Assistant Director - Temple Sinai Religious School

Temple Sinai | Washington, DC, United States

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Posted Date 6/18/2024

Temple Sinai Religious School – Assistant Director


Temple Sinai is a Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) synagogue in northwest Washington, DC.  Led by senior rabbi, Jonathan Roos, our congregation’s commitment to social action, meaningful learning, engaging worship and community building is evident in all of our programming and congregational experiences.  Our congregation is guided by a set of core values:


Temple Sinai’s Core Values

(adopted by the congregation in its 2020 strategic plan)


We believe that Reform Judaism is the essence of our Temple Sinai community and a source of comfort, support, inspiration, and strength in our lives. 


We believe in respecting and engaging individuals and families without judgment on their own paths of Jewish experience, learning, and practice.  


We believe in welcoming all who participate at Temple Sinai and in celebrating our inclusive and diverse community.


We believe that tikkun olam (repairing the world) is an essential element of Judaism and are committed to Temple Sinai continuing as a strong, audacious leader for social justice.


We believe in being a caring community whose members feel a sense of belonging and support from the clergy and each other in times of celebration and need.


We believe in providing Jewish education that has a meaningful impact on its participants from early childhood through adult education.


We believe in thoughtful and transparent stewardship of our congregation’s resources.


We believe that Temple Sinai should be a vibrant, joyful, and spiritually and intellectually stimulating place. 



Temple Sinai is pleased to welcome an Assistant Director for Temple Sinai Religious School (K-12) to our team!  Our Assistant Director, in cooperation with our Cantor Educator and our Assistant Director for Youth Education Operations, will support students and their families in feeling a sense of significance, belonging, and fun at Temple Sinai.  Our Assistant Director will work as an educational leader and master teacher, a collaborator and thought partner, and an administrative and organizational director.


This position is a full-time role.  Our educational programs meet in person on Sundays from 8:30am – 1:00pm, Tuesdays from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, and on Wednesdays from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.  Together with the TSRS team, you will determine your standard 40-hour working schedule.  This schedule may be adjusted from time to time.  This job will require work on evenings, weekends, and Jewish holidays.   Temple Sinai provides and encourages our staff to telework one day a week, to be determined with your supervisor. 


Job Description

Essential Functions


Our Assistant Director will:

  • Be a leader in the religious school program – both to TSRS staff, participants, and within the Temple Sinai staff team. Our Assistant Director is our Administrative Leader, guiding our work through strong communications, strong systems, and strong program implementation.
  • Engage with students and families for holiday and Shabbat celebrations, including participation in and leadership of worship and programming.
  • Inspire and encourage our students, families, and teams.
  • Be an ambassador of Temple Sinai’s mission and values within the Sinai community and beyond.


Support TSRS Teaching Staff

  • Collaborate with Cantor Educator on the hiring, onboarding, and ongoing support of part-time staff to Temple Sinai Religious School.
  • Maintain accurate attendance records for staff as it pertains to payroll, including the securing of subs and collection of their information for pay as needed.
  • Work with teachers on their implementation of lesson plans – both logistic (supplies, copies, food, daily program schedules) and educational (leadership, classroom skills) support.


Support TSRS Students and Families

  • Weekly TSRS “This Week” Email/ Text Message.
  • Regular check-in with Temple Sinai communications team to coordinate messaging.
  • Be responsive to parent emails and concerns and help manage TSRS team responses to parents.


Collaborate on the Temple Sinai Religious School Team

  • Be an essential part of the Sinai youth education team in its mission to create a sense of Significance, Belonging, and Fun for our students and their families, including working with the Cantor Educator to schedule appropriate pastoral follow-up.
  • Engage as a thought partner as we continue to respond to the changing needs of families around their Jewish educational experiences.
  • Teach in TSRS programs as needed. These teaching assignments will include Hebrew and Judaic instruction.



Core Competencies

  • Collaborative – a team leader, member, and cheerleader.
  • Focused worker, with the ability to take initiative when appropriate.
  • Ability to be a responsible and invested teacher, mentor, and friend to youth
  • Energy, enthusiasm and excitement for youth education and ability to create and implement meaningful learning that meet the needs of youth spiritually, educationally, and socially-emotionally
  • Knowledge of child development and its application in the religious school setting
  • Creativity
  • Judaic content knowledge and basic Hebrew
  • Experience working with youth, preferably in a school, congregational and/or camp setting, or is pursuing a course of study related to working with youth
  • Strong execution, time management, administrative, and organizational skills
  • A desire for instilling excitement about and a love of Judaism into the lives of youth and their families.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Approaches work with a strong work ethic and a growth mindset
  • An understanding and appreciation of Reform Judaism


 We are also looking for:

  • 5-8 years of experience in an educational or professional Jewish setting
  • Bachelor's degree required, graduate degree in a related field preferred


Comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, vision, and dental plans
  • Flexible Spending Account options
  • PTO:  Vacation and sick leave
  • 403(b) participation, including 5% employer contribution
  • Long-term disability and life insurance
  • Professional development and learning expenses
  • Temple membership & religious school tuition


Temple Sinai is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate against any employee because of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, military status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, disability, or any other reason prohibited by law. As a religious institution, we reserve the right to recognize that religion may be a bona fide occupational qualification for certain positions within the temple.

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $80,000, depending on relevant experience.


To apply:  Please send your resume and cover letter sharing your interest with Cantor Rebecca Robins, [email protected]

Salary70,000.00 - 80,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Assistant Director | Education - Other | Religious School Administrator
Organization Type
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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