Early Childhood Specialist

Job Type

Full Time



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Cleveland Heights
United States


The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland is searching for an early childhood staff member! This person will support early childhood programs across settings (Cleveland has 13 total - congregational, community-based, and day school). In addition, s/he will offer leadership to the community’s efforts to engage families with young Jewish children. 

We’re looking for an educator to forward the mission, vision and strategic plan of the JECC as it relates to early childhood. This means not only scaffolding what our community already does well, but also enabling us move to the next levels of Jewish early childhood education and engagement. Depending on a candidate’s background, the position will either be titled as the JECC’s Early Childhood Director or an Early Childhood Associate. If you are at all interested, please apply and explore the possibilities! We posted as a full-time position, but would entertain the possibility of this being part-time. 


Offer leadership to local early childhood initiatives that support the education and engagement of young Jewish children and their families. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Staffing the JECC’s early childhood directors’ network. 
  • Supporting early childhood directors in further developing the Jewish aspects of their programs. 
  • Keeping updated on Ohio’s early childhood initiatives, helping EC directors achieve early childhood quality and become eligible for funding opportunities. 
  • Offering professional development opportunities for early childhood teachers (courses, a community of practice, and coaching). 
  • Attaining professional development credit for early childhood educators through the State of Ohio’s online professional development registry. 
  • Planning and implementing the EC evening of study and directors retreat (every other year) in collaboration with local EC directors 
  • Advocating for and supporting big-picture foci of Jewish early childhood (e.g., recruitment, retention of EC teachers) 
  • Handling the start-to-finish logistics of JECC’s Shoresh Grants (these offer funding for programs that encourage engagement of parents with young children, birth to PreK). 
  • Working in partnership with other local programs that impact early childhood families including PJ Library (staffed by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland) and jHUB (a joint Federation-JECC initiative that supports interfaith families). 
  • OPTIONAL, DEPENDING ON BACKGROUND: Supporting teachers using Hebrew Through Movement in early childhood settings (http://HebrewThroughMovement.org)

The ideal candidate: 

  • Has experience working in a Jewish early childhood setting, preferably in a leadership position. 
  • Works well with educators from all spectrums of Jewish thought and practice. 
  • Is comfortable working in partnership with early childhood directors, as well as teaching and coaching teachers. 
  • Has experience initiating and completing projects with limited oversight. 
  • Possesses excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills. 
  • Is well-organized. 
  • Has a strong Jewish background. 
  • Has attained a Masters degree, preferably in early childhood or a closely related field. 
  • Brings 3+ years Jewish early childhood educational experience (preferred) 


  • Medical (including vision and dental)
  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance
  • Auto allowance
  • Paid leave (sick, vacation, parental)
  • Relocation assistance
  • Low cost of living and great schools
  • Great place to work!

We will also do our best to assist a spouse finding employment in Cleveland, if needed.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Send a cover letter and resume, along with a writing sample that was produced independently (e.g., letter to parents, curriculum piece, or other work-related document)