Kehillah Jewish High School, Administration
Director of Jewish Life and Learning
|Institution Type:||Preparatory School|
|Location:||California, United States|
Kehillah Jewish High School is seeking a vibrant and dynamic leader to take on the newly developed role of Director of Jewish Life and Learning beginning August 1, 2021. As a community-based progressive and pluralistic Jewish high school, the integration of Jewish values, wisdom, and practice into school climate, student life, and student learning is a vital aspect of this work. This position combines outward-facing and inward-facing service to the school and will be a highly visible member of the Senior Leadership Team.
The DJLL is responsible for leading aspirational visioning, implementation, and communication of our mission as a welcoming school. Ongoing pastoral care for students includes an overarching focus on adolescent development, with the goal of cultivating a healthy community for all constituents. Supporting the development of positive relationships within the student, faculty, and parent communities is a core component of the role.
Kehillah is a supportive teaching environment that embraces collaboration, outside-the-box thinking, and innovative pedagogy. Each student is challenged, actively encouraged, and supported to reach their potential. We are a community that fosters a culture of mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion. You’ll find supportive and encouraging colleagues here who will always care. If you want to join a community of passionate educators who empower students with the wisdom of Jewish values and strength to flourish in a rapidly changing world, we would love to meet you.
- Lead and oversee multiple aspects of student programming such as Kinnus (all-school orientation days), U.S. and international grade-level trips, Kabbalat Shabbat, Beit Midrash, Reflective Practice/T’fillah, holiday celebrations, and prom.
- Advise Student Government, student-led clubs, and the Advisory program with a nuanced understanding of student and faculty agency within a cohesive Kehillah culture.
- Manage the holistic pastoral care of students with a strengths-based, comprehensive, and collaborative approach.
- Partner with the senior leadership team, counselors, deans, Diversity Coordinator, Learning Center, teachers, and parents to meet academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of Kehillah students.
- Align discipline and accountability with our Four Commitments and implement them through a teaching perspective.
- Maintain clarity in written communication about expectations/policies in the Student/Parent Handbook.
- Facilitate proactive communication and aligned expectations between teachers and parents.
- Thoughtfully engage in difficult conversations with students, faculty, and parents.
- Develop and maintain safety protocols for on and off-campus events.
- Attend student events regularly to ensure student safety and discipline are maintained.
- Serve as an integral member of the Crisis Response Team; coordinate yearly emergency preparedness drills.
- Collaborate to develop the school calendar, special schedules, faculty/staff meetings, and in-service days.
- Assist with the admissions process, including attendance at all Open Houses.
- Collaborate on the planning and coordination of graduation.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- A clear commitment to our educational philosophy as articulated by Our Four Commitments.
- Deep understanding of and ability to cite all school policies and procedures and assist in their articulation and enforcement across all campus constituencies.
- Possess knowledge and application of best practices in advancing equity and social justice in independent school education.
- Deeply committed to and knowledgeable about pluralism within the Jewish community and inclusive of those who do not identify as Jewish but join us as allies.
- Proven ability to set clear roles, responsibilities, and expectations for students and adults.
- Highly skilled at managing logistics and juggling various responsibilities at once.
- Strong personal leadership skills, including mentoring and developing student leaders.
- Able to work flexible hours to complete job requirements, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
- Available to travel throughout the U.S. and internationally for class trips.
- Experienced in project management and fiscal responsibility; strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
- Skill and comfort with social media usage and in a technology-rich environment. Proficiency with Google Docs, and is a quick-study on other technologies.
- Adept at managing conflict with individuals and teams.
- Strong work ethic: shows initiative, demonstrates professionalism, and sustains integrity in all interactions.
- A growth mindset and ability to give and receive guidance, constructive feedback, and support.
- Applies common sense, extreme diplomacy, discretion, integrity, and confidentiality in all communications.
- Demonstrates genuine humility and respect when interacting with others, regardless of their point of view.
- Approachable and engaging personality, able to connect with multiple constituencies.
- Innovative and collaborative in all aspects of work.
- Excellent oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills, with a particular talent for active listening.
- Takes personal responsibility for the continuous learning of new knowledge, skills, and experiences.
- Makes timely and quality decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
- Passionate about supporting equal access to learning in a diverse community; customer-focused.
- Results-oriented and goal-focused.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a four-year college or university in Jewish Studies or related discipline; ordained Rabbi a plus.
- Two years’ experience working in an educational environment as a Jewish Educator.
- Expertise in Jewish text, across millennia, and the ability to integrate content in innovative and traditional ways.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
- Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
- Regularly use close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
- Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time.
- Work in a traditional climate-controlled environment and occasionally outdoors.
- Navigate a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and diverse contacts which may at times be stressful.
- Occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
- Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to, computers, copy machines, and telephones.
- Travel safely and comfortably across a two-story, 50,000 sq. ft. campus several times in a workday.
- Sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.
- Turn, bend, kneel, crouch, or reach overhead to retrieve materials and may occasionally use a ladder.
- Available and willing to attend and work on overnight trips.
Please apply directly on our website: www.kehillah.org
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|Primary Category:||Jewish History / Studies