Congregation Kol Ami | Vancouver, WA, United States

Posted Date 7/01/2021

Congregation Kol Ami is a warm and welcoming reform congregation located in Vancouver, Washington, a city on the north bank of the Columbia River and part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Led by Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker we have over 140 member families. Congregation Kol Ami is seeking an energetic, dynamic, knowledgeable Director of Education to begin in the summer of 2021. Our school currently serves 35 students on Sundays and Hebrew School students on Thursday afternoons. Led by the Director of Education we incorporate wonderful volunteer teachers from our congregation to help foster a love for Jewish learning and connection to our community in a fun, supportive environment. Boasting one of the highest post Bar/Bat Mitzvah student retention rates, we are always striving to keep our school a positive, inclusive, and welcoming place to be!

The Director of Education (DOE) sets the vision and the standards for our religious school and Hebrew school program. The DOE will work closely with Rabbi Dunsker and the Education Committee. The DOE will oversee the day-to-day operations of the religious school, recruit and supervise teachers, develop and implement curriculum, and facilitate family education programs.

The ideal candidate is a creative, enthusiastic Jewish educator, with both formal and informal Jewish education experience. He/she/they should be comfortable working with both children and families. As Jewish navigators, candidates should have a strong Judaic knowledge base as well as skills in community building, supervision, staff development and office management. Comfort and competence in Hebrew prayer and language is also a skill we seek in the ideal candidate. The ability to communicate well, to laugh, listen, engage the learners and build meaningful relationships is essential.

Professional Responsibilities:
• Attend monthly education committee meetings
• Attend all Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services (3-7 annually)
• Attend all services led by our Hebrew classes (4 times per year)
• Attend synagogue holiday events/services
• Give further reports on the religious school to the congregation and/or the Temple Board, as necessary (infrequent)
• Develop and oversee congregation wide MLK Day of Service
• Lead adult study session on Yom Kippur afternoon

• Scheduling yearly school calendar in conjunction with Rabbi, Education Committee, Temple Board, and Temple Administrator to insure a vibrant and integrated school year
• Develop and facilitate school registration with the exception of financial matters
• Periodically review and update parent and faculty handbooks
• Shopping/ordering/preparing classroom supplies and textbooks
• Oversee and approve school expenditures. Provide the Education Committee with an updated budget at the monthly school committee meetings
• Oversee the collection, management, and distribution of school Tzedakah funds
• Develop and maintain student records
• Implement system for school closing and emergencies (e.g. snow closing, pandemic related accommodations) in coordination with Education Committee Chair and school/Temple policies
• Attend weekly staff meeting with Rabbi, Temple Administrator, and Bookkeeper
• Be on site at all times that school is in session
• Implement and enforce disciplinary policies as developed and evaluated by Director of Education, Education Committee and Rabbi
• Greet students as they arrive for religious school; supervise religious school dismissal
• Keep organized paper and electronic files that are clear and trackable, to facilitate replication and review of school events and curricula
• Prepare weekly communication with parents to summarize learning projects/events that take place each Sunday in all of the classrooms

Curriculum Development and Implementation:

Religious School:
• Develop and oversee implementation of curriculum for Kindergarten through 8th grade religious school using the current curriculum as a tool
• Regularly evaluate curriculum and make textbooks and material selection for all grades
• Work with those students requiring specific learning/behavioral accommodations
• When appropriate, develop and implement new curriculum. The Education Committee must approve major curriculum changes
Hebrew School:
• Develop and oversee implementation of four-year Hebrew school curriculum using the current curriculum as a tool
• Serve as one of the Hebrew school teachers (as needed)
• Order books, or oversee the book ordering
Family Education:
• Develop and implement family education programs
• Create and send all communications relating to family education programs
• Order materials for events in a timely fashion, being sure to stay within budget
• Recruit, interview, train and guide volunteer teachers for both the Religious School and Hebrew School
• Establish and implement observation and evaluation procedures
• Create lesson plans for teachers on a weekly basis
• Discuss evaluation with teachers
• Develop and institute substitute teacher resources
• Inform Education Committee and Rabbi of teacher and student issues
• Supervise student progress and serve as liaison between teachers, students and parents
• Facilitate faculty meetings as needed
• Facilitate parent conferences as needed
Other Responsibilities:
• Become a member (or maintain membership) in ARJE and participate in annual professional development
• Work with Kol Ami staff and volunteers to coordinate general activities and synagogue space usage
• Represent Congregation Kol Ami in a positive, enthusiastic and professional style
• Attend Congregation Kol Ami’s semi-annual meetings and give reports as necessary and/or as requested on the Religious School/Hebrew School

Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Part Time Categories
Hebrew School/Sunday School
Organization Type
Education & Schools | Synagogue
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