At Central Synagogue

Education Department

Central Tots Teacher (Part-Time)

Posted on June 7, 2019

Our Vision
Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,500+ families and the larger community.  We work tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity.  We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal, constantly evolving to reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today.  For more information about our organization visit


Who We Are
Early childhood is a magical time of discovery for children and their parents. At Central Synagogue, we provide children and their grown-ups 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 rituals.
Central Tots is an integral part of Central Synagogue’s Early Childhood Department dedicated to children from birth to age two who attend classes accompanied by a trusted grown up. Our programs range from drop-in classes for babies to pre-nursery school classes for children turning two. All of our classes, taught by warm and experienced early childhood educators who specialize in infants and toddlers, provide fun-filled experiences for children and an opportunity for grown-ups to learn about early childhood development as part of a community with other parents and caregivers.

Job Summary/Objective
The Part-time Central Tots Teacher, as a member of Central Synagogue’s Early Childhood Department staff, shares in the education, care, and well-being of his or her assigned groups of students and families. The Central Tots Teacher teaches 1-2 classes each morning. Each class consists of up to 12 children (ages 12-24 months) and every child is accompanied by a grown up, either a parent, other family member, or a caregiver. Under the guidance of the Central Tots Director and Co-Teacher, the Central Tots Teacher is required to plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum, communicate with families and uphold the objectives and overall philosophy of the Central Synagogue Early Childhood Department. The Central Tots Teacher works closely with the Co-Teacher.

Reports to:
Central Tots Director


  • Part-time, Exempt and not eligible for OT
  • Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM;

Essential Functions:

  • Manage all aspects of daily classroom life, including health and safety of all students, establishment of comfortable classroom routines and transitions and developmentally appropriate curriculum that excites children about learning and prepares them for the next step in their education.
  • Plan and implement activities to support and foster positive self-esteem, social skills, developmental growth, and independence for all students.
  • Communicate, and partner with, parents and caregivers concerning topics of childdevelopment as well as establish and support classroom routines and activities.
  • Work collaboratively with teaching team and administrators.
  • Incorporate Shabbat, Jewish holiday celebrations, and Jewish values, customs, traditions,and rituals into the classroom.
    Contractual Agreement:
  • Part time, 10-month position.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Paid sick leave pursuant to New York City’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act
  • Learning growth opportunities.


  • Ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality. Requires excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; a major in Education or related field desirable
  • Teaching experience in early childhood classrooms or other settings with young children
  • Meet standards for licensing requirements (finger printing, child abuse and other relevant training, etc.)

Other Duties
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..

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references addressed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference the job title, Central Tots Teacher, in the subject line of your email.

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Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Job Summary/Objective
The Executive Assistant reports to the Executive Director and plays a critical role in the coordination of Board activities to ensure effective oversight of meetings, communications, and compliance with our bylaws. He/she also plans and maintains the annual calendar for key events for staff and board, coordinates all staff meetings and events, board events, as well as special congregational events including the annual meeting. He/she plays a critical role in the High Holy Days including coordination of our community service, and other projects as needed, including, for example, oversight of work planning across the Executive Director’s team. He/she also supervises the front desk/receptionist who manages our main phone line, office supplies, and other related tasks. Additionally, he/she supports with assistance from the receptionist, the Executive Director with calendar management, travel, expense reporting and other administrative tasks. This individual must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to work independently and operate with high attention to detail. He/she will interface regularly with senior staff, board, and our congregation. Outlined below is a more detailed list of key responsibilities. Given the nature of synagogue work, a great deal of flexibility and a ‘can-do’ attitude are essential as we work to address the needs of a large community.

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Youth and Family Education Operations Coordinator

Job Summary/Objective
Provide operational support to the religious school, Family Engagement and camp programs.

Reports to:
Director of the Religious School with a dotted line to Camp Director during the summer


  • Full-time, non-exempt and eligible for OT
  • School Year: Monday 12-7, T-Th 10-7, F 10-4:30, with occasional later evening or weekend work Summer: 8:30am-4:30pm Expected to work some High Holy Days

    June 17, 2019

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.

X Central Synagogue will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, military status, marital status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is the policy of the Congregation that certain positions must be filled by persons of the Jewish faith as a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. All employees, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and contribute to this policy.