Preschool Director

Gan Mah Tov | Oakland, CA, United States

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Posted Date 5/06/2024

Preschool Director

Are you a kind, warm, and enthusiastic early childhood educator? We are seeking a Preschool Director for our Gan Mah Tov (lit. “Really Good Preschool”) infant/toddler and preschool programs. The Director, who reports to the Beth Jacob Congregation Board President, will play a pivotal role in ensuring our preschool is a model of excellence in early childhood education, deeply rooted in our Jewish heritage.


  1. Leadership and Management:
    • Create a warm preschool environment and a positive and collaborative work environment.
    • Oversee day-to-day operations of the preschool, including hiring, scheduling, HR management, student management, and budget management.
    • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with licensing regulations and best practices in early childhood education.
    • Serve as a floater teacher in the classroom, as needed.
  2. Curriculum Development:
    • Collaborate with teachers to design a developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children.
    • Foster a love of Jewish learning and integrate Jewish values, holidays, and traditions into daily activities and learning experiences.
    • Stay abreast of current research and best practices in early childhood education to continuously improve the curriculum and educational program.
  3. Enrollment Management:
    • Manage the enrollment process from inquiry to enrollment, ensuring a seamless and positive experience for families.
    • Conduct tours and showcase the Gan for prospective families.
    • Maintain accurate records of enrollment data, including inquiries, applications, admissions, and retention rates.
  4. Parent and Community Engagement:
    • Cultivate strong relationships with parents through effective communication, regular updates, and opportunities for involvement in their child's education.
    • Build connections with synagogue members and the broader Jewish community to promote collaboration and support for the preschool program.
    • Organize and facilitate Gan family-oriented Jewish programming and events to encourage connections and celebrate Jewish culture and traditions.
  5. Staff Development and Training:
    • Recruit, train, and mentor an exceptional staff and team of educators.
    • Conduct regular performance evaluations and provide constructive feedback to ensure the highest quality of teaching and care.
  6. Child Welfare and Safety:
    • Ensure the safety, security, and well-being of all children and staff.
    • Maintain a safe and clean environment that meets or exceeds licensing standards.


  • Qualified per California Title 22
  • Knowledge of state licensing regulations for infant/toddler and preschool programs
  • Passion for early childhood education
  • Strong leadership and communications skills
  • Strong knowledge of Jewish values, holidays, and traditions preferred
  • Familiarity with Hebrew language preferred


  • $85,000 - $120,000
  • May include housing benefits
  • Professional development options
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Retirement plan and flexible spending account
  • 10 days of paid time off, in addition to paid spring break, winter break, Jewish holidays, and federal holidays
  • Meaningful work in a supportive and collaborative environment dedicated to the well-being and development of young children that celebrates Jewish identity and values.
  • Connection to a vibrant Jewish community and resources for personal and spiritual enrichment.

Are you ready to come work with us?

  • Start date: July 2024
  • Preschool hours: 8:30am – 5pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am – 4pm on Fridays
  • Our vibrant, nonprofit preschool of 30+ children is located in Beth Jacob Congregation, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Oakland, California.

Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Brian Fox ([email protected]) with subject line “Application for Gan Director.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Salary85,000.00 - 120,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Preschool Director
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Housing Benefit | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
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