Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish Day School for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning and a deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world.
Bernard Zell seeks a Head of Jewish Studies and Jewish Life with a talent for teaching and community leadership in a pluralistic N-8 academic setting. Serving as an active member of the school leadership team, this position reports directly to the Head of School and works closely with divisional heads and other administrators to integrate the school’s mission and Jewish values into the fabric of the school. Cultivating a joyful Jewish identity, teaching young people to live Jewishly, and building a sacred, pluralist community is at the heart of this position’s responsibilities.
This is a senior administrative position with significant responsibilities. Our intent is to find a curricular leader who can help guide us as we re-imagine and strengthen the Jewish life and learning experiences of our students and families. This process will be grounded in, and guided by, our mission as a pluralistic Jewish day school that welcomes and encourages Jewish expression in all of its richness and diversity. We aim to enhance a program of Jewish learning and offer a Jewish experience that speaks to, engages and inspires our students and families. We further intend to identify and implement ways to make Jewish learning an immersive experience that is integrated into our general curriculum where there are natural overlaps and to create an engaging program from which our students emerge with strong and confident Jewish identities. We intend to re-envision the Jewish experience at Bernard Zell to expressly include and emphasize parent and family experiences. We want to explore the idea of positioning our school as a center of Jewish community activities for our current and alumni families.
In short: we are seeking a person who can help us position Bernard Zell as the model for pluralistic Jewish education for decades to come.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
Work with divisional heads to refine, implement, and evaluate JS curriculum, Hebrew language curriculum, and spiritual practice program.
Provide high-level support and feedback to JS faculty, including playing a key role in teacher hiring, evaluation, and professional development.
Develop and facilitate Jewish programming on campus, including:
Innovative and exciting Jewish life programming that inspires, teaches, and connects students to their people and its traditions.
Social Action/Tikkun Olam initiatives.
Shabbatonim, Shabbat programming, and holiday programming.
Lead and collaborate with faculty and department chairs and appropriate leadership teams.
Provide support for school programs where integration of a Jewish lens is necessary Form and steward community partnerships:
Provide leadership in forming connections with relevant community organizations and partners.
Lead, direct, and evaluate initiatives designed to position Bernard Zell as a world leader in inspirational Jewish education.
Teach at least one class
Has a passion for innovative and effective Jewish formal and informal education
Has experience in schools, preferably in a leadership position, but is always looking for new and exciting ways to do things differently.
Believes strongly in a pluralist approach to Jewish education, and in integrating Jewish Studies into the curriculum in exciting, relevant, and organic ways.
Believes the best kinds of learning are joyful, exciting, and transformative.
Is a strong collaborative community leader who can navigate amongst multiple constituencies
Is articulate, inspiring, responsive, and compassionate.
Is innovative and creative.
Has excellent administrative and organizational skills.
Has a firm grasp of the challenges facing Jewish schools, and the optimism and energy to address these challenges creatively and courageously.
Takes their work seriously, but also understands the importance of play, fun, curiosity, and joy in schools.
Rabbinic ordination is NOT required for this position. We want an outstanding Jewish educator and leader who can think deeply about curriculum, instruction, informal learning, and experiential learning in a pluralistic Jewish environment.
About Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (www.bernardzell.org) is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.