Preschool Director, Gan Mah Tov

Beth Jacob Congregation | Oakland, CA, United States

Posted Date 10/21/2022

Preschool Director, Gan Mah Tov

Beth Jacob Congregation

Oakland, CA

Full-time, Exempt, available ASAP



Our synagogue is seeking a caring and enthusiastic Director to lead our vibrant preschool program. A vital part of Beth Jacob Congregation of Oakland, California, we serve almost 50 children ages 4 months to pre-k. The program educates the whole child, emphasizing social-emotional development, fostering an appreciation of learning, and embracing and enjoying Judaism. The preschool is an integral part of our Modern Orthodox community, and we are in search of a director who understands and will nurture this relationship.

The ideal candidate will build on the success of our program, through their knowledge of child development, Jewish education and practice, ability to create and implement curriculum, build relationships, lead and mentor staff, and demonstrate strong communication and organization skills.


The Director is responsible for all the daily operations of the school including:

  • delivery of the instructional program and overall operation of the school 
  • student enrollment, parent and community relations
  • staff supervision and development, and facility management
  • marketing plan implementation, profit and loss management


The Director is a leader who:

  • Builds strong relationships with preschool families and helps them recognize their important role in our synagogue community
  • Recruits and supports thee teaching staff through dialogue, evaluation and reflection, and provides ongoing and necessary professional development opportunities
  • Promotes an environment that aligns with our mission and values, to infuse Judaism in the classrooms and bridges the preschool to the larger shul community
  • Collaborates with Beth Jacob's Congregation's Executive Director, Rabbi, and lay leadership as appropriate
  • Ensures compliance with all licensing and state regulations
  • Develops and maintains an annual preschool budget
  • Participates in ECE Heads Professional Network and JCF early childhood initiatives, which may require travel

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Values parents as important partners in the work of the school
  • Pays attention to the many ways that children make meaning of the world
  • Collaborates and communicates with children and adults in positive ways
  • Exhibits a positive, team player spirit; works independently and collaboratively 
  • Has a keen interest and curiosity about the nature of learning and teaching
  • Finds joy in working with children and adults
  • Approaches teaching as a life-long learner
  • Demonstrates commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity for all internal and external community members
  • Seeks out resources to continually improve one's practice and knowledge
  • Establishes professional boundaries with children, parents, and colleagues
  • Processes, protects, and exercises discretion in handling confidential information and materials
  • Demonstrates professionalism, in attitude, communication, and punctuality
  • Shows and values integrity for oneself and others
  • Provides value and adds to the organization beyond the position
  • Minimum of bachelor's degree in early childhood education and related field, masters or graduate degree in progress preferred
  • 5+ years in early childhood setting including management or leadership experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including written, oral and computer skills
  • Meets minimum education and experience requirements to comply with applicable state regulations and accrediting boards, including holding any state-required director certifications

Application Procedure:

Please include in your application a cover letter that includes salary requirements as well as a resume. The position is available to start as soon as possible, and will remain open until filled.






Full Time
Early Childhood Director | Head of School | Preschool Director
Organization Type
Education & Schools | Synagogue
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
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