Director, Early Childhood Center at Beth Sholom (Potomac)


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Early Childhood Center (“ECC”) Director at Beth Sholom Congregation & Talmud Torah

The Beth Sholom ECC is a Modern Orthodox child-centered program that is inspired by the educational approach of the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. We believe that children are curious and competent and need a rich learning environment to stimulate their senses and explore the world around them. Our curriculum is also centered around our Jewish curriculum and values. The ECC is a warm and friendly environment, where families and teachers collaborate to create a fun and enriching atmosphere for children to grow. Our school serves children ages 18 months through 5 years. In a typical year, our enrollment is between 70 and 90 children.

The ECC is part of the greater Beth Sholom congregation, a vibrant Modern Orthodox community in Potomac, MD. In recent months, the community has seen strong growth, particularly among younger families. The ECC and synagogue are deeply intertwined, and on a typical Shabbat many ECC staff and children participate in services and programming. The ECC and synagogue play integral roles in creating a welcoming environment rich with Jewish traditions and values.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Personnel Management – Hiring, training and supervising staff, and providing opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Program Management – Ensuring the successful enrollment, advertising, and marketing of the early childhood program, ensuring student retention, and overseeing the assessment of child development and progress.
  • Professional Growth – Participating in required professional development and overseeing the professional development of the staff, including working alongside consultants and other experts in the field of early education and childcare.
  • Financial – Preparing and overseeing the ECC budget, and procuring grant opportunities.
  • Curriculum Development and Implementation – Supporting the Curriculum Specialist in developing, implementing and monitoring the curriculum. Partnering with the Beth Sholom clergy to infuse Jewish values, holidays and cultural experiences into the curriculum.
  • Licensing – Ensuring full compliance with all licensing and safety regulations required by the state and county.
    School Safety – Overseeing adherence to school safety protocols.
  • Communication – Communicating with families, staff, the ECC Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Beth Sholom staff and professionals, congregants, prospective members, and others connected with early childhood engagement.
  • Engagement and Outreach – Working with Beth Sholom staff and clergy to enhance current experiences and creating additional opportunities for engagement of young families in the congregation and community.
    Summer Camp – Overseeing and operating an 8-week summer camp program.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education plus
  • 3 years of experience in an Early Childhood Education center
  • 3 semester hours of approved training, or the equivalent, related to the care of infants and toddlers
  • Experience with Reggio-inspired preschool strongly preferred
  • Supervisory experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong commitment to and knowledge of Jewish education

Compensation:

  • $70,000 - $80,000, commensurate with experience
  • Tuition for child(ren) enrolled at pre-school included
  • Signing Bonus
  • Dental and Vision Insurance and a stipend for Health Insurance
  • Paid professional development training
  • Paid holidays and vacation

Please send your resume to search@bethsholom.org.

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