Principal of Kolot Chayeinu’s Children’s Learning Program

About us:

Kolot Chayeinu / Voices of Our Lives is a 24 year-old independent, progressive congregation in Brooklyn with a membership of 400+ where doubt can be an act of faith and all hands are needed to build our community. We are creative, serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with tradition, pursue justice, and refuse to be satisfied with the world as it is. As individuals of varying sexual orientations, gender identities, races, family arrangements, Jewish identities and backgrounds, and relationships with Israel and Palestine, we share an active commitment to the search for meaningful expressions of our Judaism in today's uncertain world.  

About this job:

We are seeking a Principal to oversee the day-to-day operations of our congregational school, the Children’s Learning Program (CLP), that serves roughly 200 students from birth through post B’nai Mitzvah. The CLP early-childhood programs meet intermittently or monthly on Shabbat, and our programs serving elementary and middle school students meet once a week or every other week after school. Our Principal will work closely with, and report to, the Director of Learning and Action. As part of a team, you will implement a vision for the school that is welcoming, engaging, and consistent with the congregation’s mission, values, and expectations. The Principal will also partner with the Rabbi, Cantor, Student Rabbi, parent-led Youth Education Committee, and the Board of Directors, on day-to-day planning as well as maintaining and further developing the long-term vision for the program. This is a full-time position.

About you:

You are an enthusiastic and inspiring Jewish educator with a clearly developed pedagogy and commitment to progressive, creative, and participatory education that engages the widest possible range of learners.  You believe in the power of community and learning to move the world closer to wholeness and justice. You enjoy working in a highly collaborative environment, are process-oriented, but also solution-driven.  You demonstrate strong organizational, staff management, administrative, and communication skills including active listening, and the ability to deliver and receive constructive criticism with skill and ease. You look forward to nurturing a community of practice amongst the teaching staff and amongst families, and are committed to experiential, arts-based, and multi-generational Jewish learning. You are excited to lead a growing learning program in a congregation dedicated to anti-racism and the pursuit of justice. You love the change of scenery that goes along with working in multiple locations and have a good pair of running shoes.

Working closely with the Director of Learning and Action for guidance, vision, and support, the CLP Principal will take the lead on the following:

Staffing, Teacher Supervision, and Training

  • Recruit, hire, supervise, evaluate, manage, and retain teaching staff
  • Building community and rapport among staff, creating internal leadership and mentorship opportunities for staff
  • Create and maintain clear and open communication with parents and families
  • Plan and lead returning and new staff orientations
  • Work with the Director of Learning and Action to plan and lead monthly staff professional development 


  • Oversee the implementation of our original curricula and improve and build on it as needed 
  • Develop new curricula as needed and integrate external resources and new approaches to support the collaborative development of a multi-disciplinary, project-based curriculum that engages students’ bodies, minds, and hearts and is aligned with Kolot’s mission and values  


  • Recruit prospective families and support new member families
  • Plan and facilitate Kitah Shabbatot
  • Nurture family learning through Family Projects, Kitah Shabbatot, CLP Family Classes, camp info sessions, holiday programming, and more
  • Work with Director of Learning and Action to make connections between other congregational programming, local partnering organizations and the CLP
  • Maintain and grow partnerships with other local congregational schools and educators

Administration & Finances

  • Create and manage the operating budget for the Children’s Learning Program
  • Pursue external funding through grants
  • Oversee and manage required attendance and participation at outside programs for various age groups (these may include worship services, service or action days, and other programs)
  • Oversee and manage the registration and enrollment process for new and returning students


  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in Jewish education, including classroom experience and curriculum writing
  • An open and pluralistic approach to Jewish education and Judaism
  • 2-3 years’ experience managing and developing programs, including budget, personnel management, and supervision, with a focus on professional development
  • Experience identifying funding streams
  • A solid foundation of Jewish knowledge in history, Torah, prayer, ritual, holidays and culture
  • Proficiency in Hebrew with emphasis on knowledge of tefilot, brachot, Torah texts, and shorashim
  • Strong communication skills and experience managing the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders
  • A get-it-done approach and a willingness to operationalize as well as manage
  • Creative problem-solving and strong self-organization skills
  • Open-mindedness, diplomacy, generosity, grace under pressure, and flexibility
  • LGBTQIA-friendly and anti-racist

REPORTS TO: Director of Learning and Action

Kolot is an equal opportunity employer; women, people of color, LGBTIA people and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.  Current and prior members and/or prior employees of Kolot Chayeinu are eligible to apply.

COMPENSATION: $48,000-$53,000 depending on experience; medical coverage and other benefits


Please e-mail the following to with “CLP PRINCIPAL” in the subject and include the following:

  • 1-page cover letter
  • Current resume
  • 3 professional references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline: June 16.  

We do not accept phone inquiries.

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