Gross Schechter Day School is seeking a Director of Judaic Studies
Gross Schechter Day School is seeking to fill the position of Director of Judaic Studies beginning the Fall of the upcoming 2021/2022 school year.
Our mission is to inspire our students to love learning, become their best selves and embrace Jewish practice, values and community in a challenging and encouraging academic environment.
The Director of Judaic Studies will serve as an educational leader responsible for managing the policies, regulations and procedures to ensure that all students (ECC – 8th grade) are educated in a safe Jewish learning environment that meets the approved Judaic and Hebrew curricula and mission of the school. The Director of Judaic Studies will be responsible for reporting to the Head of School and working very closely aligned with the Director of Academics. The Director of Judaics will work collaboratively with administration, faculty, the Jewish Education Center, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, area clergy/congregations and other collaborators to develop an ambitious Judaics, Hebrew and Israel studies program by integrating Jewish learning into a rigorous, innovative curriculum for students in ECC through 8. This professional will have experience in Jewish education, Hebrew language, curriculum development, program creation, project management, instructional leadership and engagement/retention of both students and parents.
Job Functions and Responsibilities
Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff for integrated Judaic and General Studies academic performance, responsibility, accountability and overall mastery.
Provide vision and oversight, aligned with school leadership and the board of trustees, to develop, implement and evaluate a Judaic Studies curriculum that connects and builds from one grade to another and ensures that our graduates leave Schechter with a particular set of skills, strong Jewish identity and sense of age appropriate mastery of Jewish literacy.
Observe classes on a regular basis, motivate faculty and staff to adopt best practices, support faculty in the effective use of technology and encourage a variety of instructional strategies consistent with current research on teaching and learning.
Assist the Head of School and Director of Academics with the hiring and onboarding of educational faculty and staff.
Manage the continuous improvement of employee performance; define annual objectives, support employee efforts to achieve their goals; support professional development.
Assist with the development of the master schedule for instructional programs.
Establish a professional rapport with students, staff and parents.
Serve as a positive Jewish role model for students, staff and parents.
Attend students and their families Jewish life cycle events outside of school. For example: attend students’ Bar and Bat Mitzvah services and ceremonies. Make Shiva visits when a member of the Gross Schechter Day School community has experienced a loss.
Research and collect data regarding the needs of students and other pertinent information.
Assist teachers to comply with and implement students’ IEP plans and other necessary accommodations.
Maintain visibility and open, consistent communication with students, teachers and parents.
Assist with the coordination of special programs related to holidays and celebrations with Director of Creative Programs and Lead Judaics Teachers in each division. Examples include First Grade Siddur, Fourth Grade Tikkun, 5th Grade Siyum programs/ceremonies.
Assist with Kashrut decisions in the school.
Coordinate and be the key staff liaison for the Rabbinic Council meetings.
Work closely with the Head of School, Director of Academics and other senior administration regarding strategic issues, budget, admissions, retentions and school-wide programs.
Maintain confidentiality of information and records.
Attend required committee meetings and after school sponsored functions and religious events.
Assist and engage 4th through 7th grade families and students to prepare for and plan for becoming B’nai Mitzvah. Work on this in partnership with families’ synagogues and temples where there is affiliation.
Learn and leverage as many community Jewish leaders, clergy, experiential educators and resources as possible to determine best fit for GSDS and to bring them in to enhance Judaic, Hebrew and Israel education.
Master’s Degree or graduate level degree from an accredited university or college
Leadership experience in a school setting
Experience as a Jewish educator
Competency in the Hebrew Language
Knowledge of Conservative Halacha and Practice
Excellent oral and written communication skills
The ability to be a strong advocate for the mission of the school
Organizational and effective problem solving skills
Commitment to best practices and professional development
Understanding and appreciation of diverse learning styles
Ability to multi-task and perform under pressure
Ability to work effectively on a team and collaborate effectively with external partners.
A genuine regard for children and ability to connect with them.
Personal warmth and a sense of humor
About Gross Schechter Day School:
Gross Schechter Day School is a warm, thriving Kehilla:
235 students infanthood through 8th grade are enrolled from approximately 160 families. We were founded in 1980 based on the values and teaching of Conservative Judaism. GSDS welcomes families from all Jewish backgrounds. We start every day with music and smiles in the hallways and we continue the use of joy and creativity as vehicles to build concrete skills and knowledge.
Committed to helping our students grow academically, socially and emotionally in our classrooms and throughout their lives, our teachers and staff are our greatest assets.
We strive to give students the tools needed to open any door and to succeed in the world around them.We also support students as they develop their unique Jewish identities, use their skills to delve into texts and lead services, build a personal relationship with God and connect to the broader Jewish community. We want students to be inspired by our tradition, adding their voices to the American and Jewish stories by asking their own questions, constructing their own answers, and collaborating to build our community in the future. Gross Schechter Day School receives exceptional support from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish Education Center.