Jewish Education Associate
Gann Academy, Waltham, MA
This role is about bringing Jewish education to life for current Gann Academy students and creating opportunities to engage prospective students. We’re seeking candidates with genuine excitement and infectious passion for Jewish education.
The Jewish Education Associate will work with faculty, administration, and students to plan and implement a variety of student activities, Jewish life and Israel programming. This position reports to the Assistant Head of School for Jewish Education.
This is a full-time, 10-month, in-person position with a salary range of $40,000 to $45,000 annually, reporting to the Assistant Head of School for Jewish Education.
Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and learning outcomes for all. All employees participate in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with families, donors, vendors, allies, and others.
- Admissions: work with the admissions team to plan and deliver programming to engage prospective students.
- Student Life: work with the Dean of Students to plan and facilitate new students Revisit and Orientation Days.
- Jewish Life Experiences: Collaborate with faculty to envision, plan, and execute Jewish holiday celebrations and programs. This includes attending Shabbatonim and other programming outside normal school hours, and leading activities as appropriate.
- Zman Kodesh (Tefillah): collaborate with Zman Kodesh leader in planning and facilitation of special programming (e.g., Rosh Chodesh) and facilitate a minyan or alternative prayer group.
- Israel Programming: Support the planning and delivery of elements of Israel education, (e.g., exchange programs, trips, and Yom Haatzmaut celebrations).
- Jewish Studies Department: Attend Jewish Studies department meetings, observe Jewish Studies classes, and act as substitute as appropriate.
The above responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
- Experience working with teens, ideally in a Jewish summer camp or youth group environment.
- A background in Jewish studies and/or good knowledge of Jewish texts and traditions.
- Strong interpersonal skills and well-developed empathy.
- Ability to work within a pluralistic Jewish setting.
- Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
- Self-starter with good organizational and planning skills.
- Ability to prioritize a number of projects, assimilating information with accuracy and consistent attention to detail.
- Possess excellent computer skills in Excel, Word, and ability to quickly learn school specific software programs.
- Good written and oral communication skills.
- B.A. Degree is preferred.
- Must be proficient in English and familiar with Hebrew to carry out work as assigned.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Physical demands include dexterity for office machine/supply operation including but not limited to computer, telephone, electronic calculator, copy machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, and reaching for files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Gann Academy is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the school to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), and pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.
LIFE AT GANN ACADEMY
Gann Academy is mission-driven and innovative and is committed to a diverse professional community. Professional engagement with diversity and multiculturalism informs both our pedagogy, our work, and our programming.
Perhaps most of all, Gann offers a community of smart, collaborative, and compassionate professionals people who care about their work, their school, and their colleagues. We help one another learn, solve problems, and have fun. Consistently, Gann professionals tout the support and teamwork of their colleagues as a unique highlight of their Gann experience, and one in which Gann is different from any other school or community. Come, find out for yourself!