FEATURED JOB: Director of Jewish Life and Learning, Kehillah Jewish High School, Administration

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California, United States
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Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Digital Humanities

Position Overview

Kehillah Jewish High School is seeking a vibrant and dynamic leader to take on the newly developed role of Director of Jewish Life and Learning beginning August 1, 2021. As a community-based progressive and pluralistic Jewish high school, the integration of Jewish values, wisdom, and practice into school climate, student life, and student learning is a vital aspect of this work. This position combines outward-facing and inward-facing service to the school and will be a highly visible member of the Senior Leadership Team.

The DJLL is responsible for leading aspirational visioning, implementation, and communication of our mission as a welcoming school. Ongoing pastoral care for students includes an overarching focus on adolescent development, with the goal of cultivating a healthy community for all constituents. Supporting the development of positive relationships within the student, faculty, and parent communities is a core component of the role. 

Kehillah is a supportive teaching environment that embraces collaboration, outside-the-box thinking, and innovative pedagogy. Each student is challenged, actively encouraged, and supported to reach their potential. We are a community that fosters a culture of mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion. You’ll find supportive and encouraging colleagues here who will always care. If you want to join a community of passionate educators who empower students with the wisdom of Jewish values and strength to flourish in a rapidly changing world, we would love to meet you. 

Essential Functions

  • Lead and oversee multiple aspects of student programming such as Kinnus (all-school orientation days), U.S. and international grade-level trips, Kabbalat Shabbat, Beit Midrash, Reflective Practice/T’fillah, holiday celebrations, and prom. 
  • Advise Student Government, student-led clubs, and the Advisory program with a nuanced understanding of student and faculty agency within a cohesive Kehillah culture. 
  • Manage the holistic pastoral care of students with a strengths-based, comprehensive, and collaborative approach. 
  • Partner with the senior leadership team, counselors, deans, Diversity Coordinator, Learning Center, teachers, and parents to meet academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of Kehillah students.
  • Align discipline and accountability with our Four Commitments and implement them through a teaching perspective. 
  • Maintain clarity in written communication about expectations/policies in the Student/Parent Handbook.
  • Facilitate proactive communication and aligned expectations between teachers and parents. 
  • Thoughtfully engage in difficult conversations with students, faculty, and parents. 
  • Develop and maintain safety protocols for on and off-campus events.
  • Attend student events regularly to ensure student safety and discipline are maintained.
  • Serve as an integral member of the Crisis Response Team; coordinate yearly emergency preparedness drills.
  • Collaborate to develop the school calendar, special schedules, faculty/staff meetings, and in-service days.
  • Assist with the admissions process, including attendance at all Open Houses.
  • Collaborate on the planning and coordination of graduation.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A clear commitment to our educational philosophy as articulated by Our Four Commitments.
  • Deep understanding of and ability to cite all school policies and procedures and assist in their articulation and enforcement across all campus constituencies. 
  • Possess knowledge and application of best practices in advancing equity and social justice in independent school education.
  • Deeply committed to and knowledgeable about pluralism within the Jewish community and inclusive of those who do not identify as Jewish but join us as allies.
  • Proven ability to set clear roles, responsibilities, and expectations for students and adults. 
  • Highly skilled at managing logistics and juggling various responsibilities at once.
  • Strong personal leadership skills, including mentoring and developing student leaders.
  • Able to work flexible hours to complete job requirements, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
  • Available to travel throughout the U.S. and internationally for class trips.
  • Experienced in project management and fiscal responsibility; strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Skill and comfort with social media usage and in a technology-rich environment. Proficiency with Google Docs, and is a quick-study on other technologies.

Core Competencies

  • Adept at managing conflict with individuals and teams. 
  • Strong work ethic: shows initiative, demonstrates professionalism, and sustains integrity in all interactions. 
  • A growth mindset and ability to give and receive guidance, constructive feedback, and support. 
  • Applies common sense, extreme diplomacy, discretion, integrity, and confidentiality in all communications.
  • Demonstrates genuine humility and respect when interacting with others, regardless of their point of view. 
  • Approachable and engaging personality, able to connect with multiple constituencies.
  • Innovative and collaborative in all aspects of work.  
  • Excellent oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills, with a particular talent for active listening.  
  • Takes personal responsibility for the continuous learning of new knowledge, skills, and experiences.
  • Makes timely and quality decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
  • Passionate about supporting equal access to learning in a diverse community; customer-focused.
  • Results-oriented and goal-focused.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a four-year college or university in Jewish Studies or related discipline; ordained Rabbi a plus.
  • Two years’ experience working in an educational environment as a Jewish Educator.
  • Expertise in Jewish text, across millennia, and the ability to integrate content in innovative and traditional ways.

Physical Demands and Work Environment 

  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  • Regularly use close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
  • Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time.
  • Work in a traditional climate-controlled environment and occasionally outdoors. 
  • Navigate a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and diverse contacts which may at times be stressful.
  • Occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to, computers, copy machines, and telephones.
  • Travel safely and comfortably across a two-story, 50,000 sq. ft. campus several times in a workday.
  • Sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Turn, bend, kneel, crouch, or reach overhead to retrieve materials and may occasionally use a ladder.
  • Available and willing to attend and work on overnight trips.



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