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Jewish Studies Teacher Part-Time

  • 19 Jul 2020 5:13 PM
    Message # 9112820

    Kehillah Jewish High School is seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, and creative Jewish Studies educator to teach two sections of “Holocaust and Society” to our 11th and 12th graders in the Fall, and two sections of “Holocaust: Historical Perspectives” to our 9th and 10th graders in the Spring during the 2020-2021 academic year. Due to the pandemic, this position will be part of our hybrid program and the classes will be both in-person and remote teaching. Must be adept with Zoom and blended or flipped technologies.

    The ideal candidate will have a strong background in the academic discipline of Modern Jewish History and the ability to teach Holocaust Studies from an intersectional perspective that addresses the diverse range of issues that continue to impact historically marginalized peoples. The ability to teach the literature of the Beit Midrash (e.g. Hebrew Bible, Talmud, Midrash, rabbinic commentaries, halacha, philosophy, etc.) and a broad range of topics across the spectrum of Jewish Studies is highly preferred. We want a collaborative colleague who appreciates a pluralistic community and is excited about approaching modern Jewish Studies through innovative pedagogical methods including experiential, project, and inquiry-based learning.

    We are a supportive teaching community that embraces collaboration, outside-the-box thinking, and innovative pedagogy. The classroom experience at Kehillah includes debate, dialogue, critical inquiry, and experimentation bringing every class to life. We have educators who are published authors, scientists, artists, photographers, comedians, activists, actors, renowned scholars, patent holders - people who speak multiple languages and celebrate a slew of diverse holidays/traditions. You’ll find colleagues here who will encourage you to find your strengths, grow, and who will always care.

    This is a part-time position (.40) beginning August 1, 2020. There is a possibility of being full-time if the candidate has a strong background teaching U.S. and World History (Ancient and Modern). If you want to join a passionate team of educators dedicated to changing the lives of young humans, we’d love to meet you.

    To apply:Kehillah Careers

    Essential Functions

    • Prepare lesson plans with clear objectives that facilitate active learning.
    • Assign and evaluate classwork and exams to students; prepare required reports and communicate progress to parents and colleagues.
    • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and materials with Dean; develop scope and sequence.
    • Use relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction; adapt new technology and teaching strategies to encourage the progress of individual students.
    • Post accurate and timely student attendance, grades, and other required records on PowerSchool/Schoology.
    • Attend and contribute to department and staff meetings, as needed.
    • Join the Student Confidential Learning Plan as needed; set notifications, implement, and actively participate.
    • Use effective in-person and virtual classroom management techniques in accordance with the policies of the school.
    • Provide timely and tactful feedback with parents regarding student progress including quarter and semester comment writing; make phone calls home for students of concern.
    • Attend and participate in departmental initiatives; support extracurricular student activities when available.
    • Actively engage in year-long Professional Growth Plan (PGP) and meet all benchmarks.
    • Guide student behavior to foster academic achievement, personal responsibility, intellect, and individuality in all students.
    • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours in order to advise and assist students; be flexible if sharing a classroom.

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Has a clear commitment to the educational philosophy as articulated by Our Four Commitments.
    • Able to differentiate instruction and support neurodiversity.
    • Able to create a positive classroom community and build relationships with students.
    • Has excitement, joy, and passion for teaching kids and personal development/learning.
    • Creative in instructional and classroom management strategies
    • Proficient at competently assessing student performances and preparing comprehensive assessments.
    • Experienced implementing positive classroom management techniques, innovative methodologies, and activities that foster active learning and enhance academic programs.
    • Willing to collaborate with student learning services to differentiate instruction for all learners.
    • Has a strong work ethic and a "do whatever it takes" mindset.
    • Show a high level of professionalism and willingness to “go the extra mile” to reach goals for students.
    • Demonstrate knowledge, implementation, and adaptability regarding relevant technology.
    • Able to apply common sense and extreme diplomacy, discretion, and confidentiality in written and oral forms.
    • Promptly respond to questions of parents and co-workers while maintaining a professional demeanor.

    Core Competencies

    • Passionate about supporting equal access to learning in a diverse community; customer-focused.
    • Performs with integrity, ethics, values, beliefs, and principles during both good and bad times.
    • Remains calm, maintains perspective, and responds in a professional manner when faced with tough situations.
    • Takes personal responsibility for the continuous learning of new knowledge, skills, and experiences.
    • Successfully functions during times of ambiguity and changing priorities; Creative problem resolution skills. 
    • Makes timely and quality decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with other individuals and teams.
    • Results-oriented and goal-focused.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree in the subject area; postgraduate work (Master's or Ph.D.) preferred. Certification is not required.
    • At least two years teaching Jewish Studies and Jewish History, preferably with some online teaching experience.
    • Must be adept with Google Docs, Zoom, PowerSchool (LMS), Schoology, and blended or flipped technologies.
    • Experienced in best practices in education and pedagogy.
    • Must be able to teach in-person and online to accommodate the school’s hybrid schedule.

    Benefits and Salary

    Kehillah offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including a choice of free HMO medical and employer-subsidized PPO plans, free dental and vision, EAP, retirement planning, student debt relief program, life insurance, short and long-term disability, gym membership, free lunch, student tuition remission, and three Flexible Spending plans that allow for pre-tax dollars to cover medical, dependent care, and transit.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to:

    • Specific abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception; ability to adjust focus, and sufficient manual dexterity to operate all departmental equipment.
    • Effectively hear and communicate with the community when teaching in-person and online.
    • Work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.  
    • Must have a dedicated workspace for those times when teaching remotely.
    • Teach on campus in a traditional climate-controlled environment when required, and occasionally outdoors.
    • Work with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and diverse contacts which may, at times, be stressful.
    • Able to travel safely and comfortably across a 50,000 sq. ft. campus.

    Pre-employment background screening is required for all positions. Requirements include fingerprinting and background check, TB test, and verification of authorization to work in the United States. Kehillah does not sponsor work visas

    Kehillah Jewish High School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants for employment and employees are provided equal employment opportunities, including in recruitment, hiring, and assignment, without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, ancestry, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws or regulations. Kehillah expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee or student discrimination or harassment. All employment decisions at Kehillah are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications.


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