Working at Akiba


Currently, we are hiring for the following positions:

Marketing & Communications Specialist

(posted 7/23/2021)

Position Summary
Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is seeking a Marketing and Digital Communications Specialist to support further growth of our mission. This position will manage internal and external initiatives for Akiba-Schechter under the supervision of the Principal, be responsible for managing and executing Akiba-Schechter’s online presence, and work with administrators, faculty, and parents to create and maintain an integrated marketing and communications program. 

This is a full-time position with benefits and would begin as soon as possible.

About Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School 

Our mission at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is to provide an excellent secular and Judaic education in Hyde Park to a diverse community of Jewish children from all over Chicagoland. Boys and girls study all aspects of our curriculum together in multi-aged classes. By focusing on the individual gifts and needs of each student, our teachers create a caring family of learners who are committed to responsible citizenship, the performance of Mitzvot and support for the State of Israel and its people. We teach children, not subjects. 

Responsibilities  

  • Oversees the administration and integrity of the school website including design, content curation, and special features to ensure brand consistency, relevancy, timeliness, and content; performs daily maintenance as needed
  • Capture Akiba-Schechter programs and moments on video, and produce high-quality highlight reels, testimonials and other video assets for distribution to parents and the greater community via email, social media, and other channels
  • Take photos at school events and in-classroom happenings, manage archive, and add photos to the website and other media galleries; solicit photos from parent photographers
  • Develop social media content and campaign creation, execute on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. 
  • Manage website SEO and paid advertising programs
  • Manage projects for departments across the school including concept development, production schedule creation and execution, and promotion
  • Manages special features on the website—A Day in the Life, digital storytelling, and more 
  • Designs print and digital promotional materials including outdoor and web banners, brochures, flyers, signage, invitations, advertisements, letterhead, and more
  • Oversees creation of or creates custom graphics and designs in Photoshop or Canva
  • Coordinates email marketing program, including managing the schedule, setting up and formatting broadcast emails, and drafting weekly communications
  • Serve as primary contact with Akiba-Schechter’s marketing agency 
  • Follow competitor activity and trends in social media platforms, tools, and metrics
  • Coordinates live streaming of select school events 
  • Produce digital analytics reports and provide recommendations

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in marketing, communications, and/or public relations. Non-profit and/or school experience is a plus.
  • Experience in creating and posting social media content; familiarity with social media best practices
  • Proficiency in G Suite required
  • Experience with website content management system applications and broadcast email applications required 
  • Video marketing experience required; photography experience preferred
  • Proficiency in FinalCut Pro, iMovie, or Adobe Premiere, and Photoshop or Canva
  • Experience in search engine optimization techniques preferred
  • Self-starter with the ability to work productively, meet benchmarks, and report on activities without daily supervision 
  • A collaborative, trust-based work style
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and independently
  • Occasional availability outside of standard business hours
  Benefits
  • Work with a wonderfully supportive team of people committed to meaningful work
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long term disability insurance 
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Tuition discount for children
  • This is a year-round position with time off for school and Jewish holidays
  • All Federal and Jewish holidays observed by the school
  • Two week Winter break in December/January; 1.5 to 2 week Spring break during Passover
  • Up to ten days off in the Summer
  • Additional days off as needed and approved by Principal

Hours

  • School is open 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday; 8:00am to 2:30pm Friday. 
  • Expectation of 40 hours per week; flexibility to choose to be at home or in-school, 4 or 5 days per week, as approved by Principal

How to Apply 

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and two writing or project samples to jobs@asjds.org. In your cover letter, please explain why you are excited about Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School and how your experiences and skills will help further our mission. 

 

Business Manager

(posted 7/28/2021)

Position Summary 

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is seeking a financial professional to serve as Business Manager to support further growth of our mission. This position will envision and oversee the business affairs to provide the best possible educational services with the financial resources available. This position reports to the Principal and will oversee and work closely with administrative staff members, as well as lay leaders and outsourced professionals as needed. The Business Manager sits on the school’s leadership team and works closely with the Treasurer and the Finance Committee to create and implement a vision for the school’s continued success. The ideal candidate will be organized, adaptable, able to strategically advance relationships with stakeholders and take initiative.

This is a full-time position based at the school in Chicago and would begin as soon as possible.

About Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School 

Our mission at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is to provide an excellent secular and Judaic education in Hyde Park to a diverse community of Jewish children from all over Chicagoland. Boys and girls study all aspects of our curriculum together in multi-aged classes. By focusing on the individual gifts and needs of each student, our teachers create a caring family of learners who are committed to responsible citizenship, the performance of Mitzvot and support for the State of Israel and its people. We teach children, not subjects. 

Responsibilities

  • Supervise the financial affairs of the school
  • Develop and manage the budget for all areas for review and approval by, Principal and Finance Committee
  • Ensure timely and accurate preparation of monthly/quarterly/annual financial reports for the purpose of management and oversight by the Principal and Finance Committee.
  • Facilitates strategic financial planning
  • Provides financial analyses and reports for the purpose of forecasting, cash flow management, facilities cost management, and other as needed
  • Analyzes and interprets financial data and attends meetings of the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors, as required 
  • Oversees the conduct of the annual audit and prepares associated schedules and work papers
  • Develops, maintains, updates, automates, and oversees all internal financial controls and policies
  • Monitor and execute appropriate cash management
  • Negotiate and procure all employee benefits and insurance packages 
  • Oversee compensation, contracts and benefits programs and process payroll
  • Attend to or supervise day-to-day accounting and finance activities ensuring accuracy and timeliness
  • Supervise Director of Operations and Accounting Manager
  • Ensure effective maintenance, back-up, and security of all financial management systems
  • Oversee the collection process and communicate with parents about financial issues
  • Oversee banking activities and management of all school accounts
  • Ensure adherence to and review fund accounting principles
  • Maintain banking relations through the timely preparation of quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reporting requirements
  • Oversee all school purchasing ensuring appropriate authorization for spending
  • Serve on the Tuition Assistance Committee
  • Assemble and analyze third party data and tax returns from tuition assistance applications for Committee review
  • Collect data and complete annual surveys for JUF and other funding organizations
  • Attend and participate in regular Day School Business Manager meetings

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field. CPA preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of experience with increasing responsibility. Supervisory experience preferred. 
  • Self-starter with the ability to work productively, meet benchmarks, and report on activities without daily supervision. Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Excel, QuickBooks; familiarity with FACTS SIS preferred.
  • Excellent decision making and organizational skills and strong analytical aptitude.
  • Attention to detail for a high level of accuracy.
  • Nonprofit experience preferred.

Benefits

  • Work with a wonderfully supportive team of people committed to meaningful work
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long term disability insurance 
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Tuition discount for children
  • This is a year-round position with time off for school and Jewish holidays
  • All Federal and Jewish holidays observed by the school
  • Two week Winter break in December/January; 1.5 to 2 week Spring break during Passover
  • Up to ten days off in the Summer
  • Additional days off as needed and approved by Principal
  • Cost of annual membership in HR professional organization will be covered

Hours

  • School is open 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday; 8:00am to 2:30pm Friday. 
  • Expectation of 40 hours per week; flexibility to choose to be at home or in-school, 4 or 5 days per week, as approved by Principal

How to Apply 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@asjds.org. In your cover letter, please explain why you are excited about Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School and how your experiences and skills will help further our mission.