The Congregation Emanu-El Preschool is one of San Francisco’s leading preschools, housed within one of the largest and most vibrant synagogues in the United States. Since its founding in 1986, the preschool has offered a warm, caring, and stimulating environment for preschool-aged children and their families. In addition to fostering the children’s social, intellectual, and emotional development, the Emanu-El preschool also builds a meaningful community among its families, many of whom develop bonds to the synagogue that endure long after their children leave the preschool.
Our mission is to nurture the next generation of Jewish and global citizens as they become caretakers of our planet, our community and each other.
Our vision is to become a model Jewish preschool that exemplifies contemporary best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education. We strive to be a school where teachers, children, parents and families experience transformative learning, and where other educators come to learn.
We use an inquiry-based approach to learning where teachers and children co-construct curriculum that is grounded in the Jewish values of:
Tikkun Olam (Social and Environmental Justice)
Wonder (Radical Amazement)
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Early Childhood Education will have overall responsibility for designing and managing all aspects of the synagogue’s early childhood programming. As a member of the synagogue’s senior staff, the Director will participate in senior staff meetings to help shape policies and programs for the entire synagogue. Success in this role comes through collaboration with the Director, skilled staff, and a diverse population of families.
The Director will be responsible for delivering an exceptional preschool experience for the school’s children and their families. The preschool is currently in good health, with a strong curriculum and teachers dedicated to that teaching philosophy. Thus, it will be important for the Director to continue to build on this current success, by promoting the existing teaching philosophy and curriculum retaining excellent teachers and administrative personnel; and fostering a positive, high-energy culture that motivates teachers, children, and families.
The Director will have the opportunity to think strategically and creatively about the preschool’s future direction. Recognizing the preschool’s tremendous potential for growth, the synagogue’s Board of Directors is interested in the Director’s long-term vision for the school’s development.
Candidate Characteristics and Expertise
We are seeking someone with a passion for childhood education, a team-oriented philosophy, outstanding listening and communication skills, unquestioned personal and professional integrity, an energetic, outgoing personality, and an ability to work well with a broad range of constituencies.
We are looking for a Director with the following characteristics and expertise:
Ability to articulate and promote the school’s vision, values, and teaching philosophy to parents and teachers
Manage, inspire and support a highly diverse, talented team of teachers while ensuring their professional development
Ability to guide teachers in developing and implementing the most relevant curriculum
Guide and advocate for parents through the kindergarten admissions process
Ability to communicate with and ensure proper communication with parents and teachers
Ability to manage business functions including budgeting, financial planning and human resources
Seek opportunities for Preschool engagement with other Congregation-wide activities
Expertise in early childhood education curriculum development and teaching expertise based on the most current research in the field
Ability to ensure that Jewish values and practices are incorporated in the curriculum and preschool life
Develop and present ongoing professional development for teachers
We believe that an outstanding candidate to lead the preschool could come from a variety of backgrounds and strengths. The ideal candidate would possess experience both as a teacher and as an administrator. While we value candidates who would bring many years of experience to the position, we are also open to qualified applicants who are at a relatively early stage of their career, possessing a minimum of five years of experience. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, with a master’s degree preferred.
Highly competitive salary and benefits, including reimbursement for reasonable moving expenses.
Congregation Emanu-El is partnering with Carney, Sandoe and Associates on this search. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Elizabeth McLean, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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