50 Sewall Avenue
Brookline MA 02446
Candidates should click here to download our full job posting: https://www.sinaibrookline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Temple-Sinai-Educator-Job-Posting.pdf
We are seeking a Leader for Jewish Learning
Temple Sinai of Brookline, MA is seeking a Director of Education who will be the visionary leader of Jewish learning that engages our children, teens, and families. Building on our well-established K-7 school program and an innovative, multiple-option Sinai U program for teens in grades 8-12, our new Director of Education will have the opportunity to co-design wide reaching changes to our education program to fulfill Temple Sinai’s overarching vision:
"Temple Sinai honors individual journeys of Judaism, joyfully embracing and connecting our members in community. We are enriched by engaging in lifelong study of Torah, seeking holiness through meaningful worship, and bringing justice, healing, and caring to our world. We each aspire to deepen communication, broaden commitments, and gain inspiration bound only by the limits of our dreams."
Temple Sinai is interested in exploring forms of learning that may break with traditional models of schooling. We value giving every learner the opportunity to construct their Jewish identity through exploration of Jewish values, culture, and history. We believe that learning should be creative, joyful, and playful, and that the experience of our program can and should be a cornerstone for lifelong Jewish learning and living. Toward this end we are prepared to support our Director of Education in crafting a bold vision for Jewish education adapted to the changing nature of Jewish life in the 21st century, while honoring our people’s ancient commitment to learning.
What does success look like for the new Director of Education?
The Director of Education achieves overarching success by inspiring and enabling our children and their families to grow, learn, and embark upon meaningful Jewish journeys. An important piece of this work will be leading our families and congregation through a visioning process for reimagining vibrant, meaningful Jewish education and then working collaboratively with clergy, staff, and lay leaders to put that vision into practice. We understand that bold change does not happen overnight. The incoming Director of Education will start on day one with an organized and well-run religious school program, a core of talented and committed teachers, and supportive parents.
A successfully reimagined education program will:
- Instill in students Jewish “habits of mind,” Jewish sensibilities, and Jewish practice, enabling them to recognize and engage with the complexities of life through their Jewish values and Jewish learning.
- Creatively incorporate aspects of hands-on, project-based, peer-to-peer, and intergenerational learning in developmentally appropriate ways.
- Attract new families to our program and raise our enrollment in grades K-7; retain our students’ participation in our Sinai U program for Grades 8-12.
- Foster opportunities for students and families to connect with one another and the congregation as a whole, supporting the vision of Temple Sinai as a holistic, integrated community
- Afford a professional pipeline for the teachers, in their roles in the program as well as in their own development as Jewish educators. Toward this end the Director of Education will establish clear hiring priorities, plans for observation and feedback systems; retention; and positive child and family experience.
What will be the scope of the Education Director’s roles and responsibilities?
The Director of Education supervises:
• a monthly pre-school program;
• a bi-weekly grade K-7 program (Tuesday and Sunday);
• a grade 8-12 program encompassing a range of optional activities; and
• a monthly family learning program.
In addition, the Education Director participates in the planning of our annual congregation wide all-ages Shabbaton/Retreat program, bringing Temple Sinai members together for intergenerational learning and community fun. The Education Director also plays a role in encouraging enrollment in Reform (and other) Jewish summer camps, Israel trip attendance, and other Jewish programs, and participation among our teens in other community-based Jewish learning programs of excellence.
The Director of Education supervises a number of part-time employees, including classroom teachers and tutors, the Family Education Coordinator, and our Youth Advisor. There will be a 50%-time administrative support position dedicated to the Director of Education as well.
A detailed description of current roles and responsibilities can be found here. However, we are open to revisiting these in the context of reimagining our program.
What qualities do we seek in a Director of Education?
• A vision and passion for Jewish learning steeped in Jewish values and sensibilities, as well as a deep personal appreciation for the meaning of Judaism in their own life.
• Strong team orientation—for building partnerships with staff and clergy, with families, with lay leadership, and with faculty.
• Creativity, and an ability to innovate and bring to our program new modes of teaching and engaging with our students. Willingness to experiment with new opportunities and to learn from failures with a Growth Mindset and a sense of purpose.
• Sensitivity and attention to different learning styles and needs.
• A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Strong organizational and people skills.
• A love of working with children, teens and families.
• Masters’ degree in Education or master’s degree in Jewish Education strongly preferred.
• At least 5 years’ experience, including leadership roles, in some combination of Education, Jewish Education, and Jewish youth programming.
How Can I Apply for the Position?
Diversity is a core value of Temple Sinai, and applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary range $75,000-$95,000. This is a full-time exempt position. We offer excellent health and retirement benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter by February 15th, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Please submit the application, or requests for additional information to our Director of Education Search Committee chair, Scot Osterweil, at [email protected].
Please click here for our full job posting: https://www.sinaibrookline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Temple-Sinai-Educator-Job-Posting.pdf
We look forward to meeting you!