Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Jeremiah
We are seeking a warm, passionate person who is dedicated to the concept that Jewish education is an ongoing, lifetime endeavor. Our Temple’s vision is to be a Jewish community of meaningful connection and our mission is to foster a warm and inclusive Reform temple community that enriches the lives of our congregates through meaningful worship, tikkun olam, support of Israel, and the joy of lifelong learning. The Director of Congregational Learning will provide leadership of educational programs to the various constituencies that make up Temple Jeremiah.
We are seeking a person who is dedicated to the concept that Jewish education is an ongoing, lifetime endeavor. Consequently, the Director of Congregational Learning will provide leadership of educational programs to the various constituencies that make up Temple Jeremiah. Working closely with the Senior Rabbi, the Director of Congregational Learning has direct responsibility for JQuest (grades K-12), and heavy involvement with Early Childhood, Teen, Family and Adult Education and Programming. The Director of Congregational Learning will provide a vision for a comprehensive education program, communicate that vision to the Temple Jeremiah community, and work with the community to design, implement, and assess all programs. Temple Jeremiah dedicates itself to ensuring that the Director of Congregational Learning participates fully in the religious, educational, and social life of the congregation. Temple Jeremiah commits to supporting the Director’s on-going professional development and to fully supporting the Director’s role in the Temple .
The Director of Congregational Learning is a full Jewish professional with responsibility for the educational direction and growth of the congregation.
• Translate a shared vision of Temple Jeremiah as a community of learners into programs and activities for all members.
• Establish and maintain a Jewish learning culture that is progressive, innovative, and relevant.
• Keep informed about the latest educational theories, methods, and technology in order to establish and maintain standards based on the best educational practices.
• Provide a leadership role in designing and implementing new curriculum and programs.
• Develop an engaging family and adult education curriculum.
• Participate in regional and national conferences for Jewish education.
• Establish good working relationships with local educators and with local Jewish educational and cultural resources.
Management and Administrative Tasks:
• Work closely with the Senior Rabbi, Associate Rabbi, Cantor, Youth and Family Engagement Director, Education Committee and the Board of Directors to articulate and implement a shared educational vision.
• Serve as Director and Administrator of JQuest.
o Evaluate student placement and progress in menchlekite, Judaics, and Hebrew.
o Prepare, implement, and monitor a fiscally sound budget within the guidelines developed by the Board of Directors.
o Oversee database management and student registration.
o Manage discipline and safety issues.
o Communicate with teachers, parents, and the Temple Jeremiah community regularly.
o Attract and retain exemplary teachers and role models of Jewish living.
• Assume responsibility for all aspects of staffing for the educational programs including teacher recruitment, hiring, evaluation, and dismissal procedures.
• Provide and encourage orientation and professional development opportunities for teachers and staff.
• Develop, implement, supervise, and evaluate overall curriculum focused on living a life guided by Jewish values and ethics for JQuest and Confirmation Class.
• Work with the Senior Staff to develop and implement an engaging and substantive curriculum for family and adult education programs.
• Work with the Senior Staff and Youth and Family Engagement Director to develop and implement exciting, meaningful programs that will attract and retain post-B’nai Mitzvah students.
• Design and implement programming that connects the generations of learners at Temple Jeremiah.
• Provide guidance to congregants about Jewish educational opportunities.
• Develop and implement strategies for informal enrichment activities (holiday programs, children’s services, Shabbat class dinners) for families with children, as well as for adults.
• Serve actively as a member of the synagogue staff and participate fully in congregational life and worship.
• Perform such other tasks as assigned by the Senior Rabbi.
Desired Skills and Characteristics:
§ Excellent teaching skills.
§ Master’s degree in Jewish education or advanced training in Jewish education from an accredited program.
§ Experience in the field.
§ Proficient in Hebrew; an in-depth knowledge of Jewish history, literature, and biblical texts.
§ Technologically literate and knowledgeable about the uses of media in education.
§ Excellent written and oral communication skills.
§ Intelligent, energetic, informed in matters relating to Jewish education, and creative in programming.
§ Willing to assume the initiative, make clear decisions, seek the resources to meet objectives, and ensure that plans are implemented effectively and efficiently.
§ Flexible, pragmatic, analytical, and organized, with a collaborative leadership style.
§ Professional and empathetic in interpersonal relationships.
§ Warm, embracing, engaging, accessible, with a love for all children.
§ Possess an understanding of child development and their needs.
§ Passionate for this calling that is reflected in a devotion to his/her/their work and to the congregational families
§ Ability to support every child, from preschool to college.
§ Ability to work comfortably with the various populations that comprise the congregation.
EDUCATIONAL VISION STATEMENT:
Temple Jeremiah strives to be a community that supports all congregants to lead meaningful Jewish lives and to provide educational programming that begins in early childhood and continues throughout the life of its members and their families.
STRENGTHS OF OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM:
Our educational program is experiential; engaging the students in an atmosphere that is warm, joyous, and embracing. Every child is unique; the Educator, in partnership with teachers and senior staff, strives to connect with each student in a loving, kind, supportive manner so that every child feels cared for as their pride in Judaism strengthens. We recognize that students grow and learn in a variety of ways, and we are devoted to creating the best path for every child to feel successful, confident, and embraced on this Jewish journey. The concepts of menschlichkite and derech eretz light our way as children are nurtured with the understanding of b’tzelem Elohim; they begin to realize that they have the qualities it takes to make a difference in the world.
TEMPLE AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL MAKEUP:
(Pre-COVID) Close to 800 Temple Member families, 285 families with children in religious school, 400+ students enrolled in school