The Director of Education is responsible for the conceptualization, design, implementation, and evaluation of JFCS Holocaust Center programs under the supervision of the Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center. The Director of Education works to increase to increase the capacity of Bay Area teachers to offer high-quality Holocaust education to their communities.
The Director of Education works cooperatively in a community-oriented environment and has strong background in Jewish history, tradition, and the Jewish community. They have an in-depth knowledge of Holocaust education and commemoration. They will work to increase the involvement of students, educators, volunteers and donors.
Overall, this position understands and assists in meeting budget and services goals and understands the mission and objectives of Jewish Family and Children’s Services. They work within the limitations of the Agency’s resources and perform all duties in compliance with agency standards. The Director of Education oversees operations of the Holocaust Center in the temporary absence of the Director.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Professional Development and Community Building
The Director of Education will lead the expansion of an initiative in the Bay Area to connect with leadership schools and involve strong educators in a Master Teacher program. This position will develop programming to inspire interdepartmental teaching of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide, and engage the entire school community of students, teachers, administrators and parents.
- Identifies teachers that are currently leaders in Holocaust education and those that have the potential to be leaders. Develop programming locally and internationally to grow the skills and capacity for local teachers to engage their communities.
- Manages recruitment, application and selection process of Holocaust Center leadership schools and Master Teachers.
- Broadens the scope of the Holocaust Center by reaching less experienced educators and under-engaged institutions.
- Maintains a relationship and mentorship of senior educators in an advanced fellowship program for study locally and abroad.
- Provides curriculum consultation, resources, and mentorship to Bay Area educators.
- Incorporates primary source material into school’s curriculum including first-person testimony from the William J Lowenberg Speakers Bureau .
- Fosters collaborative partnerships between Bay Area educators and national and international Holocaust institutions.
- Conducts surveys of current and past participants to assess the needs and ongoing impact of Holocaust Center programs.
Youth, Adult, and Community Education
The Director of Education works in partnership with Holocaust Center staff to develop programs to educate a broad base of community constituents and increase awareness of the work of the Holocaust Center. They collaborate with staff in providing interactive and meaningful Holocaust education to more than 20,000 students and teachers annually.
- In partnership with Holocaust Center staff, develops and strengthens the relationship between the Holocaust Center and other organizations, both communal and educational. Provides programmatic advice to communal organizations in developing Holocaust-related events.
- Makes public presentations, gives public lectures, and serves as a resource for the larger community.
- Manages the development of curriculum in partnership with Holocaust Center staff
- Facilitates educator and student workshops
- Manages the annual Morris Weiss Award for exceptional Holocaust education
- Coordinates the annual Yom HaShoah observance in concert with the Director of the Holocaust Center and JFCS staff
- Participates in the planning and implementation of the Day of Learning annual conference and other community outreach and educational programs.
- Works in partnership with Holocaust Center staff and other Agency departments on the marketing and implementation of events.
- Leads the planning and facilitation of future Legacy Study Tours to Germany, Poland, and Israel. Staffs the Legacy Study Tours (7-24 day trips).
Speakers Bureau Development
The Director of Education will assess the needs in the community and conceptualize educational opportunities to address Holocaust education in the post-survivor era in partnership with JFCS Holocaust Center staff.
- Recruits, develops, and facilitates an innovative training program for second and third generation decedents of the Holocaust.
- Recruits, develops, and facilitates an innovative training program for local survivors of genocide.
- Oversees the development of unique audiovisual presentations for each new member of the Speakers Bureau.
- Works in partnership with staff to develop curriculum to compliment and supplement new members of the Speakers Bureau.
- Maintains a relationship with current and potential members for the Next Generation Speakers Bureau training program. Works closely with each member to ensure successful programming.
Other Duties as assigned
- Oversees Holocaust Center operations in the temporary absence of the Director
- Supports and works cooperatively with other JFCS programs, as needed and appropriate.
- Attends required agency meetings and collaborates with agency staff on related projects as required.
- Tracks participation rates, participant satisfaction, and program outcomes to evaluate all assigned activities.
- In partnership with JFCS staff, prepares funding proposals and final reports to organizations and foundations.
- Represents the Holocaust Center in the community with potential participants, funders, and collaborating organizations in order to increase support.
- Works to meet budget and service goals.
- Fosters a spirit of teamwork and unity among agency staff that allows for cultivating ideas, expeditious resolution of conflict, and the appreciation of diversity, cohesiveness, supportiveness, and working together to enable each employee, the Holocaust Center, and JFCS to succeed.
- Supports and works cooperatively with other JFCS programs, as needed and appropriate Attends required agency meetings and collaborates with agency staff on related projects as required. Maintains good working relationships with all staff to help the whole JFCS organization operate as a positive, coordinated unit.
- Complies with the JFCS Policy and Procedures Manual, Workforce Computer Use and Security Policy, and IT Professional Policy Manual, as well as agency policy and procedures for health and safety standards of all JFCS facilities.
- Meets Agency standards for performance by delivering all work to a high standard.
- Undertakes other duties and special assignments within the department as may be assigned by the Director.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Sitting for extended periods of time.
- Walking, standing, twisting and bending for brief periods of time.
- Occasional reaching and/or grasping using hands and/or arms.
- May be required to lift up to 10 pounds.
- May be required to ascend/descend stairs.
- Regular use of hands requiring dexterity in using the telephone, computer keyboard, mouse or calculator.
- Visual ability to read documents and computer monitor.
- Exposure to low to moderate noise levels characteristic of working in an office environment.
- BA degree in Holocaust Studies, Genocide Studies, Jewish Studies, Education, or related subject plus four years working in related fields required. Advanced degree preferred.
- A minimum of three years’ experience in providing Holocaust education especially to youth and supervising volunteers and interns; teaching in informal and formal settings.
- Knowledge of Jewish history, culture and community. Has experience implementing and assessing meaningful Jewish programming for teens and adults.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and attention to detail.
- Excellent writing, verbal, and organizational skills
- Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with a variety of people, and to maintain confidentiality essential.
- Demonstrated knowledge and skills in marketing, communications, and outreach.
- Fluency in online digital media literacy skills and comfort with integrating the use of Internet and other social media technologies required.
- Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office productivity suite required, including familiarity with the functions and features of Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
- Available to work occasional nights and weekends for JFCS-related events.
- Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
- Ability to work well under pressure, and to respond flexibly and resourcefully to the workload fluctuations inherent in the position.
- Familiarity with databases and information management.
- Excellent references required.
This is a full time, salaried, exempt position with benefits. Competitive compensation will depend on experience and proficiency level. We offer a robust array of benefits including: medical, dental, and vision coverage; paid holidays; paid vacation and sick leave; 403(b) plan; life and disability insurance. This position is located in San Francisco, and does not offer relocation packages.
Please submit cover letter and resume to MorganB@jfcs.org with Director of Education in your subject line.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and disabled individuals. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status. JFCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.