Temple Emanuel is a friendly, thriving, full-service reform synagogue in Tempe, Arizona, located in the East Valley of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. In addition to a religious school, we offer a full slate of programming for adults, including many opportunities for learning and g’milut chasadim. Services, in a variety of styles and including some 30 b’nei mitzvah each year, take place on each erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning, and at all festivals. Ours is a vibrant Jewish community!
Our 150+ student religious school is the heart of our community. We’re proud of the robust learning that goes on there, and we seek always to improve. Our curriculum, recently re-envisioned, focuses on experience, values, connection, and depth. Music and art are everywhere. Our Madrich program is thriving.
This year, we moved all of our learning online through Zoom. We also offered brand-new extracurriculars such as a pre-recorded t’filah, art therapy classes, and a monthly restorative yoga class.
The Religious School Director is a member of the Senior Staff of Temple Emanuel. As such, He/She/They will sit on the Board of Trustees. He/She/They will report to the Rabbi. Temple Emanuel’s staff and lay leadership pride themselves on collaboration.
We seek to infuse quality Jewish learning in everything we do.
We value warmth, intelligence, creativity, and collaboration.
Temple Emanuel is searching for a Religious School Director with a unique blend of educational knowledge (someone who can revamp, upgrade and teach curriculum) and managerial experience (who can maintain the administrative side of our team and school).
Responsibilities of our Religious School Director:
Develop and oversee our religious school’s programs and goals
Cultivate an environment that promotes innovation, cooperation, critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication among and between the students, staff, clergy, parents, and lay leadership
Enhance religious school curriculum, as needed
Supervise, hire, and train teachers
Create and deliver school communications to existing families as well as outreach to potential students/congregants
Cultivate students and families
Manage our Madrich Program
Administer religious school functions (student registration, teacher assignment, budget creation and management, behavioral/disciplinary issues, etc.)
Plan potential Family Camps/Shabbatons
Run High Holy Day Program for Religious School Students
Supervise Temple Emanuel Temple Youth (TETY) Director
Promote and market our school, engage with prospective families
Attend monthly Board meetings, staff meetings, private teacher meetings, parent-teacher conferences, give feedback, updates, etc.
Documenting teachers’ time for payroll
Substitute teach when necessary
Ideal Qualifications of our Religious School Director:
• Be a collaborative partner, engaging professional and a reliable communicator with parents, faculty, Board and staff
• Undergraduate or graduate degree in Education, School Administration, Judaism, or a related field.
• Informal and/or formal Jewish education experience, including understanding of Jewish traditions and practices, particularly those of Reform Judaism
• Experience with digital learning
This position’s ideal hours are undetermined. We have employed both a full-time and part-time staff member in this role. Therefore, we are open to negotiation of salary, benefits and hours with the right employee. (Ideally between 25-40 hours/week).
Salary commensurate with education, certifications and experience but range is approx. $49,000-70,000/year for a full-time employee.
Specific working hours are flexible, but Religious School Director is asked to be on-site (or live online during COVID) during our Religious School hours of Sundays (morning through early afternoon), and Tuesdays and Wednesdays (afternoon through evening).
For more information and to apply please email resume and cover letter to Religious School Director Search Committe************************