The Family Educator at Mishkan plays a critical role in providing high quality educational experiences for families and children at Mishkan with equal focus and time spent as a teacher within the Mensch Academy and coordinating Shabbat and Holiday family programs. This job is a full time, salaried position in our Chicago office, reporting to the Associate Rabbi and working closely with and receiving regular feedback and guidance from the Director of Mensch Academy. The Family Educator is instrumental in creating Mishkan as a truly intergenerational community and delivering a sense of purpose, inspiration, and connection to kids and families.
As Family Educator, this role involves coordinating Shabbat and Holiday programs for families with close collaboration and oversight from the Associate Rabbi. Along with building and creating ideas for educational content, the Family Educator will be the primary person responsible for the many logistical elements of these programs and will regularly interface with staff members across the organization to prepare and deliver programs. The Family Educator should expect to work regularly on Shabbat mornings and major Jewish Holidays (Passover, Purim, Hanukkah, High Holidays, and others as necessary). Mishkan strives to create a staff culture with a healthy work/life balance. The Family Educator will have flexibility in the work week to accommodate these weekend working hours.
As a lead Educator at Mensch, the Family Educator will plan, implement, lead, and document Mensch Academy sessions for children. Mensch Academy is Mishkan Chicago’s supplementary Jewish educational program. Respecting each person’s mind and spirit, Mensch Academy is a space where kids feel loved enough and safe enough to take risks and experiment with Jewish tradition, making it their own and becoming the best versions of themselves. Grounded in progressive education pedagogy, Mensch Academy places focus not only on teaching kids, but on growing and developing thoughtful, reflective educators. While six hours a week are spent in the classroom with students, even more time is spent outside the classroom reflecting on lessons, gathering notes from student work, debriefing, brainstorming, and growing your teaching craft.
Mishkan Chicago/Mensch Academy seeks diversity in its staff and educators. That means we invite applications from different denominations, religious and cultural backgrounds. We are searching for candidates of color, candidates who are Jews by choice, candidates in the LGBTQ community, and candidates who identify personally at any part of the incredibly rich gender spectrum.
What You’ll Do:
Lead Educator for Mensch Classroom (50% of time)
Teaches classroom on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons
Collaborates on lesson plans with other Family Educators and Director of Mensch Academy
Participates in collective prep and debrief sessions on Mon-Weds afternoons
Participates in regular professional development with Mensch Founder and Educational Consultant
Communicates with families as needed for classes
Family Shabbat, Holidays and High Holidays Programs Coordinator (50% of time)
Collaborates with Associate Rabbi to create programs and content
Serves as project manager for Shabbat and Holiday youth and family programs. Uses Mishkan project management tools (Asana and Slack) to track tasks, timelines and progress.
Organize budgets, partnerships, and content in collaboration with Associate Rabbi
Who We're Looking For:
BA or equivalent
Background in Jewish Education including reading Hebrew
Experience working with children
Experience with organizing education projects or initiatives (e.g. school, camp, after school programs or others)
Open to progressive, child-centered education
Systemic inequities in hiring have caused women, people of color, LBTQIA+ folks, and others to apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Mishkan encourages you to break that statistic and apply, as no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.
Mishkan is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against qualified applicants or employees with respect to any terms or conditions of employment on account of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related condition, citizenship, military service status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. When necessary, Mishkan will reasonably accommodate employees and applicants with known physical or mental disabilities or medical conditions if the person is otherwise qualified to safely perform all of the essential functions of the position.
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