Full Time

Principal

Bialik Hebrew Day School - Ben & Edith Himel Education Centre 180 Ilan Ramon Boulevard, Vaughan


The Organization:
Founded in 1961, Bialik is a Jewish educational institution that promotes academic excellence combined with strong Jewish identity, values and love of Israel. The “Jewish day school for today’s generation”, Bialik is proud to offer top quality Jewish education to almost 1,400 students at the midtown-Toronto Viewmount Branch, and at the Himel Branch located on the Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan.

Bialik has a tremendous commitment to developing students into top-tier thinkers and problem solvers with the qualities and skills that will help them become future leaders of our community, our country and beyond. Bialik is deeply invested in the quality of its Jewish Studies program, charged with instilling in students core Jewish values and traditions.

Every day at Bialik, outstanding students are empowered to make a difference. As an institution, Bialik has a legacy of distinction and maintains a resolute commitment to academic innovation and excellence. Bialik is a school that constantly builds on its achievements. Since its early beginnings in the 1960s, it has been on a continuous growth path at both the Viewmount and Himel Branches.

Bialik’s engaged and dedicated community has always been central to the School’s success in providing exemplary resources, facilities and education for students.

The Himel Branch:
The Ben and Edith Himel Education Centre on the Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus opened in 2013 with 67 students and one class each in Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1. Over the past eight years, the Himel Branch has experienced exponential growth and is now a thriving community of 540 students and multiple classes in each grade (JK through Grade 8). The branch comprises two buildings- Himel East and Himel West - in facilities that include a beautiful new gym, additional classrooms, STEM Labs and communal learning spaces.

The Opportunity:
Bialik has an exceptional opportunity for a passionate, visionary educational leader with exemplary skills as a hands-on administrator, community leader, planner and faculty/staff mentor.The Principal is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the functioning of the Himel Branch.

This includes:

  • Creating a positive school culture – a sense of pride and belonging – among all Bialik stakeholders,
  • Being a role model for the Bialik community,
  • Showing good judgment, wisdom and integrity in decision-making,
  • Handling crisis situations rationally and calmly,
  • Effecting positive change as identified in the strategic plans,
  • Liaising with the Parent Teacher Association (“PTA”) to ensure the smooth and efficient running of all PTA programs at each branch,
  • Developing a collaborative team culture among the Admin Team and staff, and
  • Liaising with each other to ensure that both branches work together to deliver the same high quality of programs and activities.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will bring the following skills and experiences:

  • A proven track record as an educational leader and administrator.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large and complex organization in a multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Ability to communicate and articulate vision, mission, values and ideas in a charismatic, consensus building, persuasive manner to all constituencies, especially faculty, staff, Board Members, parents and donors.
  • Ability to see the “big picture” and maintain a strategic overview in addressing problems and planning solutions in a results-oriented manner. Vision to develop and advocate for new and innovative solutions.
  • Ability to promote and foster educational excellence, including raising the standards and value of Jewish and General Studies programming and enhancing teachers’ performance.
  • An open and collaborative management and leadership style. Comfortable with soliciting input from others while still being decisive and independent in the decision-making process.
  • Strong supervisory and evaluation skills to monitor staff objectively and hold them accountable for expected results.
  • Excellent people skills. A warm, honest and fair approach in dealing with others. Ability to interact and engage comfortably with a wide variety of key constituents including Board Members, parents, students, major donors and community leaders.
  • Knowledge of, and personal commitment to, Jewish ideals, values, history, ritual and practice.
  • Highly knowledgeable of, sensitive to, and genuine respect for all streams of Judaism and openness to a variety of ritual and practice.
  • Hebrew language skills considered an asset.

Application Process:

Interested applicants may explore this opportunity in confidence by submitting a cover letter and resume to: kerry.siegel@execsearchalliance.com as soon as possible and not later than January 14th, 2022.

A detailed position profile is available upon request.

Siegel Executive Search Solutions Inc., member of the Executive Search Alliance, is advising Bialik on the basis of an exclusive consulting assignment.  The publication of this advertisement is neither an assurance that an applicant will be hired, nor that the position will be held open for any specific period of time in the event that a suitable candidate for the position is identified at an earlier date. 

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those who are considered for an interview will be contacted.