Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School! Please click on any of the following job titles to view the full job description. To apply for these positions, please send a cover letter and resume to employment@bernardzell.org.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACHER (MATERNITY LEAVE)

Middle School Math Teacher Maternity Leave

Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.

 

Job Summary and Scope of Responsibility:

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School seeks a Middle School Mathematics Teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. The candidate must be prepared to teach a variety of levels of mathematics courses, from Middle School Pre-Algebra through Calculus, utilizing the latest approaches in mathematics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

●  Build a classroom culture in which students love math.

●  Provide clear and consistently high-quality math instruction for all students.

●  Create instructional lesson plans and classroom activities that contribute to a climate where students are actively engaged in a meaningful learning experience through whole group, small group and individualized instruction. 

●  Manage and support an organized and professional classroom that is conducive to learning.

●  Implement instructional strategies and resources that are aligned with the rigor of the Common Core to meet the needs of all students, including those with varying backgrounds, learning styles and special needs.

●  Motivate students to think critically and take ownership of their own learning.

●  Drive academic outcomes by analyzing student work and studying data, and implementing high-leverage instructional moves to ensure dramatic gains for all students.

●  Develop strong partnerships with parents and students to create investment in school culture and academics.

●  Maintain effective and efficient data gathering procedures.

●  Comfortable applying student data to drive instruction.

●  Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as meeting deadlines, honoring schedules and collaborating effectively with co-teachers and colleagues.

●  Maintain a classroom that demonstrates discipline, order and rigor.

●  Ensure that all students graduate ready for the next academic level.

●  Reflect critically on teaching practice and implement improvement strategies as needed.

●  Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education/Experience:

●  Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education required; M.A. preferred.

●  At least two (2) years of Middle School lead teacher classroom experience required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

● Demonstrate mastery of academic subjects and behavioral interventions.

● Good interpersonal and communication skills.

●  Demonstrates initiative and creativity.

●  Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and administration to support and extend the objectives of the curriculum.

●  Experience providing a nurturing, creative, and inclusive environment for students and to create a strong classroom community.

●  Excellent communication and organizational skills.

General Information:

Full-time employee benefits include employer-subsidized medical, dental, life, and disability insurance;

403B retirement plan; parking or public transportation subsidy; breakfast and lunch; optional vision insurance.

How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to employment+middle@bernardzell.org.

 

 

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

Substitute Teacher

Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.

Job Summary and Scope of Responsibility:

Bernard Zell seeks an experienced, creative, and passionate substitute educator to instill knowledge and love for learning through both academic and social-emotional learning. Qualified candidates will be able to work collaboratively across grades and disciplines with a team of exceptional faculty & staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·  Carry out lesson plan instructions from the classroom teacher, and/or create lesson plans in absence of a prepared lesson; ensure all material is covered.

·  Communicates with the absent teacher at the end of the day thru written communication about what was accomplished that day (were the lessons covered, how did the day go, be as specific as possible)

·  Create and maintain a discipline and classroom control that fosters a safe and productive learning environment in accordance with school policies.

·  Create and maintain a climate of respect and fairness for all students.

·  Observe and assess student performance.

·  Participate in teacher training sessions and other professional development as necessary.


·  Support and contribute to curriculum development to enhance the program.


·   Fulfill all teacher duties and responsibilities as outlined in the Bernard Zell Faculty Handbook.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:

·  Bachelor’s degree in education preferred.  

Experience:

·  Minimum of one (1) year school teaching experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·  Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and administration to support and extend the objectives of
the curriculum.

·  Appreciation of a diverse, pluralistic Jewish community.

·  Ability to embrace technology and new ways of extending students' learning and creative capacities;
knowledge of interactive whiteboard technology, iPads and Chromebooks.

·  Experience providing a nurturing, creative, and inclusive environment for students and to create a strong
classroom community.

·  Excellent communication and organizational skills.

How to apply: Email a copy of your resume and cover letter to employment@bernardzell.org.

BZ Beyond After School Assistant

Bernard Zell seeks a thoughtful, detail-oriented, mature and responsible individual to fulfill the
afternoon role as part-time BZ Beyond Associate. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, be exceptionally collaborative and collegial, and share a great enthusiasm for children and their learning in this independent Jewish day school. Responsible for the positive growth of children of age’s nursery to 8th grade.

  • Plan and facilitate afternoon activities and homework help
  • Be responsible for the safety and supervision of a group of children
  • Mentor and role model Bernard Zell’s mission
  • Communicate regularly with BZ Beyond Student Activities Coordinator
  • Take care of housekeeping, including but not limited to, set-up and clean-up of BZ Beyond classrooms

Education: High School Diploma or higher

Experience:

  • Teaching and supervisory experience necessary. Deep knowledge about child development and developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Knowledge and mastery of the most up to date practices and pedagogies and a willingness to learn and grow as an educator.

Work Times: Dates and Hours of Employment:

Monday-Thursday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Friday 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Flexible hours and schedules can be made to accommodate employee schedules.

 

 

Head of Jewish Studies and Jewish Life

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (www.bernardzell.org) is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.

 

Job Title: Head of Jewish Studies and Jewish Life

Department:  Jewish Studies

Supervisor:  Head of School

 

Date Available:  July 1, 2019

Date Posted: December 14, 2018

 

Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish Day School for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning and a deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world.

 

Job Description:

Bernard Zell seeks a Head of Jewish Studies and Jewish Life with a talent for teaching and community leadership in a pluralistic N-8 academic setting. Serving as an active member of the school leadership team, this position reports directly to the Head of School and works closely with divisional heads and other administrators to integrate the school’s mission and Jewish values into the fabric of the school. Cultivating a joyful Jewish identity, teaching young people to live Jewishly, and building a sacred, pluralist community is at the heart of this position’s responsibilities.

This is a senior administrative position with significant responsibilities. Our intent is to find a curricular leader who can help guide us as we re-imagine and strengthen the Jewish life and learning experiences of our students and families. This process will be grounded in, and guided by, our mission as a pluralistic Jewish day school that welcomes and encourages Jewish expression in all of its richness and diversity. We aim to enhance a program of Jewish learning and offer a Jewish experience that speaks to, engages and inspires our students and families. We further intend to identify and implement ways to make Jewish learning an immersive experience that is integrated into our general curriculum where there are natural overlaps and to create an engaging program from which our students emerge with strong and confident Jewish identities. We intend to re-envision the Jewish experience at Bernard Zell to expressly include and emphasize parent and family experiences. We want to explore the idea of positioning our school as a center of Jewish community activities for our current and alumni families.

In short: we are seeking a person who can help us position Bernard Zell as the model for pluralistic Jewish education for decades to come.

 

  Primary Job Responsibilities:

·      Work with divisional heads to refine, implement, and evaluate JS curriculum, Hebrew language curriculum, and spiritual practice program.

·      Provide high-level support and feedback to JS faculty, including playing a key role in teacher hiring, evaluation, and professional development.

·      Develop and facilitate Jewish programming on campus, including:

·      Innovative and exciting Jewish life programming that inspires, teaches, and connects students to their people and its traditions.

·      Social Action/Tikkun Olam initiatives.

·      Shabbatonim, Shabbat programming, and holiday programming.

·      Lead and collaborate with faculty and department chairs and appropriate leadership teams.

·      Provide support for school programs where integration of a Jewish lens is necessary Form and steward community partnerships:

·      Provide leadership in forming connections with relevant community organizations and partners.

·      Lead, direct, and evaluate initiatives designed to position Bernard Zell as a world leader in inspirational Jewish education.

·      Teach at least one class

·     Plan, attend, and oversee multiple field trips and overnight retreats for students, including a 14-day trip to Israel. This includes vendor management, scheduling, programming, and leading students, faculty, and volunteer chaperons in activities.

 

Job qualifications:

·      Has a passion for innovative and effective Jewish formal and informal education

·      Has experience in schools, preferably in a leadership position, but is always looking for new and exciting ways to do things differently.

·      Believes strongly in a pluralist approach to Jewish education, and in integrating Jewish Studies into the curriculum in exciting, relevant, and organic ways.

·      Believes the best kinds of learning are joyful, exciting, and transformative.

·      Is a strong collaborative community leader who can navigate amongst multiple constituencies

·      Is articulate, inspiring, responsive, and compassionate.

·      Is innovative and creative.

·      Has excellent administrative and organizational skills.

·      Has a firm grasp of the challenges facing Jewish schools, and the optimism and energy to address these challenges creatively and courageously.

·      Takes their work seriously, but also understands the importance of play, fun, curiosity, and joy in schools.

·      Rabbinic ordination is NOT required for this position. We want an outstanding Jewish educator and leader who can think deeply about curriculum, instruction, informal learning, and experiential learning in a pluralistic Jewish environment.

 

Compensation

·         We offer highly competitive compensation and benefits packages

 

How to Apply:

If interested, please send cover letter and resume to employment@bernardzell.org. As a condition of employment, all applicants must successfully pass a criminal background screening.

 

Vision

·      To teach the whole child to fully develop his or her intellectual, personal and spiritual potential.

·      To provide an innovative and challenging general studies curriculum that emphasizes core academic subjects, athletics and the arts.

·      To cultivate in our students a positive Jewish identity, understanding of Torah and respect for the pluralism of Jewish life.

·      To educate each student about the principles of American citizenship and to model Jewish values.

·      To strengthen the connection between our school community and Jews in Israel, America and throughout the world.

·      To maintain a diverse faculty committed to educational leadership and professional development.

·      To forge a partnership with parents based upon mutual respect.

·      To create a flexible and dynamic learning community.

·      To accommodate families of all economic backgrounds.

·      To inspire each student to become a lifelong learner.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School has a long-standing policy of equal employment opportunity for every person regardless of age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or citizenship. 
Bernard Zell recruits, hires and promotes individuals without regard to these characteristics, and all staffing decisions are based solely on the qualifications of each individual and the legitimate educational needs of our students.
Bernard Zell does not discriminate in working conditions, physical facilities or any other terms, conditions or privileges of employment, including transfer, compensation, training, promotion, demotion or separation based on age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or citizenship. Bernard Zell seeks to provide a work environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation and harassment based on any of these characteristics.

 

Director of Marketing & Communications

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School seeks a visionary, experienced and creative Director of Marketing & Communications to enhance communications with all constituencies, raise the school’s visibility and enhance its brand.

Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish Day School for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning and a deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world.

Bernard Zell is located on Chicago’s near north side and currently serves over 500 students, pre-school through grade 8.

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer and working with the senior leadership team, the Director of Marketing & Communications will lead, plan, direct and implement the school’s marketing and communications strategy and programs which are critical to generating new enrollment, maximizing student retention, enabling successful fundraising, and engaging all stakeholders.

This position is responsible for raising the school’s visibility, advancing its brand and articulating clear messaging to internal and external constituencies. The Director will oversee and actively participate in the creation, design and production of school programs, school publications, advertising, publicity, as well as the school’s website and social media presence.

The primary objective of the Director of Marketing & Communications is to create and communicate a compelling story about Bernard Zell.

This is a tremendous opportunity for a creative and innovative person who is driven to enhance brand investments, develop strategic partnerships and facilitate relationships with all constituencies. The Director of Marketing & Communications will oversee and collaborate with one staff member focused on school communications.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Marketing and Communications will be expected to:

• Design, create and implement a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy that incorporates all audiences and stakeholders. Develop a work plan, based on the strategy, for each school year that includes a calendar of events, activities, communications and publications.

• Partner with leadership and all academic departments to ensure brand and message quality and consistency across all media, programs and channels.

– Develop and sustain active relationships with lay leadership.

– Partner with the Director of Admissions and Enrollment to develop and execute an advertising strategy to engage prospective families, increase student applications, and support student recruitment.

– Partner with the Director of Development to design donor communications,solicitations and engagement opportunities to promote fundraising revenue.

• Oversee the publication of all print and digital communications, including newsletters, brochures, advertisements, direct mail, and promotional materials. Produce communications and materials for key school events and programs.

• Plan and deploy all digital marketing activities including oversight of the school’s website, online marketing efforts, SEO tools, digital content production and social media engagement.

• Develop meaningful relationships with the local, Jewish and education media. Develop a portfolio of news and feature stories to place on a regular basis. Manage all messaging on behalf of the school in the media.

• Oversee the work of graphic designers, print vendors and other external partners in the production of materials. Manage the department budget to maximize the investments in marketing and communications. This includes securing competitive bids for services when appropriate.

• Review and revise an effective crisis communications plan and ensure understanding across all departments and stakeholders.

• Oversee school photography and videography, including the storage of all photo and video content. Manage the production of all videos that are developed with internal resources or external partners and develop a strategy to maximize these assets.

• Oversee the physical representation of the brand inside the school facility.

• Manage market research initiatives and oversee all surveys and feedback initiatives.

• Engage in professional development in order to remain current in best practices of independent school communications, emerging social media technologies, and effective marketing strategies, as well as the changing interests of prospective audiences and the changing competitive landscape.

• Provide staff leadership within department including the hiring, management and motivation of marketing staff.

• Participate actively in the work and success of the leadership team and advancement department to provide support for all school events and activities as appropriate.

IDEAL EXPERIENCE

The Director of Marketing & Communications will have the following types of experiences:

• Minimum eight years related professional experience in marketing and communications.

• Bachelors degree required, Masters degree preferred.

• Exemplary communications skills with particular emphasis on writing and editing.

• Deep knowledge of the principles of marketing and communications and fluency using digital

marketing channels and social media effectively.

• Strong creative, strategic, interpersonal and organizational skills.

• Demonstrated success in bringing regular, positive media attention to an organization.

• Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects with shifting priorities and competing deadlines, demonstrating quantifiable results.

• Ability to demonstrate the return on investment of key marketing programs.

• Ability to develop, monitor and adhere to budgets and production schedules.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

The successful candidate should be:

• Committed to supporting Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School’s mission is required.

Knowledge of Jewish community, culture, heritage and traditions is desirable. Knowledge of education and related areas is helpful.

• Strong, effective, high-energy team player displaying confidence and competence, as well as strong skills in management and leadership.

• Driven, self-motivated and entrepreneurial spirit with an appreciation for working hard in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a diverse group of personalities and work styles. A willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of activities.

• Display a strong customer service ethic and exceptional judgment. Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor.

• A good listener and strategist, comfortable receiving input from many sources and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.

A portfolio of writing and design projects will be requested during the application process. For more information please contact Marna Goldwin, Chief Advancement Officer, at mgoldwin@bernardzell.org.

 

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