Family Educator (Part-Time)
Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun 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 and profound, and helps each member seek and live their purpose to the fullest.
Our spiritual leaders and our almost 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 vibrant Jewish life for the 21st century.
We are seeking a Family Educator to join the Family Life and Learning team, to primarily oversee family education programming on Shabbat as well as Kadima B’Bayit, our new online family educational model.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive leader, able to relate to parents and children, and an innovative thought partner in the future of Jewish education and family education models. The position will rely heavily on the Educator’s ability to create, implement and evaluate models and curriculum in alignment with our greater vision. As such, this position requires a high level of interpersonal and organizational skills. The ideal candidate will seek out creative ways to connect with families and to the wider BJ community.
This is a part-time position. The right candidate will be one who can make, at least, a two year commitment to this department. The Family Educator is 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.
- Partner with the Director of Family Life and Learning to build on the vision for Family Education at BJ
- Implement and coordinate all family education programming on Shabbat for 3rd-6th grade families, including curriculum planning and development.
- Oversee and expand on the success of Kadima B’Bayit program-a new family educational model that gives families one-to-one advising.
- Create curriculum modules and communications for Kadima B’Bayit Educators
- Research and test new virtual platforms for family education.
- Recruit and retain families for Kadima B’Bayit and for Family Education programs.
- Build relationships with, and between, students, their families, and professional staff.
- Identify and respond to individual needs and interests of students and families and create opportunities for connection, achievement, and greater involvement.
- Communicate with parents and staff about program goals, curricula, initiatives, and innovations, and provide mechanisms for feedback and evaluation.
- Work with the Communications Department to manage various forms of communications and publicity. These include submitting communication requests, phone recruitment, regular email communication with families, and making sure your programs are updated on the BJ website
- Take part in check-ins, departmental meetings as necessary
Curriculum Development and Learning Culture
- Collaborate with Director and spiritual leaders to design and implement transformative Family Educational experiences
- Ensure alignment between Family Life and Learning’s vision and learner outcomes for all Family Education programming and curriculum.
- Design and implement Family Education program evaluation and assessment, including benchmarks for success.
- Lead family education programs at least two Shabbatot a month and holidays.
- Help to write and facilitate Family Education programs for our annual family Reach for Shabbat Retreat.
- Other duties may be assigned based on skill set.
- Develop relationships with colleagues to keep abreast of best practices, innovative programming, and build collaborative partnerships.
- Keep up-to-date on new research and trends in the education field to promote innovation.
- Attend weekly meetings to review responsibilities and upcoming programs, but also to think creatively and strategically about Jewish education in the BJ community.
- Be aware of opportunities for professional development within the network of rising Jewish educators in the field.
Qualifications, Experience, and Skills
- A bachelor’s degree in education and/or Judaic studies
- Two years of formal and/ informal educational experience—summer camp or youth movement work experience will be highly regarded
- 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.
- Passionate about Jewish living and learning, fun, creative, enthusiastic, and with a good sense of humor
While BJ is primarily a virtual organization at the time of this posting, we anticipate a structured return to in-person programming and work over the summer of 2021. As such, all candidates must be able to work remotely comfortably, and be available to report to the campus in-person as needed related to their work, with 72 hours advance notice, while following all relevant city and state COVID-19 travel guidelines.
Please send your cover letter, sample lesson and resume to Danielle Freedman, Program Administrator for Family Life and Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a competitive salary, professional development, mentoring, and the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
B’nai Jeshurun is committed to creating a staff culture and congregational community that is accessible, inclusive, and equitable. In particular, we have been on a journey over the past several years to understand the history and impact of racism in America, within the American Jewish community, and within the BJ congregation and staff in particular. We seek to build a community and staff that reflects and celebrates the diversity of America, as well as of the Jewish community, and are looking for team members who want to be part of our ongoing learning, and to contribute to it.
People of Color, Jews of Color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.