High School Principal
About Kohelet Yeshiva
Kohelet Yeshiva is a warm and embracing Modern Orthodox K-12 yeshiva day school committed to cultivating Bnei and Bnot Torah who think critically and creatively while exuding middot, confidence and compassion.
The Elementary and Middle School Divisions, known as Kohelet Yeshiva Lab School and Kohelet Yeshiva Middle School, are committed to utilizing replicable, empirically supported, student-centered methods of pedagogy in order to maximize learning for all students in both Judaic and General Studies and advance the field of Jewish Education.
The High School division, known as Kohelet Yeshiva High School, builds on these foundations by nurturing the talents and potential of every student while equipping them, with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed and lead in yeshivot, seminaries, colleges, and well beyond.
Passion & Principles
Kohelet Yeshiva is deeply committed to:
- Torah: Kohelet strives to create a community of knowledgeable and passionate students who are committed to Ahavat Hashem and Yir’at Shamayim in an environment that fosters a love of Talmud Torah and a dedication to Halakhah. Kohelet is devoted to the importance of providing such opportunities equally for both men and women while cultivating a culture of mutual respect and spiritual growth in single gender classes.
- General Studies and The Arts: As a Modern Orthodox institution, Kohelet believes that knowledge and love of G-d is fostered through an appreciation of the beauty, complexity, and wisdom found throughout G-d’s multifaceted world. Kohelet also believes that an appreciation for the arts is important to the creation of spiritually integrated and culturally literate individuals, and therefore plays a meaningful part in every student’s educational experience.
- The State of Israel: Through an understanding of the unfolding of Jewish History and through immersion in modern Hebrew language and culture, Kohelet strives to imbue its students with a love of Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and Torat Yisrael.
- Our Community: The Kohelet educational experience fosters social and emotional growth by encouraging and enabling students to become active, reflective, and caring citizens of their school, their country, and the global community at large. Kohelet inspires and empowers its students to utilize the skills, content and values imparted to them across all disciplines to make their world a better place.
Kohelet Yeshiva is located minutes from center city Philadelphia in the heart of the vibrant and rapidly growing Orthodox Jewish community of Lower Merion, PA. Kohelet Yeshiva began as Stern Hebrew High School and in 2010 it became Kohelet Yeshiva High School and moved to its current beautiful campus. Approximately half of the 285 students live in the Lower Merion towns of Bala Cynwyd, Merion Station, and Wynnewood, while the other half travel to Kohelet daily from communities across the greater Philadelphia region.
The high school is known for its rigorous programs in both limudei kodesh and general studies, enhanced by an outstanding music and art program, and robust resources for student guidance and support. On average, 80% of Kohelet Yeshiva High School’s graduates spend a gap year studying in Israel and close to 100% pursue 4 year degrees at accredited colleges and universities. Over the past five years, 25% of Kohelet graduates have gone on to Ivy League schools, 25% have chosen to continue their education at Yeshiva University, roughly 10% have chosen to remain in Israel, and the other 40% have gone to on to other outstanding universities such Brandeis, NYU, SUNY Binghamton, University of Maryland, Drexel University and Temple University.
About the Position:
The Philadelphia area is seeing rapid growth in the Orthodox community and the last six years have seen a period of substantial institutional growth for Kohelet Yeshiva. In addition to adding its Lab and Middle School divisions, Kohelet Yeshiva embarked upon an ambitious 10 Year Strategic Financial Plan anchored by lead gifts of $35 million and is aimed at putting the school on solid financial footing well into the future. In addition, the school recently expanded its campus to include a beautiful new state-of-the-art building for its Lab and Middle School divisions.
We now seek to build upon our success by hiring a high school principal who will help Kohelet Yeshiva embrace these opportunities and maximize the high school’s potential. We are looking for a student-focused leader whose warmth, creativity and commitment to Torah will inspire our students and faculty. The candidate should have robust curricular and pedagogical knowledge in both Judaic and general studies, studies, a strong ability to identify, hire and retain outstanding teachers, excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to supporting our students, parents and teachers. Finally, the candidate should be able to serve as a strong ambassador to the communities that we serve.
The Principal will be responsible for the daily operation of the high school. He or she will embody, articulate, and reflect the school’s values and mission inside and outside of school and will work collaboratively with the K-8 Principal to ensure that school’s K-12 vision is carried out. The High School Principal will lead the division’s administrative team, currently consisting of the Director of General Studies and the Dean of Students, in a collaborative and collegial fashion. The High School Principal will directly supervise the Kodesh faculty. Together, they will be responsible for identifying, crafting and carrying out the high school’s educational priorities and initiatives. The principal will act as a catalyst for strengthening the school’s warm and embracing atmosphere while ensuring that highest academic standards in both Judaic and general studies are met. He or she will work with the Director of General Studies to foster a culture of collaboration and growth amongst the high school faculty while serving as a role model, guide, and a source of inspiration to the school’s students as they develop into Bnei and Bnot Torah who think critically and creatively while exuding confidence and compassion.
The High School Principal will work collaboratively with the K-8 Principal to facilitate a smooth transition of students from the Middle School to the High School. He or she will serve together with the Directors of General Studies, as well with the Dean of Students, and the school’s Education Committee and will report to the Board of Trustees. The High School Principal will work closely with the administrative office, led by an Executive Director, on all major development and communications initiatives, will have ultimate responsibility for the high school budget, and will serve as the high school’s ambassador at all Kohelet Yeshiva and community events.
The High School Principal will supervise the high school’s Kodeh faculty and the Director of General Studies. He or she will work with the Director of General studies to ensure that they meet the high standards of the school’s mission and vision. The principal will collaborate with the Director of General Studies in the recruitment, hiring, retention, and release of faculty. In order to foster meaningful relationships with the student body and to fully understand the student and faculty culture, the High School Principal will teach in the high school and will actively participate in all facets of student programming and student life.
The High School Principal will work with the Dean of Students to ensure that the school is providing a healthy array of in-school and out-of-school programming to sufficiently promote student religious, social, emotional, and physical growth. He or she will convene and coordinate the efforts of all members of the Student Support Team to ensure that the school is doing its best to support the needs of each and every student. The principal will also monitor the overall atmosphere of the school to ensure that it continues to provide students with an environment that is safe, secure, and conducive to cultivating Bnei and Bnot Torah. The High School Principal will also supervise the Director of College Guidance and the Director of the Learning Center. In doing so, he or she will ensure that they provide the necessary mission-appropriate support and guidance to all high school students and their parents, while working to present the school and its students in the most favorable light to all institutions of higher learning.
The High School Principal will work closely with the Director of Admissions and with the high school Faculty Admissions Committee on all aspects of the recruitment and admissions process. He or she will take an active role in interviewing both parents and students and in building strong relationships between the high school and its partner elementary schools. The principal will also serve as the face of the school for high school parents; building strong personal partnerships with them through proactive outreach, parent programming, and parent education, and by liasoning with the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.
About Our Area:
Kohelet Yeshiva is nestled in a thriving community which has a strong track record for attracting young families. Professionals are drawn to our community by neighboring world-class universities and other excellent professional opportunities in the Philadelphia area. Housing in Lower Merion is considered to be relatively affordable with multiple options available at diverse price points. The Lower Merion Jewish community is rounded out by three growing Orthodox shuls, a Yoetzet initiative, a new Mikvah, a thriving community Kollel and multiple Kosher restaurants. Although physically located in Lower Merion, Kohelet Yeshiva considers itself to be a part of the greater Philadelphia area that includes the growing Jewish communities of Center City Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia, Allentown, Cherry Hill and others.
The successful candidate will:
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of and passionate commitment to Modern Orthodox yeshiva high school education
- Have a proven track record of successful collaborative team building, organizational management, and inspiring leadership
- Have a proven track record of outstanding classroom teaching
- Demonstrate the ability to connect deeply with students, faculty, and parents
- Demonstrate the flexibility necessary to lead an institution in a growing community
- Be highly organized, efficient, and hard working
- Have prior experience as a school Principal or Assistant Principal
- Have a Masters degree or Doctorate in Education or a related field. If male, the candidate will ideally hold Rabbinic Semicha.
To apply to become Kohelet Yeshiva’s next High School Principal please send your resume and cover letter to Amy Wasser, Senior Director of Field Advancement at Prizmah Center for Jewish Day Schools at email@example.com
K-8 Assistant Principal for Judaic Studies
Kohelet Yeshiva Lab and Middle Schools, an educationally progressive, K-8 Modern Orthodox Day School located in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, seeks a dynamic and talented educator for the position of Assistant Principal for Judaic Studies for the 2021-2022 school year. The AP for Judaic Studies position is a full-time, 12-month position responsible for building and implementing a K-8 Judaic Studies educational program, both formal and informal, that fosters the growth of Kohelet Yeshiva students into Bnei and Bnot Torah. The AP for Judaic Studies reports to the K-8 Principal.
About Kohelet Yeshiva Lab and Middle Schools
KYLS/MS provides a warm, student-centered, interdisciplinary, multi-age school committed to cultivating Bnei and Bnot Torah who think critically and creatively while exuding confidence and compassion. At KYLS/MS we are redefining what is possible in Modern Orthodox Yeshiva education by actively engaging students in intellectual inquiry, and empirically supported approaches to academic, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual growth.
The AP for Judaic Studies will work with the Principal and with the school’s consultants to begin training in the school’s pedagogical approach in June of 2021.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Creating an atmosphere that nurtures a love of Hashem, His Torah, His People, and His land throughout the Lab and Middle School divisions.
- Work with the Principal to implement the Kohelet Judaic Studies Standards and a K-8 Judaic Studies scope and sequence that allows for personalized learning and maximal differentiation.
- Utilize research-based best practices in subject instruction to create rigorous, dynamic, skill-building learning environments for students in grades K-8, and collaborate with all colleagues for implementation.
- Work collaboratively with teachers and consultants to design project-based interdisciplinary Judaic Studies units.
- Work with the Principal to oversee a variety of Judaic Studies assessments and use data to assist student growth, self-reflection and instruction.
- Assist the Principal in implementing student discipline where necessary.
- Teach 2 periods a day and run Middle School tefillah.
- Oversee Middle School Shabbaton (twice a year) and 4/5 shabbaton (once a year).
- Oversee and implement our Ivrit program and faculty.
- Oversee Chagim Programming: Yamim Noraim, Chanukah, Tu Beshvat, Purim, Yom Hashoah, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Lag Ba’omer, Yom Yerushalayim, etc.
- Collaborate with teachers and lead the creation of our K-3 Chagigot Tefillah and Chumash
- Represent the school and its Torah values in the wider community.
The successful candidate will:
- Have an undergraduate or graduate degree in education.
- Have a graduate degree in Judaic Studies or semicha.
- Have 5-10 years of K-8 Judaic Studies teaching experience in a Yeshiva Day School environment.
- Feel comfortable teaching and developing skill-based Judaic studies curricula in a multi-age, differentiated, learning environment.
- Be comfortable with Ivrit.
- Demonstrate a reflective mindset, intellectual curiosity and leadership potential.
- Be excited by a fast-paced “all-hands-on-deck” culture.
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
If you want to be part of a team of passionate and talented educators who are committed to changing the face of Jewish education, please email your resume to Kohelet Yeshiva Lab and Middle Schools: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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