Opportunities + Internships
This is a shared space for professional opportunities for current students and alumni/ae of Gratz College. Please check back often for new posts.
Posting Date: 2/17/21
Executive Director Upper Valley Hillel (serving the students of Dartmouth College)
Join Upper Valley Hillel, our new independent 501c3 Hillel in Hanover, New Hampshire, supporting Jewish life for students at Dartmouth College. Our inaugural Executive Director will begin at a historic juncture where the organization officially matures from its 20-year history within the College to a robust, fully independent 501c3, helping to enrich students’ experiences and shape the future of Dartmouth students' Jewish life.
Posting Date: 2/1/21
Religious School Director/Educator
Orangetown Jewish Center (OJC) is a vibrant Conservative synagogue located in Orangeburg, New York. Situated on the NY/NJ border, our community encompasses households from both Rockland County and from Northern New Jersey. OJC is an egalitarian, inclusive and caring community that strives to maintain, model and teach Jewish values through ritual, on-going learning, social action and social programming. Our efforts are focused both within our own community, as well as in the local Jewish and secular community and beyond to Israel and the world.
The educational philosophy in our Kulanu program is that our learners should experience the joys of Judaism in the context of community, while acquiring the knowledge, skills and inspiration to continue to grow "Jewishly" throughout their lives. Our program is called Kulanu (“All of us”) rather than “Religious School” because we envision a community of active, cooperative learners engaged in Jewish life, learning and community. We offer a K-2 program that meets 1 day per week and a 3-7 program that meets 2 days per week. The total number of Kulanu participants varies yearly between sixty and eighty children. Students learn from one another (“chevruta” learning in “Beit midrash” setting), in small group settings with mentors from our community, and through hands-on project-based curricula. We aspire to maintain a collaborative, experiential and interactive learning community where students are actively engaged.
We are seeking a dynamic and innovative Educational Director/Educator who embraces change and new initiatives; who has the vision to inspire others; who will warmly engage our students and their families; and who will be passionate about maintaining and nurturing a thriving Jewish learning community.
Educational Director/Educator responsibilities:
- Foster a respectful, positive environment where students, families and staff experience a meaningful connection to the Jewish community.
- Develop, implement, manage and oversee curriculum, and adjust curriculum delivery and learning environments as needed.
- Create and execute a communication plan for the Kulanu community.
- Oversee Kulanu operations, including registration, scheduling, programming, staffing, safety and security, and budgeting.
- Support, train, evaluate and retain staff, and recruit staff as needed.
- Teach as a member of our staff.
- Participate as an ex officio member of the Kulanu Board to coordinate meetings and to represent Kulanu to the greater OJC community and the local community at large. Qualifications: * Strong Hebrew and Judaic knowledge * Strong interpersonal and communication skills * Strong organizational skills * Educational experience * Administrative experience * Technology competence * Experience with virtual and/or hybrid learning
Please send resumes to: email@example.com
Posting Date: 1/29/21
Education Director for Yavneh at Hill Havurah
Hill Havurah is looking for a creative and enthusiastic Jewish educator to develop and lead Yavneh, our religious school for students in Pre-K through 7th grade. We are an independent Jewish congregation located on Capitol Hill. The Education Director role is a part-time position (25-30 hours per week) with room to grow.
The ideal candidate is passionate about Jewish education and will have the requisite background, knowledge, and demeanor to serve our growing, inclusive, neighborhood-based community. Prior to suspending in-person education, Yavneh served roughly 140 children in Pre-K through 7th grade and met on 30 Sundays during the school year from 9:00am to 12:30pm. This year, our program has moved online, with grades meeting at different times on Sunday morning.
The Education Director will recruit teachers for Yavneh, develop curriculum, mentor staff, and help coordinate logistics. The position might also include other responsibilities at Hill Havurah, including optional afternoon Hebrew lessons, holiday children’s programming, family education, and b’nai mitzvah preparation. Compensation will be adjusted accordingly.
The Educational Director will work collaboratively with Hill Havurah’s Rabbi, operations staff, and education committee and will report to the Chair of Hill Havurah.
▪ Master’s degree in Jewish Education, Education, or a related field.
▪ At least three years in an education supervisory role with demonstrated experience in teacher coaching and curriculum planning preferred.
▪ Knowledge and appreciation of Jewish life, traditions, and culture with ability to integrate these values into educational material appropriately for students in Pre-K through 7th grade in a way that reflects Hill Havurah’s values.
▪ Demonstrated leadership skills and an ability to provide effective guidance and stability for program continuity and to act as a role model for staff.
▪ Superior written and oral communication skills.
Responsibilities and Duties:
▪ Oversee all activities at Yavneh, either online or on site.
▪ Oversee student recruitment, enrollment, and retention.
▪ Ensure the health and safety of all students at all times by implementing and testing comprehensive emergency response plans, and reviewing space, activities, and field trip plans for safety.
▪ Developing and training a program-wide approach to classroom and behavior management.
▪ Assist with the development, implementation, and monitoring of the annual budget for Yavneh.
▪ Engage the Havurah Board, committees, parents, and clergy to identify school values. ▪ Develop and enhance an integrated Jewish and age-appropriate curriculum consistent with identified values and goals. Current community priorities include strengthening the Hebrew and prayer curriculum.
▪ Work with operations staff to ensure teaching staff has materials necessary to implement curricula.
▪ Recruit and hire teachers, assistants, and substitutes.
▪ Create opportunities for professional development, formally and informally. ▪ Provide staff feedback at regular intervals.
▪ Work with teachers to develop yearly teaching goals.
Liaison with the Community:
▪ Attend Hill Havurah Board meetings and education committee meetings. ▪ Write weekly newsletters to inform parents about school-wide activities and updates. ▪ Meet with parents to discuss each grade’s curriculum and address parent concerns.
▪ Assist operations staff with space-related logistics.
▪ Develop and implement strategies for Yavneh to be a good tenant.
The education director’s salary will be $45,000 to $60,000, commensurate with experience and education. To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application period will close on February 26, 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Posting Date: 1/7/21
Congregation Adat Reyim
Springfield, VA 22152
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.
Time frame: Interviewing on a rolling basis in January and early February. Position starts July 1, 2021.
- 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.
- 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
Posting Date 11/19/20
Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for the Winter 2021 issue focusing on: Meaning-making in Jewish Education.
Jewish Educational Leadership is a professional journal intended for teachers, educational leaders, and interested laypeople across a range of Jewish educational settings. Articles are non-academic, designed for a broad readership, and are typically 1000-2000 words in length with no references or footnotes.
Please send abstracts or queries to the Editor-in-Chief by Dec 10, 2020. Final articles are due Jan 14, 2021.
Posting Date 11/12/20
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is pleased to announce a third Research and Evaluation Scholar opportunity aimed at engaging Pennsylvania institutions of higher education in the research and evaluation efforts of PDE. Through this initiative, PDE will offer up to six awards for graduate students or faculty at colleges and universities to conduct research aligned with the PDE Research Agenda questions. We have released the Research Scholar Application and Statement of Purpose through http://www.emarketplace.state.
These awards are meant to fund research and evaluation efforts that will strengthen the infrastructure of the PK-16+ system in Pennsylvania and inform policy and programmatic decisions that will lead to improved programs and better outcomes for students. Research project applications should center on the PDE priority questions and research and evaluation goals found in the latest Research Agenda at: https://www.education.pa.gov/