Social Justice Coordinator 2024-2025
The Rashi School, Dedham, MA
Social Justice Coordinator 2024-2025
The Rashi School, the Boston Area’s Reform Jewish Independent School, serving students in grades Pre-K-8 seeks a Social Justice Educator for the 2024-2025 school year. Rashi’s social justice program has been led by its founder for nearly thirty years. Her retirement offers the incredible opportunity to steward the program as it exists and participate in the creation of a future vision of Social Justice at Rashi. This could be a long-term or interim position, depending on the qualifications and interests of the candidate and the needs of the school. Reporting to the Dean of Jewish Learning, the Social Justice Coordinator has responsibilities both in and out of the classroom.
The Rashi School is a warm and inclusive community, where children are appreciated for who they are as they learn and develop their identities. With the school’s foundation of rigorous academics and differentiated instruction and a mission rooted in social justice, we want our students to ask the tough questions—not just the who, what, where, but the how, why, and what can I do to fix it? Rashi graduates have the confidence to try new things and to fail forward. With kindness at their core, they become empowered learners, change agents, global Jewish citizens, and good friends.
From the founding of the Rashi School, Rashi’s mission has always put tzedek, justice, and tikkun olam, repairing the world, at our core. We are inspired by the mission set by the prophetic call to be a light unto the nations (Isaiah 49:6). Our founders envisioned students learning and living social justice through direct service in our communities, by meeting social justice workers from around the world, and through an integrated social justice curriculum, showing that learning and justice go hand in hand.
- Cultivate and maintain a healthy and trusting learning environment, encouraging and nurturing relationships with students.
- Guide students in their social-emotional development and in their ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships.
- Teach weekly social justice classes to students in grades preK-2, grounded in Jewish texts and values.
- Collaborate with faculty in grades 3-8 to bring Social Justice education into their classes and the overall student experience.
- Develop and implement interdisciplinary curriculum and student-centered pedagogy.
- Support individual and small group student initiatives by mentoring them, and helping them bring their ideas to fruition.
- Communicate with families in positive and professional ways including email, phone calls, meetings and parent-teacher conferences.
- Attend relevant meetings during the school day and faculty meetings on Wednesdays after school.
- Share duties (recess, lunch, etc.) and participate in other aspects of school life set by school leadership.
- Coordinate community wide service opportunities.
- Plan and implement Middle School Social Justice days.
- Lead the Mitzvah Makers program, and intergenerational service learning opportunity for students in grades 2-5, in partnership with the Newbridge on the Charles Hebrew Senior Life staff.
- Participate in an intergenerational Middle School program where students work with patients dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Lead Rashi’s annual all school Social Justice project, Tamchui, highlighting non-profit organizations and their work for students across the grades.
- Advocate for social justice throughout the school and broader school community.
- Collaborate with appropriate faculty to network, building and maintaining partnerships with community organizations, activists, and educators to enhance the impact of social justice initiatives.
- Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of social justice programs and initiatives, making adjustments as needed to meet objectives.
- Continuous learner
- Open to feedback
- Strong communicator
- Active listener
- Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community.
- Belief in Rashi’s Mission and Core Values
- Bachelor’s (master’s degree preferred) in education, sociology, social work, or a related field.
- Deep understanding and proven commitment to social justice.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to facilitate difficult conversations and engage diverse audiences.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and individuals.
- Ability to utilize technology to support efficient and effective processes.
- 3-5 years of classroom teaching at the middle or lower school level and/or previous experience is a social justice related field.
- Able to sit, stand, type, twist, bend.
- Able to use telephone and computers.
How to apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rashi is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Guided by our core values of justice, respect, learning, community, and spirit, and with social justice as a foundational cornerstone of our school, we are committed to building an inclusive community that honors and respects each individual, their varied identities, and their spirit. We seek to listen, learn, and grow together to ensure that we are a place in which all community members can thrive. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds, including age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, mental disorder, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as
established by law.