Administrative Assistant - Religious School & Cantor @ Congregation Rodeph Shalom

Administrative Assistant - Religious School & Cantor

Our organization

Congregation Rodeph Shalom (RS) is a vibrant Reform community in center city Philadelphia. It has grown to become the largest Jewish congregation in the region. As a fast-paced, mission-driven workplace, we welcome employees who strive for excellence.

Our vision
Immersed in Jewish time, guided by enduring values, compelled to moral action; we create profound connections. Through this lens, this individual will ensure that all work activities are in alignment, thus helping RS to realize its full potential as a sacred community.

Responsibilities: Religious School – approximately 80%
Assist the Director of Youth Education
o Overall: Work with Director of Youth Education to plan and execute synagogue youth education and engagement consistent with synagogue vision and Director’s vision;
o Calendar planning: Identify dates in session/not in session, dates for class-led services, grade-level trips and other special events or targeted curriculum throughout the academic year;
o Weekly setup and operational needs: Address schedule and layout for ongoing needs as well as for special events, e.g. Purim Carnival, mishloach manot, High Holy Days, first and last day celebrations, Confirmation, etc.;
o Teacher communications: Coordinate teacher compliance with parent updates, weekly lesson planning, security protocols, and professional learning;
o Parent communications: coordinate weekly parent updates, registration communications, parent interactions during school hours and throughout the week;
o Perform administrative tasks include document editing, phone coverage, and filing;
o Work with Director of Youth Education on student and family recruitment and retention.
o Coordinate with Director of Youth Education, Coordinator of Youth Engagement, and other staff on youth engagement projects, youth group activities, and youth-related initiatives.

Weekly planning including schedules and staff meetings
o Ensure appropriate staff and room coverage
o Work closely with Facilities to ensure flawless execution for required room setup and materials
o Attend weekly education department staff meetings, including preparing the weekly agenda, taking minutes, and follow-up tasks as necessary

School registration and school reporting
o Coordinate the student registration process
o Create reports including class lists

General school administration
o Collect and track Tzedakah, working with accounting for its allocation
o Track attendance
o Provide support as necessary during school hours

Budget process
o Provide administrative support to assist Director of Youth Education for budget management
o Process staff reimbursement
o Within agreed to spending limits, and consistent with Director input, execute educational materials and supply purchasing

Payroll
o Administer contracts and coordinate all paperwork and clearances with direction from Director
o Track teacher and madrichim attendance
o Create weekly payroll input and provide to Accounting Manager monthly

Responsibilities: Cantor – approximately 20%
Assist the Cantor with a focus on the Cantor’s calendar including internal as well as congregant and b’nai mitzvah student meetings
o Prepare materials for services and b’nai mitzvot
o Handles correspondence with families, informs Cantor if any issues arise
o Schedules tutoring for students 6 months before b’nai mitzvah date; maintain tutoring hours and payroll
o Schedule meetings with Rabbis as the b’nai mitzvah date approaches
o Assign b’nai mitzvah dates to 4th grade students each year and to new students
o Facilitate correspondences by phone and email with attention to detail, sensitivity
o Support the implementation of projects, initiatives, lay leader interactions, and follow-up efforts; balance urgency and importance of congregational matters

Scheduling and calendaring assistance
o Assists with scheduling and materials surrounding holidays, service honorees and special events that involve the cantor and participants

Skills/Experience/Education
Demonstration of initiative and creativity is highly encouraged and will be a great asset applied towards problem-solving. While there will be a lot of guidance and structure, the ability to work independently helps to ensure success and comfort.
College degree strongly preferred
Detail oriented, highly organized with excellent time management skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Proficient in MS Office programs
Ability to work collaboratively

Salary & Benefits
Hourly position: $20/hour; 37.5 hours per week; compensation commensurate with experience
Benefits include medical insurance, paid vacation, and 403 B retirement plan
Schedule during academic year: Sunday 8 am – 1:30 pm; Tuesday 9 am – 5:30 pm; Wednesday 10 am – 6:30 pm; Monday, Tuesday & Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm each day; Thursday off; occasional special event attendance
Schedule during summer when religious school is not in session: Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
To apply, please provide a cover letter and your resume to [email protected]
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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, medical, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, Life Insurance, Paid Holidays
  • Preferred Experience: Entry Level (0-2 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-10-05
  • Times this job has been viewed: 212 times
  • Job is posted for: 45 days
  • Job Categories: Administrative Support, Religious School Administrator
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Congregation Rodeph Shalom
615 N. Broad St
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19123
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