The Director of Education will be a sacred partner with the senior staff and lay leadership in developing ways to bring Jewish learning and living to the membership of the synagogue. The Director of Education is first and foremost a teacher of Torah. She/he will be directly responsible for envisioning, implementing, and supervising Jewish educational programs for children, adults, parents, and families. The Director of Education will participate in all aspects of congregational life within the framework established by the rabbi.
Typical Job Duties:
Under the supervision of the rabbi and in partnership with senior staff and lay leaders, the Director of Education:
• Oversees and administers the Religious School.
• Creates content-based youth, teen, and adult curriculum and education programs.
• Develops and runs family education programs.
• Develops and manages B'nei Mitzvah curriculum and program.
• Assists the rabbi in overseeing and administering teen and adult education programs, as well as teaches in those programs, where appropriate.
• Develops curricula and instruction for the Religious School, incorporating contemporary best practices in Reform Jewish education.
• Recruits, supervises, trains, and mentors teachers, madrichim (teen teaching assistants), and other educational and administrative staff.
• Oversees the maintenance of the physical space of the religious school.
• Creates, presents, oversees of the religious school budget, including payroll and general religious school expenditures.
• Participates in the creative execution of holidays celebrations and family worship.
• Leads tifillah on Sunday morning with the Rabbi and Cantor.
• Teaches of mid-week Hebrew School.
• Cultivates positive relationships with students, parents, and the wider congregation.
• Coordinates publicity for all the above, internally on a regular basis and externally, when appropriate.
• Actively participates in the synagogue committees relevant to her/his work, including but not limited to: regular meetings of the Board of Trustees, Religious School Committee, Youth Committee, Adult Education Committee, and Membership Committee.
• Participates in CCAR, URJ, ARJE, and local associations, as they apply to his/her position.
The three most important priorities of the congregation/institution’s Educator should be:
1. Continued curriculum development. With the present curriculum that is in place, and using that a base, continue to evaluate and improve curriculum going forward emphasizing content-based strategies.
2. Teacher training. Continue to provide consistent and ongoing teacher training in order to ensure that our teachers have a clear understanding of the content of the lessons they are teaching on a weekly basis.
3. Creative offerings. With the ability to enhance the educational program through the Gail & Jeffrey Bayer Education Fund of the Grafman Endowment Fund, we want to continue to provide engaging and creative programming including and not limited to offerings available both in town and out of town.