Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.
Job Summary and Scope of Responsibility:
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School seeks an educational leader for its Lower School (1st - 4th grade) to guide a creative and committed learning community of approximately 200 students and 25 faculty and staff. Working with the faculty, the Head of Lower School is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Lower School as well as articulating a clear and compelling vision for the division's future that supports Bernard Zell’s mission. With a highly capable faculty, committed parents, and outstanding facilities, the school is in a uniquely attractive position, with a deeply felt and lived history, clear mission and genuine openness to the possibilities that lie ahead.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist the Head of School and Leadership Team in advancing the school’s mission of providing an outstanding General and Jewish Studies education in an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century.
Teaching and Learning
Lead the Lower School General Studies, Jewish Studies and Specialists teams, responsible for day-to-day operations.
Function as the chief articulator of the Lower School’s programs, standards, guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure clear and consistent communication with all constituencies.
Observe, supervise, support, and evaluate faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; the teaching process; and academic programs.
Make recommendations in consultation with the Head of School regarding the recruitment, hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
Understand and articulate all aspects of the school’s instructional approach, including differentiated instruction, Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop models, inquiry-based problem solving and foundational math, Responsive Classroom and Hebrew/Jewish Studies experiences.
Promote high standards of professional performance, modeling and coaching excellent teaching practices, including ongoing performance management.
Partner with the Academic Council on developing and maintaining a holistic educational and experiential thread between departments.
Ensure effective school-home communications are in place by the teaching staff, including newsletters, progress reports and conferences.
Behavior and Discipline
Hold students and faculty accountable for core values of the Lower School, and develop measures to assess student understanding of school rules and self-discipline.
Ensure appropriate behavior at all times when children are present within the school and when participating in school activities.
Communicate with students, parents and faculty regarding student behavior and maintain appropriate documentation.
Serve on the Leadership Team with other division heads and non-instructional administration.
Collaborate with grade-level team leaders, instructional leaders, and specialists.
Partner with Student Services and Social Work to ensure that the needs of all students are met.
Advise faculty in matters of classroom management, parent relationships, teaching methods, and general school procedures.
Conduct regular division/department team meetings.
Ensure a safe working and learning environment conducive to personal, professional, academic, and social-emotional growth.
Support the school’s Advancement functions (admissions, development, marketing) as needed.
Assist in the production of student, teacher, and class schedules.
Manage the budget of the Lower School.
Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
B.S. /B.A. in Elementary Education, and M.S/M.A. preferred.
Minimum of five to seven years of teaching and administrative experience at the Lower School level.
Two or more years in a school-based administrative or leadership role.
Experience with strategic planning, faculty hiring, teacher evaluation, scheduling, curriculum development, student life and activities, budgets, and management of complex processes will be particularly relevant.
Substantial experience in a Lower School setting and insightful understanding of the role of the independent school teacher and leader.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Effective communication skills, emotional intelligence and creative problem-solving skills.
An ability to work cooperatively and generously with colleagues and families.
Outstanding verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Proficient in MS Office and Google applications.
A strong understanding of child development and a genuine love of working with young children.
Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership.
A willingness to be a visible presence in all areas of school life.
A collaborative and collegial leadership style that encourages faculty to take risks and explore passions.
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
Keen interest in continuous improvement, intellectual curiosity, and an analytical approach to problem solving.
Creativity and openness to innovation coupled with the capacity to understand the existing culture and rich history of the School.
The Lower School Head is a 12-month full-time position.
Full-time employee benefits include employer-subsidized medical, dental, life, and disability insurance; 403B retirement plan; parking or public transportation subsidy; breakfast and lunch; optional vision insurance
About Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (www.bernardzell.org) is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.