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Director of Congregational Education

Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS) is a growing, dynamic, and thriving synagogue community with
highly engaged clergy, congregants, staff, and Board members. Its mission is to inspire and
educate people to live passion-filled Jewish lives. With origins dating back to 1882, PAS is one of
the largest and most vibrant congregations in North America. The synagogue has more than
1,700 member families who are highly involved in community activities through its recently
renovated physical campus on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, as well as through its virtual
campus. PAS was an early adopter of virtual technology, which has enabled it not only to
continue to thrive during the pandemic, but also expand its reach beyond its New York-based
membership. For example, during the most recent High Holidays, tens of thousands of
non-members from around the world joined PAS for its meaningful, spiritual, and professional
services and programming.

Rooted in Conservative Jewish tradition, PAS is a forward-thinking, innovative institution that
values continuous improvement and holds a high standard for excellence. Its clergy and staff
include more than 160 talented individuals who enable and further Rabbi Cosgrove’s vision
centered around three core pillars: learning, community, and prayer. In addition to its many
prayer services, life cycle events, and leading role in liturgical music and cantorial concerts, PAS
provides many lifelong learning opportunities through its young family programs, early
childhood center, congregational school, and a wide range of teen, young adult, and adult
education classes and programs, including engaging in national thought-leading religious
conversations. Its committed and supportive membership, combined with its strong financial
position, uniquely positions PAS to continue both thriving in the current environment and
leading the way in defining and capitalizing on transformative opportunities for the
community’s future.

Park Avenue Synagogue seeks an experienced and dynamic professional to be its Director of
Congregational Education (DCE). Reporting directly to the Senior Rabbi, the DCE will lead and
manage a team of highly regarded educational professionals whose responsibilities begin with
Young Family Education and continue through the Penn Family Early Childhood Center,
Congregational School, and our teen and college-aged community. The DCE will be an integral
part of the synagogue’s senior management team (the Vaad) and will be responsible for all
aspects of religious and cultural educational and experiential programming that cover each of
the aforementioned pillars. In addition to maintaining the current standards of educational
excellence, it is expected that this role will pursue targeted and innovative growth opportunities
and continue to find ways to work across departments to ensure a seamless transition from one
developmental stage to the next and help strengthen engagement of our children and teens. The
DCE will ensure that inclusion remains at the forefront of all youth programming and will
support the success of the synagogue’s inclusion initiatives. Finally, strong collaboration and
communication with PAS’s Executive Director, Director of Content and Innovation (DCI),
clergy, staff, and lay leaders is critical to the success of this position.

The various areas reporting to the DCE have experienced significant growth and development
over the past few years and are continually evolving with the changing world, new educational
trends, and the needs of our member families. These groups have successfully been providing
robust in-person and virtual programs and classes throughout the last turbulent year. These
innovative departments and committees include:

Young Family Education (children 0–5 years) offers a diverse palate of engaging opportunities for our youngest children including: Shabbat and holiday family programming, services and dinners, a young twos parent-child separation program (Shalom Shtayim), morning toddler classes, Camp Keshet (summer day camp), and parenting groups.
The Penn Family Early Childhood Center (children 2–5 years) has approximately 100 students and 31 professionals in a top notch program which works to develop the social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and Jewish life of the young
The Congregational School (grades K–7) continues the journey of Jewish learning and engagement for our children with approximately 340 students and over 45 full- and part-time faculty through weekday classes, weekly Shabbat programming, a Bnei Mitzvah experience program, and High Holiday services
Youth Engagement (grades 3–7) focuses on the opportunities for children outside of the Congregational School and Day School classrooms in order to help foster a love of Judaism, Israel, and PAS, while creating a strong sense of community
Teen program (grades 8–12) offers our teens opportunities to participate and help lead a variety of programs including weekday classes, Shabbat study sessions, a teen-run food pantry, and other volunteer opportunities, social events, and High Holiday services.
College Connections maintains relationships with our college-aged young adults by sending care packages on holidays along with updates and insights from clergy and educators.
The Day School Engagement Committee works with the clergy and staff to brainstorm, organize, and execute events for PAS families whose children attend Jewish day schools.
The Jewish Camping Committee works toward raising awareness about Jewish summer camps (day and overnight) and increasing the number of PAS children who attend them.

Oversee all Youth Education Departments and Committees referenced above
Manage, supervise, lead, coach, mentor, and motivate direct reports who are each talented experts in their departmental areas
Support hiring process for staffing vacancies
Problem-solve with creative solutions
Provide administrative leadership and support with regard to HR, IT, AV, and finance matters
Oversee the budget process for these departments in partnership with the directors of each youth education department
Adjust program design and structure to meet shifts in participant population
Understand different educational modalities (both traditional and cutting edge) and spark innovation in youth education, taking PAS to new heights
Help define and implement educational vision
Oversee cross-departmental youth efforts for a full slate of High Holiday programming to ensure an engaging and comprehensive youth and family experience
Inspire our youth to live passion-filled Jewish lives
Encourage an understanding of, dialogue about, and love for Israel
Collaborate with PAS Clergy, Executive Director, DCI counterpart, staff, and lay leadership
Work closely with the Senior Rabbi and lay leadership

Exceptional leadership, administrative, and management skills
Dynamic, positive, and results-oriented personality
Proven ability to set and achieve an ambitious programming vision
Outstanding project management skills with a well thought out approach to all initiatives
Both a “doer” and “leader of leaders”
Creative and unafraid of innovation, as well as solution oriented – willing to be both a trend-watcher and trend-setter
Ability to work collaboratively with professional and lay leadership, as well as the larger community
Ability to lead experienced educational professionals in a collaborative and collegial work environment
Ability to inspire others with his or her love of Jewish living and learning
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Proactive – always one step ahead in terms of programmatic vision and execution
Ability to coordinate timely and appropriate programmatic response with clergy team to the news of the day
Decision-maker with the ability to say “yes” and “no”
Strong knowledge of Judaism, Hebrew, and Jewish education
Conversant in a broad array of educational modalities and technologies,
including formal and experiential, individual and group, online learning, and use of emerging technologies
10+ years of experience in relevant or related field(s) – school experience is a plus

All interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter attention Zawnia Dehaney, Director of Human Resources to [email protected] by October 22, 2021.

Duration full-time
Ad Posted On 2021-10-08
Times this Ad has been viewed 218 times
Ad is posted for 60 days
Categories Other
Focus Education & Schools, Synagogue
Organization Name Park Avenue Synagogue
Job Location 50 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128
New York, New York
United States
Application Instructions
All interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter by October 22, 2021.
[email protected]

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