Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy is an independent Jewish day school serving Jewish students from early childhood education through 8th grade. Located in Beverly Hills, the school consists of an Early Childhood department, an Elementary division (Grades 1-5), and a Middle School division (Grades 6-8).
Hillel’s mission is to teach, empower, and inspire Jewish students with Zionist Orthodox values in an innovative, nurturing, and child-centered environment. At the heart of their educational approach is a commitment to developing well-rounded, engaged, and confident students and citizens by offering developmentally appropriate, challenging, and highly creative educational programs.
Founded in 1948, Hillel has served as a nexus for local Jewish life for more than 70 years. Hillel prides itself on its track record of producing alumni committed to life-long learning, community engagement, and integrity.
The school is beloved by parents and students alike for its joy, warmth and welcoming atmosphere, and many graduates return to the community as the proud parents of Hillel students.
Throughout its history, the school has grown and continues to evolve. Over the past decade, Hillel has embraced technology to connect students with their learning. Hillel students do research, collaborate on projects, and create documentaries together using educational tools such as iPads, 3D modeling and augmented reality software so that learning is no longer confined to the classroom alone.
The school integrates a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum alongside a vibrant Jewish studies curriculum steeped in the belief that the centrality of the State of Israel is paramount to Torah values. The love of one Jew towards another, as well as respect for our diverse world and its communities, are vital components of the school’s educational experience.
Hillel currently serves more than 500 students, the majority of whom live within walking distance of the school. The school maintains a maximum class size of 23 and is accredited by CAIS, Builders of Jewish Education, and associated with Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools.
Hillel seeks a Head of Academics, General Studies who is an energetic, empathetic, and flexible educator whose philosophy of teaching and learning is aligned with the core mission, vision, and values of the school. As a member of the executive leadership team, the Head of Academics, General Studies will lead the general studies academic program, engage other school leaders as a strategic thought-partner, and drive overall academic strategy. Working collaboratively and in close partnership with the Head of Jewish Life and Academics and the Executive Director, the Head of Academics, General Studies will play an essential leadership role in developing the vision and direction of the school.
The Head of Academics, General Studies is responsible for the General Studies curriculum and will work closely with the Head of Jewish Life and Academics to align curricular standards, grade level/division expectations, teaching and learning culture, school schedule and ensuring thoughtful mission alignment of all school activities and policies.
Hillel views this unique time in its history as a transformative opportunity. The events of 2020 have redefined and reshaped normalcy, and like all schools across the globe, Hillel has pivoted to adjust learning models and modalities to maintain a successful learning environment. The school seeks to hire a Head of Academics, General Studies who can evolve and elevate Hillel’s academic program into a premier learning center that also fosters kind and emotionally empathetic children. The Head of Academics, General Studies will have a strong public presence at the school and will possess outstanding communication skills and approach the work with warmth and positivity.
The Head of Academics, General Studies will have an eye for talent and strong management skills and will shape and influence the faculty’s goals and culture so that the teachers and administration can develop the unique gifts of every child and help them realize their potential as a valued citizen of their communities.
This position will require an inspirational and highly collaborative leader steeped in best practices, with a student-centered focus, high expectations, and data-driven decision making.
This is an exceptional opportunity for a visionary and inspirational leader with a high EQ who engenders confidence and possesses the energy, administrative skills, and drive to advance the school’s mission.
Partner with the other Executive Leadership Team members to deliver a school experience that embodies the Jewish, Zionist, Academic, Ethical and Community-Minded mission of the School.
Articulate the school’s academic vision and the experience for the individual child to key constituents.
Ongoing design, implementation, and evaluation of the General Studies curriculum in collaboration with the administrative team and faculty.
Oversight of standards, benchmarks, and student evaluation, with special attention to transitions into elementary school, middle school, and preparation for success in high school.
Provide coaching, mentoring and instructional support for faculty as well as opportunities for professional learning, development, and growth.
In partnership with the Head of Jewish Life & Academics, administrative team, and faculty, create and sustain a learning culture where students flourish through academic challenge and support.
Set clear expectations and scaffold for student success; facilitate a culture of joy of learning and accomplishment.
Supervise and partner with elementary and middle school division Administration as well as the Director of Student support, to monitor and support the implementation of the academic vision.
Sustain a faculty culture that is collaborative and empowering.
In partnership with the administrative team encourage, foster, and maintain meaningful relationships with all constituencies including teachers, staff, administrators, students, parents, Board, and major community stakeholders.
Ensure that policies, admissions, extracurricular programming, community events and school communications are all mission aligned.
Progressive educator with 10+ years in education; minimum of 5 years in educational management/administration.
Successful track record with the development and implementation of an academic strategy.
Visionary leadership and an expectation of excellence in every facet of the school’s General Studies program.
Dynamic relationship builder who displays a sincere interest in each student and engages them with the values and ethos of their community.
Strong ability to delegate and transfer authority and responsibility for work to others and help navigate others through a plan of action; comfort granting their team the freedom to run with ideas.
Ability to grow a culture of data-driven decision making including, but not limited to, programs goals and outcomes.
Significant experience coaching, mentoring, and supporting teachers at various stages of their careers.
An open, collaborative, and transparent management and leadership style; comfort with soliciting input while still being decisive and independent in the decision-making process.
Outstanding interpersonal skills, including active listening and a responsive approach.
Digitally literate with a deep understanding of technology integration.
Excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills with an ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders.
An understanding of and appreciation for Jewish education, ideals, values, history, and tradition.
Master’s degree in education or advanced degree in related field preferred.
This position description is based upon material provided by Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, an equal opportunity employer.
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