Head of School Search - Application Information

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Hillel Community Day School seeks a permanent Head to continue its 75-year mission of uncovering the special qualities in every Jewish child it educates while ushering it into the next phase of the school’s development.

As a community day school, Hillel Community Day School serves the Rochester area as a school for both general and Judaic studies, with children coming from all segments of the Jewish community as we make every practical effort to accommodate the individual needs of each child. We strive to develop a well-balanced Jewish individual, knowledgeable in and committed to the principles of Jewish living and those in our democratic society. We endeavor to preserve and enhance our people, our religion, and our heritage through knowledge of nurturing-based experiences.

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Academics, Arts, and Athletics

Hillel School's Judaic and General Studies academic curriculum is rooted in the belief that children learn best in an environment where they feel safe and accepted and where learning is fun. Units of study are chosen based on students' interests and developmental levels while following modified New York State standards. Dynamic multi-sensory language arts, mathematics, technology, arts, and athletics are all areas of emphasis   at Hillel School and offer students a variety of opportunities to engage with learning that best suits their level of capability and explore areas of interest.

School Attributes

There are many unique and strong aspects to our program.

  • Diversity of programs within the school.

  • In addition to the classroom teachers, there are district-provided occupational therapists, speech therapists, vision specialists, and special education staff that have a dedicated resource room in our building.

  • Unique to the Hillel School model, our full-time school counselor and nurses integrate mindful and healthy strategies into the classroom to ensure skills are practiced throughout the day.

  • Highly integrated approach among all staff in relation to each individual student's needs and goals.

  • The faculty is described as "incredible" and are given the trust and flexibility to do what they think is in the best interests of each student

  • Faculty have been implementing the A.P.T.T. [Academic Parent Teacher Team} model and are in frequent communication with the families to ensure seamless coordination between school and home.

  • Part of an "Alliance of Small Jewish Day Schools" formed to ensure deep peer connections and the implementation of a middle school "Equal Justice/Empathy" curriculum and benchmark travel experiences.

  • The school has a committed board that has helped ensure that the school is in a very strong financial standing with no debt, no mortgage, and a growing endowment.

  • The staff works closely together, has professional development support, and reports that they feel valued and appreciated both as professionals and as individuals.

 

Qualifications

  • A caring, compassionate, and passionate Jewish leader who demonstrates a commitment to the education of all students.

  • Expertise in the institutional areas of policies, procedures, organizational structure, marketing, budgets, and fundraising.

  • An educational leader who feels an affinity for working with children, teachers, and parents to promote Jewish identity, Torah values, and immersive engagement in learning.

  • Ability to function as the chief articulator of Hillel Community Day School's mission, its values, and its differentiating factors to ultimately broaden Hillel's brand recognition.

  • A visionary leader and experienced manager.

  • Develops and inspires staff and sets the strategic direction.

  • Experience working in a best-practices partnership with a private school Board of Trustees.

  • Prior experience and training in Hebrew language learners and Special Education is a plus, but not required.

  • Able to drive and implement strategic considerations including factors involving expansion (including real estate, financing, and building operations).

  • Understands the demands of classroom teachers, school nurses, and staff.

  • An approachable, accessible, warm individual who is a great listener and can relate well to the many segments of the Hillel School community.

  • An inclusive, collaborative decision-maker who seeks input, when possible, but can make decisions independently when needed.

  • Effective delegator who trusts the knowledge of faculty and staff to make decisions.

 

Application Instructions

A full job description can be found here. Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact Hillel's H.R. Director in confidence.

Candidates will ultimately need to submit the following materials as separate PDF documents no later than 6/29/2022:

  • A cover letter expressing interest in this position.

  • A current résumé or CV.

  • Educational philosophy statement including your approach to differentiation and integration for Jewish K-8 student populations.

  • A list of three professional references, including name, relationship, phone number, and Email address of each (references will be contacted only with the candidate's permission) to:

 

Ms. Eva Weissman

H.R. and Business Director for Hillel School

eweissman@hillelschool.org

(585) 271-6877

 

This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic educational leader to build upon our strong history of educational excellence and set the strategy for the next phase of the school's evolution. We are on a strong financial footing and are poised to consider expansion opportunities. Hillel School changes lives – we want someone who is passionate about making an impact and will ultimately enhance our brand in the community, as a school for local Jewish families, and employer of choice for staff.

 

Hillel Community Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes applicants from all religions, races, genders, sex, creeds, cultures, national origins, and abilities.