Director Rabbi Steven Foster Early Learning Center @ Temple Emanuel

Director Rabbi Steven Foster Early Learning Center

Rabbi Steven Foster Early Learning Center at Temple Emanuel inspires children to reach their greatest potential every day. It strives to develop a positive sense of Jewish identity by incorporating Jewish values, rituals, and traditions in the classroom. Through a play-based, emergent, and developmentally appropriate curriculum, children ages 12 months through 5 learn and discover the world around them in a safe and nurturing environment. At the center of this intimate setting is a dedicated professional staff of more than thirty-five teachers who work hard to provide a nurturing environment in which children feel comfortable and their parents feel confident that they will receive exceptional, personal, and loving care.


• Inspire, lead, and implement a school structure to support a high-quality early learning environment.
• Ensure an environment of reflective practices and processes.
• Think systemically about the unique parts of the school in relations of others to the whole, seeing the connections and maximizing opportunities.
• Leverage strengths of others to develop an effective team.
• Lead and empower the EZRAH Leadership Team currently made up of: Assistant Director, Admissions Director, Administrator and Licensing Specialist.
• Partner with lay and professional leadership to advance the vision of the school.
• Create a strategic plan in collaboration with your supervisor towards engagement of all Families with young children in the Temple and ELC community.
• Communicate effectively with team members, collaboratively setting agendas and following-up with minutes and next steps.
Relationship Building
• Demonstrate a positive attitude and imagine the possibilities and potential that exists within individuals and situations.
• Coordinate necessary meetings and conversations among and between parents and teachers to ensure open and direct communication.
• Uphold Jewish values in all interactions including welcoming people into the ELC community, accepting, and appreciating the inherent diversity among all community members.
• Provide tours to expectant parents, representing the vision and uniqueness of the school.
• Cultivate a culture of shared responsibility and partnership to advance the vision of the school and Temple Emanuel.
• Responding to staff and parent phone calls and emails in a timely manner.

Shared Leadership
• Involve ELCC EZRAH leadership team and teachers in the design and implementation of important decisions and policies .
• Pro-actively identify areas for problem-solving with teachers and families and together developing individualized plans to respond.
• Work in partnership with teachers and parents to develop a culture of inquiry and dialogue.
• Develop a shared responsibility for ensuring that Jewish culture, traditions, and values are seamlessly woven into everyday experiences in and out of the classroom.
• Develop reliable intake process for families to ensure the expectations can be met on both sides.
• Cultivate an atmosphere of reciprocal respect and support for educators at the ELC.
• Mentor, support and collaborate with educational staff to continually deepen their thinking about teaching and learning and their ability to construct meaningful and responsive learning experiences with the children.
• Ensure an environment that is built upon a strong image of children, families, and educators with a view towards all individuals as B’Tzelem Elohim – as having their own unique spark and possessing great capability and potential.
Professional Development of Self and Others
• Identify areas for own professional growth and engage in opportunities that expands knowledge and expertise.
• Ensure that all members of the ELC community have the opportunities and resources necessary for the successful execution of their jobs.
• Welcome new ideas, keeping supervisor well informed, taking initiative to plan, and following through with direction and corrective action.
• Work collaboratively with ELC EZRAH team to develop and implement PD plans.
• Work in partnership with ELC EZRAH team to regularly evaluate and document teachers’ performance.
Lay Leadership Development
• Understanding and appreciating the importance and roles of various stakeholder groups including the Parent Teacher Organization and lay leadership team to support the overall vision and needs of school.
• Develop a system of succession, leveraging the strengths and talents of parents.
• Support a collaborative and dynamic partnership that supports Jewish life and learning initiatives in the school.
• Ensure that a new family welcome program continues to be a part of the school year-round.
Communication, Organization and Dependability
• Use verbal and written communication to share ideas, articulate values and advance the vision of the ELC and Temple Emanuel.
• Clearly and effectively present ideas and information and inform appropriate constituencies regarding pertinent issues and changes.
• Ensure that weekly parent message is written, sent and reflects the core values of the school, as well as communicates substantive and meaningful information.
• Be available to the parents, especially during school hours, to discuss any child related issue.
• Complete work assignments as expected, on time, absorbing routine pressure and maintaining positive demeanor.
• Set and achieve priorities, efficiently using time, and accurately, thoroughly, and consistently meeting deadlines.
• Exhibiting great attention to detail and following-through consistently.
Marketing, Recruitment and Community EFSHAR Initiative
• Serve as lead staff for the community initiative.
• Monitor that all web information related to the ELC remains current.
• Regularly monitor enrollment to determine whether added recruitment efforts are necessary.
• Represent ELC at community events.

Financial and Business Management
• Responsible for overall budget, including writing, monitoring, and meeting expectations.
• Supervise and monitor proper allocation of expenses.
• Work with Temple Emanuel Office to ensure that proper billing and collection occurs.
• Oversee that terms of ELC parent contracts are consistently upheld.
• Work with Temple Emanuel Development Professional to identify potential grants and provide necessary information for applications and reporting.
• Work with lay leadership to meet fundraising goals.

Jewish Early Childhood Community Responsibilities
• Partner and collaborate with EFSHAR (A resource of PD, coaching and initiatives for Jewish ELC’s in Denver)
• Work collaboratively with staff to connect families to Temple Emanuel Family Programs.
• Serve as an advocate and spokesperson for the school and all stakeholders.
• Attend all Temple Emanuel staff meetings and other meetings as needed.
• Other responsibilities as needed or assigned.

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
To apply send: A cover letter, resume and a one-minute intro video to Brad Cohen, Director of Youth and Family Learning at
[email protected]

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, medical, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, relocation option available
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-04-02
  • Times this job has been viewed: 156 times
  • Job is posted for: 45 days
  • Job Categories: Early Childhood Director
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools, Synagogue
Job Location
Temple Emanuel
51 Grape St
Denver , Colorado 80220


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