Valley Beth Shalom Harold M. Schulweis Day School | Encino, CA, United States

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Posted Date 2/27/2024


Valley Beth Shalom Harold M. Schulweis Day School is a K-6 independent Jewish Day School located on the Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue campus in Encino, California. The school was founded in 1978 by nationally renowned Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis z"l, and established to provide both a stellar General Studies and Judaic studies curriculum. Rabbi Schulweis believed that school should be a place where students grapple with questions and issues cultivating their critical thinking and learning to take action to make the world a better place. He believed this should be done in an environment that fostered strong Jewish values and active involvement in Jewish experiences and community. 45+ years later, the school stands true to the original mission as a forward- thinking learning environment, linking traditional Jewish values and teaching to modern-day decision making and action, all within a vibrant and nurturing Jewish community.


VBSDS seeks an exceptional educational leader for the School Principal role to begin in July 2024. The Principal will begin alongside our incoming Head of School who will also begin in July 2024. This is a special opportunity to join a well-established school that is firmly rooted in its community and also to have the opportunity to shape the vision and program that will define the school’s next era. The Principal will serve as an essential supporter and supervisor for teachers across grade levels, and will lead the implementation of mission, core values, and educational philosophy. The Principal will also work closely with the student and parent bodies, articulating and upholding the school’s core values, philosophy, and expectations. The Principal will report to the Head of School and be a member of both the educational and strategic leadership teams.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Communication and modeling of school mission, core values, and educational philosophy for all stakeholders, including current and prospective students, families, and faculty and staff
  • Development of and adherence to school policy and community standards
  • Parent partnership, education, and support
  • Student behavior, executive functioning, and social-emotional growth
  • Curriculum oversight and articulation, in alignment with the school’s mission, values, philosophy, and students
  • Assessment and communication of student growth and achievement
  • Faculty recruitment, hiring, professional development, and evaluation/supervision
  • Admission and Enrollment Management support, including attendance at recruitment events
  • Sixth grade matriculation and middle school transition
  • Budget and facilities resource management
  • Design and management of daily schedules and school calendar

Strong candidates will:

  • Demonstrate joy and enthusiasm for working in schools and with children in grades K-6
  • Relate to all different types of Jewish students and families and celebrate their diversity of practice and thought
  • Be eager to engage with students, with parents, with faculty, and with colleagues and collaborators at the synagogue and its Early Childhood Center
  • Understand the needs of neurodiverse students, encompassing those with learning challenges and exceptional abilities
  • Be an exceptional storyteller who writes, speaks, and presents with skill, confidence, and clarity
  • Have a strong facility for capturing and analyzing data and a commitment to making data and research-informed decisions
  • Have a penchant for making inclusive and collaborative decisions when possible, and the backbone to make tough decisions when necessary

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Curriculum & Instruction or a related field required, Masters degree preferred
  • 4+ years experience in school-based administration required
  • Demonstrated track record of instructional leadership and curriculum development

To apply please submit cover letter, resume, and a statement of educational philosophy. Applicants that do not submit all 3 documents will not be considered.

Employment Conditions:
Successful completion of fingerprint clearance, TB screening and satisfactory reference check.

Salary110,000.00 - 140,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Education - Other | General Studies Director | Lower School Principal | Principal
Organization Type
Education & Schools
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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