Welcome to Congregation B’nai Israel! We are hiring a full-time Assistant Director of Education to join our community of over 650 families serving the Reform Jewish community of Greater Bridgeport. Founded in 1859, our synagogue is the oldest in Fairfield County, Connecticut. While our age and past are very much part of our strength, it is the vibrancy of the present and our ability to look to the future that also make us who we are.
We are seeking a professional who is excited, creative, and thoughtful to join our staff team and help transform Kehilah, our Religious School which comprises over 150 students from grades kindergarten through eight. The Assistant Director of Education will report directly to our Director of Education, and is the primary professional responsible for the day-to-day operations of Kehilah. As a senior member of our education team and our staff, the Assistant Director of Education will have the opportunity to collaborate with clergy, faculty, professional staff, lay leaders, and community partners to build dynamic and engaging Jewish learning experiences for our students, parents, and families.
Key Goals for this Position
The first key goal of this position is to support our Kehilah faculty and staff throughout the year, as well as to partner with our Director of Education in the week-to-week operations of Kehilah.
The second key goal of this position is to facilitate programs that strengthen and deepen relationships and a sense of belonging among our Kehilah community. This includes students building relationships with one another, parents having opportunities to socialize and learn together, strengthening our family and holiday programming, and increasing our students' sense of belonging here at the synagogue.
Creativity and Vision
The Assistant Director of Education will collaborate with the Director of Education to develop and implement the congregation’s vision for its kindergarten through eighth grade education programs.
The Assistant Director of Education will work in concert with the clergy, Director of Education, and lay leaders to design and implement community building programming for our Kehilah families. The emphasis of this programming will be on engagement, honoring diversity, and fostering social relationships among congregants, families, and our Kehilah students. Additionally, this role will include serving as support staff for our preschool and adult programming.
Curriculum Development and Implementation
In partnership with the Director of Education, the Assistant Director of Education is responsible for the design and execution of Judaic and Hebrew curricula for kindergarten through eighth grade. Effective implementation of the curriculum will include: researching available resources; preparing teacher guides and other materials; ordering and organizing textbooks and other supplies; reviewing all teacher lesson plans and providing feedback on both Jewish content and pedagogy; coordinating of classroom technology; planning and scheduling of specials, chugim, and designing and administering student assessments.
The Assistant Director of Education will collaborate with the Kehilah faculty, staff and lay leadership to develop and implement experiential education offerings. These may include field trips, grade-level programs, family education programs, holiday programs, and milestone events such as Consecration, Confirmation and 8th grade Graduation, both during religious school hours and on Shabbat and Holidays.
The Assistant Director of Education is responsible for the support of our faculty of approximately 20 part-time teachers in grades kindergarten through eight. Related duties will include: overseeing of lesson plans, parent communications and other requirements; scheduling of substitute teachers; maintenance of attendance records; support with classroom management, incident reports, absenteeism and other day-to-day issues; coordination of in-service requirements, faculty meetings and professional development opportunities; development and enforcement of policies and procedures, including fire and other emergency drills. Personnel decisions will be made in consultation with the Director of Education. The Assistant Director of Education will also provide support to the Youth Engagement Coordinator in the implementation of the Hadracha program for students in grades 9-12 and BIFTY, our synagogue youth group.
Each of our clergy and staff bring their own unique qualities and gifts to our community, and we are excited to celebrate the qualities that our next Assistant Director of Education will add to B’nai Israel. We do expect that our next Assistant Director of Education will bring a passion and joy for Judaism that he/she/they can communicate and share in dynamic ways with our multi-generational congregation. We seek a candidate who will bring energy, creativity, and enthusiasm to this role and to Kehilah.
We are seeking a candidate with at least three to five years experience working in a synagogue Religious School environment, either teaching or in school administration. Experience working in a Jewish summer camp is definitely a plus!
Additionally, our staff works very closely together, so we are seeking a candidate who is a “team-player” and enjoys the camaraderie and creativity of working with others. It is important that our Assistant Director of Education possesses the ability to effectively and warmly communicate with children, parents, teachers and lay leaders in the community. Finally, and most importantly, a person who is kind, caring, and acts with integrity is crucial to this role here at B’nai Israel.
Salary and Benefits
$50,000 - 55,000 based on experience. Start date is July 1, 2023.
This is a full-time, on-site position and will include working on Sunday mornings and evenings when Religious School is in session, as well as Jewish holidays and some additional evenings and Saturday mornings.
Includes health benefits, paid vacation and sick leave.