This is a full time position for a well-qualified individual to take on significant responsibility as part of TDHS’s education team. This individual will be a key team player on the education team in the role as Bellevue site supervisor and Hebrew coordinator for our multiple online and in-person midweek Hebrew programs (we are a two campus synagogue with locations in Seattle and Bellevue). The majority of work will focus on K-6th graders and their families.
The Education Team at Temple is a positive, forward-thinking department. We are looking for an effective and compassionate communicator who approaches their work with a pleasant demeanor and “can-do” attitude. Knowledge of trends in Jewish education and an ability to think creatively is preferred.
We are a unique program in the arena of teacher development. We are the recipient of a grant that encourages and supports a high level of ongoing teacher learning. We are able to pay for our teachers to attend a wide variety of Jewish, Hebrew, and teacher development opportunities and to pay them for their time. This 2 year old program has afforded us the ability to have a high level of teacher retention and our teachers feel highly valued. The Assistant Director of Religious School would have a hand in connecting our teachers to these opportunities.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (These examples represent the essential functions of the position. They are not, however, inclusive of all the duties the position may perform.)
1. Religious School: Supervise and implement all aspects of our Bellevue Sunday morning religious school program for K-5th grade students. Supervise teachers, madrichim, and address all first level issues. Assess curriculum in partnership with Dir of Education. Family education, social action, and holiday programming are integral aspects of this role. As we return to post-COVID experiential education, responsibilities will include programming for and leading our 3rd/4th grade Shabbaton as well as looking for opportunities for our students to engage with our wider community.
2. Hebrew Coordinator: Managing all Hebrew learning options for families 3rd-6th grades as we move forward in our adoption of #OnwardHebrew. This includes teacher development, madrichim integration, curriculum development, managing Jewish Life Vocabulary, Hebrew Through Movement specialists, and learning resource specialists. Leading midweek t’fillah with songleaders and in partnership with Director of Education and Clergy is a major component of this position. Managing students engaged in Hebrew tutoring and cultivating Hebrew tutors who understand program expectations. Our program will offer a mixture of online and in person options for the coming school year.
3. Collaborate with other Education Team members and Temple staff to create holiday programming, family programming, and other all-school endeavors as we transform our program engagement for the post-COVID world.
4. Additional duties that may be, from time to time, assigned.
Partner with the Director of Education in the following endeavors:
• Moving our Hebrew program forward using various aspects of Onward Hebrew
• Creating protocols for monitoring and assessing student success in Hebrew
• Creating and implementing engaging family education and holiday programming
• Hiring and supervising teaching staff and leading professional development
• Developing timely and meaningful curriculum with an eye to educational trends
• Planning Shabbaton and for 3/4th graders and Shabbat family dinners for all grades
• Creating the yearly calendar
• Developing and monitor school safety policies and procedures
QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying. This would typically include:
• BA or Advanced Degree in Jewish Education, Education, or Judaic Studies (compensation DOE)
• Proficient in Hebrew and in leading T’fillah (songleading ability is a plus!)
• Excellent teaching skills
• Experience in the field (including camp/informal education experience)
• Technologically literate and knowledgeable about the uses of media in education
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Intelligent, energetic, informed in matters relating to Hebrew & Jewish education, diversity and inclusion content, and creative programming
• Growth mindset
• Ability to think through scenarios from start to finish, visualizing each detail to be completed
• Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
• 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
• Possess an understanding of child development and their needs
• Ability to keep confidentiality
• Understanding of budgeting process and ability to stay within department budgets
• Ability to travel easily between our Seattle and Bellevue campuses on a weekly basis. Mainly based in Bellevue
• Demonstrated exceptional organizational skills
• Demonstrated ability to use Office Suite of software (Office 365 a plus)
Ability to share information and collaborate with the Education Team members including Director of Education, Director of Adult Education, B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, Preschool Director, and Youth Engagement Coordinator as well as clergy and other Temple staff.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: This position works under the supervision of the Director of Education.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Bellevue campus Sunday teachers, Hebrew teachers, madrichim
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
Competitive pay ($60-67,000)
Paid vacation and sick leave
Position available to begin part time on a transitional basis in May and June 2021 with full time work starting July 1, 2021
Temple De Hirsch Sinai is the Northwest’s largest Reform Jewish Congregation. With two distinct campuses covering the greater Seattle area, we serve more than 1,500 member families through thought-provoking programs, award-winning educational offerings, professional staff and outstanding clergy.
We welcome everyone in the Temple community as a member of our family–Jewish and interfaith families, Jewish singles and single parents, youth and the elderly, Jews of color, LGBTQ families with or without children, and people with disabilities. We inspire action, social conscience, strong morals and ethics.
The Bridge Family Religion School at Temple De Hirsch Sinai is a vibrant Reform Jewish educational experience for students and families from Kindergarten through 12th grade, inspiring a lifelong dedication to Jewish learning and community. We offer learning opportunities for students and their families that infuse the modern issues of our times with a deep and relevant connection to our history, our traditions, and our culture.
Resumes will be submitted to Director of Education.