Come join a dynamic and thriving Jewish community as our Religious School Director! At Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties, nestled in beautiful Ridgefield, Connecticut, you will manage all aspects of religious school operations and be a key part of the staff and leadership team. Your role will advance the Jewish education of the next generation and contribute to the success of our synagogue and community. This is a part-time position, Sunday morning in-person attendance required and additional weekday hours to be decided. Compensation will be competitive.
1. First and foremost, you will be responsible for the children of our community. As the Religious School Director, you will set the tone for the teachers and students, and it will be up to you to make Religious School a treasured part of our children’s Jewish upbringing. While we expect you to be open to feedback from parents and the Board, we also expect you will have your own point of view and bring what is best about Jewish education into our sacred community.
2. In addition to being a child-centered advocate and leader, you will need to provide operational excellence. You will be in charge of hiring, evaluating, and managing religious school teachers. You will work with the synagogue’s staff on day-to-day matters, ranging from curriculum and lesson planning to promoting and forecasting student enrollment. You’ll also be expected to develop and manage a budget and report on how you use congregational funds.
3. You will be responsible for taking our school program to the next level. Particular focus is on ensuring a smooth transition from our successful Early Childhood Center to kindergarten, and the retention of students after bar / bat mitzvah.
4. You will collaborate with the clergy to develop and implement educational and social action programs for post-B’nai Mitzvah students. Your genuine love of Judaism and Jewish culture will inform these activities.
5. As Judaism is a religion with many holidays, you will be expected to create memorable and community-minded festival observances.
6. You will develop and distribute content for different publications such as weekly family updates and our bulletin. We expect you to be innovative and to use social media, video chat, and other digital communications. This will drive awareness in the synagogue and the broader community.
Job Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
1. Strong knowledge of pedagogy and the ability to work with all children.
2. Curiosity and creativity in seeking new methods, materials and programs.
3. Listen and effectively communicate with individuals and groups of varying sizes through varying means.
4. Balance multiple responsibilities effectively and efficiently.
5. Be comfortable with office software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Google Docs, etc.), social media, temple management software, workflow software (e.g., Microsoft Teams), etc.
6. Direct both remote and in-person classes in a hybrid educational environment through use of on-line collaboration tools such as Zoom.
Background and Education:
1. Undergraduate or graduate degree in Education, Jewish Education, Judaism, or a related field.
2. 3 to 5 years of formal Jewish educational, preferably supervisory experience. This may include Jewish camp or youth group leader experience.
3. Understanding of Jewish traditions and practices, particularly those of Reform Judaism.
4. Working knowledge of Hebrew.