Director of Education

Jewish Community Relations Council - San Francisco, California - Full time

To ensure a safe and welcoming environment for Jewish students in K-12 schools, JCRC is seeking our first-ever Director of Education. This individual will be the lead community relations professional spearheading JCRC’s outreach, training and advocacy initiatives with Bay Area educational institutions and interest groups to build understanding of Jewish identity and protections for Jewish students in our schools. The Director of Education will also help guide JCRC’s policy and statewide work on K-12 education issues. For 75 years, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) has served as the Bay Area’s leading Jewish public affairs organization, bringing together diverse Jewish communities with our neighbors to build a just society and a secure Jewish future.

Responsibilities

Outreach and Relationship Building

  • Formulate and lead the implementation of a comprehensive educational outreach and relationship building plan with public and private schools in the Bay Area, in close consultation with JCRC’s External Relations Director and other relevant staff.
  • Build relationships with district leadership and educators across the Bay Area.
  • Build relationships with school board members, teacher unions and other public educational institutions and interest groups in the Bay Area.
  • Build relationships and coalitions with other communities on education-related issues.
  • Promote JCRC educational resources, including the Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS) and the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL).

Advocacy and Community Organizing

  • Proactively and collaboratively address issues as they arise in Bay Area classrooms related to Jewish identity, antisemitism and Israel, and coordinate an organized response to issues as needed.
  • Recruit, organize and mobilize Jewish parents and educators for grassroots advocacy in local districts, working collaboratively with relevant JCRC staff.
  • Convene and partner with other Jewish organization in the Bay Area and across California to further JCRC’s education goals. Work collaboratively with Jewish organizations outside the Bay Area to address statewide issues.

Training and Education

  • Develop and facilitate trainings and workshops for administrators on Jewish identity and promote other trainings, working collaboratively with staff from the Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS).
  • Increase opportunities for professional development by ICS and JCRC in Bay Area districts
  • Help develop and facilitate workshops for youth and families on educational advocacy and related topics.

Policy and Issue Expertise

  • Track statewide education-related legislation, and work with Director of Public Policy to develop JCRC’s education-related policy agenda.
  • Identify relevant trends in education and design community relations strategy to address them.
  • Serve externally as a Jewish community issue expert on public education.
  • Write briefings and opinion pieces on relevant education-focused topics.

Other

  • Local travel between different Bay Area counties and possible occasional travel to conferences across California
  • Other responsibilities as needed

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Education or other degree with equivalent educational experience required
  • At least 5 years’ experience in K-12 education
  • Strong understanding of the K-12 public education system
  • Knowledge of Jewish issues such as antisemitism, Jewish identity and Israel preferred
  • Understanding of the local Bay Area community desired but not required
  • Strong written and verbal communication, including presentation skills
  • Ability to work with diverse communities
  • Works well in a collaborative and fast-paced environment
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of JCRC

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Role

Curriculum Design

Experience Level

Mid Level

Jewish Community Relations Council

The San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is embarking on a new strategic plan to address rising antisemitism and hate, delegitimization of Israel, widening racial and economic inequities, and a weakening of our democracy in the Bay Area and across our state.
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