience
- Fluency in Hebrew
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected].