Details: The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
1316 University Ave
Preschool Director – Congregation Netivot Shalom
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool (http://nspreschool.blogspot.com/) is searching for a Preschool Director who is passionate about working with young children and their families at our exciting egalitarian, Conservative congregation in Berkeley, CA.
We seek an educator whose leadership skills will guide our Jewish Preschool into its second decade. Our Preschool provides the young child with a learning environment rich in Jewish content, with a focus on the Hebrew language. We emphasize an interactive learning process, where children learn in a play based setting. Our philosophy focuses on learning through active exploration: we believe that learning happens through interactions with adults, other children, and the environment. Our emergent curriculum is inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia where children can pretend, practice and explore in order to foster inquiry and discover the world around them. We see the child as curious, competent, and able to build theories and discover. Our talented teaching staff provides support by observing, documenting and further extending the learning process. We believe that each child is a unique person who possesses an individual pattern of timing for their own growth and development. We accept and respect each child’s differing levels of ability, development, and learning style, and we design our curriculum to reflect these differing abilities. Our curriculum is relevant, emergent and intertwined with Jewish life and practice.
Our Preschool is a treasured part of Congregation Netviot Shalom. Netivot Shalom (www.netivotshalom.org) began in 1989 and grew out of our founding members’ collective commitment to creating an egalitarian spiritual home for Conservative/Masorti Jews in Berkeley, California. We are members who are Jewish and not, Jews-by-choice, interfaith families, multiracial, multicultural, married,
single, families and individuals, LGBTQQ, straight, old, and young. We explicitly recognize and cherish each other as teachers and students.
The responsibilities for the Preschool Director: to develop and maintain positive, trusting relationships with parents, children, and staff in accordance with the Jewish values of the program; to use leadership skills which educate and inspire staff to implement best practices in Jewish early childhood education; to welcome potential families into the program; and to direct all aspects of the preschool program including financial, curriculum, supervision and administration. The Preschool director reports to the Administrator.
The qualifications for the Preschool Director are: a love of working with young children and their families in a Jewish environment; a master’s degree, (preferred) in Early Childhood education; a minimum of three years’ experience in leading a preschool; demonstrated team leadership and ability to interface with synagogue community; effective interpersonal communication skills; expert knowledge in child development; meet requirements for and be able to implement licensing regulations for the state of California; strong Judaic background or willingness to learn.
The excellent benefits package currently includes paid holidays—Jewish and secular, sick, and vacation leave; medical insurance.
Level of Language Proficiency
Proficient in English a must.
Proficient in Hebrew desired.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, email resume, cover letter. Include “Preschool Director – (Your name)” in the subject line. Due to the high volume of interest, we cannot accept phone calls.