Temple Emanuel of Winston-Salem is seeking a part-time religious school director to lead our religious education staff and lay leadership to provide healthy, engaging programs for children and youth. The core goal is to have a vibrant, joyful religious education program that fosters the spiritual and moral development of our children.
The Religious School Director will lead the religious education program, supervise the education staff, and work with lay leaders to coordinate healthy, engaging programs for children and youth. The core goal is to have a vibrant, joyful religious education program that fosters the spiritual and moral development of our children.
In collaboration with the Religious School Committee and the temple Rabbi, the position is responsible for instilling a sense of Jewish identity in our children and youth, creating a safe welcoming environment for their faith development through community and family involvement. The Director ensures that visitors, friends, and members are welcomed warmly and have the information and support they need to develop a strong sense of belonging to our religious education programs for children and youth.
Job Specifics: This position is a 20-hour a week position and will start July 1, 2021. The Religious School Director will report to the Rabbi. Required hours in the building are 8:00 AM -1:30 PM on Sundays (approximate) while school is in session, for weekly Staff Meetings and attendance at monthly Religious School committee meetings. The remainder of the hours is relatively flexible. The annual salary for the position is competitive.
1. Management, oversight, and administration of temple Religious School program including supervision of Religious school teaching staff and coordination of a differentiated curriculum/lesson planning for varied learning styles
2. Recruitment of and response to input from lay leadership from the Religious School committee and volunteers
3. Management and supervision of and coordination with ritual committee for Religious School Hebrew/b’nei mitzvah preparation program including tutors and tutoring program
4. Hiring, termination, and establishment of terms and conditions of employment of all temple’s employees for educational programs (final authority for hiring and firing of employees shall reside with the Board of Governors)
5. Creation, management and supervision of High Holy Day Junior Congregation services (ages 5-10) on Rosh HaShanah morning (first day) and Yom Kippur morning
6. Management, creation, and supervision of Religious School retreat and travel programs
7. Working together with Rabbi, staff, and Board of Governors to update current or create new Religious School or Holiday programming, fundraisers and services/onegs
8. Serving as temple liaison to or as liaison to advisors for Jewish teen organizations including BBYO, NFTY, etc. as appropriate and coordination of teen programming with temple functions
9. Hiring, training, and supervising the Religious School madrichim
10. Development and distribution of publicity and communications for temple educational services including weekly faculty update and “School Schmooze” when Religious School is in session.
11. Coordination of teaching with Rabbi of teen Hebrew Chai program
12. Determining budgets and management of payroll and financial directives for Religious School activities as directed and approved by Rabbi and Temple Board of Governors
13. Maintenance of accurate and confidential files and records and other administrative duties as they apply to temple educational services
14. Assisting with education registration, mailings, and other office functions
15. All other duties as assigned by Rabbi and Temple President, as needed
? Informal and/or formal Jewish education experience (camp or youth group background preferred), including understanding of Jewish traditions and practices, particularly those of Reform Judaism.
? Undergraduate or graduate degree in Jewish Education, Teaching, Judaism, or a related field.
Job Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
? Listen and effectively communicate with individuals and groups of varying sizes
? Write clearly and effectively about organizational policies, procedures, and activities
? Communicate routinely with the Religious School Committee Chair and committee, parents of children and youth in the program and with the general congregation through the newsletter, e-mail, phone calls, etc.
? Moderate to expert-level Hebrew language skills.
? Reflect culture and values of Temple Emanuel.
? Proficiency with Word, Excel, Outlook, and other computer software.
? Familiarity with web searches and use of Social Media.
? A commitment to good interpersonal relationships, teamwork.
? Work collaboratively with the Temple Rabbi and the Religious School Committee to ensure that all programs remain a vital and growing part of the congregation.
? Work cooperatively.
? Maintain a calm composure and sense of order during stressful situations.
? Balance the immediate needs of program volunteers and families with the longer-term priorities of the Board and congregation.
? Maintain an atmosphere of professionalism, courtesy, and respect.
? Creative, flexible and able to adapt to changes as needed.
Planning and organizing
? Demonstrate good attention to detail and efficient time management skills.
? Juggle multiple projects effectively and efficiently.
? Prioritize workload and multiple projects to see each task through to completion with maximum efficiency.
About our Temple
Temple Emanuel Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated Religious School Director to lead the Religious School.
Temple Emanuel was founded in 1932 and is the heart of Winston-Salem’s Jewish identity and activity. Congregation members, young and old, comprise nearly 600 individuals who have committed themselves to assuring a Jewish place in Winston-Salem.
As a religious, social, and educational center, we are committed to promoting and providing opportunities for Jewish-based spiritual and religious enrichment, meaningful connections to traditions and people, religious and cultural education and activities, and deepening our connection and support for Winston-Salem’s Jewish community and the broader community we call home.
Temple Emanuel is officially affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and is dedicated to serving as a valuable member of the community and continually strives to enhance our position as Winston-Salem’s “second Jewish home.”
Temple Emanuel synagogue has been in existence for over 80 years and is a source of great pride and joy for both the native-born and those who have moved here from elsewhere.
Jews came to live in Winston-Salem in the early 1880s. The first settler is believed to have been Joe Jacobs, a men’s clothier who moved here from Baltimore with his wife and two children. By the end of the decade, there were enough Jews in town to hire the first rabbi, Mordecai Shapiro. Winston-Salem’s first formal Jewish religious services, which were Orthodox, were held in 1890.
Later, a group of people interested in a more liberal expression of Judaism, with more English in the service, began laying the groundwork for a new congregation. In 1932, Temple Emanuel was founded as a reform congregation.
The Jewish community’s first place of worship was a remodeled storeroom downtown. After a succession of downtown locations, Temple Emanuel moved into its present building in 1952. An education wing was added in 1972.
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