Sinai Akiba Academy, a co-educational, independent, Jewish day school serving students from Toddlers through 8th grade, seeks an educational leader as its Lower School Director, to begin July 1, 2021. Sinai Akiba Academy’s enrollment is approximately 575 students with close to 260 students in grades K-5. As stated in the School’s mission, “Sinai Akiba Academy engages students in the joy and discipline of learning. We nurture a community of ethical critical thinkers who, shaped by our evolving Jewish tradition, walk through the world with confidence and humility.” The School shares space with Sinai Temple and is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Reporting directly to the Head of School, the Lower School Director is a member of the Administrative Team and works closely with the ECC Director, Judaic Studies Director, and Middle School Director along with other administrators to ensure continuity in programs, communications, and operations.
Sinai Akiba’s learning environment encourages children to gain a sense of meaning and belonging. Academics and values infuse the rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum within a dual language program. Students learn in both English and Hebrew every day, reaping the proven cognitive and social benefits of learning in more than one language. In addition, students build their critical thinking skills by engaging authentically with Jewish texts and traditions on a daily basis. The Lower School Director works closely with the Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.
The Lower School Director is responsible for curriculum development, planning, implementation, supervision, and oversight of the overall operations of the Lower School Division, grades K-5. Working with the faculty, the Lower School Director is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Lower School, as well as articulating a clear and compelling vision for the division’s future. With a highly capable faculty, diverse student body, committed parents and a strong commitment to professional development, the School is in a uniquely attractive position for the many possibilities that lie ahead.
While helping to preserve the best of the Lower School’s traditions, beliefs and practices, the new Director will have considerable opportunity to work with the faculty and the rest of the administrative team to develop the vision and direction of the Lower School program and provide leadership in establishing divisional goals. As part of that challenge, the Director, in consultation and with support of the Head of School, will lead the faculty in strengthening a program that makes use of the most recent findings in how children learn, recognizes the need for differentiation in both instruction and assessment, provides opportunities for integration and innovations as well as thoughtful and productive collaboration both in and out of the classroom.
Essential roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Curriculum and Instruction
Develop, update, and evaluate curriculum in all general studies subject areas.
Develop programs to meet academic needs of students, including enrichment, remediation, etc.
Promote integration of technology into all areas of the curriculum.
Provide instruction and professional development opportunities for all faculty in the most current pedagogy and teaching practices.
Lead Ad Hoc committees as directed by the Head of School.
Regular observation of, and interaction with, the teaching staff.
Set goals and standards for teachers to include evaluation of all general studies teachers.
Search, initial interview, observe, and make recommendations on hiring of general studies teachers and specialists.
Plan, develop and conduct in-service training sessions, and promote professional development opportunities for teachers’ lifelong learning.
Recognition of staff efforts and accomplishments.
Direct faculty committees in developing curriculum and program.
Working with the Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, promote cooperative activity between general and Judaic studies teachers.
Promote professional learning communities with faculty members.
Collaborate with Administrative Dean to provide professional development and supervision for teaching assistants.
Monitor and review teacher communications.
Convene regular Lower School faculty meetings.
Oversee development of class schedules, including specialists; delegate to teacher committee and/or Administrative Dean.
Oversee, through the PE faculty, lunch and recess to ensure effectiveness of procedures in promoting productive play and a positive and safe environment.
Direct procedures for monitoring attendance, overseeing textbook and supply purchases, etc. Delegate as appropriate to Administrative Dean and/or office staff.
Working with the Director of Finance and Operations, monitor budget for textbooks, school supplies, and Lower School expenses.
Serve on the Admission Committee and work with the Admission Office as needed: testing, meeting with prospective parents and students, participating in school tours and evaluating overall student needs and classroom placement.
Solicit teacher input on class placement for returning students.
Coordinate and oversee the review of all Lower School report cards prior to issue.
Establish and maintain the Lower School calendar in accordance with the school-wide calendar.
Supervise the Lower School’s administrative assistant.
Work collaboratively with all members of the administrative team to further the mission of the School.
Continue to promote Responsive Classroom practices to ensure the social and emotional health of our students.
Promote positive and effective means of guiding behavior; promote reasonably uniform standards and procedures that are aligned with the School’s mission. Monitor appropriate disciplinary procedures.
Coordinate special needs issues with the Director of Student Services, school counselors, teachers, parents, and outside therapists.
Monitor the academic progress of all students and communicate any significant changes to teachers, Director of Student Services, school counselors and parents.
Communicate proactively to teachers and parents.
Respond effectively to parental inquiries; promote communication between teachers and parents; trouble-shoot and problem-solve.
Develop and oversee parent education programs.
Participate in providing information and articles for newsletters.
Prepare presentations as needed to the Parent Association.
Other responsibilities as assigned by Head of School.
Qualifications and Desired Qualities:
Prior classroom teaching experience required.
Prior school administration experience required. Lower School division director experience preferred. Master’s degree preferred.
Love of children.
Strong oral and written communications and executive functioning skills.
Experience in mentoring, coaching, and supervision of a diverse group of teachers from novice to veteran.
Collaborative, collegial and innovative professional.
Commitment to lifelong learning; dedicated to best practices in teaching and learning.
Openness to new programs and a strong integration of the curriculum both general studies and Judaic.
Ability to manage people and programs, working effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
Enthusiastic and energetic.
Knowledge and interest in the Jewish community and commitment to Sinai Akiba’s mission.
About Sinai Akiba Academy
Sinai Akiba Academy offers an outstanding general and Judaic-education that develops the mind, heart and soul. We engage students in the joy and discipline of learning, introducing students to a life of personal growth, sensitivity, responsibility and intellectual inquiry, shaped by Jewish practices and informed by a respect for diversity of thought. We have been educating students to light the future for nearly 50 years at our dynamic West L.A. campus. Sinai Akiba Academy values diversity of thought, perspective and experience in its employees and seeks to create a collaborative, enriching learning environment. We offer meaningful professional development opportunities throughout the year. We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees which includes health, dental, a tax savings flexible spending account plan for out of pocket health and dependent care expenses; a 401k retirement plan with a generous employer contribution.
Sinai Akiba Academy is an equal opportunity employer. It considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristics protected by applicable state or federal laws.