Part Time

Director of Education, Temple Etz-Chaim

Temple Etz-Chaim 900 Washington Street, Franklin MA

Director of Education at Temple Etz Chaim (Franklin, MA)

Our Temple:
At Temple Etz Chaim (TEC), we strive to create a love of Jewish learning that begins as a journey in a child’s earliest years. We are a small Reform (URJ) congregation that strives to embody Jewish values and Jewish living for all members. Within our welcoming, diverse, and inclusive community, engagement is prioritized and learning is made meaningful!

Our School:
A brief overview of our current program includes the following: We begin with t’fillah (worship/prayer) on Sunday mornings, for all students (led by the Rabbi). This is followed by our Religious School programming, which is focused on teaching Jewish history, beliefs, rituals, and culture from a 21st century perspective. Two or three grades are combined in our Sunday classes. Grades 3-6 also participate in a weekly Hebrew curriculum to develop their Hebrew reading, speaking, and written language skills.

In addition, preschool-aged children and families are invited to join ‘Mazel Tots’ and other early childhood activities scheduled throughout the year (through our Early Childhood Committee). Older students prepare for Bar/Bat mitzvah via individualized tutoring and supervision. While we currently do not have post 7th-grade education programs, we would like to resume those in the future.

Throughout, our school faculty strive to utilize both traditional teaching methods and innovative approaches to ensure that all students feel connected to their learning!
Job Description:
The Director of Education role is a part-time position (apx. 25-30 hours/week). The Director will lead our Religious School, overseeing the K-7 program (Sundays for children K-7, and midweek afternoons for grades 3-7) from September to May. The midweek programs are expected to remain online only. They will also supervise the team of part-time classroom teachers, tutors, and Madrichim (youth leaders). The Education Director is responsible for all aspects of the School program, including:

Ensuring implementation of curriculum and ongoing review of effective instructional methods;

Supporting lesson planning and positive classroom management strategies;

Hiring and supervision of school staff, as needed;

Outreach/ongoing communication to prospective and enrolled families;

Managing Religious School budget;

Attending Temple Board and Education Committee Meetings.

The Director of Education will also assure smooth operation of the overall program. This will include creation and management of the school calendar, school events, class rosters and school registration. They will also acquire appropriate learning resources, materials and technology as needed. (A part-time administrative position will be designated to support the Director of Education in these responsibilities).

This job will require working onsite for Religious School on Sundays and select meetings. However, remaining hours can be completed remotely, assuming all other responsibilities can be completed successfully.

Other Responsibilities:
Model core Jewish values, such as tikkun olam, and serve as an open-minded and positive role model for the TEC community.

Ensure a sense of security for all students and staff through an inclusive and proactive management style and adherence to safety protocols.

Inspire students to engage in Jewish learning, develop a love of Judaism, and embrace their own Jewish identities.

Additional Information:
This is an exciting time for TEC and its Religious School! After years of planning and fundraising, we are preparing to break ground for a beautiful new building. We are equally excited to grow as a community, and we are continually working to increase membership from new families in Franklin and surrounding towns.

To this end, the Director of Education will work closely with the Education Committee, the Rabbi and other stakeholders to create new ways to thrive, connect, and grow in our community. We welcome applicants who are eager to support us in these endeavors by sharing new ideas and committing to our future vision!

Job Requirements:
Bachelors’ Degree in Education, Jewish Education, Religious Studies, (or related field).

Prior successful experience in teaching, leadership/supervisory role(s), and/or Jewish youth programming.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively.

Strong written and verbal communication, time management, and organizational skills.

This position is contracted for a full calendar year. However, summer hours will be minimal and dedicated to planning for the upcoming school year. There are no ongoing classes in running over the summer.

This position reports to the Rabbi and the Education Committee.

Salary: This part-time Salary is approximately $30,000.

How to apply:
Submit a copy of your current resume and cover letter to:

Three professional references and associated contact information.

Submissions will be reviewed as they are received. This position is hiring for a start date of July 1st, 2022.

Please contact with any questions and include ‘Director of Education’ in the subject line.

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree Required.