Our community is searching for a new School Principal. We invite all qualified and interested persons to apply. Application will be received through January 3, 2017, or until position is filled.

If you possess the posted qualifications and a deep love of children, family, and community, and if you appreciate the rich Folkshul heritage, we invite you to e-mail your letter of interest, including a brief statement of your educational philosophy and your interest in this position, and resume to: president@folkshul.org. Please use the following subject line for your submission: Principal Search | [YOUR LAST NAME]. No phone calls, please.


Position: School Principal

FLSA Status: P/T, Non-Exempt, Salaried, Flexible Hours (approx. 20 hrs. /wk., including 5 hrs. on Sunday mornings during school year; approx. 10/hrs. /wk. during summer months)

Direct Reports: Assistant Director and Teachers

Posting Date: November 2016

Application Deadline: January 3, 2017, or until position filled

Summary: Leads curricula development and day-to-day operation of the Shul; fosters sense of community and shared purpose

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Shul curriculum and environment

  • Oversees/evaluates educational curricula, instructional methods, lesson planning, and teacher communications
  • Promotes positive, supportive, and healthy learning environment

Staff Management

  • Schedules and leads quarterly staff meetings and staff development sessions
  • Conducts new teacher orientation to ensure successful on-boarding
  • Supervises teachers with respect to hiring, evaluation, professional development, and separation
  • Delegates responsibilities (e.g. Jewish Family Education, High Holiday planning, music, etc.)
  • Maintains open door and solicits feedback from all staff (currently: Director, Assistant Director, B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, Assistants Coordinator, Adult Community Coordinator, and Youth Group Coordinator)


  • Implements Board defined goals, objectives, and plans
  • Provides school updates during Board Meetings
  • Revises Staff Handbook and corrective action/discipline policies as needed
  • Authorizes trips, supplies, and educational materials purchase
  • Elevates necessary staff/community concerns to Board of Directors
  • Provides second level of review for B’nai Mitzvah handbook, information session schedule, and rehearsal schedule
  • Reviews/approves brochures, community emails, and calendar reminders, as needed
  • Provides staff and student recommendations

Community Relations

  • Develops annual calendar with Assistant Director
  • Integrates Social Action/Social Justice Committee initiatives, and those of other committees throughout organization
  • Encourages/supports volunteer efforts
  • Performs outreach to prospective families; arranges visits and provides tours
  • Oversees new family orientation, open house, new parent brunch, and related functions
  • Engages and welcomes attendees on Sundays
  • Plans and oversees Jewish Family Education, Sunday Fundays, community holiday programs, music program/schedule, folk dance, art projects, etc.
  • Manages communications with 9th grade class regarding options and next steps

Performs other relevant duties within four broad areas identified above.


  • BS/BA required, prefer advanced degree in education, education administration, Jewish education, or related field
  • Five to ten years of experience in an instructional leadership role
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years as a K-8 classroom teacher
  • Interested in, or experienced in the Secular Humanistic Jewish environment
  • Jewish Education background (not necessarily secular)
  • Able to command respect, confidence, and commitment within and outside Folkshul community
  • Energy, passion, and experience implementing best practices in secular Jewish education
  • Comfortable using computers and all standard office software, including database, social media, and other communication tools
  • Exceptional  relationship, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

The employer reserves the right to modify the job description based upon its needs and may require the employee to perform functions beyond those mentioned above. Neither this job description, nor any other communication, creates an employment contract between the employer and the employee.