About Yavneh Day School
Yavneh Day School is an independent K-8 Jewish day school in Los Gatos, CA that puts the whole child at the center of the learning experience. Yavneh teachers co-teach in a dual language environment (Hebrew and English). They are open-minded, have educational vision, collaborate with each other, integrate subject matters and adapt lessons to students’ interests. This yields a rich, diverse curriculum that inspires students to achieve their full potential and come together as a vibrant community. As a Jewish day school, Yavneh is committed to creating a learning environment rich in meaning and purpose that helps students shape their identity.
Yavneh’s Principal serves as the school’s educational leader for grades K-8 and reports directly to the Head of School. This role blends curriculum development, student support, faculty development, community engagement and innovation in learning. It combines both the day-to-day operations of school administration and the forward thinking practice of strategic planning. At Yavneh we believe that learning happens in a collaborative, engaging and supportive environment. The Principal plays a critical role in reinforcing these values and works closely with the Head of School, Rabbi and Director of Integrated Studies to cultivate and oversee all aspects of Yavneh’s educational programming.
Develop, oversee and lead Yavneh’s emergent, integrated, project-based curriculum by bringing new ideas to the table and implementing quality educational programs that support the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.
Work directly with the Head of School and the Rabbi and Director of Integrated Learning to translate high level goals into meaningful academic programs for students K-8.
Supervise the school’s instructional programs by evaluating lesson plans, observing classroom learning on a regular basis, managing master schedules, instilling effective classroom management techniques, and implementing authentic assessment strategies.
Bring out the best in our teachers and faculty by providing meaningful training, professional development, one-on-one coaching and mentorship opportunities.
Advocate for teachers’ needs and perspectives, and create avenues for open communication and faculty participation in decision-making.
Lead the recruitment, performance management, training and retention of K-8 faculty.
Partner and collaborate with the Rabbi and Director of Integrated Studies to develop academic programs and events, lead faculty meetings, oversee faculty committees, and ensure that the school’s educational philosophy and approach to Jewish learning is reinforced in the day-to-day experience of our students.
Instill values, policies, practices and classroom management techniques that make Yavneh a safe and healthy learning space for all students and faculty.
Drive effective communication at all levels of the school and maintain a strong rapport with students by serving as both a role model and a resource.
Communicate regularly with parents to establish supportive and collaborative relationships that benefit students, faculty and the school community.
Support the work of the Yavneh Parent Association, oversee parent education and contribute regularly to the school’s community newsletter.
Respond to parent inquiries and concerns in a timely and professional manner and step in as needed to support faculty and parent communication.
Participate thoughtfully in SST meetings and provide meaningful leadership.
Support the work of our development and admissions teams by meeting prospective families, attending public events and representing our school within the broader community.
Proven leadership in school administration and in fostering academic excellence.
Demonstrated ability to inspire, motivate, supervise and lead an effective faculty and school community.
Excellent collaboration skills and a proven team player with strong recommendations from peers and former team members.
A deep commitment to the mission and core values of our school and the ability to articulate those values and translate them into meaningful academic programs.
Excellent communication skills in written formats as well as interpersonally in groups and one-on-one with students, faculty and parents.
Effective problem solver and decision-maker with the ability to address and resolve issues head on.
Ability to partner successfully with school leadership, teachers, parents and the community to deliver excellence in education.
At least 5 years of teaching experience, plus 3-5 years in a school leadership role.
MS in Education or EdD preferred