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Director of Family Learning and Engagement


We are Kol Ami, a vibrant Reform congregation in Thornhill, just north of Toronto. We are searching for an energetic and engaging Jewish educator to partner in re-envisioning and implementing our school and youth and family education. This is an exciting time for our community as we recently integrated another congregation into Kol Ami and are beginning the process of combining two schools into one.


About Our Program

Kol Ami runs our school program on Saturday mornings as part of a Shabbat experience that encourages participation by the whole family. Our dynamic approach to Judaism blends the traditional and the modern. We are a warm, intimate, and inclusive congregation that values life-long learning, spirited and musical prayer, Tikkun Olam, and our vibrant community. Although small, we are a highly active and engaged congregation with a lay leadership that works closely with our professionals.

We are looking to take our lifelong learning experiences to the next level.




The successful candidate will create an engaging and nurturing environment for children and their families to grow, learn, connect and build relationships with one another and with Judaism.


Responsibilities include:


  1. Direct the youth and family learning (including our Saturday school), Hebrew, post-B’nai Mitzvah and high school Madrichim programs.
    • Evaluate the current model and curriculum in collaboration with the Rabbi and Religious School Committee and design and implement a new model and curriculum. The expectation is the curriculum, will be developed and installed within the first 24 months.
    • Oversee school operations including budget and hiring, training and supervision of staff.
    • Oversee informal educational offerings, including youth groups, monthly Friday night “Rock Shabbat” programs, etc., in consultation with Rabbi and cantorial soloist.
    • Work directly with teen youth and supervise the Junior Youth Advisor(s).
  2. Supervise B’nai Mitzvah tutors and plan B’nai Mitzvah family programs.
  3. Work with families to provide opportunities for engagement throughout the year and implement family holiday observances in collaboration with clergy.
  4. Represent the congregation in the community, including at meetings of the Reform Educators’ Council, Supplementary School Principals’ Council and other public events.


Desired Skills

The successful candidate will have a proven track record that demonstrates:

  • A passion for and knowledge about Judaism and familiarity with Reform Judaism.
  • Innovation and creativity with strong programming experience.
  • The ability to relate well to both children and adults.
  • Knowledge and familiarity of current general educational best practices and advances in Jewish formal and informal education.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of social media best practices.
  • Ability to successfully supervise and mentor other education professionals.
  • Effective collaboration with clergy and senior leadership.
  • At least a bachelor's degree in education, Judaic Studies or a related field.


Salary is commensurate with experience.


This position is a full-time role beginning July 1, 2019; earlier if available.


Please submit resume and cover letter to: by Friday May 24, 2019.


Mon, May 20 2019 15 Iyar 5779