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 525 students from more than 60 communities across New Jersey.
Golda Och Academy unlocks the potential of our students by cultivating their critical thinking skills and nurturing their intellectual curiosity through the study of the humanities, sciences, Judaics, and creative arts. In preparing future generations of Jewish leaders, our rigorous Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in Jewish literacy through the exploration of texts, traditions, values, and the Hebrew language. Guided by an exceptional faculty and a meaningful partnership between school and home, our students develop a love of learning, a personal relationship with the State of Israel and its people, and a commitment to the betterment of the world through tikkun olam.
The Upper School Principal is the instructional leader of the Upper School (250 students from grades 6-12) and has primary responsibility for carrying out the School’s mission of providing a rigorous dual curriculum for its students in an environment that works to create a strong Jewish identity, foster a commitment to community for all of its stakeholders, and teach each student the importance of Jewish values.
The Upper School Principal is also a member of the School’s senior leadership team and will participate in a number of whole-school activities including: helping to carry out our Strategic Plan, policy setting, and institutional advancement. Reporting to the Head of School, he/she will be an expert educator, capable of leading both faculty and students alike, and advancing the School’s commitment to providing a rigorous academic experience for each student. The ideal candidate will have experience leading in both a Middle School & High School setting in either an independent, public, or Jewish day school environment. He or she will be knowledgeable about educational trends including technology, skills, and differentiated instruction, and will have an advanced degree related to the field. Candidates must have a demonstrated track record of building meaningful and collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff and parents.
- Overseeing the educational leadership of the school, as outlined in the mission and vision of Golda Och Academy.
- Reporting to the Head of School, the Upper School Principal will be working closely with the Lower School Principal and will be supervising the Middle School Director, to ensure consistency in managing and monitoring the PK-12 curriculum and academic, social, and emotional development of each student
- Leading the Department Chairs in the creation and oversight of academic policies and procedures.
- Overseeing curriculum and directing curriculum updates and revisions.
- Recruiting, interviewing, hiring, observing, evaluating, and supervising faculty.
- Overseeing the induction and orientation of new faculty and the ongoing professional development of all faculty.
- Overseeing the coordination of all programs of the school in collaboration with the scheduling coordinator, the Director of Student Life, and the faculty. Supervising the maintenance of a comprehensive calendar of school events and keeping school community informed of various school programs and activities.
- Supporting the work of the administrative team, particularly by working closely with development and admissions professionals to raise funds and attract, enroll, and retain students. Meeting with prospective students and parents and participating in outreach efforts.
- Creating an annual master school class schedule and assigning teachers and students to classes; working collaboratively with department chairs and guidance staff to fully plan and implement the schedule.
The ideal successful candidate will have school leadership experience and will be an individual who possesses:
- An advanced degree in Education, Educational Administration, Jewish Education, or a related field.
- A minimum of 5 years administrative and/or supervisory experience.
- A minimum of 5 years classroom teaching experience.
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask.
- Familiarity with 21st century educational technology.
- Demonstrated expertise and ability to provide leadership in teaching and learning.
This is a great opportunity to lead the Upper School of a well-established and well-funded Jewish Day School and to be an important member of the school’s administrative team.
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to: Adam Shapiro, Head of School, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org