Details: Competitive salary offered.
1101 Camino Real
Temple Menorah is a vibrant Reform synagogue in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. The two-day per week Religious School, with over 150 students (K-12) is the largest in the area. The Religious School Director will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the day to day functions of the Religious School and will report directly to the Senior Rabbi.
If you are a thoughtful, energetic, passionate, well-organized and hard-working team player who cares deeply about Jewish education and engagement, you are encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:
Oversight and supervision of all faculty - Ensuring that the Religious School is properly staffed at all times, engaging, training, providing resources, creating clear, professional expectations and working to enhance a sense of shared commitment and buy-in that will trickle down to students and families.
Management of curriculum - Providing teachers with materials and necessary curricular training, as well as creating "pacing guides" in the summer so that at the outset of Religious School in the fall, each teacher will have a clear idea of what he or she will be doing, and when.
Efficient and thorough response to any issues that arise with individual students or in classes - While this often means intervening directly with a student in need or between students, there are times when parents need to be brought into the conversation. Knowing when to engage other synagogue staff and clergy is essential.
Creation and implementation of yearly calendar and daily schedule - Ensuring that while there is ample time allotted for curriculum, experiences are varied and engaging.
Coordination and/or creation of all special programs - This includes family education, programs for holidays, field trips, special assemblies and anything else that is needed or that is created which meet the vision for the synagogue and the Religious School.
Coordination and oversight of Hebrew program - Working with Hebrew teachers to ensure that all students are making appropriate progress with Hebrew learning, receiving extra help as necessary and ensuring that no students fall through the cracks.
Regular and timely communication with families and teachers - Working from the perspective that the Religious School is a crucial program at the center of the synagogue community and that both parents and teachers are stakeholders in that community, ensuring that everyone is "in the know" is essential. While often communication will flow from teachers to families, the Director is responsible for ensuring the quality of this communication. Additionally, regular Director's communications are important, as well as phone and email communication whenever there is something for parents to know (ie. special programs, faculty updates, special Shabbat service announcements, etc.)
Oversight of creation and distribution of progress reports - Twice yearly, providing teachers with the tools necessary to write student comments, and then coordinating, editing as necessary and distributing them in a timely fashion.
Oversight of budget and all administration related to the Religious School - Utilizing the support of the administrative assistant designated to the Religious School with administrative tasks and senior staff lay leadership partners to monitor spending and budget assumptions to ensure that all administration associated with the school is done effectively and efficiently.
Champion the ability for all students to be included in the Religious School - Through supervision of and partnership with the Religious School committee chair as well as the Vice President of Education, support and guide these volunteers and budding synagogue leaders as they enhance the sense of community within the Religious School.
Be a part of the synagogue staff team - Joining a team, rather than working in isolation, means being ready to work together, to help one another to receive assistance and support when necessary and dreaming together.
Per the Temple Menorah Employee handbook.
Level of Language Proficiency
Must be able to speak and write in grammatically correct English.
Knowledge of Hebrew and Spanish is a plus.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit a cover letter of interest and resume to be considered for the position.