Director of Lifelong Learning

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The Director of Lifelong Learning (the “Director”) is the visionary leader of educational programming at Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington, DC.

Lifelong learning takes on many facets at TI, and is a critical component of our community’s vitality. Our Lifelong Learning program helps members of all ages–tots through adults–learn, mature and grow as engaged members of their families, our congregation, and the broader Jewish community. Through inclusive and age-appropriate programs, classes and activities, we help our members develop both the skills and the comfort they need to be part of a participatory synagogue community.

The Director will bring creative thinking to the role and will serve as a full partner with our staff and lay leaders in the education and engagement initiatives of our diverse congregation; the curricular, administrative, and educational leader of a vibrant religious school; and the coordinator of youth, family and adult educational opportunities. The Director will share our aspirations for education and engagement efforts that reach across the generations to excite, challenge, and enrich all our members.

The Director is a senior professional who works in conjunction with the Vice President for Lifelong Learning, with additional coordination with the Rabbi, the Executive Director and other staff and lay leadership to create a unified and dynamic educational program. The Director is a member of the senior staff team, as well as an integral member of the overall staff team. The Director reports to the Rabbi.

The Director supports membership and engagement strategies as they relate to children, youth and families. If a member of the clergy, the Director will partner with Rabbi Werbow as a member of the clergy and pastoral team.

The Director of Education (the “Director”) is responsible for the planning and oversight of formal education at Tifereth Israel (“TI”). Key components of this position are outlined below.

Religious School
The Director will serve as Principal for the The Paul and Annetta Himmelfarb School and of the High School Seminar (together, the “School”). The School creates a foundation for deepening connections to Judaism, TI, Israel and the modern world. The mission of the School is to build a vibrant program where students and parents actively live Jewish lives expressed through their actions and values. TI strives to foster a welcoming and enthusiastic community where all family members can find multiple ways to connect to the congregation and the Jewish religion through social and learning events, parent activities, volunteering, social action, and friendships. The Director will oversee all aspects of School administration, including the annual budget.

Bat/Bar/Kabbalat Mitzvah
The Director will, with Rabbi Werbow, usher our students and families through their Bat/Bar/Kabbalat Mitzvah (BBK) experience.

Youth Engagement
The Director will develop and promote an engaging youth program for all Tifereth Israel children in elementary, middle, and high school. Engagement will include youth groups for each age cohort as well as Shabbat morning and holiday programming.

Families with Young Children
The Director will work with relevant committees to engage and support families with young children though regular programming. that will imbue their Jewish lives with meaning. The Director will create opportunities to connect young families to the broader TI community.

Adult Learning
The Director will work collaboratively with adult education lay leaders to help develop and deliver an inspiring and cohesive adult education program.

The Director will prepare an annual budget under the direction of the Executive Director. The Director will track spending throughout the year and maintain programs in accordance with the budget.

This is a full-time on-site position with an annual salary of $75,000-85,000. Benefits include medical and dental coverage, PTO and synagogue membership.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties or responsibilities associated with the position. Tifereth Israel Congregation strives to build a diverse team that includes a variety of identities, backgrounds, ages, perspectives and skills. Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ people and people who come from poor or working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this job, send a cover letter, resume and contact information for two supervisor references to, with DIRECTOR OF LIFELONG LEARNING in the subject line.

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