Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, California, is distinguished by an exceptional academic program and a supportive environment that pairs rich Jewish traditions with the best of the Silicon Valley mindset. At Kehillah, students embark on a journey of self-discovery guided by a community of passionate educators. The community as a whole reflects the diversity of identity in contemporary Jewish and American life and welcomes not only those who self-identify as Jewish, but also anyone open to the role of Jewish wisdom and values. Although still a chronologically young school, it is already well established as a well-run, successful beacon of an academic and whole-child-centered school, living Jewish values and culture, and serving a diverse and eager student body. Members of the Kehillah Jewish High School community highlight several ways the school lives its Four Commitments.
SKILLS AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Insofar as Kehillah is a school with an exceptional culture and strong relationships, the next leader must understand, model, and set the cultural tone of the school; be the face of the school with audiences external and internal; and be the unwavering voice of the mission and Jewish values of the school. Among specific attributes desirable in the next head are: • A great listener who can hear and understand the many viewpoints within the school community, and value the diversity therein; and… • …the ability to navigate among those viewpoints, find areas of commonality, and craft a clear and compelling vision, mission, ethos, and culture of the school, and bring everyone along working in the same direction toward the same student-centered goals. • Someone with a clear sense of what excellence is and means in the context of a Jewish High school serving all paths of Jewish Observance, Study and Practices, in this time and place. • A commitment to those Jewish values and practices that cut across all paths of Jewish observance, and an understanding that those values and practices bring much to the world in general and not just for the Jews. • A visionary progressive educational leader who embraces innovation and instills that sense of creativity and adventure and joy of learning within and across the school. • A leader who welcomes diverse learners including those needing support and understands how they enrich a school community. • An experienced leader who is both strategic/visionary/big picture as well as a strong manager who can assemble and lead a team to make those big ideas a reality in an efficient, responsive school administration. • An excellent oral and written communicator and connector who can be the compelling, charismatic face of the school with internal and external audiences, with prospective families and donors, and within the larger Bay Area Jewish and educational communities and compellingly tell the story of Kehillah. • The ability to lead the school to embrace, discuss, and learn about Israel without espousing any single viewpoint or approach, in the context of love and respect for the Jewish Homeland and its history and complexity. • Sufficiently financially literate to partner with the board in creating wise long-term financial plans for the school, and capably manage and control an annual budget that maximizes the mission-return for monies expended. • An eagerness for and experience with building a culture of philanthropy as well as both annual and capital fundraising. • An approachable, “open door” leader who is highly visible in the daily life of the school and seeks out and gets to know students, faculty, families, and more; particularly visible and active in the admissions/recruiting process for new students. • Sufficiently tech-savvy to be a comfortable user of personal technology, to help lead the school in adopting emerging tools of educational technology, and to assure that computer science and related instruction is at the high level expected by the Silicon Valley population the school serves. • A warm, intelligent, self-aware leader who knows their strengths, is open to working on areas of lesser strength, and can assemble a team that complements their skills and interests.
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Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials: • A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position; • A current résumé; • A one-page statement of your philosophy of education in a progressive Jewish High School; • A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) to:
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