Part Time

Congregational School Principal

Adath Israel Congregation 37 Southbourne Avenue, Toronto ON


BACKGROUND

Adath Israel Congregation (AIC) was founded in 1903 in downtown Toronto and has occupied its current home at Bathurst and Wilson since 1958. As one of North America’s largest Conservative Shuls, Adath Israel is led by a dynamic clergy team under the guidance of Senior Rabbi, Adam Cutler, as well as a dedicated office staff that oversees its administration.

Our congregational school – Adath Hebrew Academy – has been a core pillar within our shul since we opened our Bathurst/Wilson location in 1958. Adath Hebrew Academy offers classes for JK to Grade 6, typically with 70+ students (pre-pandemic). Classes are taught in the shul’s school wing on Sundays (all grades) and Tuesday afternoons (Grades 3-6). We remain one of the few 2-day a week supplementary schools in the GTA.

Our current principal – Dr. Jack Lipinsky – is retiring in June 2021 and we are hiring his replacement to step in and lead a seamless transition as we prepare for the 2021-2022 new school year.  The ideal candidate will be chosen in time to have the chance to participate in turnover meetings with our current principal prior to his June retirement.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Principal will own full oversight over all academic components of the congregational school and will work closely with the Office team on administrative duties. The principal will foster deep relationships between the school, the shul and clergy.  

This is a part time position. The school year extends from mid/late September to early/mid June each year. The core registration and recruitment periods are May/June and late August/September. Classes are held each Sunday for Grades JK to 6 between 9:30 am to 12:15 pm.  On Tuesdays, classes are held for Grade 3 to 6 between 4:30 pm to 6:15 pm

Reports to: Executive Director

Internal Relationships:

  • Chair, Education Committee
  • Senior Rabbi, Rabbi, Cantor
  • Finance Manager
  • Office Administrator

External Relationships:

  • Parent Community 
  • UJA - Koschitzky Center for Jewish Education
  • Fellow Congregational School principals

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Classroom teachers
  • Educational Support staff (Music, Reading, R’kudiah, Shinshinim)

Qualifications: 

  • A joint B.Ed. and degree in Jewish education is preferred. Candidates with an M.A. in Jewish Studies or from a recognized Israeli educational program with experience in Canadian day or supplementary schools will also be considered.
  • At least 3-5 years of teaching experience in a Jewish education environment
  • Administrative experience including budgeting, staff management
  • Leadership experience in a Jewish educational setting is an asset

Technical skills

  • Strong practical knowledge of Jewish customs and holidays
  • Fluency in Hebrew
  • Familiarity working with student or membership databases is an asset
  • A strong working knowledge of, and comfort with, Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint and Word are a requirement.
  • Can work comfortably in Powerpoint and Excel with the ability to create basic presentations and spreadsheets.

The ideal candidate will possess the following: 

  • You are a mensch, someone who is authentic, patient and a positive influence to be around. 
  • Exemplary communication skills – written and oral – someone who is comfortable interacting with students, teachers, parents and managers.
  • A natural and collaborative leader and coach for your staff.
  • You are a creative, outside-the-box thinker, able to pivot quickly when needed. Someone who can anticipate situations and find solutions 
  • Strong organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail are your trademarks.  The ability to prioritize and manage your task list is vital to your success.
  • Confidence and comfort level to work independently but aren’t afraid to ask for help. 
  • A genuine team player. 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

Recruitment and Retention

  • With marketing support from the Office team, the Principal will play the central role in the recruitment effort to grow admission levels towards pre-pandemic levels. 
  • The principal will also own the important task of establishing relationships with parents and students as a component of the school’s retention strategy. 

Curriculum Development:

  • Develop and manage the implementation of appropriate grade level curriculum, including the seamless transition from one grade to the next. 
  • Review curriculum regularly with teacher input to evaluate effectiveness and amend as needed.
  • Integrate special Jewish themes into weekly lessons.
  • Assist teachers in providing effective modification/accommodation strategies for students for whom this is necessary

Human Resource Management: 

  • Hire and train teachers, ancillary staff and substitutes.
  • Lead salary negotiation within approved budget.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled teacher meetings and professional development sessions 
  • Observe classes as needed and provide feedback to teachers 
  • Establish and lead the Performance Review process for all staff.

Budget/Fiscal Responsibilities

  • Draft yearly budget in collaboration with Executive Director
  • Work with the Finance Manager to manage expenditures and ensure fiscal responsibility.
  • Manage payroll in collaboration with Finance Manager

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Using ShulCloud database, oversee student registration, attendance and staff records
  • Maintain accurate record of supplies and textbooks. Order as necessary within budget. 
  • Lead presentations to Education Committee and support updates at the Executive Team and Board levels as required.

School Calendar

  • Establish a yearly calendar prior to the school year for distribution to staff and the parent community.
  • Plan school wide events or grade level events (Eg, Model Passover Seder, Chanukah event, Purim event, Graduation).

Grade Reporting

  • Revise the grade reporting cycle as necessary and the form of the report card
  • Vet report cards prior to distribution.

Handbooks

  • Yearly update and revision of both parent and staff handbooks

Ancillary Duties 

  • Manage our Convenience Program post-pandemic:
    • Tuesday After-School Homework Club
    • Summit Heights Walkover Service 
  • Manage the school’s safety program including lockdown, fire drill and weather-based emergency procedures
  • Other duties as required

To apply: 

  • If you wish to apply for this role, please send your cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Phil David, at phil@adathisrael.com, no later than Friday, February 5th by 12 noon.