Temple Beth Am Day School in Miami Florida is looking for an extraordinary Hebrew & Judaic Studies Director to continue the school’s path of educational innovation and practice. Our large, well-equipped campus is currently bursting at the seams. We are one of the very few overflowing and still-growing Jewish Day Schools in the United States. Temple Beth Am Day School is affiliated with our Reform synagogue of over 1,500 families. Parents and children come from around South Florida to join our community because they are passionate about our nurturing environment, rigorous education, beautiful campus, and the integrity of our tradition and values. In order to accommodate this growth, we are currently building an advanced, state-of-the-art facility. Temple Beth Am Day School is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We offer competitive salaries, health/vision/dental insurance, retirement match, and tuition reduction for the elementary and early childhood programs.
The Hebrew Judaic Studies Director is part of the Administrative team at Temple Beth Am Day School. The Director holds an undergraduate or graduate degree in Judaic Studies, Education, or Administration. The Judaic Studies Director will coordinate curriculum, instruction, and professional development for the Judaic faculty. The position warrants an extremely organized, multi-task capable, Judaic curriculum knowledgeable person. The Judaic Studies Director is part of the Administrative Team in the Day School and works with the Head of School.
Performance & Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Curriculum – oversees the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Judaic Studies curriculum (which includes Hebrew).
Current in all aspects of K-5 Judaic Studies curriculum. Able to locate, assess and evaluate offerings available from colleges, universities, publishers, on-line, and other Jewish Day Schools for its generalizability to Temple Beth Am Day School.
Reads and uses Jewish educational journals (i.e. Jewish Educational Leadership), list serves (PEJE), and actively pursues own professional development.
Able to recommend, develop and write curriculum for the school based on current research and trends in education with respect to best practice.
Responsible for review, revision and assessment of grade-level Judaic curriculum.
Updates scope and sequence at each grade level and facilitates curriculum mapping with grade level teachers (with assistance from Elementary School Director and Head of School).
Collaborates with Elementary School Director and general studies teachers to write up integrated units of study where applicable and appropriate.
Responsible for teacher-implementation of the curriculum in the classrooms.
Evaluates and authorizes all ordering of Judaic materials.
Fluent in Hebrew and English.
Consecration: works with Jewish Life Director to develop the program.
Attends and helps design Early Childhood Kabbalat Shabbat program
Designs, implements, and leads all Holiday Celebration Days on campus.
Assists in the hiring process for Judaic faculty.
Provides orientation for new Judaic faculty to familiarize them with Mission Statement, the tenets of Reform Judaism and the broader Temple Beth Am community.
Provides on-going support for Judaic faculty including mentoring.
Collects and reviews weekly lesson plans of Hebrew and Judaic teachers (including Judaic lesson plans of general studies teachers).
Collaborates with Head of School and Elementary School Director to coordinate professional development workshops and ongoing learning experiences for faculty.
Able to assist teachers in designing classroom lessons to differentiate the curriculum to best meet the needs of all our students - including those needing remediation and advancement.
Able to assist teachers, by designing specific individual teacher plans, in varying their delivery style in the classroom. (i.e. DeLeT: Day School Leadership Through Teaching; Research for Better Teaching, Inc. etc.)
Support and mentor teachers based on individual needs with regard to students, peers, parents, etc.
Works with Judaic faculty on appropriate classroom management and discipline techniques.
Systematically collects and reviews lesson plans of Judaic faculty.
Coordinates and conducts regular Hebrew/Jewish Studies grade level meetings.
Reviews Report Cards each quarter for areas of Hebrew, Jewish studies and integrated studies.
Utilizes the Temple Beth Am Evaluation Tool to mentor and evaluate Judaic faculty (with assistance from the Head of School).
Performs on-going classroom visits outside of the observation process.
Provides yearly, formal and informal, written classroom observations as outlined by the Temple Beth Am Evaluation Tool.
Writes end-of-year Closure Meeting Reports, with ratings, for Judaic faculty.
Organizes and leads Judaic break-out sessions at Faculty Meetings and In-Service days, as warranted.
Screens all newly entering students to the school (above kindergarten) to determine their Hebrew ability and design a support plan for accepted students, as necessary. (This may include the need for outside Hebrew tutoring to be paid for by the parents.)
Provides guidance and counseling to disruptive students when need to be removed from class.
Establishes positive rapport with parents in order to communicate an understanding of the educational mission of the Day School.
Develops and maintains effective working relationships with Day School parents through prompt communication and response through conferences, e-mails and phone calls.
Serves as parent liaison when Judaic issues arise throughout the school.
Monitors individual progress of students.
Interfaces with instructional support staff to meet and coordinate needs of students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.
Provides for student welfare, pro social behavior, academic support and student guidance concerns.
Vets, orients and places all Hebrew classroom substitutes. Provides classroom coverage when necessary.
Interfaces with Elementary School Director, Clergy, Jewish Life Director and Early Childhood Director with regard to scheduling, program content and faculty roles.
Gives information to the Head of School to be included in her monthly Head of School Report to the School Board.
Attends weekly meetings of Day School administrative team.
Serves on School Board committees and/or task forces as required.
Attends Temple staff meetings.
Represents the Day School at community meetings, conferences, and Temple events, as required.
Oversees and assists in Hebrew department maintenance of professional licensure.
Coordinates purchase orders of Hebrew Department with Lisa R. and Kim C. (i.e. Tal AM, Chalav U’Dvash, Torah Scrolls for Consecration, etc.)
Possesses strong writing skills to allow us to apply for educational grants that may be available to us. (i.e. PRIZMAH, Avi Chai Foundation, Covenant Foundation, etc.)
Vision and Identity
Assists in the School and Temple Boards’ desire to move the school forward with Jewish identify and vision issues.
Personal Professional Growth
Confers and collaborates with educational professionals involved in instructional leadership.
Engages in ongoing professional development in order to advance the academic program, including workshops, institutes and conferences.
Establishes and maintains liaisons with professional peers in the Reform/Progressive movement including URJ (Union of Reform Judaism), NATE (National Association of Temple Educators), PRIZMAH, and ISM (Independent School Management) research, theory and analysis of best practices to maintain high level of awareness and understanding of research and trends in education.
Participates in CAJE programs and meetings and ongoing professional development opportunities.
Tutoring of newly admitted students with limited or no Hebrew until they can segue into a leveled class
Fifth grade Judaic Studies classes
Masters Degree in Judaic Studies, Educational Leadership, or School Administration
3-5 years of experience in a comparable position
Classroom teaching experience
Fluent in Hebrew
About Temple Beth Am & Day School
Temple Beth Am Day School in Miami Florida is one of the very few overflowing and still-growing Jewish Day Schools in the United States. Temple Beth Am Day School is affiliated with our Reform synagogue of over 1,500 families. Parents and children come from around South Florida to join our community because they are passionate about our nurturing environment, rigorous education, beautiful campus, and the integrity of our tradition and values. In order to accommodate this growth, we are currently building an advanced, state-of-the-art facility. Temple Beth Am Day School is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We offer competitive salaries, health/vision/dental insurance, retirement match, and tuition reduction for the elementary and early childhood programs.
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