Director of Religious Education and Youth and Family Services @ Huntington Jewish Center

Director of Religious Education and Youth and Family Services

Huntington Jewish Center (HJC), a Long Island Conservative synagogue (USCJ) in western Suffolk County, is looking for a warm, knowledgeable, well-organized, energetic, Director of Religious Education and Youth and Family Services. The ideal candidate is an effective administrator, organizer, planner, thinker, educator, communicator, and community-building leader. They will be familiar with the Conservative Jewish community and programming supporting progression from early childhood through post-B’nai Mitzvah education in Judaic and Hebrew studies. They will have access to advisors/consultants in curriculum and program development, including the Rabbi, Cantor, and others, as needed.

Responsibilities include:

- Lead students, teachers, and curriculum to function cohesively
- Hire, train, supervise, evaluate, and schedule teachers, classroom aides, and staff
-Collaborate with clergy, Board, and committees (eg, Religious School Parents, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Youth Group, etc.) on religious and curricular programming and content, as well as recruitment and outreach to the larger community
- Attend (as needed) at Religious School Committee and Board of Trustees meetings
- Promote the values and ideals of Conservative Judaism in a fluid denominational context

- Maintain student records: enrollment, attendance, health, progress reports, etc.
- Create a warm, positive culture and learning environment, emphasizing high expectations related to academic, personal, and Jewish values for all stakeholders
- Set a cohesive vision of learning for youth and families in collaboration with clergy, board, Early Childhood Director, lay committees, and teachers/staff
- Collaborate in reviewing and updating Religious School’s existing Jewish and Hebrew curriculum
- Lead youth programming (Chaverim, Kadima, and USY)

- Effectively manage people, budget, curriculum, and educational and social events/programs
- Oversee Religious School operations, including student recruitment and registration, security/emergency planning, budget, ordering textbooks and supplies, report card preparation, coordinating programs/events/activities with synagogue, remote/distance/virtual learning, etc.
- Coordinate holiday events, extra-curricular activities, and enhanced Shabbat-related experiences
- Financial management, including budget planning, analysis, and reporting
- Hold teacher/staff meetings to ensure continuity in communication
- Provide opportunities for professional development and in-service education

- Communicate effectively with family and youth in our community, who are critical for the long-term health and stability of synagogue involvement and growth, including contributing a monthly article to the congregation newsletter ‘
- Attend Religious School Parent Orientation to present Religious School and synagogue offerings and requirements
- Integrate students who attend Jewish day school into educational programming, as needed
- Presence at Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon Religious School (when in-person); participation in HJC’s Early Childhood Center Friday morning clergy-led Shabbat services
- Organize (and attend at least a few times per year) programs such as student/family workshops; monthly Friday and Saturday Shabbat services; and continued family education, post-B’nai Mitzvah, youth programs, and holiday services (required presence at High Holiday services)
- Opportunities to be involved with Shabbat and holiday services exist

Skills desired:
- Excellent administrator
- Thoughtful planner
- Well-organized
- Highly-effective communicator
- Knowledgeable in creating and delivering an engaging Judaic curriculum
- Warm and welcoming towards all congregant families and their children, including those who attend Jewish day schools
- Flexible toward alternative models of Jewish education
- Experience with digital learning
- Musical and singing skills a plus
- Knowledge of Hebrew preferred

Qualifications include:
- B.A./B.S. or higher degree in education and/or Judaic Studies
- High-level experience in education administration, including budget and human resource management. This could be at the Departmental level (eg, Director of Hebrew Education) or institutional level (eg, Principal)
- Experience in Jewish education, including teaching and curricular coordination

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
Please email your interest to Mark Richman (HJC Religious School Committee President)
[email protected]

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, leave early for Shabbat
  • Other Benefits: Jewish holidays off
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-03-17
  • Times this job has been viewed: 430 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director, Engagement, Religious School Administrator
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools, Synagogue
Job Location
Huntington Jewish Center
510 Park Ave.
Huntington , New York 11743


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