Temple Israel

Principal, Temple Israel Religious School


Temple Israel is a Reform congregation with a vibrant congregational school delivering a progressive, inclusive, innovative and relevant Jewish education to children and youth from kindergarten through Grade 10. We are seeking a Principal to help us create the next generation of engaged, aware and knowledgeable Jews.

This part-time position (20-25 hours/week) involves working closely with the Temple’s rabbi and lay leadership to develop a vision for the school that will build on its current strengths and attract families to our experiential learning model.

The TIRS Principal is expected to be present at the school’s three weekly sessions (Sunday morning, Monday evening and Wednesday afternoon) and at special programming, committee meetings and other events as needed.

The successful candidate will possess a strong Jewish background with some Hebrew knowledge; experience in Jewish education and programming; solid administrative skills; and the ability to work well with children, parents, teachers, the Temple Rabbi and Temple staff.

Salary will be commensurate with experience; some benefits are included.

A one-year contract (with possibility of renewal) starts in July 2015. Deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 2015.

Please send a cover letter and resume to: execdir@templeisraelottawa.ca


The TIRS Principal works closely with the Rabbi and appropriate lay committees to establish and maintain a Jewish learning environment culture that is progressive, inclusive, innovative and relevant.
Responsibilities include overseeing curricula; hiring, training and supervising teachers; running special programming; administration; and outreach to families and the broader Ottawa Jewish community. The Principal is responsible for providing professional support to, and liaison with, relevant Temple committees.


Educational and administrative activities
• Attending all meetings of the school when in session (3 times per week)
• Establishing the yearly school calendar
• Overseeing student registration and placement
• Overseeing preparation of curriculum lesson plans, multimedia presentations, and photocopies
• Select teaching materials as required and ordering necessary supplies
• Designing, recommending and implementing programming for school age children and youth that supplement High Holy Days, Chagim, and Shabbat services (e.g. working with teachers to prepare for Jewish holidays, preparing/organizing Chanukah and Purim school festivities)
• Planning and coordinating family educational programming
• Responsible for the content at school assemblies
• Coordinating and participating in Back-to-School festivities
• Planning and coordinating school trips and school visits by performers and speakers
• Implement and monitor expenditures under the approved budget; provide budget information to the Finance Committee
• Publicizing school events to parents and others by making and placing ads in relevant places
• Other related duties as assigned

Supervision of staff and teaching
• Hiring teachers, teaching assistants and supply teachers
• Coordinating and leading teacher orientation
• Supervising and meeting regularly with all school employees and contractors to discuss programming/scheduling, and other related matters
• Observing teachers during class time to assess teaching style, and preparing annual performance evaluations
• Recommending adaptation of curriculum and teaching as necessary to address individual student needs
• Coordinating and calling supply teachers when teachers are absent on school days
• Overseeing evaluation of student progress and management of student discipline
• Communicating with teachers regarding progress of all students
• Responsible for assuring that teachers provide Student Progress Reports twice yearly
• Scheduling and organizing teacher professional development programs

Outreach and liason activities
• Participating as a member of the Education Committee and being the liason with the Youth Group Committee
• provide oral and written reports to the Board and Rabbi regularly
• Maintain regular communication with the Ritual Committee and Rabbi when school activities are to be coordinated with other activities (eg. Shabbaton programs, Shabbat services)
• Serve as a member and TIRS liaison to the Supplementary Schools Task force


• A strong Jewish knowledge base, with some Hebrew knowledge
• Experience in Jewish education and programming
• Commitment to championing a progressive, inclusive, innovative and relevant Jewish learning environment, and to supporting a vibrant Reform Jewish congregation
• Knowledge of the educational mandate, organizational structure, program responsibilities and mission and values of Temple Israel required to provide responsive administrative advice, guidance and recommendation on child and youth learning
• Solid administrative skills
• The ability to work and communicate well with children, parents, teachers and Temple staff
• A willingness to learn about the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, the Rabbi, the Executive Director, in order to respond to religious school issues, requests for information and to recommend services and guidance
• Familiarity with the services available and the organizational structure of various community stakeholders such as the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, The Jewish Community Centre of Ottawa, and other congregations, in order to provide appropriate services and information to TIRS, its staff and families


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume (by May 31, 2015) to the Executive Director at:

Temple Israel
1301 Prince of Wales Drive
Ottawa, ON K2C 1N2
Tel 613-224-1802 • Fax 613-224-0707
Email: execdir@templeisraelottawa.ca