South Philadelphia Director @ Makom Community

South Philadelphia Director

Dynamic, rockstar Jewish educator
Teach daily in afterschool enrichment
Recruit for afterschool enrichment and school’s out camps
Collaborate on curriculum implementation and lesson planning, driven by goals for lifelong learning
Create regular parent and family programming to bring families into the Jewish learning
Support parents & build relationships with families
Manage and implement COVID safety plan, with support from Executive Director
Participate with ED in hiring process
Supervise South Philadelphia staff using Asana for project management
Oversee grant-related data collection
Grant reporting
Manage pickup logistics and schedules
Manage staffing schedules
Coordinate days off and substitute coverage
Submit payroll hours
Track PTO usage for f/t staff
Structure and implement communications calendar (facebook, email, etc.)
Budget management
Supporting budget planning for upcoming year
Update the board about South Philadelphia
Reports to Executive Director
Facilities and systems planning
Coordinate School’s Out Camps with Center City Camp Coordinator

Is this you?
Want to build a new model for Jewish community?
Love creating joyful, experiential, and immersive learning experiences?
Looking to inspire and empower kids and families from diverse backgrounds?
True innovator in the field of Jewish Education. Bring your entrepreneurial spirit, be creative and ready to pivot.
Highly organized self-starter who loves to schmooze and connect with people.
Willing to see the whole city as your classroom.
Excited to build a second location in Philadelphia of an already successful new model of Jewish Education and build more communal experiences around Jewish afterschool enrichment.

Qualifications We Seek:
Inspirational leader
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in Jewish Education preferred
3-5 years of Jewish Education Supervisory Experience
Love of Torah and Jewish wisdom
Love of young children and families
Contagious enthusiasm and positivity
Family Service Leading Skills and Repertoire
Highly motivated and organized
Polished written and verbal communication skills
Willingness to learn Makom Community’s people-centered culture and innovative pedagogy

Our Community
Makom Community transforms Jewish Education by creating and modeling experiential and intentional learning environments in collaboration with educators, children, and their families. Our pedagogy for Jewish Education celebrates curiosity and questioning of Jewish wisdom. Our roots in Jewish tradition are a springboard for children to be kind, confident, and resilient leaders today and in the future. We listen deeply to children’s voices as they build community where they love to be. Through our experiences together, Makom Community is committed to creating a more just world as an outgrowth of our Jewish learning. We are nurturing a Jewish community that is open to anyone who wants to engage with Jewish life alongside their family.

Quick Facts about Makom Community
Daily, High-Quality Jewish Education as Afterschool Enrichment
Children Ages 4-10 in South Philadelphia (Pre-K through 5th grade)
5th-7th Grade Students in our BMitzvah Program in Center City
Project-Based and Child-Led Learning
School’s Out Camps During School Vacations, Snow Days, and Early Dismissals
Growing Model of Family and adult learning and holiday services

A Day in the Life of our South Philly Director
You walk up to Makom Community past South Philly neighborhood coffee shops, bike stores, and book stores. You walk back to your desk at the rear of our space that we share with a start-up synagogue. You settle in to your desk for the morning, and review your list for the day. Before students arrive this afternoon, you’ll wear a few of the many hats you wear each day in this new location of Makom Community.
First, you’ll follow up with two families who came for tours last week to see if they would like to enroll in afterschool enrichment. Then you’ll make notes from each of those conversations in our CampMinder database. After that, you have a conversation scheduled with Beverly, the Founding Director, about some strategic and growth opportunities you’ve noticed. You’ll get to present those to Beverly and decide together about where to take them and what next steps are.

Following that, you’ll create lesson plans for the upcoming week and review your teaching notes for this afternoon, noting which pieces your co-teacher might enjoy facilitating and which ones you will facilitate. You’ll share in Asana that each of those tasks have been managed and see what messages might be there for you about projects you’re working on with other members of our team.

Then, you’ll get to prepare a report for your first board meeting with Makom Community’s board of directors to let them know how the first month has gone at our new location in South Philadelphia. That meeting will take place this evening after you teach.

Finally, it’s 2:45pm, and you get to walk in the sunshine to the school around the corner and pick up a group of kindergarten and first grade students, greet them with a smile, and hear about their day as you walk back to Makom Community. Once you and your co-teacher each have your walking groups back at Makom Community, everyone has snack and opens the day with Snacktime Learning. You facilitate that segment, and the Program Assistant is there to co-teach with you. Then, the students continue on to shulchanot avodah (learning centers) where they are exploring the day’s text in a variety of modalities, and you get to move from activity to activity with students and support them as they need. Then, you sing a melody to gather everyone to a carpet. Everyone gathers to sing, dance, and move during Tefilah (services). Following that, there is time for homework and free play. As parents arrive, you get to share stories of amazing things their child(ren) said today and ask more about their lives at home, providing support as needed and building deep relationships with families.

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
Send a cover letter telling us about your experience, a resume, and three references to Beverly Socher-Lerner, Founding Director [email protected] For the sake of diversity, equity, and inclusion, none of our staff will be scheduling informational calls in advance of receiving an application. If you think you have most of what we are looking for, please apply. Makom Community is an organization dedicated to helping our staff and learners grow.
[email protected]


Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, parental leave
  • Other Benefits: Professional Development Funds
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2021-02-10
  • Times this job has been viewed: 464 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director, Education - Other
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools
Job Location
Makom Community
2013 Sansom Street 1st Floor
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19146-3931
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