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.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.