Kesher Newton Executive Director
Kesher Newton is a pluralistic Jewish after-school program for grades K-8 that is welcoming to all. Kesher Newton connects children to modern Hebrew as well as Jewish history, culture, and ethics in a joyful, spirited community. Our team of professional staff provides a Hebrew immersive camp-like environment complete with experiential learning, electives, and fun activities.
For more information about Kesher: https://www.keshernewton.org/why-choose-kesher.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for managing and developing all aspects of Kesher Newton including student recruitment, fundraising, administrative/financial operations, educational programming and community relations. The Executive Director provides leadership to further develop Kesher’s strategic plan in conjunction with the Board of Directors and is responsible for implementing the plan.
We are seeking a mission-driven Executive Director who believes in Kesher’s core values and emphasis on pluralistic, Jewish community. We value deep knowledge of Jewish thought and educational practice, and fundraising knowledge and experience. At Kesher we also value creativity, warmth, and an organizational vision that considers the long-term path of Kesher. Employing a small, dedicated staff of educators, Kesher invites leadership to balance strategic thinking with day-to-day program planning, teaching, and administration.
- Represent Kesher Newton with pride and articulate its mission in the larger Greater Boston Jewish community. Build visibility for recruitment/marketing, fundraising and general credibility.
- Lead the Kesher community to further develop a high quality Judaic and Hebrew learning environment within a spirited camp-like environment, enabling children to learn deeply, while also nurturing their love of Judaism.
- Hire, mentor, develop and supervise teachers to ensure effective teaching practices and an atmosphere of ongoing learning among teachers. Contribute to, review, and approve educational programming to ensure a high quality and continuously improving curriculum, and to add new programs as appropriate.
- Provide regular classroom support during Kesher program hours.
- Lead Kesher’s student recruitment efforts utilizing a multimodal approach to identify areas for recruitment and design recruitment activities.
- Build a joyful, nurturing community by engaging and building relationships with students and families.
- Plan and implement Kesher community activities.
- Develop and monitor budget, manage Kesher’s resources within those budgeted guidelines, maintain financial records, and supervise bookkeeping and financial operations.
- Oversee Kesher Newton’s fundraising by:
- Working with board and parents to develop and implement fundraising activities
- Identifying potential funding opportunities and creating and submitting grant proposals in a timely manner.
- Monitor Kesher’s operations and ensure that employees and organizational practices comply with regulatory and legal requirements; responsible for licensing compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Early Childhood and Care (EEC).
- Lead marketing strategies and promotional programs to drive Kesher’s growth including the creation of promotional events, and other digital and non-digital channels
- Update/maintain Kesher Newton’s website and increase Kesher’s social media presence.
- Build a working relationship with the Kesher board, keeping the board informed about Kesher operations, working together on strategic planning and implementation, and serving as a liaison between the board and staff.
- Develop and maintain partnerships with the Jewish and Israeli institutions and communities with whom Kesher collaborates.
- A Master’s degree in education or a Bachelor’s degree in education.
- Minimum of five years of experience working as a school leader with management responsibilities, or inJewish community outreach, community outreach, administration, fundraising or Jewish education
- Ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively with students, staff, families, and stakeholders.
- Strong financial and organizational acumen.
- Demonstrated success in nonprofit fundraising.
- Demonstrated success collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.
- Organization and leadership skills.
- Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
- Proficiency in modern Hebrew is required.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]