BWC Education Director Job Description

Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice (BWC) seeks a half time Education Director to lead and manage our Boston-area secular Jewish Sunday School, known as the “Shule”, serving 100+ students in preschool through 7th grade.

WHO WE ARE:

Located in Brookline, MA, BWC is a vibrant intergenerational, member-led, community organization. We are:

  • A community and spiritual home for meaningful, connected, secular Jewish life
  • A hub of social justice organizing rooted in Jewish values
  • An arts and education center celebrating Yiddish, Jewish, and progressive culture
  • A community where, whatever one’s Jewish background, whatever the faith, ethnic, or gender diversity of one’s family -- children and adults feel welcome and participate fully at all levels of the organization.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Education Director works collaboratively with a member-led Shule Committee and a team of ten teachers to implement our Jewish cultural & social justice curriculum for 100+ children in preschool through 7th grade. The program culminates in a collective B’nai Mitzvah, which is the focus of the 7th grade year. The Education Director provides leadership to the Shule community of teachers, students and parents, creating an engaging and dynamic learning environment and community that reflects the mission and values of Boston Workmen’s Circle.  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Curriculum Development

  • Work collaboratively with teachers to improve our curriculum, ensuring it is engaging, relevant, and inclusive.  

  • Track activities of all grades throughout the school year

  • Ensure that the education program reflects and supports the full diversity of the Shule community

Teacher Hiring and Supervision

  • Hire & supervise staff of ten teachers, including teacher training, observations, mentoring and evaluations

  • Build community among the teaching team, leading to a stronger program with greater teacher retention

Leadership and Community Development

  • Work with parent Shule Committee on policies, programming and planning through monthly meetings

  • Meet one on one with parents and parents of alums to explore other opportunities to engage with BWC

  • Work with Shule Committee to plan holiday events including  Sukes, Chanukah, Purim and Havdalah, as well as planning children’s programs at High Holidays and Passover

Parent Communication and Support

  • Regular communication with parents through a weekly e-newsletter

  • Troubleshoot problems with individual children and/or parents

  • Meet with parent groups to plan B’nai Mitzvah and major field trips

  • Plan parent programs such as brunches, picnics, holiday events and other opportunities for family support

Shule Sessions

  • Attend 22 Sunday Shule sessions during the year (5-6 hours with set-up and clean up). Shule runs from 10:30am-12:30pm

  • Greet parents and students. Spend time talking with parents, observing in classrooms, attending parent meetings

  • Handle problems as they arise (behavior, last minute teacher absences, sick children, etc.)

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 5+ years of experience in the field of Education

  • Experience building welcoming and inclusive community

  • A demonstrated understanding of Jewish history and culture

  • Experience supervising staff

  • Demonstrated comfort overseeing systems, operations, and project management

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • A warm and engaging presence

  • Commitment to the mission and values of Boston Workmen's Circle. These values include, but are not limited to:

    • Commitment to social, economic and racial justice

    • Welcoming all people across race, religion, gender and sexual orientation

    • Being a voice for peace and against the occupation in Israel/Palestine

    • Standing against Islamophobia

COMPENSATION:

Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive vacation and benefits package, flexible work hours (except for Shule session Sundays).

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@circleboston.org  Resumes will be reviewed as they are received, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will begin in March 2018. We aim to fill this position by June 2018.  No phone calls please.

BWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Sephardic Jews, Mizrahi Jews, people of color, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people, people with disabilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.