Family Educator (full-time, exempt)

Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish spiritual path that is authentic, profound, and helps each member seek and live their purpose to the fullest.

Our spiritual leaders and our nearly 1,800 member families share a vision of a diverse, dynamic, and welcoming community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. We are committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating our practices and programs to create a vibrant Jewish life for the 21st century.

BJ is in the process of implementing a strategic plan that was completed in spring 2015 after more than a year of intensive work by members and our spiritual leaders and staff. The plan is built around four pillars: Strengthening Community Connections and Building a Shared Sense of Belonging; Prayer, Music, and Spiritual Practice; Responding to the Prophetic Vision through Social Justice and Hesed, and Engaging and Supporting 21st Century Jewish Families in their full diversity.

With the fourth pillar particularly in mind, we are seeking a Family Educator for the Family Life and Learning team, who, as a teacher and a leader, will develop new models of family education for 21st century families. The position will primarily be responsible for the vision and implementation of young family programming and family education within Kadima@BJ (our Hebrew school).

We are looking for an enthusiastic educational leader who is able to relate to young children, primary school-aged children, and adolescents, as well as adults. The position will rely heavily on the educator’s ability to inspire children and families of all ages. As such, this position requires a high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to be effective in various roles (e.g. informal learning, formal teaching, participating in staff meetings, and facilitating large groups). The ideal candidate will search out creative ways to connect with BJ members and connect families to the wider BJ community. In addition, the Family Educator will keep their finger on the pulse of current family education models.

The Family Educator is a full-time position, an active part of the Family Life and Learning Department, and a regular fixture on Shabbat, holidays, and in the community of BJ families. The Family Educator will report to the Director of Family Life and Learning.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and expand on the success of Bim Bam, Tot Shabbat, and Day of Service programs by experimenting with new, innovative models and offerings for young families.
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of all Kadima@BJ family electives throughout the course of the academic year.
  • Recruit and retain families from birth through b’nai mitzvah, building community through holiday programs, parent gatherings, etc.
  • Serve as the liaison with volunteer parent advisory committees on programming, new initiatives, and opportunities for parental/family involvement.
  • Work with the Director to create learning opportunities and support groups for parents.
  • Responsible for the creation and facilitation of age-appropriate holiday and Shabbat programming for families.
  • Serve as leader of children’s services on Shabbat, High Holy Days, Sukkot, Simhat Torah, and Purim.
  • Work in collaboration with spiritual leaders and the Director to implement the arc of b’nai mitzvah family programs.
  • In collaboration with the department and lay leaders, oversee the vision and implementation of our Young Families Retreat, assist with planning, and serve as an educator for all immersive programming, including the Reach for Shabbat Retreat, 6th-grade retreat, and 7th-grade trip.
  • Capitalize on opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration.
  • Inspire families to deepen their own commitments to spiritual growth and Jewish practice.
  • Serve as a lead educator in our Kadima@BJ program.
  • Be a presence at Shabbat morning services, holidays, and other community-wide programs.
  • Other duties may be assigned based on skill set.

 

Management and Administration

  • Supervise part-time family educators, including overseeing recruitment, retention, professional learning, mentoring, and evaluation.
  • Oversee budget of family programming, in conjunction with the Director of Family Life and Learning.
  • Work with the Communications Department to manage various forms of communications and publicity, including social media, phone recruitment, regular email communication with families, and updates for the Kol Jeshurun (weekly print publication) and other print materials, advertising, and the BJ website.
  • Document and publicize the success of family programs to the BJ and the wider Jewish community.
  • Attend and participate in various activities, as designated by the Director, including workshops, meetings, parent events, professional learning, field trips, cultural projects, congregational events, and other programs.
  • Coordinate logistics and programmatic details for family education programs, including scheduling, room set-up, food, and materials.

 

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Jewish education and three years of experience in the field.
  • Comfortable and literate in traditional liturgy.
  • A self-starter who takes initiative; a highly motivated, creative, and strategic thinker who seeks out new and creative ways to engage families.
  • Ability to organize ideas, people, and time into a coherent action plan, and be able to clearly communicate the plan to all stakeholders.
  • Creative, energetic team player with high standards of excellence and the ability to foster those qualities in others.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and strong organizational skills.
  • Comfortable working with new technology; experience with Salesforce a plus.
  • Provides vision, leadership, strong project management, and experience integrating values into age-appropriate educational programs.
  • Demonstrated success working with infants through 13-year-olds, creating welcoming environments, and building meaningful relationships.
  • Is passionate about Jewish living and learning, fun, creative, enthusiastic, and has a good sense of humor.
  • Is excited to work as a part of a team to create new and exciting opportunities for learning.

 

To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to flal@bj.org. Please add Family Educator to the Subject in the email.

 

Compensation

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the right candidate, including health insurance, dental, vision, and more.

 

Equal Opportunity Employment

B’nai Jeshurun (BJ), in recognition of its values, commitment to social justice, and responsibility to its employees, congregants, and the greater civic and national community is committed to equality of opportunity. To this end, BJ’s policy is to comply with the laws, regulations, and orders that provide for and impose obligations on employers with respect to the management of their equal employment opportunity programs. Accordingly, BJ conducts its business and practices in a manner that fully complies with all federal, state, and local laws governing equal employment opportunity. BJ’s compliance with such laws are intended to eliminate discrimination against employees or applicants for employment on account of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, veteran’s status, disability, or other factors unrelated to a person’s ability to do the job.