• You are warm, with genuine care and concern for the students of Gan Shalom and their families. You understand that you are in a trusted position for parents, and you are there to support them and guide them.
• You are a team player. You understand that you are a senior member of the staff, and how Gan Shalom’s enrollment serves as a feeder for the greater good of the synagogue, and you are committed to the organization as a whole.
• You are buttoned up. You dot your “i”s; you cross your “t”s. You are organized and efficient.
• You are innovative. You are intrigued by how to grow enrollment, and you are willing to try new tactics to get there. Maybe it is marketing, maybe it is getting out in the community; the opportunities are really endless, and you cannot wait to figure it out with the organization as a whole.
The position is a full-time, year-round position. The Director is the chief administrator of Gan Shalom, is supervised by a designated member of the RSNS clergy or senior administrative staff and reports to the Board of Trustees of RSNS. The Director will be a member of the senior staff of RSNS.
The Director is responsible for supervising all programming at Gan Shalom including all regular classes and the summer programs.
The candidate must be New York State-certified in early childhood education. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in the field as a pre-school teacher and administrator, preferably in one associated with a synagogue community. The candidate should be personally familiar with and dedicated to Jewish customs, beliefs, observance and identity and committed to transmitting these values as part of the position. The candidate should also possess skills in juggling many priorities and responsibilities; project management and initiative; engaging in meaningful teamwork and working well with others; marketing; and public speaking.
Specific responsibilities of the Gan Shalom director include:
Plan curriculum, including Reggio-inspired aspects
Provide necessary training, either in-house or by identifying outside opportunities
Attend educational conferences at Gan Shalom’s expense as mutually agreed in order to maintain licensing requirements
Implement virtual programming as necessitated by any future public health-related lockdowns, as well as policies for staffing and administration of same
o Implement initiatives and capital improvements funded by Board of Trustees, including with respect to technology
o Implement PJ Library program
o Implement “Shalom Shabbat”, a monthly tot program
Hire and supervise teachers and staff
Recruit students and expand programming to meet school, synagogue and community needs
All compliance and licensing matters with local regulations, including implementing and observing proper compliance protocols (teacher presence, safety, etc.) and license renewals, for NYS licensing and Port Washington UPK. This will include all matters relating to COVID-19 or similar public health matters
Purchase educational supplies and materials from the Gan Shalom budget
Oversee and coordinate use of space in conjunction with other users such as Synagogue School
Develop yearly budget and report same to Board of Trustees as appropriate
Supervise tuition billing and collection and related fiscal matters and liaise with RSNS Treasurer, Finance Committee and Board as appropriate in budgetary preparation and related fiscal matters.
Ambassador for the Nursery School:
Meet with prospective families
Attend parent workshops
Work and consult with, attend meetings of and report to the RSNS Board of Trustees and RSNS committees as requested by the Board of Trustees
Develop marketing materials and engage in promotional efforts in the community, with an emphasis on digital initiatives and materials
Maintain database of families and engage in regular communication with them
Maintain database of information that supports excellence in provision of services by the school and the synagogue’s increased membership efforts
Chair Gan Shalom Advisory Committee meetings, including curriculum and marketing subcommittees
Support Parent Council chairs and committees
Maintain professional affiliations with counterparts in Jewish and other early education institutions, Jewish Education Project, Jewish Early Childhood Association, Child Care Council of Nassau, Port Washington Child Care Partnership and Great Neck/Manhasset Child Care Partnership.
Child development expertise:
Consult with parents on particular needs and issues as they arise such as discipline issues, sleep issues and life-cycle events
Assist as needed in identifying and navigating developmental issues for children who may have special needs.
Support parents in contacting their school district for assistance to access evaluations and services.