The Judaic Studies Director oversees the implementation and development of the Judaic Studies curriculum in kindergarten through eighth grade and reports to and serves as a close advisor to the Head of School. The Judaic Studies Director will design and propose innovate changes to curriculum and pedagogy by serving as the Judaic Studies representative to the Academic Council.
The Judaic Studies Director works closely with the the Assistant Director of Jewish Life, General Studies Director, Assistant General Studies Director, and Hebrew Coordinator. While there are organizational elements to this role, it is designed to be a visionary position for curriculum and pedagogy, as well as a key organizer for the initiatives coming out of the Academic Council and guided by the Strategic Plan, as we look not only to codify, but revolutionize our curriculum and pedagogy over the coming three to five years.
As a leader within the School, the Judaic Studies Director is expected to be a collaborative team player, innovative thinker, cheerleader of the staff and school, and agent of academic innovation within the context of a pluralistic, inclusive Jewish community.
This is an 12 month position.
Duties and Responsibilities
Curriculum and Instruction
Supervise and guide curricular development projects in the areas of
Jewish Bible (Grades K-5)
Rabbinics (Grades 6-8)
Integrated Judaic Studies/Art initiatives
Maintain and share knowledge of best practices within the field
Student Class Placement
In collaboration with Grade Level Team Leaders and the Admissions team, assign students to appropriate sections and levels within the subject.
Communicate effectively and regularly with faculty, teacher leaders, and administration
Collaborate with Institutional Advancement when it comes to offering information or writing or advice related to fundraising, marketing, or admissions. This could mean responsibility for writing articles and proposals, reviewing recruitment materials, and meeting with donors or prospective parents
Support review of parent-teacher communication, including reviewing/editing report cards
Working with teams, their own and all others, to accomplish work related to scope and sequence, curriculum design and development, and other Academic Council initiatives
Attending and actively contributing to after school Academic Council meetings
Taking lead roles in professional training and development
Serve as point people for parents when they have questions on curriculum beyond the teacher’s purview
Actively researching national and international best practices in their subject area and other other all school initiatives and practices
Serve as liaison between the Academic Council and Grade Level Teams - bridging communication and initiatives between the groups
Work with the Administration to set a vision for the subject area and to create and implement a plan for reaching this vision
Supporting fundraising efforts
Ensure faculty and students adhere to school policies and procedures, and provide support and guidance in this area as appropriate
Others as assigned by the School Administration
About Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
Heilicher, accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), provides a positive environment focused on delivering a strong academic foundation in Jewish and General Studies. The school reflects and teaches respect for the diversity of Jewish life, challenging our students to exemplify the values of Judaism and demonstrate academic excellence.
Our vision is built on a strong synergy between students and faculty. Our educators inspire our students to find their passion and reach their highest potential, creating successful learners and lead