Director of the Cohen Religious School at NSSBE
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El is a leading Conservative congregation in the beautiful Chicago suburb of Highland Park, IL. NSSBE has achieved a reputation as a warm and welcoming congregation recognized for innovative and serious Jewish education, traditional religious observance, and a strong attachment to Israel and the Jewish people. Its membership numbers 1,000 families, and its impressive facility is set on a beautiful campus on Lake Michigan. It places a very high value on the partnership between the professional staff and lay leadership. Discover more on our website (http://xxxxxxxxxxxxx or quarterly bulletin (http://xxxxxxxxxxxxx
We at NSSBE are at an exciting moment in our pursuit of the finest possible education for our entire congregation. While we are an established institution, our commitment to innovation leads us to transition to a new educational staff structure. We are hiring a full-time Director of the Cohen Religious School, who will be responsible for our CRS (pre-K through grade seven). The Director of CRS will join our collaborative education team overseen by a newly created position, the Director of Congregational Learning.
We are a joyful, creative, and compassionate community and school. Our goal is to nurture the Jewish child spiritually, intellectually, and artistically while deepening an understanding of what it means to be Jewish. Our comprehensive curriculum blends learning with practice. In partnership with our families we strive to strengthen students’ faith in G-d, the study of Torah and the Hebrew language, love of Israel, and connection with the people of Israel. It is our hope that the new Director of CRS will bring this kind of spirit and warmth to our children and parents.
I. Job responsibilities
Hire, supervise, and evaluate all staff responsible for educational programming.
Collaborate with the other professional staff to ensure effective curriculum, programming, and instruction for all aspects of educational activities, including off-site experiences.
Meet with individual teachers to provide classroom observation feedback and evaluate student progress.
Attend and assist with school-wide programming, including Shabbat and holiday events.
Recruit and supervise Madrichim/student aides.
Plan and participate in CRS Committee meetings, in collaboration with the CRS Committee chairperson.
Develop and implement the CRS budget, in collaboration with lay and professional leaders.
Coordinate and facilitate CRS staff meetings and professional development.
Participate in full NSSBE staff meetings and assist in synagogue-wide programming.
Develop, implement, and review grade-level appropriate curricula and enrichment (currently known as Chugim) for pre-K through 7th grades.
Set benchmarks and select assessment tools.
Establish sequences both within and between grade levels and assure coherent and articulated progression from grade to grade.
Adapt and modify curriculum to increase accessibility and inclusivity for all kinds of learners.
Coordinate activities, field trips, and learning experiences on the topic of Holocaust for certain grades.
Introduce innovative educational programs.
Create and maintain a warm, nurturing learning environment where each student progresses as an individual.
Collaborate in planning weekly Shabbat Junior Congregation.
Review student and staff records, including but not limited to attendance, enrollment, health and safety, and progress report records.
Select and purchase supplies and books.
Establish the annual school calendar.
Build community among students and parents.
Interview parents of prospective children (and the children) and orient newly enrolled students.
Develop and implement standards for behavior and discipline.
Identify and assist children with special needs.
B’nai Mitzvah and Beyond
Work closely with Hazzan to coordinate the trope class, the B’nai Mitzvah dates and class services.
Partner with the clergy team to plan the B’nai Mitzvah experience year (Vav class).
Recruit 7th grade teens into the Jewish Teen Project (our high school program) and recruit pre-school children into CRS.
Communicate and collaborate with families regarding school programming, parental involvement, and education using such tools as the NSSBE bulletin, email, social media, and regular mail as needed.
Communicate on a regular basis with families regarding student progress.
Be an approachable liaison between parents and the CRS.
II. Personal Characteristics and Qualifications
An ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with children, parents, and leadership, both verbally and in writing.
Strong knowledge of Judaism and a commitment to Jewish life and Jewish education.
Strong collaborative, interpersonal and decision-making skills.
Effective administrative skills, including attention to detail and organization.
MA in Jewish Education (or the equivalent).
Supplementary school leadership experience.
Computer literacy (including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office).
Experience in using social media.
III. Job Specifics (salary, benefits, and hours)
The position is full-time. The annual salary for the position is competitive. Medical benefits are included. This position will report to the Director of Congregational Learning (professional) and VP of Education (lay).
CRS student attendance hours are 4:00-7:00 PM on Tuesdays or 4:00-7:00 PM on Wednesdays, with supervision (Cafe Kef) starting at 3:30 PM on both days. CRS student attendance hours for all students are 9:00 AM-12:00 PM on Sundays (approximate). On certain occasions there are Shabbat responsibilities, as well as other specific school events at various times.