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Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives is a 29-years-strong, fast-growing, progressive unaffiliated Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, NY with over 450 households. Kolot is a place of inclusive ritual, supportive community, dynamic educational programming and the relentless pursuit of social justice. In alignment with Kolot’s Mission Statement, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews and Jews of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Director of Lifelong Learning will join Kolot at an exciting time for our growing children’s and adult education efforts. During the pandemic we have increasingly expanded our adult education offerings, while simultaneously providing innovative, hands-on joyful Jewish education for children from birth through teens. With the addition of this new Director position, Kolot will continue building a coherent culture of values-aligned lifelong Jewish learning and engagement for our littlest learners through our seniors and everyone in between.  

ABOUT THE JOB

Based out of our Park Slope office, co-supervised by the Executive Director and Rabbi and working in collaboration with Kolot staff, the Board of Directors, families and Education Committee, we are currently seeking to hire a full-time Director of Lifelong Learning (“Director”) by end of March 2022, with a start date of June 2022.

This new position will: 

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of our congregational school, the Children’s Learning Program (CLP), that serves around 110 students from birth through post B’nai Mitzvah. You will implement a vision for the school that is welcoming, inclusive, engaging and consistent with the congregation’s mission, values, and expectations. 
  • Lead the effort to make our curriculum, and by extension all of our CLP programs, fun, age-appropriate, exciting, inclusive and an importat component of Kolot’s journey to becoming an anti-racist congregation. 
  • Oversee and grow adult ed offerings by partnering with the Rabbi to: envision and organize events and workshops with speakers from within and beyond the community on topics of Jewish ritual, history and more; and identify ideal classes and programs for adult members with a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. 

ABOUT YOU

You are an enthusiastic and inspiring Jewish educator with a clearly developed pedagogy and commitment to progressive, creative, intergenerational and participatory education that engages the widest possible range of learners. You enjoy working in a highly collaborative environment, are process-oriented, but also solution-driven. You demonstrate strong organizational, staff management, administrative, and communication skills. You are excited to lead a growing learning program in a congregation dedicated to anti-racism and the pursuit of justice. 

THE DIRECTOR WILL TAKE THE LEAD ON THE FOLLOWING RESPONSIBILITIES:

CLP Curriculum

  • Oversee the implementation of Kolot’s curricula and improve on it as needed
  • Integrate external resources and new approaches to support a multi-disciplinary, project-based curriculum that engages holistically and is aligned with Kolot’s values  

Staffing, Teacher Supervision, Training and B’nai Mitzvah Tutors

  • Recruit, hire, supervise, evaluate, manage, and retain teaching staff for Early Childhood through Teen programming
  • Create and maintain clear and open communication with parents and families
  • Plan and lead returning and new staff orientations and professional development
  • Supervise the b’nai mitzvah tutors

Community

  • Recruit prospective families and support new member families
  • Nurture family learning through Family Projects, Kitah Shabbatot, CLP Family Classes, holiday programming, etc
  • Maintain and grow partnerships with local congregational schools and educators

Administration and Finances

  • Create and manage the operating budget for CLP and adult ed offerings
  • Oversee and manage the registration and enrollment process for new and returning CLP students, as well as all adult ed programming
  • Oversees scheduling, promotion and logistics for CLP and adult ed offerings

Adult Ed Programming

  • Create individual classes on a variety of topics and for learners at different levels
  • Develop partnerships with Jewish ed organizations like SVARA, Hadar Institute, Rising Song Institute
  • Oversee our vibrant Shabbat morning Torah study program

KEY REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in Jewish education, including classroom experience and curriculum writing
  • A warm and pluralistic approach to Jewish education and Judaism
  • 2-3 years’ experience managing and developing programs, including budget and personnel management, with a focus on professional development
  • A solid foundation of Jewish knowledge in history, Torah, prayer, ritual and holidays
  • Proficiency in Hebrew with emphasis on tefilot, brachot, Torah texts, and shorashim
  • Strong communication skills and experience managing needs of diverse stakeholders
  • A get-it-done approach and a willingness to operationalize as well as manage
  • Creative problem-solving and strong self-organization skills
  • Open-mindedness, diplomacy, generosity, grace under pressure and flexibility

Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives is a 29-years-strong, fast-growing, progressive unaffiliated Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, NY with over 450 households. Kolot is a place of inclusive ritual, supportive community, dynamic…

Resumo dos Detalhes

  • Comprometimento de Tempo
    Carga Horária Integral
  • Data de Início
    1 de junho de 2022
  • Nível profissional
    Profissional
Salário
Até USD $80.000
/ ano
$80,000 for 3-5 years of experience. If you have more experience, let’s talk.

Benefícios

10 secular holidays and various religious holidays; sick days; 4 weeks vacation; health insurance; voluntary 401k; voluntary dental/vision plan; and TransitChek

10 secular holidays and various religious holidays; sick days; 4 weeks vacation; health insurance; voluntary 401k; voluntary dental/vision plan; and TransitChek

Nível de Proficiência do Idioma

Proficiency in Hebrew with emphasis on tefilot, brachot, Torah texts, and shorashim

Proficiency in Hebrew with emphasis on tefilot, brachot, Torah texts, and shorashim

Localização

Temporariamente Remoto
O trabalho pode ser executado em ou perto de New York, NY
Local Associado
New York, NY, USA

Como se inscrever

Interested applicants should email jobs@kolotchayeinu.org with “Director” in the subject line and include the the following materials: 1) Letter telling us why you want this job and how your experience makes you the right fit; 2) Resume or CV; and 3) Two professional references. You will be notified before references are called. 

Candidates are encouraged to submit early. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Search Committee on a rolling basis and the position is available until it is filled, which we hope will be by the end of March 2022. The anticipated start date is June 2022. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Kolot Chayeinu is committed to prioritizing diversity and inclusion in its employment practices. Members of Kolot are welcome to apply. Must be a US citizen or have proper legal documentation to work in the US.

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