Working at Akiba

Akiba-Schechter has the following positions available.


Judaic Studies Lead Teacher

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School seeks an outstanding Judaic Studies Lead Teacher. We seek an intelligent, thoughtful, and passionate educator with progressive experience teaching Jewish texts. The ideal candidate will be expected to inspire and engage our students and work collaboratively with both our Judaic and General Studies staff.

At Akiba-Schechter, we teach children, not subjects. The Judaic Studies Teacher Leader will partner with colleagues to develop strategies to reach and stretch every student. We focus on implementing creative and innovative ideas that foster intellectual, spiritual, and social growth in our students.                                                                      

Our Judaic curriculum is based upon primary texts and Modern Orthodox practice with deep respect for the vastly different practices of Judaism within our community. Specifically, our Judaics program is guided by the Modern Orthodox philosophy of Torah Umadda (Torah and Worldly Knowledge). We care deeply about the cultivation of Jewish values and the character of each child and family. We strive to foster a passion for and knowledge of Judaism and humanity. We promote scholarship for the soul and mind with a strong commitment to in-depth Torah and worldly study, the state of Israel, Jewish values, Halacha, and human dignity.

The Judaic Studies Lead Teacher works directly and collaboratively with the Principal, her administrative team, and the entire faculty. The ideal candidate will be confident to challenge and be challenged by colleagues.

Start Date: July 1, 2020

Preferred Qualifications include some combination of: 

  • Progressive experience teaching Jewish texts to multiple age groups;
  • Educational administrative experience in a Jewish Day School or camp;
  • A master’s degree in education or comparable advanced degree;
  • Rabbinical ordination or similar advanced Judaic studies certification or study.

Required Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of teaching experience;
  • Experience developing healthy, supportive relationships with students;
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Flexibility and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality;

The Judaic Studies Teacher Leader will assume the following responsibilities, among others:

General duties include:

  • Teach at least two Judaic Studies classes.
  • Maintain and enhance the culture of the school as a caring, warm, Jewish community that intentionally celebrates Judaism and Jewish life among a diverse student body.
  • Act collaboratively as an educational team leader for all core Judaic Studies classes in grades 1-8 and related activities, programs and special events.
  • Be a strong Jewish role model for our students, staff and families.
  • Work closely with colleagues to ensure individual students’ needs are met.
  • Oversee, evaluate and recommend changes when needed to grading, assessments and other measures of student achievement.
  • Provide leadership for the recruitment and retention of Judaic Studies staff.                                         
  • Provide leadership and share responsibility for the recruitment of future students and retention of current students.
  • Respond effectively to parental inquiries, develop and promote proactive and positive communications with parents and community.

Professional Growth duties include:

  • Represent Akiba-Schechter at conferences, webinars and other opportunities in the field.
  • Attend educational conferences and professional development opportunities to model self-development as well as to remain current.
  • Promote staff professional growth and collaboration.
  • Share responsibility for staff learning.

 

Substitute Teachers

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is always looking for substitute teachers for preschool through 8th grade. Candidates should have an affinity for children, and be flexible and creative. Ideally they should have a background in teaching. We are mostly looking for those with experience in Judaic Studies and Hebrew, though we are also interested in General Studies teachers. Transportation is available to/from Skokie, West Rogers Park and Lakeview.  To learn more, please contact subs@asjds.org

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