MAIN LINE REFORM TEMPLE
Director of Early Childhood Education
Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim (MLRT), founded in 1983, is a vibrant Reform Jewish community of 700+ families. Our vision is to “Be Inspired. Be Connected. Belong.” We strive to be a place of sacred encounters where learning, prayer and deeds change people’s understanding of themselves, of their world and their responsibilities in it. At MLRT, the creation of an inclusive and welcoming community is both an enduring value and an ongoing endeavor. For us, community means a sense of warm welcome, meaningful relationships, and mutual responsibility. MLRT has a long history of being a “lay led” congregation committed to a participatory, egalitarian and democratic process, both in ritual practice and governance. Our members come from all walks of life and from many different religious backgrounds and ethnicities. Coming from all ages and backgrounds—as singles and marrieds, with or without children, as blended families, as interfaith families, as LGBTQ, and as people with special needs—our members comprise an eclectic, diverse and welcoming community, united by our common goals, extraordinary vision and unwavering faith. Our programs are designed to meet the diverse spiritual, religious, educational, and social needs of all of our members. Our Early Childhood Education Program (preCovid) had an enrollment of approx. 150 students. The program begins at 6 months with a mommy and me program, the school begins at 18 months through a full day Kindergarten program. The program also includes early care and extended care and accepts children that are not toilet trained and is able to accept children with learning needs. The ECE is a community within the larger temple community and provides opportunities for families to learn, socialize and engage in social justice and is there for families during important life cycle events.
Lower Merion township is located approximately 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, is accessible by public transportation and is 40% Jewish, has 6 congregations, several conservative and several associated early childhood programs. A large portion of our members work in Center City.
The MLRT Director of ECE reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Senior Staff that includes the Senior Rabbi, Rabbi, Cantor, Director of Education, Director of Early Childhood Education, and Director of Youth Engagement. The MLRT Director of ECE should be a strong, collaborative leader who can work in partnership with the Senior Staff and the lay leadership to craft a vision. The Director of ECE is responsible for building relationships with families, members, staff, and volunteers; effective communications; outstanding executive function and organizational practices; a passion for serving the Jewish community; and a commitment to helping our families feel welcome and connected in every interaction with our congregation. 95%+ of our students come from Jewish families and although many are members, membership in our synagogue is not required to attend our school. The MLRT ECE Director should demonstrate the core competencies of leadership, organization, collaboration, initiative, strategic thinking, imagination, clear communication, good listening, confidence and compassion and a desire to have fun.
The Director of MLRT ECE will:
• Assume responsibility for the daily operations of the school
• Recruit, hire and train personnel for both school and summer camp. Supervise teaching and administrative staff through regular team meetings, staff development activities and daily-on-the-job supervision.(currently 26 faculty and staff)
• Reach Early Childhood Education enrollment goals. Develop, implement, and manage a family/student recruitment plan
• Increase awareness of the MLRT ECE through marketing and community outreach efforts
• Coordinate all school activities and serve as Administrative Lead for all teachers and staff.
• Maintain Early Childhood Education licenses and PA Department of Health compliance
• Have strong communication skills; comfortable speaking in public with excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (with a minimum of 24 credits in the field) or Masters in Early Childhood Education (preferred)
• Experience teaching in Early Childhood Education (5 years minimum) or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Supervisory/Leadership experience in Education (3 years minimum)
• Knowledge of NAEYC, PA Early Learning Standards ,Keystone Stars, and the main tenets of Reform Judaism as set forth by the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) (preferred)
• Desire to be a team player, demonstrate leadership skills including organizational and administrative abilities, and excellent communication and customer service skills
• Must be proficient with using a computer, physically able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds, and working both indoors or outdoors
Position Open: Immediately