Early Childhood Head Teachers for Twos and Threes

Job Type

Full Time




123 East 55th Street
New York
New York
United States


Our Vision

Central Synagogue works tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity. We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal – constantly evolving and always seeking new ways to be “more excellent.” We reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today.    


Job Summary/Objective

Early childhood is a magical time of discovery for children and their parents. At Central Synagogue, one of the largest Reform congregations in North America located in Midtown Manhattan, we provide children with rich learning and growth experiences that establish them as lifelong learners and celebratory experiences that connect them to the joys of Judaism through an exploration of values, traditions, and rituals.


The Head Teacher is a member of the Central Synagogue May Family Nursery School teaching team who shares in the education, care, and well-being of his or her assigned group of students. Under the guidance of the Nursery School administration, the Head Teacher is required to implement planned curriculum, maintain written plans, provide a developmentally appropriate classroom environment, determine classroom and individual student goals, mentor colleagues on the teaching team, participate in team meetings and to uphold the objectives and overall philosophy of the Central Synagogue May Family Nursery School. The Head Teacher reports to the Early Childhood Director.



Reports To                      Director of Early Childhood


Department                   Hours

                                           Full-time, Exempt and not eligible for OT

Your hours of employment will be as follows: Monday through Thursday 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM and until 2:30 PM on Friday.



Essential Functions

·        Manage all aspects of daily classroom life, including health and safety of all students, establishment of comfortable classroom routines and transitions, and implementation of child-centered, developmentally appropriate, emergent curriculum that excites children about learning and prepares them for the next step in their education.

·        Plan and implement activities to support and foster positive self-esteem, social skills, developmental growth, and independence for all students.

·        Observe and record children’s progress, behavior, growth, and development on a regular and ongoing basis.

·        Work collaboratively with teaching team, administrators, specialists, and consultants. Meetings with NS administrators are held weekly.

·        Commit to meeting weekly (minimum one hour) with your teaching team to plan, reflect, and discuss children, curriculum, parents, and day-to-day classroom experiences.

·        Incorporate Shabbat, Jewish holiday celebrations, and Jewish values, customs, traditions, and rituals into the classroom.

·        Manage any classroom allergies, coordinate with service providers such as OT, PT, or speech (as applicable), and address other individualized needs of students.

·        Communicate effectively with parents through written daily and weekly, and monthly communication, in-person discussions at drop off and pick up, email correspondence, and parent-teacher conferences.

·        Actively participate in all team meetings, staff meetings, professional development days, teacher trainings, and workshops.



-         Full time, 10-month position.

-         Salary commensurate with experience.

-         Benefits include: paid vacation time in correspondence with school and religious holidays, paid sick and personal days, medical coverage, paid Maternal/Paternal leave, retirement plans, and life insurance.

-         Learning/growth opportunities.



Ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality. Requires excellent oral and written communication skills.



·        Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related education degree

·        Current New York State Teaching Certification for Early Childhood

·        Teaching experience in early childhood classroom (minimum three years teaching experience)

·        Meet standards for licensing requirements (finger printing, child abuse and other relevant training, etc.)


Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, Life Insurance, Parental Leave, Medical, Vision, Dental, Retirement Plans

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply



-         To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, New York State Teacher certification documentation (where applicable), and three references addressed to Cindy Grebow, Early Childhood Director, at educationjobs@censyn.org.

-         Please reference the job title, Head Teacher, in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.