Director of Lifelong Learning

Congregation B'nai Yisrael | Armonk, NY, United States

Posted Date 10/05/2021
Description

As an active member of our community, the Director of Lifelong Learning provides a comprehensive, cohesive vision and direction for educational programming, including the Jewish Identity Development (JID) religious school, post-b’nai mitzvah youth and family programming and engagement, and adult education. The Director of Lifelong Learning leads, oversees, and manages all aspects of learning and educational programming, both in-person and online. The Director of Lifelong Learning will be a covenantal member of our senior staff team working in partnership with the clergy, lay leadership and professional staff on fostering the goals of the congregation. This position reports administratively to the Executive Director, and programmatically to the Rabbi and Cantor.

The Director of Lifelong Learning supervises the Education Administrative Assistant, and JID teachers and aides. The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Education Administration and Management
- Formulate, develop and innovate the temple’s annual and long-term educational vision, goals and themes in conjunction with the JID Committee, temple committees, clergy and professional staff
- Coordinate educational events and temple programming to support these overarching goals
- Administer and oversee all aspects of the temple's educational programming, which includes online and in-person educational experiences and curricula for children, teens, families, and adults in consultation with clergy, Executive Director, and the JID Committee
- Develop Israel-related programming for youth and adults in conjunction with Adult Education, Social Action and the JID Committees, including creating partnerships with Israeli shlichim
- Develop curricula and programs that expresses a deep commitment to social action and social justice, connecting modern conversations to
Jewish traditions
- Continues to provide educational experiences for students of all levels of learning abilities
- Oversee the development and implementation of JID-related and other congregational immersive experiences in partnership with the clergy and Executive Director (e.g. late nights, shul-ins, adult retreats, programs for preschool age children, trips, grade-level Shabbats, etc.)
- Create, staff, and supervise High Holy Day Youth and Young Family programming
- Foster learning communities through thoughtful student and staff placement, based on understanding each child's developmental, educational, and social needs
- Stay current with Jewish educational trends and insights, and is well acquainted with current educational research and demographics as they impact Congregation B’nai Yisrael and the surrounding community
- Coordinate with clergy on education-related rituals such as Consecration, Confirmation, Graduation and Adult B’nai Mitzvah as well as grade-level Shabbat experiences
- Consult with the Cantor and Rabbi to coordinate the training of B’nai Mitzvah students
- Coordinate with the Cantor and committee members to facilitate the music curriculum for the JID
- Oversee the recruitment and registration of participants in all educational programs, including but not limited to Moving Traditions (BM-themed programs), Shevet Achim (for boys), Rosh Hodesh (for girls)
- Serve as staff liaison to certain committees in addition to JID, to be determined together with clergy and staff

Personnel Management
- Hire, motivate, supervise, and evaluate school faculty and staff (teachers, substitutes, aides) in coordination with the clergy, Executive Director, the JID Committee, and in accordance with temple policies
- Create community among teachers and facilitate connections between the teachers and temple community
- Serve as an educational resource for teachers and spearhead ongoing professional development
- Supervise, direct, and evaluate Education Administrative Assistant

Religious School (JID)
- Work in the building Monday through Friday.
- Attend/execute events during the evenings and/or weekends when required for holidays or special celebrations
- Oversee the day-to-day operation of the JID
- Foster an inclusive environment for students and faculty
- Oversee the madrichim / Teaching Internship program
- Teach weekly and as needed in any and all elements of the congregation’s lifelong education
- Partner with teachers to assist in development of grade-level curricula and lesson plans
- Respond to inquiries regarding educational programs
- Develop and help to lead JID t’filah with Temple clergy
- Develop relationships with parents to ensure they are appropriately advised of the school philosophy, curriculum and activities, and are fully informed of the expectations and performance of their children
- Address learning and/or behavioral issues and disciplinary problems in accordance with the policies of the congregation
- Navigate conflict resolution among teachers, students, parents
- Assist in developing and overseeing implementation of health, safety and security procedures; manages medical emergencies

Community
- Serve as a community representative for CBY and the JID Program
- Develop relationships with new members and assist with their integration into the CBY community
- Manage the promotion of temple educational programming through appropriate media, marketing, and community events
- Participate in local community activities as a representative of the congregation
- Participate actively in the local and national Jewish educational community, including attending local Westchester Association of Temple Educator meetings
- Partner actively with the Jewish Education Project, PJ Library, and relevant URJ departments (NFTY, camping, etc.)

Budget and Asset Management
- Develop and manage the JID program, Adult Education, and other educational budgets and fees in conjunction with the Executive Director, and with the support of, the appropriate members of lay leadership
- Oversee implementation of policies and procedures regarding school fees and distribution of scholarships as needed
- Oversee tzedakah collection, deposits and distribution of funds.
- Determine asset needs (e.g. furniture, materials, books, supplies, religious objects, audio-visual equipment, and food) for the various educational programs and ensures those needs are met within the budget.
- Seek, write, and apply for grants to benefit educational programs.
- Ensure that rooms are adequately and appropriately furnished, arranged and maintained, in coordination with our maintenance staff

Duration
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Categories
Adult Education | Principal / Head of School | Programming
Organization Type
Synagogue
Benefits
401(k) or 403(b) plans | medical | paid vacation
Job Location
US

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