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Religious School Director

Part-Time

Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley (CEHV), a Reform synagogue in Ulster County, New York, seeks a part-time Director of the Zimet Religious School. The Director will oversee the school as it reopens after a year-long hiatus and help develop a curriculum and strategic plan that leads to growth and sustainability of the program. 

The Zimet School’s mission is to develop engaged students and foster strong Jewish identities by utilizing a combination of experiential learning opportunities, involvement by our supportive community members, and a commitment to social justice. We prepare students to thrive as Jews across diverse communities and environments.

Our School is founded on the following Core Values: 

  • Community is the cornerstone of our institution - both internally and externally. Internally, we strive to create a school that is welcoming, inclusive, intergenerational and diverse by fostering engagement and connections between members. Externally, we look to create a symbiotic relationship within the Hudson Valley - both using our presence to add value to the region and drawing upon the assets that it provides us to further the educational experience.
  • Judaism is a living culture and religion, and therefore Jewish education should be engaging and experiential. Through strong leadership and creativity, we utilize hands-on learning, field trips, arts, music, and the community resources of the Hudson Valley to deliver a robust religious curriculum.
  • Flexibility leads to accessibility and inclusion in meeting the educational needs of our families. We believe this is true in regards to finances, and in leveraging in-person and online resources. 
  • Jewish identity and religion is a source of pride, and that Jewish life rituals are translatable and meaningful to all aspects of everyday life at all ages. 
  • As members of the Reform movement, furthering social justice is central to our community, and we work to weave it into every aspect of our curriculum.

The Director of the School will uphold the School’s mission and core values and lead it towards its vision of a Zimet School that both attracts and retains new families and is the backbone of the CEHV Community. We imagine a thriving, rigorous, creative, and inspiring school that is a beacon for Jewish learning in the Hudson Valley. We will employ hands-on learning to instill a strong Jewish identity, foundational Hebrew with reading fluency for prayer and observance accessibility, Judaics, and a sense of community through a social justice lens.

An ideal candidate must be an effective administrator, educator, communicator, and community-builder. They will be familiar with the Reform Movement and able to design and lead programming that supports progression from early childhood through post-B’nai/B’not Mitzvah education in Judaic and Hebrew studies.  

Responsibilities

1. Think strategically and creatively about the future of the school, collaborate with stakeholders in reviewing and updating existing curriculum in order to create a progressive curriculum for the Zimet Religious School reflecting the CEHV mission, vision statements, and core values.

2. Communicate and work cooperatively with multiple constituencies, including CEHV leadership, Rabbi, school staff, families, and community shareholders.

3. Create a warm and inviting learning environment, emphasizing high expectations related to academic, personal, and Jewish values, as well as bringing positivity and consistency as the leader and “face” of the school. 

4. Hire, train, supervise, and schedule teachers, classroom aides, and other staff and volunteers and lead them through the rollout of the new curriculum.

5. Effectively manage ongoing school operations including new student/staff recruitment and registration, maintenance of student records, procurement of educational materials, school calendar, security guidelines and planning, and programming. Communicate and collaborate with the CEHV leadership regarding use of educational facilities and stewardship over those facilities.

6. Be an active and administrative presence during school hours and activities, including Shabbat and other holiday programming.

7. Attend relevant Religious School Committee and Board of Trustees meetings. 

Desired Skills

  1. Excellent administrator and supportive supervisor
  2. Knowledge and flexibility with creative and experiential curriculum development and implementation
  3. Openness to innovative models of Jewish education
  4. Experience and familiarity with digital and hybrid learning platforms, with a working knowledge of google suite products and social media

Work Remotely: This position offers the opportunity to work remotely during the week, with the understanding that the Director would need to be physically present at the School as select times, including when school is in session.

Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. or higher degree in education and/or Judaic Studies or related fields
  • Experience in educational administration, budgeting, and human resource management. This could be at the Departmental level (eg, Director/Coordinator of Hebrew Education) or at the institutional level (eg, Principal/Administrator)
  • Experience in Jewish education, teaching, and curriculum development
  • Hebrew and Prayer literacy preferred
  • Understanding of the tenants of Reform Judaism

Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

Salary Range: $25,000-30,000

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the link listed below.

About Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley

Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley is committed to inclusivity, diversity, Tikkun Olam, and the ongoing growth of our congregation and members. We are a vibrant, egalitarian, socially active, and community-focused synagogue with dynamic leadership and a rich spiritual tradition.  

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the Congregation Emanuel family. 

We welcome all individuals who are interested in exploring Judaism.

We welcome Interfaith families.

We welcome Jews by choice.

We welcome Jews of Color.

We welcome LGBTQ Jews.

We welcome Sephardic, Mizrahi, & Ashkenazic Jews.

We welcome Jews of all ages.

We welcome young families.

We welcome you regardless of financial status.

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