Congregation Har HaShem - Boulder, CO
Director of Lifelong Learning
- We seek an educator who wants to make a difference in the lives of our youngest children and our adult learners. We have a community of learners who are searching for meaning, creativity, and their authentic Jewish voices.
- We seek a collaborative leader who will forge a partnership with our clergy and staff to explore the transformative power of education, spiritual growth and sacred relationships for our community.
- We seek an individual who will bring energy and empathy to advance our congregation’s vision of sacred time, sacred learning, sacred relationships and a just world.
- This staff member is joining a senior staff team to build an exciting new alignment. Our Executive Director began in December, our Cantor begins in July, and our new Director of Lifelong Learning will join us in partnership with supportive lay leaders.
- We seek an educator who will work to design and implement learning opportunities to respond to the needs of community members with creativity and experimentation.
- We are the one Reform Jewish congregation in Boulder County, creating meaning in our lives through a wide range of Jewish practices.
- We strive to be a community of belonging, seeing people for who they are and where they are in their Jewish journeys.
- We believe that individuals and families should have multiple gateways into Jewish life and learning. We have been experimenting with different programming relating to content, cohort, type of learning (family or peer), schedule and intensity of involvement.
- We value our tent that we have put up since Covid emerged. Not just because it provides a safer environment, but because it represents who we aspire to be… a place that is open on all sides, providing different entry points, and inviting our folks to come toward the center.
- We have just completed a Strategic Visioning process that will guide us toward greater engagement with our community.
- The foundation on which our Vision is built:
- We celebrate together and lift each other when we have fallen
– G’milut chasadim - acts of generosity and kindness
- We are inspired to realize our human potential
– B’tzelem Elohim - in the image of the divine
- We work to make the world more just
– Tzedek, tzedek tirdof - justice, justice shall you pursue
Key Responsibilities include:
- Educational Opportunities for Children, Youth and Adults - The educational offerings reflect the Congregation’s priorities. The DLL helps to create, foster and perpetuate a warm and welcoming atmosphere at HHS where all can learn together. The DLL:
- Develops and implements Hebrew and religious education programs for youth, including individual meetings with each family of “Religious School age” annually to develop an individualized learning plan.
- Develops and implements formal learning opportunities for students post-b’nai mitzvah.
- Develops and implements an informal learning program for children and teens including youth groups and day camp.
- Develops and administers a program of adult learning for our members, and coordinates adult learning with senior staff.
- Encourages participation in our URJ camps and other Jewish summer camp and Israel experiences.
- Develops, administers and evaluates programs to engage parents in learning with their children.
- Takes the leadership role in coordination with other staff to develop communications and events that showcase our strengths, innovation and achievements of our youth education programs and their significance in attracting and retaining members.
- Serves as a Judaic resource to any congregation member looking to further his/her educational journey.
- Creation, Management and Supervision of the Educational Team. The DLL manages a team of teachers, program staff, and teaching assistants (madrichim) to manage the youth and adult education programs. The DLL:
- Recruits, hires, schedules and reviews teachers and madrichim for adult learning, religious school, and youth programs.
- Supervises a program assistant and a youth director.
- Maintains, updates as necessary, and reviews position descriptions and annual goals for youth director, camp directors, family educator, Student Resource Advocate, teachers, tutors, and other subordinate positions.
- Leads and partners with the Youth Education Committee.
- Creator and Provider of Curriculum and Professional Development. The DLL, in collaboration with the Rabbi and teachers, establishes and maintains a curriculum aligned with Synagogue priorities, and offers classes consistent with it. The DLL:
- Develops and evaluates religious education curriculum.
- Develops and implements an on-going training program for faculty, madrichim, and b’nai mitzvah tutors.
- Partners with other organizations, as appropriate, to provide learning opportunities for our members.
- Manager of the Educational Program. In coordination with the Rabbi and the Board of Trustees, the DLL oversees the financial management and marketing of the Educational Program. The DLL:
- Creates a budget, with input from senior youth education staff that both provides adequate resources for staff and programs and considers the overall budget requirements of the Synagogue as a whole.
- Is careful to utilize financial resources efficiently with careful accounting for its use. Budget expenditures are carefully monitored by DLL to maximize efficiency while ensuring that all staff and programs have sufficient resources.
- In connection with the Fundraising Committee, identifies and applies for outside sources of income and takes a leadership role to develop the best approach to secure funding and solicit potential donors.
- Establishes annual adult learning calendar and coordinates facility utilization with HHS calendar.
- Provides all marketing materials for all educational programs to the marketing director in a timely fashion.
- Works closely with his/her staff to ensure that all communications, such as handbooks, programs and course descriptions and schedules are up to date and available to all involved in multiple ways.
- Professional Development. The DLL continues to grow professionally and provide HHS access to national models and resources in Jewish education through a rigorous professional development commitment including, but not limited to, participation in opportunities provided by the Reform Movement.
Salary Range: $70,000 - $95,000. (Note that we generally hire within the lower half of that range.)
The DLL reports directly to the Rabbi.
Benefits include: health and dental insurance, long-term and short-term disability, retirement plan, paid vacation, temple membership and professional development. Congregation Har Hashem is in process of finalizing a Family Leave and extended Medical Leave policy.
Ideal Start Date: July 1, 2022
To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Any questions about the position should be directed to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.