Temple Beth El is a haimish, vibrant, and welcoming community serving the South Bay of Los Angeles. One of the oldest Reform Jewish congregations in the area, TBE is celebrating its centennial this year. A proud member of the Reform movement, TBE is made up of 240 households, and approximately 50 Torah school students. TBE is large enough to host various inspiring services and events and small enough to personally maintain meaningful connections with each family. At Temple Beth El inclusivity is valued, elders are revered, and children are cherished.
We are seeking a motivated Jewish educator to lead our Torah School into its next 100 years. At Temple Beth El, we believe that Jewish education should be not only informative but also fun. We are blessed with an incredible staff of dedicated teachers, and a board of education is comprised of highly invested members. Our mission is to instill a love of Judaism while creating a community in which our children flourish as they develop their Jewish identities. Through family education, special holiday programs, student-led services, and innovative programming, we strive to create an environment that makes learning accessible, enjoyable, and enriching.
The Director of Education is an integral part of our staff team, alongside the rabbi, cantor, executive director, and finance coordinator. We work hard to create an environment of mutual support so that each of us can do our best work.
The Director of Education will supervise our five Torah School teachers, and collaborate with our board of education, which is made up of an incredible group of volunteers who help in welcoming families, security, and other needs should they arise.
A successful candidate will have a love of students, and a passion for passing the richness of Judaism down to the next generation in ways that excite them and speak to them. We are looking for someone who is a self-starter who can work independently and as a team player. The ideal candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills, computer proficiency, and be capable of maintaining Torah school records, registration forms, database information, and school correspondence electronically. Candidates should have experience in Jewish education, and/or Jewish camp. They should feel confident in both formal and informal Jewish educational contexts. A degree in Jewish education and a connection to the Reform movement is preferred.
This is a part-time hybrid position, 25 hours per week. In-person hours include Sundays, 8 am-2 pm, and the first Friday night of each month (4:30-8:30 pm). Currently, staff meetings take place on Tuesday mornings, but we are willing to adjust that to accommodate your schedule.
Thursday afternoon Torah school takes place on Zoom. Some office hours are required, but work can be done virtually.
- Lead the Temple Beth El Torah school with a commitment to its vision, mission, and values.
- Collaborate with staff members and volunteers to build upon the Torah school to create opportunities for family programs, informal education, and holiday experiences.
- Recruit, select, supervise and periodically evaluate school faculty and support staff.
- Oversee Torah school sessions in person on Sundays, and virtually on Thursday afternoons.
- Work with teachers to adapt and enhance classroom curricula, to meet the needs of Torah school families in creating an exciting learning environment.
- Maintain student records, monitor student enrollment, work with families to address the needs of individual students, and in all other respects, act in the capacity of School Principal.
- Establish a calendar of class sessions and family opportunities.
- Prepare and submit a proposed Torah School budget during the annual budgeting process and then manage the expenses in accordance with the approved budget.
- Prepare and distribute manuals, handbooks, and such additional written material to students, faculty, and parents as may be appropriate.
- Plan, organize, and conduct orientation and training programs for faculty, students and parents.
- Plan, coordinate, set up, and supervise children’s activities during Torah school educational programs and High Holy Days religious services.
- Make monthly reports and attend meetings of Board of Education and Board of Directors, as appropriate.
- Attend regular meetings of professional and administrative staff and work cooperatively with the rabbi and cantor to help plan, coordinate and evaluate a comprehensive program of spiritual, educational, and social events.
EMPLOYMENT TERMS AND COMPENSATION
This part-time position offers a salary of $48,500.
- Healthcare: 50% of Employees Plan
- 15% pension to the RPB and LTD insurance.
- Free Torah School Tuition for Children of Staff
- PTO: 2 weeks per year accrued
The Director of Education reports to the rabbi and collaborates with clergy, staff, and the Board of Education in creating curriculum and programming in alignment with our temple’s values, missions, and goals.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Temple Beth El is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.