Head of School (Interim)
Talmud Torah of Minneapolis
Open Until Filled
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]