At Central Synagogue

Education Department

Fours Head Teacher

Posted on July 9, 2019

Our Vision
Central Synagogue works 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 and always seeking new ways to be “more excellent.”  We reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today.

Job Summary/Objective
Early childhood is a magical time of discovery for children and their parents. At Central Synagogue, one of the largest Reform congregations in North America located 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 rituals.
The Head Teacher is a member of the Central Synagogue May Family Nursery School teaching team who shares in the education, care, and well-being of his or her assigned group of students. Under the guidance of the Nursery School administration, the Head Teacher is required to implement planned curriculum, maintain written plans, provide a developmentally appropriate classroom environment, determine classroom and individual student goals, mentor colleagues on the teaching team, participate in team meetings and to uphold the objectives and overall philosophy of the Central Synagogue May Family Nursery School, a program inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of Early Childhood Education as part of an overall emergent, constructivist approach. The Head Teacher reports to the Early Childhood Director.

Reports to

  • Director of Early Childhood


  • Full-time; Exempt and not eligible for OT.
  • Your hours of employment will be as follows: Monday through Thursday 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM and until 2:30 PM on Friday.

Essential Functions

  • Manage all aspects of daily classroom life, including health and safety of all students, establishment of comfortable classroom routines and transitions, and implementation of child-centered, developmentally appropriate, emergent curriculum that excites children about learning and prepares them for the next step in their education.
  • Foster growth in kindergarten readiness skills across all developmental domains: cognitive, social/emotional, language, and physical (fine and gross motor), all within a framework of Reggio Emilia-inspired, emergent, constructivist curriculum.
  • Coordinate with Nursery School administration on all aspects of the exmissions process for children applying to independent schools in New York City, focusing on assessing children and writing required admissions reports, communicating with parents in partnership with Nursery School leadership, and advocating for children when Admissions Directors visit our school to observe applicants to their schools.
  • Plan and implement activities to support and foster positive self-esteem, social skills, developmental growth, and independence for all students.
  • Observe and record children’s progress, behavior, growth, and development on a regular and ongoing basis.
  • Work collaboratively with teaching team, administrators, specialists, and consultants.  Meetings with NS administrators are held weekly.
  • Commit to meeting weekly (minimum one hour) with your teaching team to plan, reflect, and discuss children, curriculum, parents, and day-to-day classroom experiences.
  • Incorporate Shabbat, Jewish holiday celebrations, and Jewish values, customs, traditions, and rituals into the classroom.
  • Manage any classroom allergies, coordinate with service providers such as OT, PT, or speech (as applicable), and address other individualized needs of students.
  • Communicate effectively with parents through written daily and weekly, and monthly communication, in-person discussions at drop off and pick up, email correspondence, and parent-teacher conferences.
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset and actively participate in all team meetings, staff meetings, professional development days, teacher trainings, and workshops.


  • Full time, 10-month position.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include: paid vacation time in correspondence with school and religious holidays, paid sick and personal days, medical coverage, paid Maternal/Paternal leave, retirement plans, and life insurance.
  • Learning/growth opportunities.


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


  • 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 classroom (minimum three years teaching experience)
  • Meet standards for licensing requirements (finger printing, child abuse and other relevant training, etc.)

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, New York State Teacher certification documentation (where applicable), and three references addressed to Cindy Grebow, Early Childhood Director, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference the job title, Fours Head Teacher, in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Other Open Positions

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.

December 5, 2019

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.