Early Childhood Center Associate Director and Instructional Leader

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Magen David Yeshivah
Brooklyn, NY
Published 10 days ago

We want all applicants to be aware that even though we are dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we are still recruiting for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Interviews for qualified applicants will be conducted by phone and video conferencing.

We are looking for passionate, thoughtful, forward thinking educators to join our growing team. Magen David Yeshivah is an Orthodox Jewish Yeshivah rooted in Sephardic tradition, Jewish law and dedicated to academic excellence, creativity and intellectual curiosity. Our mission is to develop broadly educated, ethical, self-confident, and compassionate Torah-observant Jews, committed to lifelong learning, community service, and personal growth. As a community, we equip our students with the ability to confidently interact with an ever-changing modern world through the prism of Torah values, and to cultivate within them a deep understanding of and love for the people, land, and State of Israel.

Our program is embedded in an emergent curriculum that integrates each child’s individual potential and the responsibility as an institution to support and guide a child throughout their journey of wonder and learning. The school promotes the development of interpersonal relationships among children and adults in order to provide an educational experience of the highest quality built upon the belief that children have an innate curiosity, sense of discovery, and when intentionally nurtured, blossoms into a lifelong love of learning. 

Associate Director Responsibilities:

  • Share in the responsibility for the daily operation of the Early Childhood program 
  • Promote and brainstorm for innovation and creativity in our classrooms and programs
  • Remain current on issues and trends in early childhood education 
  • Assist in the design and implementation of professional development opportunities for staff 
  • Monitor teachers’ professional development 
  • Mentor teachers on teaching practices
  • Support teachers in planning and implementing learning experiences and daily routines
  • Participate in staff meetings and professional development seminars
  • Be a resource to educators and families in regard to best practices in Jewish Early Childhood Education by providing literature, facilitating conversation and exposing them to community resources
  • Model best practices within and without the classroom, including but are not limited to classroom management, diverse learning needs, and emotional responsive practice
  • Support new teachers during the introduction process 
  • Participate and lead weekly teacher planning meetings, age group meetings, and individual reflective supervision with teachers 
  • Assist in creating a collaborative community of learners among the teachers
  • Support and organize purchasing needs for school supplies and materials
  • Ensure all state and local health department regulations are being followed and maintained. 
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information related to children, families and staff 
  • Experience in early childhood Judaic studies 
  • Knowledge and understanding of Jewish values, culture and traditions
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive Early Childhood program with emphasis on age-appropriate play-based curriculum, based on Jewish Values and Ideals
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple initiatives
  • Cultivate and maintain solid parent partnerships through open door, responsive, proactive communication

Associate Director Qualifications:

  • Degree in Childhood Education or related field required, Masters degree required 
  • Classroom experience teaching in an early childhood environment 
  • Experience with administrative responsibilities preferred 
  • Deep understanding of and experience within a progressive early childhood philosophy (constructivist; emergent; Reggio-Emilia) 
  • Experience in early childhood Judaic studies is required
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new technologies 
  • Innovative and creative 
  • Collaborative and works well as part of a team 
  • Detail oriented and highly organized 
  • Strong understanding of child development, inquiry based learning and experience

Instructional Leader Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a hands on instructional support coaching teaching teams in and out of the classroom environment 
  • Guiding practice within an age-appropriate emergent curriculum incorporating the development of skills for math, science, literacy, and social/emotional functioning 
  • Modeling best practice in instruction as it relates to classroom expectations, time management, use of language and materials in a responsive classroom
  • Lead teaching teams in the areas of planning, instruction and classroom management including the review of lessons plans and implementation of curricular goals
  • Collaborate closely with supervisors
  • Be a consumer of research and generate ideas rooted in best practice in early childhood education
  • Engage in ongoing professional development
  • Provide ongoing feedback to teaching teams within the framework of a growth mindset
  • Implement assigned administrative duties

Instructional Leader Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of and experience within a progressive early childhood philosophy (constructivist; emergent; Reggio-Emilia) looking to join a school with opportunities for growth
  • Experienced early childhood teacher with great instincts and is solutions oriented
  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing
  • Eager to share effective skills and practices with colleagues and has a "toolbox" of ideas and strategies 
  • Collaborator by nature, strong leadership skills and enjoys working as part of a team
  • Knowledge of Jewish customs and practices
  • Minimum of 3 years as a lead teacher with a progressive background
  • Master’s degree required
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Experience in early childhood Judaic studies is required

About Magen David Yeshivah

Magen David Yeshivah is an Early Childhood through Grade 12 Jewish day school rooted in the Sephardic tradition and dedicated to academic excellence, creativity, and intellectual curiosity. As the cornerstone of the Sephardic community of New York for generations, we are proud to continue to provide a first-rate education while strengthening our community and preserving our traditions.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer offering a wonderful mission driven environment, competitive salary and benefits including a 403(b) retirement plan and lunch. The school year is consistent with the Jewish calendar and closed during the summer.

Learn more and watch a video about working at Magen David Yeshivah.

We want all applicants to be aware that even though we are dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we are still recruiting for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Interviews for qualified applicants will be conducted by phone and video…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level


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