It would be easy for Mandel Jewish Day School, an Early Childhood through eighth grade, 350 student co-ed school in Cleveland, Ohio, to rest on its laurels because it has plenty of them! Widely respected for its pluralistic welcoming culture, its top student outcomes in academics and character development, excellence in both secular and Judaic subjects, its leadership in Integrated Project-Based Learning, and its highly sought-after graduates, Mandel is regarded in the top tier of excellent Jewish day schools nationally.
However, this is a school with aspirations of continuous improvement and a passion to embrace and lead in the ever-evolving arena of progressive Jewish education. That never-complacent, “we can always be better” attitude reflects the unique Cleveland Jewish community it serves and by whom it is supported. It is no accident that national and international Jewish organizations have long found inspired leadership from Cleveland. There is a community-wide belief in the importance of Jewish continuity and the centrality of Jewish day schools to that mission. As one community leader stated, “In some cities you live in a day-school world. Here you live in the community world.”
Founded as the Agnon School 50 years ago, Mandel JDS was recently renamed thanks to the incredible game-changing generosity of the Joseph and Florence Mandel Family Foundation. The school has solid finances, a leadership team and staff that is exceptionally strong top to bottom, an inspired board, and deep community ties and support. Mandel JDS seeks a new head of school to bring both vision and passion for the best of current and future progressive Jewish education; proven leadership and management skills; a desire to live in, lead, and be part of one of America’s greatest Jewish communities; a love of Israel; and a deep commitment to students and their families, to take the school from great to greater, beginning July 1, 2020. The combination of unabashed ambitions of greatness, a solid foundation, a culture that embraces differences and uniqueness of each individual, remarkable support from a leading Jewish community, and a school that is already a leader, makes this an opportunity unlike any other.
DESIRED SKILLS AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
Among the skills and personal attributes desirable in the new head are:
A compelling visionary for progressive Jewish education, with the ability to inspire, communicate, and implement that vision.
An outgoing relationship-builder, eager to be a visible presence in the daily life of the school, and an integral part of the broader Cleveland Jewish community.
An excellent communicator able to instill confidence and enthusiasm in prospective families and donors and provide inspiration and guidance to the faculty and staff of the school.
An organized systematic manager who seeks consistency and clarity in organizational structure and practices.
Knowledgeable of emerging thought and practice in progressive education.
A leader who understands and unfailingly supports the work of faculty and staff.
Cultural sensitivity to be able to relate to and balance the interests of a diverse student body and their families.
A leader who personally models the values, passion for learning, and love of Israel the school hopes to instill in its students.
A collaborative leader who seeks input but can be decisive, firm, and consistent.
Familiarity with the rising expectations of the current independent school parents and an ability to manage those expectations with empathy, clarity, consistency, excellence, and value.
Financial literacy sufficient to partner with the CFO and the board to assure that budgets reflect the mission and priorities of the school.
Carney, Sandoe and Associates is an educational recruitment firm that places teachers in private, independent and like kind (charter, magnet, pilot and merit) schools across the nation and internationally. Since 1977 we have placed over 28,500 teachers and administrators in independent schools.