Levey Day School, located in Portland, Maine, and serving students in grades pre-K through 8, seeks a Director of Jewish Life and Learning for the 2021-2022 school year. The start date is August 2, 2021. As the school’s primary Hebrew and Judaics teacher, the successful candidate will advance the school’s mission to provide students of all backgrounds with a nurturing community and challenging, personalized curriculum infused with Jewish values and Hebrew language.
The Director of Jewish Life and Learning is the linchpin of the Hebrew and Judaics portion of Levey’s academic program and sets the Jewish tone of the school. The Director, who reports directly to the Head of School, is responsible for curricular design and implementation as well as for mentoring and collaborating with homeroom teachers toward an integrated curriculum. The Director infuses the school with Jewish values and ruach.
Duties and Responsibilities
Designs and teaches an ability-based Hebrew language curriculum for Grades 1-8 focused on reading, speaking, and writing.
Designs and teaches a values-oriented Jewish texts and traditions curriculum for Grades 1-8.
Collaborates with homeroom teachers to integrate Jewish history and literature into the social studies and language arts curricula for Grades 1-8, and mentors those teachers to teach that material effectively.
Designs and implements a tefillot curriculum for Grades 1-8 (in two age-based groups) that fosters personal spirituality, leadership skills, and other dimensions of social and emotional growth in addition to proficiency with reading and comprehension of traditional texts.
Plans and leads Shabbat and holiday celebrations.
Works with the Head of School and faculty colleagues on service learning and tikkun olam projects and on assessing applications for admissions.
Creates Judaic educational materials and programs for parents.
Serves as a resource to all and an inspiring example of Levey values both within the school and in the broader community.
Levey Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community and staff.
Portland regularly appears on lists of the most livable cities in the United States thanks in part to its laid-back lifestyle, proximity to stunning natural settings, vibrant food scene, and relatively low cost of living. Portland’s thriving Jewish community includes six synagogue communities of all varieties, an early childhood education program and summer day camp, and a well-regarded Jewish film festival. Kosher food is readily available.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and list of at least 3 references to Jeffrey Tremblay, Head of School.
Qualifications, Skills, and Characteristics
A Master’s degree in education, or equivalent training.
Successful classroom teaching experience using best practices and multiple modalities to engage, manage, educate, and assess students of diverse learning abilities, styles, and intelligences.
Familiar with 21st-century student competencies, teaching and learning methods.
Knowledge of and experience with curriculum development.
Creates a safe, nurturing learning environment where all students are free to take risks.
Builds strong relationships with students so each child feels nurtured, valued, and challenged.
Eager to teach students of all ages and backgrounds, both Jewish and non-Jewish.
Eager to partner with parents to best engage and support each student through a mutual exchange of ideas and information.
Collaborative, collegial, respectful, and engaging style of leadership and mentorship.
Enjoys working with a variety of stakeholders.
Displays a warm personality and joyful sense of humor.
Gets along well with others.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Defends the dignity and worth of each member of the community and creates an environment that fosters respect, understanding, and acceptance of differences.
About Levey Day School
Levey has a very diverse student body (pre-K to middle school) who learns and masters the skills to be independent thinkers, learners, researchers, communicators, makers, and builders. A personalized program throughout the rich curriculum provides students the 21st century competencies to suceed in school and life. Levey is committed to making every student feel safe, inspired, and empowered to be their best self every day. We are a fully accreditated independent school and Northern New England's only Jewish day school. We welcome families of all faiths and backgrounds. Levey Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff.