Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation is a progressive 400+ member synagogue that offers religious, social, cultural, spiritual and educational programming to its members and the wider DMV-community. Adat Shalom is committed to fostering an inclusive community including those in an interfaith home, Jews of color, members of the LGBTQ community, those with special needs, and beyond. Across the synagogue our programming reflects an understanding of the diversity of the Jewish community, and the implications of privilege within our community.
This full-time position oversees the youth educational programming for our community and helps to integrate it with the synagogue’s larger strategic initiatives. Currently there are roughly 50 families with children pre b’mitzvah age in our community. The ideal candidate is creative and flexible, with strong organizational management skills, and the ability and energy to handle multiple activities at one time. This person will serve as a positive role model, educator, and active presence in the lives of our youth and will meet special learning needs and other issues with sensitivity.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Formal Education. Oversee formal education for students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Work in close collaboration with Clergy and Executive Director to ensure that the formal education program reflects the synagogue’s guiding educational principles.?
--Implement an engaging educational curriculum for every grade, effectively building on the learning from year to year.
--Coordinate the in-person and online Hebrew language program for grades K to 6
--Create, implement, and direct special programs for students at all grade levels that tie into the curriculum, the calendar, and current events.
--Engage parents and families on an individual level so they can build relationships with each other and with the synagogue.
--Assist in creating and managing the program budget as it relates to children, youth and families.
Family Education. Understanding that Judaism is fostered in the home, help Adat Shalom create and implement our family education programming by facilitating and cultivating the connection between the synagogue, the classroom, and home.
--Provide opportunities for early childhood families to connect to one another and to Adat Shalom; support families’ smooth transition from Tot Shabbat to our elementary program.
--Develop and execute family educational and social programs for our children across the ages.
Synagogue Programming. Work closely with Clergy, Executive Director, other staff and lay leadership, to enhance and implement Jewish programming and holiday celebrations for the broader synagogue community.
--Initiate, create, and assist with programs throughout the liturgical/academic year that are appealing to children, youth and families.
--Assist with producing Adat Shalom communications efforts – newsletters, social media, etc. – to promote programs and activities both to Adat Shalom and the wider community.
The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of professional experience in a related setting(s), and:
• Demonstrated managerial or other leadership experience in at least one educational context (classroom leadership, youth?group, summer camp) for at least 2 years.
• Experience in a leadership capacity working with children in formal and/or informal education
• Knowledgeable of Jewish tradition, proficient in Hebrew language, skilled in leading T’filah, and comfortable with progressive/Reconstructionist approaches to Judaism
• Advanced education in Jewish learning or a related field is preferred
• Able to take initiative and develop appealing, high quality programs
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Entrepreneurial spirit to innovate, implement and evaluate