Director of Youth Education (80% time)
Beth Israel seeks a dynamic Director of Youth Education. The Director will be responsible for the administration and management of Beth Israel’s Religious School (BIRS, Grades K-8). The director will collaborate with clergy, staff, and lay leaders to expand pre-school Shabbat and holiday programming. We value passion, imagination, and initiative about Jewish learning and working with children and families.
As a mid-sized egalitarian Conservative synagogue, Beth Israel affirms inclusion and engagement in Judaism through active participation in meaningful worship, the study of Torah, and tikkun olam (“repair of the world”) in our community. Now in its 105th year, Beth Israel’s mission is to inspire a love of Jewish learning, values, and community through engaging formal and informal education and programs across the life span.
Desired Qualifications and Experience
• M.A. or equivalent in Jewish education, general education, or other related field
• Understanding of and experience with pedagogical and curricular practices, including specific practices in Jewish education
• Experience with providing professional supervision and support of teachers
• Working knowledge of Hebrew prayers and language (written and spoken)
• Strong organizational and administrative skills
• Demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity with respect to children's and family identities (gender identities, sexual orientation, what constitutes "family," race, geography/class)
• Clear and responsive interpersonal and written communication skills
• Commitment to engage prospective and current BIRS families and members
• Expertise in child development
• Firm grounding in Conservative Judaism and diverse Jewish life cycle traditions
• Knowledge of current trends in Jewish supplemental education and experiential curricula that enable meaningful and joyful learning and spiritual expression
• Classroom teaching experience in Jewish and/or secular education
• Commitment to developing creative vision for out-of-the-box opportunities (e.g., summer programming, project learning, partnership with other schools)
• Experience with use of creative arts and media in education and programming
• Experience with design and delivery of creative Jewish family education
• Select innovative curriculum and coordinate alignment across K-8th grade
• Design and oversee engaging pre-school Shabbat and holiday programs
• Oversee assessment and reporting of student progress by individual and grade
• Design and support implementation of novel project-based learning opportunities
• Provide regular and responsive home-school communication
• Manage school records, budget, and an accessible calendar of events
• Ensure appropriate teacher training, supervision, and professional development
• Collaborate with congregation’s Rabbi, staff, members and volunteers
• Promote Beth Israel’s pre-school, religious school, and family programs
• Establish connections with local educators, organizations to inform our school’s program with imaginative and strong programs, materials, and learning opportunities in the national Jewish landscape
• Effective partner, collaborator, and team builder
• Organized administrator and effective communicator
• Committed to ongoing professional development
Compensation and Benefits
Start date: July 15, 2021
Salary: Starting at $65,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Benefits: Medical, paid sick/vacation time, retirement plans, parental leave,
professional dues, religious school tuition, congregation membership.
Primary responsibilities cover 10 months; salary and benefits provided over 12 months.
Ann Arbor is a vibrant, diverse, globally-minded community with a strong and engaged Jewish community. As a university town, Ann Arbor has an eclectic and internationally-recognized food scene, parks, and range of music, entertainment, and community engagement activities that support a rich personal and family life.
Beth Israel Congregation is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.