Overview

Director of Education and Family Engagement

A Maryland synagogue in the DC suburbs actively seeks a warm, engaging and knowledgeable leader to manage and innovate transformation for our religious school and family engagement programs. The director will have a passion for Judaics, education and program management. This key addition to our staff will serve as a member of Senior Staff, working collaboratively to strengthen and build the future of the congregation. As a role model, the director will bring a fresh perspective and a willingness to both lead, as well as listen and explore options.

Responsibilities

  • Religious School
    • Foster an inclusive learning environment
    • Envision, implement, and manage a formal experiential, engaging, and substantive Judaic and Hebrew curriculum for students K-10 that incorporates notions of differentiated instruction
    • Establish strong communication with parents to encourage partnership between home and school
    • Manage the religious school curriculum, budget, calendar, programming, and staff in an organized and professional manner
    • Develop and implement meaningful opportunities for family learning and engagement
  •  Youth Responsibilities
    • Provide guidance to the advisers of our K-12 youth groups
    • Recruit and retain teens in Jewish life by linking them to their next Jewish experience
    • Actively engage public and day school students with youth group and other activities
  •  Family Engagement and Congregational Life Responsibilities
    • Cultivate a strong sense of community for families
    • Create engaging experiences for family and youth at our High Holiday and Shabbat youth services
    • Enhance congregational holiday and other celebrations by working with other senior staff to develop appropriate programming throughout the year
Work Remotely: no
Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in education, Jewish studies, Middle Eastern studies or equivalent experience
  • An effective teacher, who teaches in concise, meaningful and passionate ways
  • Possesses an engaging and dynamic personality with demonstrable leadership skills
  • Friendly, personable, approachable and able to relate well to others, demonstrating a deep commitment to providing a welcoming and spiritual environment for our congregation that fosters lifelong learning
  • Experience in overseeing, growing and supervising teaching staff
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Experience in program planning and development, ensuring that programming is high quality, on time and on budget.
  • Grant writing experience a plus
  • Experience coordinating multiple, concurrent projects across numerous stakeholders sometimes with competing priorities
Position Start Date: July 1, 2017
Community Description:

B’nai Shalom of Olney is an egalitarian, Conservative Jewish congregation, committed to enhancing life through prayer, religious education, Mitzvot, community outreach and social action. We join together to share in one another’s Simhot and sorrows. It is our goal to meet the diverse spiritual, religious and social needs of our members with the framework and traditions of Conservative Judaism. We nurture our Judaic growth through engaging educational programs for children and adults. We strive to further the causes of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. We build unity with our fellow Jews and the community at large in the spirit of love and respect.

Send resumes and cover letter to:

Education Search Committee
c.cohenwolfe@bnaishalomofolney.org