Director of Early Childhood Center @ Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

Director of Early Childhood Center

Director of Early Childhood Center
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
Indianapolis, IN

Position: Director of Early Childhood Center
Type: Full Time – Experienced

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, in Indianapolis, IN, seeks a full-time Director, beginning by May 2021 to oversee all aspects of our Early Childhood Center. The Director of the Early Childhood Center is also a part of the professional staff of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and a partner in our early childhood engagement programs as a part of the congregation (not exclusively for those who are enrolled in the ECC or summer camp programs). Reports to our Director of Lifelong Learning, Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro.

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation’s Early Childhood Center serves children, age one – kindergarten, in full day or part day programs. We offer a school year program and a summer camp program. Ideal enrollment (without Covid restrictions) is 200 students. The school is a Jewish school, teaching Jewish values and the celebration of Jewish holidays, yet is open to students of all backgrounds.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Program Management – ensuring the successful enrollment, advertising, and marketing of the early childhood programs, ensuring student retention, and overseeing the assessment of child development and progress. Director must also be able to prepare and manage the budgets of the Early Childhood Center, including summer camp.
Personnel Management – hiring, training, and supervising of staff, and providing opportunities for professional growth and development within the Early Childhood Center and summer camp program.
Curriculum Development and Implementation for the Early Childhood Center and summer camp program. Director will work in partnership with the Associate Rabbi and Judaic specialists on Jewish programming and celebrations.

Legal Compliance – ensuring full compliance with all licensing and safety regulations required by the state as they pertain to the Early Childhood Center and summer camp program.
Communication – communication with families, staff, Parent Board, IHC staff and professionals, congregants, prospective members, and families and others connected with early childhood engagement. The IHC Board of Directors may also request reports (written or in person at meetings).

Engagement and Outreach – work with IHC professionals to enhance current experiences and create additional opportunities for engagement of young families in the congregation and community.
Community Relations – develop and maintain relationships with other preschool directors (within the Jewish community and broader preschool community) to maintain and strengthen our presence in the area.


Preferred: Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or in Education with Early Childhood focus. Bachelor’s Degree in Education or similar area with Education focus is desired. Will consider applicants with degree in other areas, with significant experience and training in Early Childhood Education.
Experience working with young children and their families, preferably in a pre-school or child-care environment.
Knowledge of early childhood development and educational philosophies.
Knowledge of and appreciation for Reform Judaism and its traditions and values, or willingness to learn and respect accordingly.

Desired Skills:
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to families with young children.
Excellent organizational and management skills.
Ability to be thoughtful and creative, particularly in visioning and strategic planning.
Ability to work as a team player in the life of the school and congregation.
Ability to promote and communicate using technology and social networking.

Salary: $50 – 70K, commensurate with experience, plus benefits, including health insurance percentage, paid vacation and sick days, congregation membership, reduced tuition in congregation schools, pension, and professional dues.

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Mission Statement

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation is an inclusive Jewish community where all congregants matter, are inspired to action through Jewish values, and experience Judaism in a meaningful way.

We Believe:
• In being an open and caring community.
• In inspiring and nurturing Jewish spirituality.
• That keeping Judaism relevant to current and future generations is our responsibility.
• That Judaism must be a force to build a just world.
• In being a leader in advocating for Jewish values in the world.
• That lifelong learning about Judaism is paramount.
• That Judaism is more meaningfully learned when it is multi-generational.

For more information or to submit a resume, please contact:

Sara Cox, Se******************

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
Please email resume with cover letter to Sara Cox, Chair of the Search Committee
[email protected]

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, medical, retirement plans
  • Other Benefits: see job description
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2021-02-12
  • Times this job has been viewed: 142 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Early Childhood Director
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools, Synagogue
Job Location
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
6501 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis , Indiana 46260


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