Job Title: Director of Education
Reports to: Head of School
Nature and Scope:
The Lerner Jewish Community Day School is seeking a highly qualified, energetic, self-motivated individual to lead its elementary school program. Currently, our program, which runs from 8:00 AM-3:15 PM Monday-Friday, serves 68 children, grades kindergarten to fifth. The program has 16 employees. Any candidate for this position should possess creativity, flexibility, strong management skills, and a passion for Jewish education. The Lerner School places a deep emphasis on the individual needs of each child and provides an education that is rich in Jewish values, customs, rituals and celebrations. The Education Director is a full-time, 12-month position that is supervised by the Head of School. The Director will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the program which includes supervising faculty, developing curriculum, managing supply and curriculum budgets, implementing school policies, managing discipline issues, and maintaining standards required for accreditation.
About The Lerner School:
The Lerner School is committed to achieving the highest standards of academic excellence, fostering learning of Jewish values, culture and traditions, while building a diverse and caring community, one child at a time. The Lerner Jewish community Day School opened in 1995 as the first Jewish day school in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Today, Lerner continues to thrive, with 150 students in early childhood through grade 5. Please visit our website to learn more about the Lerner School.
Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision and Short term Disability (via AFLAC), Paid Time Off. 12 month position. No relocation assistance offered.
The Director of Education must meet the following qualifications:
- Master’s Degree or higher in Elementary Education or Educational Leadership
- At least 3 years of leadership experience in a elementary or secondary school (5+ years preferred)
- At least 3 years of classroom teaching experience in an accredited elementary school (5+ years preferred)
- Be proficient with Word, Excel, Gmail, and Google Suite and able to learn other programs quickly
- All employment offers are contingent on passing a full background check
Other qualifications and qualities necessary in our Director are:
- A deep love, understanding, and appreciation of the value and potential of young children
- Commitment to the importance of Jewish education and strong knowledge regarding Jewish traditions and age-appropriate Jewish curriculum
- Excellent organizational and customer service skills
- Detail oriented with the ability to plan and juggle multiple duties, including classroom coverage, when needed
- Ability to support staff, resolve conflicts, and be a strong team player and team builder
- A hands-on, hard worker, who leads by example
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Supervision, evaluation and support of all elementary teachers and specialists: weekly meetings, goal setting and check-ins, completion of teacher evaluation rubrics three times a year, scheduled and spontaneous observations and follow-up conversations with leverage plans, and individualized professional development guidance
- Participate in the recruitment, interviewing, and hiring process for teachers as a consult for the HoS
- Work with HOS to develop and execute comprehensive professional development plans annually
- Managing all general studies (math, language arts, science, social studies) curricula and instruction, including goals, assessment, materials and supplies, and evaluations
- Complete the teaching and learning standards for SAIS Accreditation (5 YEAR CYCLE), help write and revise all accreditation reports, collect and submit evidence for accreditation as needed (next re-accreditation report scheduled for Spring 2024). Meet with accreditation team during team visit (next visit scheduled for October-November 2019)
- Meet regularly with HOS to update on all aspects of the school operations in the elementary school
- Facilitate and support teachers with parent conversations for student issues that transcend the classroom environment
- Support behavior and discipline management in the elementary school: develop programming related to Responsive Classroom to prepare the teachers and reinforce school wide, enforce discipline protocols as outlined in the Handbooks in conjunction with HOS and other administrators
- Design, organize, execute regular student evaluations including rubrics, report cards, progress reports and standardized assessments. Analyze the data from those reports to enhance student learning outcomes and to inform teaching practice and curriculum decisions.
- Administration, management, scoring analysis and parent communication regarding the results of standardized testing (ERBs). If necessary, nomination to the Duke TIP program.
- Work with the Admissions team to determine if applicants fit with the school and recruitment priorities, including administering assessments and meeting with prospective parents for all prospective elementary students.
- Review of substitute teacher applications, initial substitute teacher interviews, making hiring recommendations to HOS, and substitute teacher supervision and on-boarding.
- Planning & maintaining coverage schedules for planned and unplanned absences for all elementary faculty.
- Supporting & collaborating with Director of Jewish Life, and participating in Judaics and Jewish Life programmings as needed
- Foster Family Engagement by creating and maintaining successful methods of communication for families regarding classroom activities and school programming; developing and implementing activities for families in coordination with the administrative team, including parent orientation; cultivating and maintaining solid parent relationships through responsive, proactive communication
- Teaching responsibilities and daily duties vary from year to year depending on the needs of the school