At Central Synagogue

Assistant Early Childhood Director

Posted on January 31, 2017

Our Vision at The May Family Nursery School
Early childhood is an important time of discovery and connection for children and their parents. At Central Synagogue, a thriving reform congregation serving 2,300 families and the larger community in midtown Manhattan, we provide children with rich learning and growth experiences that establish them as lifelong learners and celebratory experiences that connect them to the joys of Judaism through an exploration of values, traditions, and ritual. The Early Childhood Department at Central Synagogue, consisting of the May Family Nursery School, Central Tots, a program for children and families under the age of two, and Camp Central, collaborates closely with Central’s Youth and Family Engagement Department.

Job Summary/Objective
The role of the Assistant Early Childhood Director is to support and help carry out the Central Synagogue Early Childhood Department’s education, programming, and family engagement objectives in the May Family Nursery School, Central Tots, and Camp Central programs, all of which provide a dynamic and enriching range of educational and Jewish engagement opportunities for children from birth to age five and their families.

Reports to
Early Childhood Director

Early Childhood Department

Start Date
July 1, 2017

Essential Functions
Working closely with the Early Childhood Director, responsibilities include supporting all existing Early Childhood Department programming and helping to create new programs, as well as serving as a member of the family engagement leadership team.

Early Childhood Responsibilities
Assistant Director will assist and work with the Director in the Nursery School in the following areas:

  • Provide leadership to the Nursery School teachers, working with them in their classrooms, inspiring and supporting them, encouraging them to think in new ways, and suggesting and modeling new methods and techniques.
  • Along with the Director, support the teaching staff’s continuing education, focusing on Jewish learning; open-ended, emergent curriculum, including the Reggio Emilia philosophy; and classroom management.
  • Assist the Director in planning and leading/co-leading staff meetings and professional development programs on   and off-site.
  • Assist the Director in staff supervision, including weekly/biweekly planning meetings for teams and age groupings (Twos, Threes, Fours, etc.) and staffing decisions.
  • Coordinate with the Clergy to maximize opportunities for engagement in the Nursery School throughout the school year.
  • Assist in the planning of the yearly calendar for the Early Childhood Department.
  • Work closely with the Director throughout the admissions process.
  • Support the Director and faculty in executing the exmissions process as needed.
  • Work collaboratively on projects with Nursery School administrative staff.
  • With the Early Childhood Director, attend professional meetings, including ISAAGNY and Jewish Education Project meetings.
  • Work with the Central Synagogue Communications Department and Finance Department to develop and prepare promotional and registration materials.

Assistant Director will be responsible for the planning and execution of the following:

  • Plan, staff and supervise the After-School program and Early Drop Off program for Nursery School children.
  • Manage the substitute teacher process, ensuring that all classrooms are adequately staffed and meet the requirements of the New York City Department of Health.
  • Coordinate Learning/Developmental specialists’ schedules, as appropriate, facilitating communication with teachers.
  • Create class, specialist, and outdoor space schedules for every class.
  • Maintain student and teacher files in compliance with New York City Department of Health requirements.
  • Oversee summer camp and supervise the Camp Director.

Core Competencies

  • Supervisory/management experience; ability to effectively supervise, inspire and collaborate with faculty.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, and facility with social media in a professional setting.
  • Strong Judaic background and commitment to incorporating Jewish values and education into all Early Childhood programming.
  • Experience working with and commitment to families with young children.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, photo editing programs, etc.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment strongly desired.
  • Creativity to contribute to the growth of the Early Childhood Department as an open-minded and experiential learning environment and to build existing and develop new Central Tots and Camp Central programs to engage young families.


  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related education degree.
  • Current New York State Teaching Certification for Early Childhood.
  • Teaching experience in early childhood classrooms (minimum five years teaching experience)
  • Meet standards for New York City Department of Health licensing requirements (finger printing, child abuse check, etc).

Full-time, FLSA classification (exempt and not eligible for OT), 12-month position with some evening and weekend obligations, including Shabbat and holiday early childhood services and programs.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter addressed to Cindy Grebow, a writing sample, and a copy of your New York State Teacher Certification to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference “Assistant Early Childhood Director” in the subject line of your email.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job and may change at any time.


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Central Synagogue, a 503(c) religious organization, employs 80 full-time and 30+ part time staff positions in more than a dozen departments, including our Religious School; Nursery School and Early Childhood Center; clergy study; membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support teams. Our staff, which we consider "a team," is committed to excellence in our work. Central offers generous benefits and paid time off to its employees. We invite you to review our current openings and apply here. Central Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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