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Posted 12/2014

Head of School Job Announcement

Heritage Academy Jewish Community Day School

Heritage Academy is a co-educational private Jewish day school serving children from Kindergarten through Eighth grade. We are located in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on the Jewish Community Campus. Our academics challenge the intellectual curiosity of our students, by offering a dual-curriculum in both secular and Judaic studies. We are a member of the prestigious Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). In conjunction with our strong academics, we offer our students a multitude of unique opportunities to learn and grow. The Leader In Me initiative, our co-curricular opportunities, and our community service model create an overall learning environment that instills a strong set of values and self-confidence in our students. Furthermore, technology has always played an important part in the curriculum at Heritage Academy. Most recently, through the efforts of the Jewish Federation, we are proud to have become a partner with World ORT Kadima Mada
(WOKM) as their first pilot school in the United States. WOKM has been providing cutting edge technological
tools and pedagogical training to enrich the teaching and learning environment in classrooms throughout Israel, as well as in Europe and South America.

Job Description
Heritage Academy is seeking qualified applicants prepared to take on the vital role of Head of School. A dynamic leader with foundations in education, leadership, and business management will have an opportunity to guide and enhance an educational institution that focuses on academic excellence, positive student experiences, and strong Jewish values within a welcoming and engaged community. The Head of School, in collaboration with an active and supportive school board, will have the overall responsibility for the academic quality of the dual curriculum and financial sustainability of the institution while supporting its mission. The Head of School will embrace the role of chief ambassador by focusing much of their attention on recruitment and building and maintaining connections with the broader community. The successful applicant for the position of Head of School must demonstrate an ability to balance critical aspects of school leadership, including program review and enhancement, staff hiring and management, internal
communications, and strategic planning with external marketing, recruitment, and fundraising.
Desired Skills and Experience

The ideal Head of School candidate will possess the following critical competencies/qualifications:
• Demonstration of embracing the schools’ mission and philosophy and being a vocal advocate for the
school to the broader community
• A track record of implementing aggressive recruitment efforts and exhibiting a proactive approach to
community outreach
• Proven ability to work collaboratively with educators to ensure high standards of academic excellence
• Experience with and enhancement of development efforts, through greater involvement with the Jewish
community at large, alumni parents, alumni and school families
• Exhibited professional management of financial responsibilities related to operating a day school
Prospective candidates may apply by submittinga cover letter, resume, and three references to the following
email address: heritageacademyma@gmail.com If you have questions about this opportunity, you may
contact Dr. Joshua Weiss, Search Committee Chair at 413.567.1517



POSITION:    Director of US Programs-Project Interchange
LOCATION:   Washington, DC


Posted 11/2014

The Director of US Programs will direct and expand the US Programs of Project Interchange in accordance with a strategic plan and will work in close coordination with the Director of International Programs to maximize impact and ensure shared models of efficiency. S/he will report to the Deputy Director of Project Interchange (PI).

Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. In addition to its New York headquarters and Washington DC Office of Government & International Affairs., AJC has regional offices and affiliates across the U.S. and overseas in addition to a multitude of global partnerships.

Project Interchange, an educational institute of AJC, develops and conducts educational seminars in Israel for current and emerging United States and international leaders. Participants include diplomats, elected officials, journalists, media opinion leaders, civic leaders, university presidents, administrators and student leaders.

Since 1982, Project Interchange has equipped over 6,000 seminar participants from more than 85 countries and all 50 states with a balanced foundation for understanding Israel’s history, diverse makeup, and strategic objectives. PI seminars are highly apolitical, interactive and promote dialogue on a wide array of complex issues.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Program Development and Implementation:
• Overseeing the successful management of US seminars on time and within budget, according to AJC/PI plans with respect to administrative, budgetary, planning and communication guidelines
including authorizing expenditures in the US and Israel.
• Articulating and conveying AJC/PI missions, goals and priorities clearly, concisely and effectively through a range of mediums to vastly diverse audiences including public speaking and
written correspondence.
• Vetting proposals for seminars, assessing viability with respect to alignment with PI and AJC priorities, mission and fundraising feasibility and once vetted, establishing clear goals and
anticipated outcomes with the AJC Region or other partner agency.
• Launching and managing a holistic approach to each US seminar including the development of a sound recruitment procedure to include: defining the profile of the participant and communicating
this to the AJC system to engage them in the process, mobilizing AJC regional resources to recruit effectively, managing the research process to determine eligibility to participate on a PI seminar,
establishing a solid communications protocol with invitees to ensure submission of complete
•  Strategically planning, in collaboration with the AJC Jerusalem Office and the PI Communications Director and Senior Strategic Counsel, appropriately sequenced and customized itineraries incorporating the unique PI philosophy, reflecting AJC/PI priorities, and factoring in all Aspen Institute recommendations to enhance each seminar experience.
•     Fully preparing participants and staffer for their experience with select educational sessions and briefings, in the months leading up to each seminar, with expert resources on Israel and the region.
• Playing lead PI role in recruiting, training and placing highly skilled staffers in the delicate and complex facilitator role that a PI seminar commands; educating and training seminar staff to
understand their role, reflecting PI’s educational focus throughout the seminar.Alumni Programs and Development Outreach:

•     Developing, in partnership with Director of Alumni Engagement a solid follow up mechanism and protocol to ensure a smooth hand-off to alumni and regional apparatuses, per the Aspen Institute recommendations.
• Managing donor expectations and preparing commun ications and materials for donors in a timely fashion throughout the recruitment and actual seminar phases, in coordination with the designated
staff/lay donor relationship manager.
• Creating new collateral materials, in coordination with Project Interchang e's Director of Communications and Senior Strategic Counsel, to ensure that US seminars are fully and accurately
represented in Project Interchange/AJC marketing campaigns, reflecting the perspectives and interests of diverse audiences from potential donors to alumni.

Management/Budgetary Oversight:

• Providing ongoing managerial support, encouragement, mentoring and growth  opportunities to US Programs Team, including the Assistant Director and Program Assistant; mentoring and supervising
other PI staff as requested.
• Advancing PI/AJC programmatic, development, and operational goals on multiple projects with
minimal supervision, seeking advice where needed.
• Exhibiting excellent interpersonal and communication skills in interactions across, within and
outside the organization, showing capacity to both lead and take direction.
• Developing new program and operational improvements to reflect the recommendations of the 2013
Aspen institute evaluation of Project Interchange.

Skills and Requirements:

•    A minimum of 10 years’ experience in Jewish communal service or related non-profit organizational work
•    Budget  management  experience  including  the  development of accurate  budget projections and oversight of relevant program expenditures.
•    Ability to motivate, supervise, manage and mentor.
•    Proven ability to employ diplomacy skills and sensitivity in interactions with diplomats, elected officials, journalists, high level university administrators and ethnic and religious
•    In-depth knowledge of Israel and regional issues.
•     Strong work ethic, organizational skills, detail oriented nature and exceptional follow
•    Ability to meet deadlines and complete assignments in a timely and accurate fashion.
•    Demonstrated capacity to produce high quality materials, events and programs for diverse
•    Creative self-starter with ability to work well independently and in team settings.
•     Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and persuasive communication skills, engaging
telephone persona and ability to employ tact and discretion in delicate conversations and
•    Strong commitment to the AJC/PI mission.
•     Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment, exhibiting a capacity
for effective cross-cultural communication.

To Apply:

Please submit your application on https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/director -us-programs-pi-dc-2014/

AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Director of Education & Youth Programming 

Encourage Cantor/Director or Rabbi/Director or Educators with Music Degree/Experience

About Congregation Beth El
Congregation Beth El of South Orange, NJ is a dynamic, warm, egalitarian and inclusive community rooted in the traditions of Conservative Judaism.  We are proud of our diversity -- we are seekers and Jewish professionals, scholars and beginners, Jews by choice, non-Jewish family members, same-sex couples and households of all configurations.  We are genuinely a congregation that works to preserve tradition while embracing change.  We offer a range of opportunities for spiritual renewal, growth, participation and volunteerism.  There is a lot of positive energy in this community, as evidenced by 85 new member households in the last three years.

Congregation Beth El is 30 minutes from New York City (a short walk from the South Orange train station).  Our newly renovated building contains spaces for worship and events, and houses our rapidly growing Jewish Learning Center (JLC) and the Thelma K. Reisman Preschool.  Congregation Beth El offers a multitude of adult education programs, opportunities for social action, morning minyan services, and an active Men’s Club and Sisterhood.  Our grounds include a congregational garden that supplies vegetables to our schools and the local food pantry and an outdoor classroom for our students. Our neighboring towns offer kosher restaurants, kosher butchers and thriving Jewish day schools and high-quality regional theater.

The JLC serves 130 children from Gan through seventh grade and their families. The overall goal of the JLC is to create a caring, nurturing environment where students can explore and actively participate in Jewish life.  We do not call the JLC a “Hebrew School” in a deliberate effort to emphasize its experiential, innovative approach to Jewish education.  JLC programs cultivate Jewish identity and literacy through text study, music, art, drama and dance.  Students engage in active, experiential learning that also has practical application to their lives.   Families have the opportunity to learn together through multi-generational learning programs.  The JLC is supported by an active school board.

Jewish learning at Congregation Beth El goes beyond the JLC to provide both formal and informal education and programming for all the students in the congregation, including 50 who attend the local Jewish day school, Golda Och Academy.  Our congregation supports many vibrant family/youth groups including a Young Family group (newborn - 2nd grade), Chaverim Connections (3rd - 5th grades), Kadima (6th - 8th grades) and USY (9th - 12th grades).  In addition, our post B’nai mitzvah youth participate in a thriving Ozrim program, providing them the opportunity to mentor our younger students and serve as leaders in the JLC, on the bima and in the community.

Job Description
Full-time position beginning July 2014

We seek a warm, creative and inspiring educational leader to join our community.  This individual will lead our Gan through 7th grade religious school and have responsibility for engaging the entire congregation’s youth in both formal and informal education, programming, Tefillah and musical endeavors.  This individual should have a strong interest and ability in working with young children and teens and be passionate about Jewish education.   The ideal candidate is a Rabbi or Cantor and/or holds a Master’s degree in Education, Jewish Education, Education Administration or related field, with 3+ years of administrative experience in Jewish education.   This individual should have a proven track record of administrative leadership & strategic thinking in a religious school and in implementing innovative Jewish educational opportunities for congregational youth. We welcome candidates with a strong background in Jewish music.  Clergy candidates may be considered for additional clergy-oriented responsibilities.

Basic responsibilities include:
● Administration of the Jewish Learning Center (Gan-7th grade).
● Establish vision for and implement a 21st century religious school curriculum.
● Provide teacher/classroom supervision and teacher development.
● Provide budget oversight and expense control.
● Collaborate with the JLC Board and provide monthly updates through written communication and presence at regularly scheduled board meetings.
● Communicate effectively and consistently with parents, students and faculty.
● Be a contributing member of the professional team working in partnership with our Rabbi, Executive Director, Preschool Director and Congregational Nurse.
● Plan, supervise and lead Shabbat and Holiday services for children K-12th grade.
● Plan, supervise and lead Holiday programming for children and families.
● Provide teen program development.
● Advise joint synagogue Youth Committee regarding USY/Kadima functions and coordinate youth program with USY/Kadima. 
● Facilitate and participate in B’nai Mitzvah tutoring.

Preferred Experience:
● Excellent communication skills
● Working knowledge of Modern Hebrew
● Experience in sacred music
● Experience in working with children in inclusion programs and integration of differentiated learning into a school
● Proficient technology skills
● Experience in establishing and overseeing youth choirs

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to DirectorSearchBethEl@gmail.com with Director of Education & Youth Programming in the subject line.  

Your cover letter should include the following:

• Why this opportunity appeals to you
• How your work history/experience has prepared you for this role
• Your philosophy on educating and engaging children of all ages
• Salary requirements


Instructor for MSM 509 Professional Writing and Communications

The course will be offered in Summer 2014.
MSM 509 Professional Writing and Communications (3 credits)
Students will gain a deeper understanding of professional writing and communications skills. They will develop skills in advanced written and oral communications, research and information literacy, reading and critical thinking.

Minimum Requirements:
• M.A. degree in relevant field
• Experience with online teaching in English composition, business writing, research and information literacy skills, and oral presentation
• Experience in program evaluation and assessment of student progress

• Teach graduate courses online in professional writing and communications
• Advise graduate students
• Support and work collaboratively with faculty and administration to advance strategic plan of college

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Send letter of inquiry, vita, and three references with current addresses, email addresses and phone numbers to:
Hope Matles, Office for Academic Affairs
hmatles@gratz.edu, 215 635-7300 x172

Gratz College provides a pluralistic education rooted in Jewish values and engages students in active and professional enrichment. Through degree and non-degree offerings and cultural programs, Gratz enables students everywhere to become leaders in their professional communities.