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Kadima currently has four part-time faculty positions available for the 5782 (2021/22) school year. See below for details! We are seeking energetic and creative teachers to join our team of committed, collaborative, passionate, justice-seeking Jewish educators. Current open positions:
  • Shabbat School 0-3 Year Old Family Program Teacher
  • Shabbat School 1st/2nd Grade Teacher
  • Shabbat School & Tuesday School 7th/8th Grade Teacher
  • Shabbat School Musical Liturgist

Timeline: All positions will begin as early in September as possible, with the time dedicated to curriculum development and preparations before the school year begins in October. If the posting is still on our website (www.kadima.org/workwithus), the positions listed are still open!

Organizational Context: Kadima Reconstructionist Community is building a progressive community of inclusion, social justice, and Jewish tradition for Jews and our allies. Kadima's youth and family programs empower individuals to be the Jewish leaders in their own lives and households. We aim to enable young people and their families to understand and celebrate Jewish identity, experience a diversity of Jewish practice and informed living, and foster skill-building in our intergenerational Jewish community and outside of it. More information about our Shabbat School, Tuesday School, and B’mitzvah programs can be found at www.kadima.org/youth-programs.

Antioppression Commitment: Kadima has signed onto the Not Free to Desist letter (or see the Seattle-specific letter) and made a commitment to “reimagine our collective Jewish covenant, centering racial justice and equity.” We are also committed to creating a more equitable organization through our work to undo cisheteronormativity and classism and deepen our disability justice work. We are actively involved in a long process of examining and recreating our workplace practices, educational curriculums, programming, and more. We are excited to bring these job opportunities to our communities through a lens of equity and intersectional antioppression, bringing in new voices to support our work to move us closer to a culture of collective liberation.

A Note on Current Events: We are currently planning on running our youth and family programming with a multi-access approach: Shabbat School will be in-person (and outside as needed), Tuesday School will be online, and we will work with families who need to figure out alternatives while still staying enrolled and involved. That said, we are aware there is still uncertainty about where the pandemic will take us come the fall. The jobs outlined below are reflective of our current plan, and we are also aware we may need to pivot quickly in any number of directions. We are grateful for your flexibility as we figure it out together and adapt as we need to!

To Apply: Please send a resume and brief cover letter specifying which position(s) you are applying for and explaining why you feel excited about and qualified for them to Mollie Wolf, Kadima’s Director of Youth & Family Learning, at mollie@kadima.org.

People of color, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, immigrants, formerly incarcerated people, people from poor and working class backgrounds, disabled people, and transgender, gender non-conforming, and Two-Spirit applicants are enthusiastically invited to apply to all positions.

Kadima does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal justice system, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Shabbat School 0-3 Year Old Family Program Teacher

Position Overview: Nitzan is our family program for 0-3 year olds and their adults. ​Nitzan serves as a first foray into Jewish learning and community-building for our youngest members and their families. The Nitzan teacher plans and implements a curriculum that meets young people exactly where they are, engaging both young ones and adults through songs, stories, art, drama, outdoor adventure, exploration, and other creative teaching modalities. Nitzan meets on the first, second, and third Saturday of each month during Shabbat School. Paid planning time is scheduled individually by each teacher.

Desired Outcomes: When students and families are preparing to graduate Nitzan, they will feel that they are part of Kadima School and the wider Kadima community. They will leave Nitzan with a sensory familiarity and comfort with various diasporic Shabbat practices and the knowledge that people “do Jewish” in many different ways.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Using the framework of an existing curriculum, develop and implement activities for Shabbat School sessions for 0-3 year olds and their families, drawing on creative, developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant pedagogy.
  • Curate and disseminate “Jewish-at-Home” activities to support the integration of Jewish learning into home lives.
  • Lead Shabbat and Havdalah gatherings, outdoor adventures, and possible adult education events that will be interspersed throughout the year.
  • Support families with regular communication about the class and individual students, building relationships outside of class as time allows.

Desired Qualities:

  • Excellent at connecting with and engaging toddlers and creating supportive, collaborative relationships with their families.
  • Self-starter, team collaborator, persistent, and great communicator.
  • Passion for working with young people, demonstrated commitment to young people’s liberation, and respect for young people as learners and teachers.
  • Experience in anti-oppression education and pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of and passion for Jewish learning, including liturgy, Torah stories, lifecycle, holidays, history, current events, and identity development.
  • Willingness to engage in creatively centering a wide range of Jewish traditions and cultural practices.
  • Experience developing curriculum and lesson planning at a preschool level.
  • Collaborative energy around regular school-wide programming.
  • Ability to organize elders, community partners, and special guests in relationship building with young people.

Required Availability:

  • First, second, and third Saturday mornings from October 2021 through June 2022, with the exception of school breaks. (See calendar at www.kadima.org/calendarofevents.)
  • Day-long faculty retreats on Sunday 9/19/21 and Sunday 1/23/22, both 10am - 4pm.
  • Faculty meetings on 3 pre-scheduled evenings throughout the school year.

Compensation:

  • 10-month (September 2021 through June 2022) salary of $3,920, based on an expected average of 14 hours per month during the duration of the contract.
  • 4 hours of paid sick time, to be used between September 2021 and June 2022.
  • Paid bereavement days at reasonable discretion of Director of Youth & Family Learning.
  • Paid professional development opportunities.
  • Complimentary membership to Kadima.
  • No-fee enrollment in all Kadima School programs for children in your family, if applicable.


Shabbat School 1st/2nd Grade Teacher

Position Overview: Shemesh is our 1st/2nd grade class focused on Torah stories and their place in the Jewish year, Shabbat services, and Jewish ritual and community. The class uses songs, stories, art, drama, outdoor adventure, and other creative teaching modalities to explore a wide range of Jewish traditions and relationships to torah. Shemesh meets on the first, second, and third Saturday of each month during Shabbat School. Paid planning time is scheduled individually by each teacher. Depending on enrollment, this class may be co-taught. There is a possibility we will be able to hire multiple Shemesh teachers.

Desired Outcomes: When students are preparing to graduate Shemesh, they will know that there is a rhythm to the Jewish year that is shaped by Torah stories. They will feel familiar with the narrative arc of the Five Books of Moses and feel comfortable engaging with it critically and creatively. They will leave Shemesh with a palpable sense of belonging to a broader, diverse Jewish community socially and ritually. Finally, they will leave Shemesh with an awareness that services have an order and they are a tool for self-reflection and connection. They will know that prayers are something that are practiced in many different ways and they are individually empowered to use them in their own way.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Using the framework of an existing curriculum, develop and implement activities for Shabbat School sessions for 0-3 year olds and their families, drawing on creative, developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant pedagogy.
  • Curate and disseminate “Jewish-at-Home” activities to support the integration of Jewish learning into home lives.
  • Lead Shabbat and Havdalah gatherings, outdoor adventures, and possible adult education events that will be interspersed throughout the year.
  • Support families with regular communication about the class and individual students, building relationships outside of class as time allows.

Desired Qualities:

  • Excellent at connecting with and engaging 1st and 2nd graders and creating supportive, collaborative relationships with young people and their families.
  • Self-starter, team collaborator, persistent, and great communicator.
  • Passion for working with young people, demonstrated commitment to young people’s liberation, and respect for young people as learners and teachers.
  • Experience in anti-oppression education and pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of and passion for Jewish learning, including liturgy, Torah stories, lifecycle, holidays, history, current events, and identity development.
  • Willingness to engage in creatively centering a wide range of Jewish traditions and cultural practices.
  • Experience developing curriculum and lesson planning at an elementary age level.
  • Collaborative energy around regular school-wide programming.
  • Ability to organize elders, community partners, and special guests in relationship building with young people.

Required Availability:

  • First, second, and third Saturday mornings from October 2021 through June 2022, with the exception of school breaks and assigned days off. (See calendar at www.kadima.org/calendarofevents.)
  • Day-long faculty retreats on Sunday 9/19/21 and Sunday 1/23/22, both 10am - 4pm.
  • Faculty meetings on 3 pre-scheduled evenings throughout the school year.

Compensation:

  • 10-month (September 2021 through June 2022) salary of $3,080, based on an expected average of 11 hours per month during the duration of the contract.
  • 3 hours of paid sick time, to be used between September 2021 and June 2022.
  • Paid bereavement days at reasonable discretion of Director of Youth & Family Learning.
  • Paid professional development opportunities.
  • Complimentary membership to Kadima.
  • No-fee enrollment in all Kadima School programs for children in your family, if applicable.


Shabbat & Tuesday School 7th/8th Grade Teacher

Position Overview: Barak  is our 7th/8th grade class, including a mix of current b’mitzvah students and those who went through the program last year. Barak’s newly created curriculum centers on antisemitism and Israel/Palestine in the context of the Jewish movements for justice. Through experiential learning, field trips, guest speakers, team-building, and more, our oldest students have the opportunity to integrate the Jewish social justice learning many have been immersed in since their preschool years. Barak meets on the first, second, and third Saturday of each month during Shabbat School. Pending a critical mass in enrollment, the 8th graders in the class will also meet during Tuesday School to work towards a class trip. Paid planning time is scheduled individually by each teacher.

Desired Outcomes: When students are preparing to graduate Barak, they will have developed their own understandings around the value of engaging with the topics of antisemitism and Israel/Palestine through an intersectional, justice-focused lens. They will feel an important connection to their cohort and a knowledge that they have a community of peers to continue to learn and grow with. Finally, they will leave Barak grounded in their own identity as progressive Jews who are open to being continuously challenged to deepen their political and personal analyses and excited to speak their truths.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Using the framework of an existing curriculum, develop and implement classes for Shabbat School sessions, drawing on creative, developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant pedagogy.
  • Identify, build relationships, and collaborate with local Jewish and social justice partners, seeking out opportunities for field trips and guest speakers to integrate into class sessions as possible.
  • Curate and disseminate “Jewish-at-Home” activities to support the integration of Jewish learning into home lives.
  • Support families with regular communication about the class and individual students, building relationships outside of class as time allows.

Desired Qualities:

  • Excellent at connecting with and engaging middle schoolers and creating supportive, collaborative relationships with young people and their families.
  • Self-starter, team collaborator, persistent, and great communicator.
  • Passion for working with young people, demonstrated commitment to young people’s liberation, and respect for young people as learners and teachers.
  • Experience in anti-oppression education and pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of and passion for Jewish learning, including liturgy, Torah stories, lifecycle, holidays, history, current events, and identity development.
  • Willingness to engage in creatively centering a wide range of Jewish traditions and cultural practices.
  • Relationships in local movement building spaces, particularly those focusing on antisemitism and Israel/Palestine.
  • Experience developing curriculum and lesson planning at a middle school level.
  • Collaborative energy around regular school-wide programming.
  • Ability to organize elders, community partners, and special guests in relationship building with young people.

Required Availability:

  • First, second, and third Saturday mornings from October 2021 through June 2022, with the exception of school breaks. (See calendar at www.kadima.org/calendarofevents.)
  • Day-long faculty retreats on Sunday 9/19/21 and Sunday 1/23/22, both 10am - 4pm.
  • Faculty meetings on 3 pre-scheduled evenings throughout the school year.

Compensation:

  • 10-month (September 2021 through June 2022) salary of $5,040, based on an expected average of 18 hours per month during the duration of the contract.*
  • 5.5 hours of paid sick time, to be used between September 2021 and June 2022.*
  • Paid bereavement days at reasonable discretion of Director of Youth & Family Learning.
  • Paid professional development opportunities.
  • Complimentary membership to Kadima.
  • No-fee enrollment in all Kadima School programs for children in your family, if applicable.

* See note above under “Position Overview.” If we do not have enough enrollment and only run this class during Shabbat School, the 10-month salary will be $3,640 for an average of 13 hours per month and will include 4 hours of sick time.


Shabbat School Musical Liturgist

Position Overview: Our musical liturgist will lead Shabbat morning services designed specifically for young people, likely in two separate groups based on age. This is a new position that will allow our program to integrate liturgy into our young people’s programs in a structured way, both supporting and informing the work that classroom teachers are doing with their cohorts. We will collaboratively create young people’s services focused on Kadima’s liturgy while also creating a laboratory for young people to access many traditions of Jewish language and melody. We are open to this role being filled by an individual or a team of people and welcome applications from people who are excited to co-create the role together!

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan, in consultation with Kadima School teachers and Kadima’s ritual and liturgy team, and lead monthly Shabbat morning services for young people between the ages of 4 and 14, likely in two separate age-based groups.
  • Familiarize young people and families in Kadima School with Kadima liturgy, teaching prayers and songs by drawing on creative, developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant pedagogy.

Desired Qualities:

  • Excellent at connecting with and engaging elementary and middle school-aged young people and creating supportive, collaborative relationships.
  • Self-starter, team collaborator, persistent, and great communicator.
  • Passion for working with young people, demonstrated commitment to young people’s liberation, and respect for young people as learners and teachers.
  • Experience in anti-oppression education and pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of and passion for Jewish liturgy from a wide range of Jewish traditions, musical styles, and cultures; willingness to consistently learn and grow your practice.
  • Ability to lead large groups, capture the attention of young people, and effectively teach songs and prayers.
  • Collaborative energy around regular school-wide programming.
  • Ability to organize elders, community partners, and special guests in relationship building with young people.

Required Availability:

  • Second Saturday mornings from October 2021 through May 2022. (See dates for “Young People’s Services” on our calendar at www.kadima.org/calendarofevents.)

Compensation:

  • 8-month (October 2021 through May 2022) salary of $1,024, based on an expected average of 4 hours per month during the duration of the contract.
  • 1.5 hours of paid sick time, to be used between October 2021 and May 2022.
  • Paid bereavement days at reasonable discretion of Director of Youth & Family Learning.
  • Paid professional development opportunities.
  • Complimentary membership to Kadima.
  • No-fee enrollment in all Kadima School programs for children in your family, if applicable.
Kadima currently has four part-time faculty positions available for the 5782 (2021/22) school year. See below for details! We are seeking energetic and creative teachers to join our team of committed, collaborative, passionate…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 6, 2021

Salary

USD 1,024 - USD 5,0408-10 month (school year) positions, each position paid a monthly flat amount based upon average hours of 4-18 hours per month, depending on position

Benefits

  • Paid sick time and bereavement leave
  • Complimentary membership to Kadima Reconstructionist Community
  • No-fee enrollment in all Kadima School programs for children in your family, if applicable
  • Paid professional development opportunities
  • Paid sick time and bereavement leave
  • Complimentary membership to Kadima Reconstructionist Community
  • No-fee enrollment in all Kadima School programs for children in your…

Location

On-site
Seattle, WA, USA

How to Apply

Please send a resume and brief cover letter specifying which position(s) you are applying for and explaining why you feel excited about and qualified for them to Mollie Wolf, Kadima’s Director of Youth & Family Learning, at mollie@kadima.org.

Please send a resume and brief cover letter specifying which position(s) you are applying for and explaining why you feel excited about and qualified for them to Mollie Wolf, Kadima…

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