Jewish Journey Project (JJP) Director, Barnert Temple
Barnert Temple seeks a Director for its Jewish Journey Project (JJP), our Sunday and afterschool religious education program. We are a vibrant Reform Jewish congregation in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Our JJP Program currently guides 220 students in Grades K-12 on their pathway to Jewish learning and living.
The Director of JJP will lead Barnert’s supplementary education program. They will plan, schedule, and create a variety of courses that engage students with the core principles of Reform Judaism: Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chasadim. The JJP Director will be the “face” of Barnert’s youth instruction opening doors to family-centered educational activities.
The full-time, 12-month JJP Director reports to the Senior Rabbi and is responsible for the following:
- Create and oversee curriculum content following the comprehensive JJP curriculum outline.
- Select and purchase materials for curriculum support.
- Monitor and update our unique TAG* incentivization program, helping staff to connect it to the JJP curriculum.
Staffing & Instruction
- Recruit, interview, and approve all faculty hires and substitutes.
- Supervise and train instructional staff and the School Administrative Assistant.
- Assist JJP teachers in working with families whose children have attendance or learning challenges.
- Recruit, hire, assign and supervise teen Madrichim.
Internal and External Communications
- Draft and circulate communications to JJP families, lay leadership, and Temple membership.
- Attend Board and Leadership Council Meetings, when requested.
- Engage the Lifelong Learning Committee in supporting JJP initiatives and in vetting new programming.
- Communicate with the Williams family re: the TAG Scholarship Incentive Program.
Budget and Finance
- Develop the annual JJP budget in collaboration with a Finance Committee representative.
- Develop and organize extra programs, e.g. pizza dinners, field trips and other experiences outside of regular programming.
- Manage expenditures according to budget allocation.
Program and Scheduling
- Create the annual JJP calendar and master schedule.
- Partner with the Office Manager to develop the facilities plan and custodial and security staffing needs.
- Partner with clergy and staff on B’nai Mitzvah management, including the assignment of dates.
Student Registration & Recordkeeping
- Manage and oversee student course registration.
- Oversee collection and maintenance of student immunization records.
- Request, evaluate and manage documentation from parents about students’ learning needs and other challenges.
- Communicate immediate parent or student needs to teachers.
- Be available to parents, as needed.
- Cover classes if a teacher is absent.
- Meet and tour prospective Temple families and provide orientation for new students.
- Ensure compliance with all emergency procedures.
- Manage health and other emergencies.
- Provide appropriate staffing and maintain teacher to student ratios and class sizes.
- BA. and/ or M.A. equivalent in Jewish Education
- Minimum 5 years teaching experience as Jewish Educator
- Knowledge of and enthusiasm for Reform Judaism
- Strong organizational, communications, and team building skills
- Ability to foster a warm, positive, and safe learning environment
- Digital skills to support multi-access programming
- Comfort using Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs and Teams
- Ability to learn Shul Cloud and other school applications
Compensation & Benefits
- Salary Range: $ 70,000- $80,000
- Pension: 7 % of Salary
- Professional Development funds available as budgeted each year
- ARJE Membership
- 100% of the Single rate of the Low Insurance Policy
* The Kathie F. Williams TAG Scholarship Program aligns with our curriculum, providing 3rd-6th graders with home-based Jewish enrichment activities to reinforce living Judaism outside of the synagogue. Students participate and write reflections, earning points toward monetary scholarships for use in Jewish activities.