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Congregation Adat Reyim is a welcoming, inclusive, growing congregation located 15-miles from Washington DC. Our name - which means a “Community of Friends” - values an inclusive approach to Judaism. We are an independent congregation of approximately 250 households that values the richness of Jewish tradition and respects the many ways our diverse community members connect to each other and the Divine.

Description:  Congregation Adat Reyim is currently seeking to fill the position of Education Director. The Education Director serves as chief administrator of the Religious School (pre-K through B’nai Mitzvah) and of the teen program (post B’nai Mitzvah through Confirmation and the Madrichim program).  The Education Director will work closely with Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer who joined our congregation in July 2020 after our prior Rabbi of nearly 30 years retired.  Rabbi Glazer brings extensive experience as an innovator of educational programming and is excited to work with our next Education Director. The Education Director and the Rabbi are part of a collaborative leadership team including the Executive Director and our Board of Directors. We believe in working cooperatively and collaboratively to create programs, curricular activities, and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational development of each student and the professional development of each staff member.

Our Religious School embraces the concepts of “adat” and “b’yachad”.  We are a community and we are in this together. We are proud of our dedicated teachers who return year after year due to their tremendous investment in our community and our children. On Sunday mornings, you will find families and students engaging in our lively Ruach musical and prayerful assemblies.  During student minyan, Rabbi Glazer and lay leaders lead us through the spiritual experience of the evening prayer service.  On Monday evenings when we could gather in person, families brought prepared dishes from home to share as a community with our upper elementary school students.  During this pandemic, our enthusiasm for Jewish education has extended to virtual platforms and we’ve continued to provide a rich learning experience despite the distance from one another.

Status:  Full time, approximately 36 hours per week.  10.5-month position.

Location:  Congregation Adat Reyim
                 6500 Westbury Oaks Court
                 Springfield, VA 22152

 

Time frame: 
We encourage applications!
Interviewing on a rolling basis in January and early February.  Position starts July 1, 2021.

Minimum Qualifications: 
Bachelors degree in Education, Jewish or Religious Studies, or a related field. Two years of leadership experience including previous experience leading a religious school, camp, and/or youth group.  Graduate-level degree may substitute for direct leadership experience.

 

Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Graduate-level study in Education, Jewish Education, Jewish Studies, Rabbinical Ordination and/or Hebrew Letters.
  • Two or more years of leadership experience including supervising staff and direct communication with families.
  • Proven experience navigating change, including pandemic response.
  •  Experience in engaging children of all ages and at different timelines in their Jewish studies.
  • Demonstrated ability to create vibrant and invigorating Jewish educational and family programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with the parents as well as students to establish a sense of community and lifelong learning.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with children and adults.
  • Demonstration of respect for, acceptance of, and inclusion of families of diverse backgrounds and experiences – especially Jewish diversity.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Supervise all Religious School personnel: Kindergarten through high school teachers, teen Madrichim, and school support staff.  Coordinate background checks and contracts with teachers.
  • Stay abreast of and explore the latest innovative educational philosophies and best practices in overseeing the development of instructional objectives in Hebrew, Judaics, Jewish history, and Jewish values at each grade level, and employ those best practices where appropriate; and involve the faculty in the development of specific lessons and special programs. 
  • Coordinate the Confirmation program with the Rabbi (10th grade).
  • Oversee the teen program, engaging and connecting effectively with teens, creating vibrant and invigorating programming options to keep teens excited about, and involved in, Judaism.
  • Collaborate with the Rabbi on curriculum development and more generally, on developing engaging educational programs and ensuring that curriculum, classroom expectations and practices, special programs and services align with the values and religious practices of the congregation. 
  • Work closely with the Rabbi and Religious School Committee to identify the annual school objectives/overarching curricular theme for the school year.
  • Develop and execute youth programs for Jewish Holidays that promote the Jewish values and religious practices of Congregation Adat Reyim.
  • Provide in-services and other training opportunities for the school staff and enhance the quality of the instructional program and facilitate individualized and differentiated instruction to meet all students’ academic, emotional, physical, and medical needs. This includes engaging support for children with learning and developmental disabilities.
  • Coach teachers and evaluate their performance.
  • Evaluate student progress in the instructional program by means that include the maintaining of up-to-date student data.
  • Communicate regularly with students, parents, and faculty and maintain productive and positive relationships with the Rabbi, office staff, the director of the congregation’s preschool and the board of directors.
  • Create and manage a fiscally responsible school budget in collaboration with the Executive Director.
  • Manage, order, and maintain records on the materials, supplies and equipment that are necessary to carry out the daily school routine.
  • Register students annually and maintain a database of student and family information.
  • Work with the Religious School Committee to support family and school-wide programming and fundraising.
  • Support and attend Religious School committee meetings and monthly board meetings.
  • Maintain open communication with members of the Jewish community of Greater Washington.
  • Report to the President of the Board of Directors

This position will require weekend and evening work, including Shabbat and other holidays.

Weekly work hours (a work week may look like):
12 hours per week for class-time. 
4 hours on-site/virtually every Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- noon, for Religious School class time 9:00-11:15 a.m.
4 hours on-site every/virtually Sunday evening from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., for 7th grade and Teens  class time 5:15-7:30 p.m.
4 hours on-site/virtually every Monday evening from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., for Monday RS  class time 5:15-7:30 p.m.
 
1 hour on-site/virtually every once a week to meet with Rabbi Glazer.
 
4 hours per month for NoVA EDC meetings
4 hours per month for Metro EDC meetings (Participation up to the discretion of the Ed Director)
These average out to 2 hours per week.
 
A minimum of 15 hours per week for planning, keeping up with communications, working on the budget, evaluating, etc. 
Due to holiday programs and special Friday evening ceremonies, there will be some weeks that require more hours.
 
 
Salary & Benefits
We are able to offer a starting salary of up to $60,000/year for a 10.5-month position that will allow our director to teach at Jewish summer camp and gain additional income and experience. We also offer group medical, dental and vision plans, paid Holidays, sick and vacation time, and other benefits. We are a growing congregation despite the challenges of Covid, and we are looking for someone to grow with us!
 
 
Application Process:
Interested candidates should send their resume with a cover letter and the names of three references to RSEDsearch@adatreyim.org.
 
Interview process will consist of, but is not limited to, a phone/video screening, panel interview, and submission of written materials.
 
 
 
 
Sat, January 16 2021 3 Shevat 5781