Jewish Job: Talmud Torah of Minneapolis Seeking Interim Head of School

Job Title:

Head of School (Interim)

Organization Name:

Talmud Torah of Minneapolis

Job Type:


Salary Range:



Open Until Filled

Job Summary/Description:

The Head of School of Talmud Torah, a Conservative supplementary Jewish school for grades 2-8, will be responsible for:

  • Continuing to improve upon our innovative educational model and curriculum.
  • Strategic recruiting and management of faculty and staff.
  • Building community among students and deeper connections and engagement with our families and two synagogue communities.
  • Communicating a meaningful, relevant value proposition for our educational program. 
  • Overseeing the school’s administration and finances. 
  • The Head of School reports to the Talmud Torah Board of Directors.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Curriculum Development and Programming

  • Implements, maintains, and continually evaluates an innovative curriculum that reflects the values of partner synagogues and the contemporary needs of students and their families.
  • Embraces creativity and flexibility in delivery models and teaching styles. Continually adapts and improves the educational model and its delivery.
  • Displays collaborative style, original thinking, and creativity to generate suggestions for improving efficiency and effectiveness. Seeks external expertise as appropriate. 
  • Works with synagogue partners and faculty to develop long-range educational goals for the school.
  • Develops, communicates, and implements benchmarks to measure student achievements.
  • Provides opportunities for a variety of learning experiences that extend the educational experience beyond the classroom.
  • Supervises and coordinates special programs and events to fulfill the educational goals of the school.

Jewish Education and Practice

  • Fosters a passion for Jewish learning and practice that is integrated with the partner synagogues and that supports the Mission and Vision.
  • Actively engages in partner synagogue activities.
  • Serves as a dugma for students, parents, and staff.

Strategic Staff Management

  • Recruits, manages, and develops highly qualified teachers and staff. Creates an environment that motivates superior performance. Retains top talent who will carry out the Mission and Vision of Talmud Torah. 
  • Actively communicates compelling and inspiring goals for the school; rallies others behind the Mission and Vision.
  • Mentors and develops employees by setting challenging goals and creating development plans that enhance employees’ skills and encourage growth. 
  • Champions change; communicates effectively by building commitment and overcoming resistance.
  • Provides regular and timely performance feedback to employees.
  • Creates a climate of cooperation, recognition, and stability.

Relationship Management and Community Building

  • Develops strong internal and external relationships while promoting a vibrant, engaged, and collaborative environment. 
  • Treats change as an opportunity for learning; focuses on the beneficial aspects of change.
  • Builds positive relationships with faculty, students, and families to help create an intentional and engaged community.
  • Works with Board of Directors, parents, and partner synagogues to develop programs that build a community of families between the supporting congregations.
  • Fosters teamwork and instills passion among team members for our Mission and Vision. Works to bring out the best in everyone. Provides useful, caring feedback for growth of the team.
  • Promotes inclusion activities, programs and policies. Actively encourages, welcomes, and supports students of all learning needs as well as families of all configurations and backgrounds.
  • Cultivates positive relationships with donors, campus partners, and other community organizations and leaders.
  • Communicates effectively with diverse audiences, using traditional channels and social media.
  • Operates as an extension of the partner synagogues by participating in staff meetings as requested and promoting synagogue activities.

Administrative and Financial Management

  • Implements and manages administrative procedures that allow the school to run efficiently.
  • Supervises preparation and management of school’s annual budget.
  • Maintains teacher and parent-student handbooks and ensures that they comply with applicable laws and regulations. 
  • Ensures that staff complies with handbooks and with all school policies and procedures. 
  • Implements and enforces the Talmud Torah Behavior Code and addresses student discipline.

Supervises all administrative activities of the school, including:

  • Back office operations.
  • Parent communications and relationships.
  • Marketing/communications to the community.
  • Student enrollment, class assignments, grading.
  • Faculty and staff scheduling and assignments.
  • Administration of all employee benefits.
  • Works with the Board and synagogue partners to implement fundraising and development activities. 
  • Supports and implements decisions of the Board of Directors.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 3 years classroom teaching experience in Conservative Jewish/Hebrew education required. 
  • 5 years school administration experience required, including experience with faculty recruitment, mentoring and management, curriculum and programming oversight, and budget development. 
  • 2 years of experience required in planning and implementing fundraising activities and programs. 
  • Proven experience working in supplementary Jewish educational programs.

How To Apply:

Send CV to: [email protected]