Director of Congregational Learning or Director of Religious School
We are looking to fill one position and are posting for either a Director of Congregational Learning or a Director of Religious School.
Congregation Shalom is seeking a dynamic, innovative leader who is dedicated to Jewish education as an ongoing, life-long pursuit to fill the position of Director of Congregational Learning/Director of Religious School. The Director of Congregational Learning/Director of Religious School will develop a vision for Jewish education for congregants at all life stages and will facilitate and guide lifelong learning opportunities for all members of the congregation
Areas of Responsibility
The Director of Congregational Learning will be responsible for oversight of the Religious and Hebrew school, informal youth education, early childhood education and adult education. The Director of Religious School will have primary responsible for the operation of the Religious and Hebrew school as described below.
Religious and Hebrew School Administration:
• Oversee the annual school calendar, scheduling of classes, and school events.
• Manage the recruitment and enrollment of students in the School
• Prepare and manage the annual budget for the School.
• Manage the School teaching staff, including recruiting, hiring, and negotiating employment agreements.
• Establish clear goals and guidelines for teachers, conduct teacher reviews, hold regular teacher meetings, and maintain open communication with them.
• Select, train, mentor, and nurture madrichim (high school teaching assistants).
• Oversee the School Administrative Assistant and delegate tasks appropriately.
• Develop and monitor school safety policies and procedures.
• Provide timely, regular, and clear communication with parents.
• Select, develop, assess and modify the School curriculum to reflect the needs of students and the values of Reform Judaism.
• Work with the Clergy to create and implement curriculum for 9th-12th grade.
• Serve as liaison to the Youth and Education Committee.
Informal Youth Education:
• Design and develop a youth program for Grades 1-12. Explore the possibility of working in partnership with other synagogues or Jewish youth organizations to develop collaborative programs.
• Oversee two trips each year outside the Milwaukee area; one for middle schoolers and one for high school students.
• Participate in fundraising for youth events
Early Childhood Programs
• Develop an engaging and innovative curriculum for early childhood education that is based upon the teachings of Reform Judaism and incorporates Jewish holidays, themes, and values.
• Design programs that provide opportunities for early childhood families to connect to one another.
• Create a variety of opportunities to address the differing needs of children and families during the early childhood years.
• Establish plans for a smooth transition of families from early childhood to Congregation Shalom’s school program
• Working with clergy and professional staff, determine the adult education offerings that would be of interest to members.
• Prepare an annual calendar of adult education opportunities and plan how the programs will be delivered (in person, virtual, etc.) and who will teach them.
• that will be of interest to members.
• Work collaboratively with other organizations to bring noteworthy speakers to our community.
Other Educational Priorities
• 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. Plan and Implement opportunities for multi-generational and family learning that enrich and enhance their Jewish lives
• Integrate students and families into the larger congregational community, encouraging participation in grade level worship and family services.
• Work collaboratively as part of Congregation Shalom’s professional team to fulfill the mission of Congregation Shalom
• Attend and report (as needed) at monthly Board of Trustees meetings
• Represent Congregation Shalom in the greater Milwaukee Community, at relevant committees and meetings and in the community at large
• Take an active role in the life of the synagogue and the Jewish community
Other Duties as assigned.
Education and Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in Jewish Education or Religious Education strongly preferred
• RJE Certification highly desirable
• Demonstrated excellence in managing a Religious and Hebrew School.
• Proficiency in Hebrew
• 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, and knowledgeable about matters relating to Jewish education, and creative in programming.
• 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.
• Passionate about learning and devoted to the congregational families