As the Director of Congregational Learning you will serve in a senior leadership position, entrusted with the sacred task of designing and developing educational synergies among multi-generational and diverse constituencies, ranging from elementary school age children to adult learners; individuals and families; those with considerable Judaic knowledge and those with a little background. Your responsibilities will include:
· leadership of the K-7th grade Bernard & Alice Selevan Religious School;
· Oversight of the Setzer Youth Education program, which consists of youth groups (for children in 4th through 12th grades) and our Jewish Teen Leadership Initiative (JTLI), which engages teens through interactive and experiential learning;
· engagement and collaboration with the Head of Day School, Second Rabbi, and Youth Director regarding programming for youth, special Shabbatot, family education, and recruitment to youth groups, scouting, and JTLI;
· staying abreast of trends, innovations, and research in supplementary Jewish education, including integration of technology and online resources, to bring best practices to synagogue’s community of learners;
· supervision, role-modeling, and coaching of teachers, youth director, youth group advisors, and teen assistants (madrikhim);
· surveying wants and needs of current and prospective adult learners as we expand our educational menu with on-site, off-site, traditional and non-traditional types of Jewish learning;
· designing programs of family education and oversee Shabbat and holiday youth services for children of various ages;
· the opportunity to teach based on your personal interest or community’s needs;
You will report to the Senior Rabbi and Vice-President of the Education Cabinet and will be supported by a full-time assistant, as well as our team of clergy, administrative staff, and members of the Education Cabinet, to implement your vision and key strategies.
We offer a warm, welcoming and inclusive community. Jacksonville, with many cultural and recreational opportunities, fine weather and beautiful beaches in a metropolitan area with a population of 1.2 million, is an attractive place to live and work.
You are a creative and passionate Jewish educator with high energy and a commitment to excellence; a talented leader who is also a warm and approachable “people person”, and you are good at building meaningful collaborative relationships with clergy, other educators and senior staff. A master’s degree in the field of Jewish or general education would be great, but you possess at a minimum a bachelor’s degree in Jewish or general education. Possessed of Judaic knowledge and Hebrew proficiency, you have 3-5 years of work experience in both traditional and experiential settings of Jewish education. Comfortable with Conservative Judaism, you are excited about participating in the life of our congregational family. Blessed with superior communication and organizational skills, you are adept at communicating enthusiasm to learners of all ages.
A competitive salary with benefits, professional development, and paid vacation. Florida has no state income tax and the cost of living in Jacksonville is significantly lower than many metropolitan areas.
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About Jacksonville Jewish Center
The Jacksonville Jewish Center is the only Conservative synagogue in the greater metropolitan area and, with 800+ families, the largest in the community. We are a full-service congregation with the programming, resources and facilities usually associated with synagogues more than double our size. The Jacksonville Jewish Center buzzes with activity seven days a week; our 34-acre campus is blessed with amazing outdoor and indoor spaces in which to offer a myriad of spiritual, educational, and social opportunities including: our own Kindergarten through 8th grade day school; a pre-school with before and after-school care; a supplementary learning community for elementary, middle and high school children; varied Shabbat and holiday services and experiences, as well as twice-daily minyan; scouting and youth groups; adult and family educational programming; a summer day camp; and recreational facilities including an outdoor pool, running/biking track, indoor and outdoor basketball courts and soccer field.