Open Positions

DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Congregation Kol Emet, in beautiful Yardley, PA, seeks an engaging and experienced Director of Early Childhood Education to lead our Keystone STARS Level 4 preschool program and summer program. Kol Emet Preschool is committed to providing an enriching, safe, and welcoming early learning environment that develops the whole child. We respect the inherent worth of every individual and value each child’s uniqueness within our deeply connected community. 

Responsibilities:

  • Recruiting, hiring, supervising, training, and evaluating of all preschool and summer program staff 

  • Supervising registration, recruitment, and outreach efforts with prospective and returning families 

  • Overseeing the implementation of the comprehensive preschool curriculum and summer program policies regarding conduct, safety, inclusion, and special education 

  • Proactive and regular communication and community-building with parents, including involvement in planning PTO events and fundraisers

  • Coordinating with the Rabbi to design and lead weekly Shabbat Services and holiday programming for preschool

  • Providing assistance to all staff responsible for the implementation of appropriate early childhood practices within the preschool program 

  • Administering strategies designed to help teachers and other professionals optimize children’s learning and development in all domains

  • Collaborating with synagogue leadership team, including the Rabbi, the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, to integrate preschool vision, programming, and communication with values and procedures of the synagogue

  • Attending weekly meetings with Kol Emet professional staff and periodic meetings with the Board and relevant committee chairs to assess program progress

  • Coordinating annual program evaluation

  • Assist in developing and then implementing the preschool budget, preschool program plan, annual updates, and professional development plans 

  • Ensure safety and security, including health and wellness protocols and safety drills

  • Recertifications of state licensure(s) and Keystone STARS program

Minimum Qualifications:

  • M.A. in Early Childhood Education or similar preferred

  • PA Director Credential, or similar

  • Minimum 3-5 years teaching experience as an Early Childhood Educator

  • Minimum 2-3 years Educational Administration, Leadership, or Supervision

  • PQAS certification a plus

  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for Jewish learning and culture

  • Strong organizational, communication, and team-building skills

  • Digital skills to support multi-access programming

  • Comfort using Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs, and Teams (or similar)

  • Ability to learn school applications 

  • Working knowledge and/or experience with PA Keystone STARS

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary: $70,000 – $80,000
  • Funds to support Professional Development and Association Memberships

Anticipated start date: June 15, 2022

Please send a letter of interest and resume to hiring@kolemet.org.

PART-TIME RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Kol Emet is a thriving, progressive Reconstructionist synagogue located in Bucks County, PA.  We are a community synagogue, welcoming to all. Together we learn, pray, serve, and continually expand on what it means to be Jewish today, both within our community and beyond our walls. The students in our close-knit and growing Religious School, the heart of our synagogue, inspire us with their excitement, warmth, and menschlichkeit/caring sensibilities.

We seek an enthusiastic, talented, and experienced part-time Religious School Director committed to partnering with our rabbi, lay leaders, and our professional team to lead the formal and experiential education of our children and families.  Kol Emet is dedicated to building and nurturing enriching relationships with our children (ages 4-16) as they develop into Jewish adults, grounded in the values of the Jewish tradition and Tikkun Olam.  The Religious School Director serves as our guide as we infuse both passion and compassion within our inclusive Jewish community.  

Responsibilities:

  • Hire, supervise, evaluate, and provide for professional development for Religious School teachers and staff.

  • Serve as an instructional leader for Religious School staff, including differentiated planning, implementation, and assessment to maximize student outcomes.

  • Integrate the Religious School vision and  programming into the life of the community by collaborating with the synagogue leadership team, including the Rabbi, the Executive Director, and the Board of Directors;  participate in congregational events when possible.

  • Collaborate with the Preschool Director to ensure a seamless transition for Preschool graduates to the Religious School.

  • Be able to provide direct instruction for students at all levels. 

  • Ensure an inclusive learning environment and safe space for diverse student populations. 

  • Provide for multiple means of reaching students, based on their individual profiles and learning needs. 

  • Design and implement a balanced curriculum, programming, and instruction by collaborating with the Rabbi and professional staff.

  • Develop and plan class and family programs, as well as congregation/school activities (e.g. Teen Assistants [Madrichim], class Shabbat and holiday programs, B’nei Mitzvah, and Confirmation) in consultation with the Rabbi.

  • Revise curriculum to meet current needs and create innovative programs. 

  • Oversee all Religious School operations.

  • Provide a safe and secure learning environment; work with the  synagogue Covid Response Team to implement Covid procedures. 

  • Work with the finance committee in the development of  an annual budget and prepare policies relating to the school program.  

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (preferred) or Bachelor’s degree in Education, Jewish Studies, or related field

  • 3+ years of K-12 classroom experience in Jewish education, including teaching and curriculum development

  • Prior supervisory experience (2+ years preferred) 

  • Is passionate about Judaism and the Jewish people

  • Supports and values a pluralistic and inclusive approach to Jewish education and Tikkun Olam

  • Has strong technology, organizational, communication, and team-building skills                 

Salary:  $25,000 – $35,000 

Hours per week: 25

Starting Date:  June 15, 2022      

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to: hiring@kolemet.org

If this position excites you, we encourage you to apply!