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  • Director of Elementary Youth Education and Engagement

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    Non-Profit Management
    United Hebrew Congregation
    US-MO-St. Louis
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    Director of Elementary Youth Education and Engagement

    Position Announcement


    United Hebrew Congregation, founded in St. Louis in 1837, a mere fifteen years after the incorporation of the City of St. Louis, is the first Jewish congregation to be established in St. Louis and is the oldest west of the Mississippi River.  In 2012, United Hebrew celebrated its 175th anniversary, only the thirteenth synagogue in the country to celebrate this milestone under the original legal incorporation.  Based in Chesterfield, our enrollment of approximately 130 students is supported by 10 dedicated faculty and staff members and is rooted within an active faith-filled Reform Judaism community.  Learn more about us at


    In an effort to further our growth, United Hebrew Congregation (UH) is seeking an innovative and entrepreneurial director to oversee all aspects of elementary youth education and family engagement. For this newly created position, our ideal candidate will foster a culture of continuous improvement through close and transparent collaboration with faculty, staff, students, parents, clergy, and our local community. This position includes directing grades K-5 of our Millstone Religious School and Grollman Hebrew School; and overseeing youth groups and family programming.  Our ideal candidate will meet the diverse needs of our student population while instilling strong Jewish values and social justice. 


    Reporting to the Senior Rabbi in a year-round, full-time position, the ideal candidate will:


    • ENSURE OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE (School and Program Administration) – Oversee the successful enrollment, retention, marketing and advertising of the elementary youth education and engagement programs.  Partner closely with Board of Trustees and Finance Committee to effectively manage school finances and to steward school assets in a proactive manner.
    • PROVIDE EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP (Personnel Management) – Hire and manage staff including teachers, specialists and the school administrative assistant. Lead a teaching staff of 10 and provide opportunities for professional growth and development within the context of educating and engaging youth and families in grades K-5.
    • INSPIRE A CULTURE OF CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT (Curriculum Development) –Cultivate a culture of continuous improvement and best practices.  Partner with clergy and other engagement directors on curriculum development, enhancement and technology integration while identifying innovative trends that enhance, build upon and differentiate student programs for the Millstone Religious School and Grollman Hebrew School.
    • ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY (Engagement and Communication) – Work with engagement team and UH staff to enhance current experiences and create additional opportunities for engagement of families, both adults and children, in the congregation. Partner with the early childhood and teen education and engagement directors to ensure smooth transitions and improved retention during transitional stages.  Provide timely and transparent communications and the stewardship necessary to sustain strong donor, community, and neighborhood relations. 
    • DEVELOP STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS (Outreach and Community Relations) – Develop and maintain relationships with other religious school directors to maintain and strengthen our presence in the broader St. Louis Jewish community.




    • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or similar area with Education focus is preferred - will consider individuals with college degrees in other areas; management experience in an educational or similar environment, including supervision of teaching staff is preferred.
    • Minimum 5 years teaching experience and a current state teaching certificate.
    • Proven educational leadership skills and a demonstrated expertise in best educational practices in individualized approaches to work with students (and their families) of differing abilities and learning styles, as well as differing social and emotional needs.
    • Must enjoy working with children and their families and have some experience in a school or camp setting (middle or elementary school-age children preferred).
    • Effective communicator who can empathetically build rapport and trust among various constituents (faculty, staff, parents, students, volunteers, congregation community).
    • Ability to work as a team player in the life of the congregation.
    • Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills are essential. Excellent organizational and technology skills a must have. Ability to promote via social networking is preferred. 
    • Knowledge of and appreciation for Reform Judaism and its traditions and values.  Knowledge of Hebrew is preferred.
    • Availability to work Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons throughout the school year; and to lead and participate in occasional evening and other weekend activities.



    Ready To Apply?


    Apply online for United Hebrew Congregation’s Director of Elementary Youth Education and Engagement at


    If you experience any difficulties with the application system or wish to make a confidential inquiry or referral, please contact our search consultant at Collaborative Strategies, Inc., at application@csi-mail.comAll inquiries and resume submissions will be held strictly confidential.  United Hebrew Congregation is an equal opportunity employer.


    Collaborative Strategies, Inc. (CSI) is a St. Louis based consulting firm with a dedicated executive search practice. We have been connecting executive talent to opportunity to since 1994 and we take pride in matching entrepreneurial leaders with great organizations such as United Hebrew!  For more information about CSI, visit



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