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Lower School Campus

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  • General Studies Teacher Assistant

    About Golda Och Academy
    Golda Och Academy is a vibrant learning community that focuses on the individual intellectual, social, and spiritual needs of each child. We cultivate in students a lifelong love of learning within the context of Jewish knowledge and heritage. Our school is located on two campuses — one for the Lower School and one for the Upper School — located about two miles apart in West Orange, serving approximately 500 students from more than 60 communities across New Jersey. In the tradition of Solomon Schechter schools, Golda Och Academy grounds a rigorous academic curriculum in the culture and tenets of Conservative Judaism and welcomes students from a range of synagogue affiliations and Jewish expression. 

    Position
    Golda Och Academy is accepting applications for a General Studies Teacher Assistant at the Lower School campus for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Responsibilities
    Strong candidates will be certified and have demonstrated success in teaching elementary aged students.  Candidates should possess excellent communication, organization and classroom management skills, and be collaborative and team- oriented.  A commitment to customer service and parent partnership is expected. Experience integrating technology in the classroom along with the ability to differentiate instruction to effectively work with a range of learners is required.

    Qualifications
    •     At least three years of relevant teaching experience preferred
    •     M.A. and/or certification preferred
    •     Computer proficient
    •     Ability and willingness to work with students in various group settings using multiple teaching methods
    •     Strong classroom management skills
    •     Commitment to meaningful collaboration with colleagues
    •     Excellent communication skills and commitment to keeping parents informed and engaged
    •     Interest in professional growth and commitment to continuous learning

    Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to lsjobs@goldaochacademy.org.
  • Aftercare Position

    We are currently seeking someone to provide Aftercare on Wednesdays from 3:15-6:00 in the Lower School.
     
    The Aftercare teacher would be responsible for helping with homework, general supervision of students in the classroom and on the playground/gym. Other responsibilities/duties may be added as needed. 
     
    If you are interested please email jmccormick-anesh@goldaochacademy.org or call 973-232-8749
  • Hebrew/Judaic Studies Long Term and Short Term Substitute Teachers

    The Golda Och Academy Lower School Campus is seeking certified Hebrew and Judaic Studies long term and short term substitute teachers for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Applicants must be fluent in Hebrew, computer proficient and familiar with Day School education procedures. Experience with Tal Am preferred.  Applicants should be collaborative, creative, engaging, experienced and committed to differentiated instruction.  This position requires attendance on campus Monday – Friday.  Interested candidates should e-mail Tova Silberman at lsjobs@goldaochacademy.org

Upper School Campus

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  • Development & Alumni Relations Associate

    About Golda Och Academy

    Golda Och Academy, recognized as one of the top Jewish day schools in the country, is a vibrant learning community that focuses on the individual intellectual, social, and spiritual needs of each child. We cultivate in students a lifelong love of learning within the context of Jewish knowledge and heritage. Our school is located on two campuses — one for the Lower School and one for the Upper School — located about two miles apart in West Orange, serving approximately 450 students from more than 60 communities across New Jersey.

    Position

    The Development & Alumni Relations Associate is a full-time position and will be an integral part of the Advancement Team at Golda Och Academy. In collaboration with the Advancement Team and under the supervision of the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Development Associate will create and implement engagement and fundraising strategies to maximize the quality participation for our school constituency groups. They will also be responsible for the communications, programming and fundraising goals for each of the groups. This position is a primarily on-site role. COVID-19 Vaccination is also required.

    Responsibilities

    Alumni & Alumni Parent Engagement Responsibilities
    • Work in partnership with the Director of Institutional Advancement to serve as the professional leader for the Alumni Committee and work to strengthen alumni volunteer leadership and engagement.
    • Provide professional leadership for all alumni programming including but not limited to alumni reunions, alumni family events, NYC Shabbat dinners, alumni college panels, Summer Alumni BBQ, Alumni Basketball Game, Care Package Project, etc. 
    • Create content and manage our social media profile on a variety of platforms and coordinate our print alumni newsletter.  
    • Oversee alumni and alumni parent involvement in the GOA Annual campaign and Spring Benefit.
    • Oversee and maintain data for 1800+ Schechter/GOA high school graduates
    • Interface with current high school students to strengthen transition to alumni status
    • Serve as liaison to our Parents of Alumni group.
    • Manage engagement with parent of the alumni community by regularly communicating and sharing the accomplishments and engagement of our alumni.
    Grandparent & Parent Engagement Responsibilities
    • Develop a plan for grandparent engagement and serve as a key contact person for our dedicated Grandparents committee.
    • Provide professional leadership, in partnership with our Special Events Coordinator to plan and execute Grandparents Day and other outreach programming.
    • Coordinate grandparent involvement in the GOA Annual campaign.  
    • Help to identify and recruit new school parent and grandparent volunteers and solicitors.  
    • Provide professional leadership to manage our Parent Annual Campaign. 
    • Engage parent and grandparent community in the Spring Gala. 
    Spring Gala and Other Responsibilities
    • Serve as the key Development staff person on the organization, marketing and execution of our school’s annual Spring Gala event. 
    • Assist the Director of Institutional Advancement with other development events and projects as necessary. 
    Qualifications
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with ability to engage a broad range of donors and volunteers
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage complex, multi-phase projects
    • Must be an independent worker with the ability to effectively prioritize work and meet deadlines
    • Excellent technology skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite of products and social media.  
    • Familiarity with crowdfunding platforms is a plus.
     Education and Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree required
    • One or more years of demonstrated success in working with volunteers and/or donors
    • Familiarity and experience in the Jewish, non-profit, educational community
    • Schechter/GOA Alumni are encouraged to apply!   
    Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to usjobs@goldaochacademy.org.

    Golda Och Academy is a an inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

    The School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

    Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.
  • Middle School Jewish Studies Teacher

    About Golda Och Academy
    Golda Och Academy, recognized as one of the top Jewish day schools in the country, is a vibrant learning community that focuses on the individual intellectual, social, and spiritual needs of each child. We cultivate in students a lifelong love of learning within the context of Jewish knowledge and heritage. Our school is located on two campuses — one for the Lower School and one for the Upper School — located about two miles apart in West Orange, serving approximately 450 students from more than 60 communities across New Jersey.
    Position
     
    Golda Och Academy Upper School seeks a creative, passionate Jewish Studies teacher to join our team for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. The ideal candidate brings a degree in Jewish studies, with an out-of-the-box vision of how to inspire students to engage with Jewish ideas and values through Jewish text. The ideal candidate will also have the opportunity to bring energy and creativity to our Tefillah program. 
     
    Responsibilities
     
    • Teaching Judaic Studies in middle school
    • Facilitating Tefillah and Tefillah education
    • Collaboration with colleagues
    • Communication with parents
    • Record keeping
    • Lesson planning
      • Attention to differentiation
    • Creating and grading assessments
    • Collaboration with guidance and support faculty
    • Addressing students’ accommodations
    • Classroom environment
      • Physical
      • Behavioral
      • Social-emotional
      • Academic
     
    Qualifications
     
    • Subject Expertise Expectation
    Teachers must be well-versed in their discipline, while keeping abreast of the best practices and pedagogy in their field.  Teachers should understand childhood development and its impact on the classroom experience.  Teachers are expected to share learning with other faculty members in meetings at school.
    • Technology Familiarity
    Teachers should be comfortable using a variety of technologies that engage students as 21st century thinkers.  GOA actively supports the use of SMART Boards, iPads, and the school website.  Teachers are encouraged and supported to explore domain specific technologies to use in their classes.
    • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required
     
    Education and Experience
    • At least 3 years of relevant teaching experience preferred
    • Degree in Jewish Education and/or Judaic Studies
    Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to usjobs@goldaochacademy.org.
    Golda Och Academy is a an inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other basis protected by applicable law.
    The School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
    Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.

Both Campuses

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Golda Och Academy is a an inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other basis protected by applicable law.


Professional Development

Golda Och Academy is fortunate to be a part of The Greater MetroWest Quest for Teaching Excellence Grant, which invested $1 million over the last four years in four local area Jewish Day Schools. Each of our schools received a portion of these funds for professional development opportunities, in-service learning, workshops and conferences. The goal is to help each teacher grow professionally while improving student achievement.
  • Teaching Excellence at Golda Och Academy Summer 2019
    This was another summer that was filled with professional development opportunities for our dedicated Golda Och Academy faculty and staff. As you will see from the list of descriptions, there was a wide variety of experiences both in the topics and types of workshops that were attended, which ranged from webinars to workshops to multiple-day conferences. The administration and staff are grateful for the generous support of the MetroWest Quest for Teaching Excellence Grant, the Peter J. Herzberg Memorial Teachers Grant Fund, The Gottesman Fund STEM Innovation grant, and the West Orange Board of Education, all of which provided funding for these professional development experiences.

    We value this investment of time given by our teachers and staff and know that they are already implementing new ideas and programs in their work. In addition to their own professional growth, the beneficiaries are our students at Golda Och Academy. We look forward to sending updates over the course of the year about our exciting professional development initiatives.

Deans of Faculty

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  • Photo of Tammy Anagnostis

    Tammy Anagnostis 

    Dean of Faculty, Lower School
  • Photo of Flora Musleah

    Flora Musleah 

    Dean of Faculty, Upper School
    973-602-3657
"I attended the National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) Convention in Boston, MA. I took many classes during the convention and attended a committee meeting of the Preschool-Elementary Science Teaching Committee, to which I was appointed a three-year term. My classes focused mainly on simple machines and engineering. I learned about digital notebooking for First Grade, and I used what I learned to shape the insect report for first grade. I also learned how to make three kinds of spectroscopes, and we will engineer those next year during third grade."

-Becky Kurson, Lower School Science Teacher
"I observed a number of teachers this year in both Judaic and General Studies. When observing one teacher, I felt lifted and energized after being with her for just a few periods. She knows how to integrate Hebrew, the SmartBoard was used effectively, there were activities set up for those who completed assignments early, and "next steps" were always stated to the children. I really admired the way this teacher encourages whole child learning, always caring, reassuring and present. I found great value in my experience observing two other teachers in a different grade as well. I loved seeing the quiet excitement in their classroom along with consistent positive language. It was helpful to see how these teachers organized a lesson and what strategies they used for the children to learn in a variety of spaces as well as modalities."

-Alexis Gruber, Pre-K