A JK-12 pluralistic school that engages students in an exemplary and inspiring general and Jewish education.

Upper School Director of Jewish Life

Rockville, MD
Job Code:DL100

Come join a committed, caring, talented faculty and administration in delivering an exemplary and inspiring general and Jewish education. Together, we ensure a vibrant Jewish future through the growth of confident, compassionate thinkers who engage the world through Jewish values.

The Upper School Director of Jewish Life will be a highly creative, charismatic educator who is able to cultivate a vibrant atmosphere of Jewish celebration in the School and form inspiring connections with a diverse array of students.

The Director must be able to implement experiential models of Jewish education both inside and outside the classroom, and balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a member of the Upper School Administrative Leadership Team.
  • Planning and leading Judaic programming, including five grade-level shabbatonim, holidays, rosh chodesh, and tefillah programs.
  • Planning and leading days of service and coordinating visits of outside groups.
  • Collaborating with the Director of Arts Education, faculty and students to plan and lead weekly Kabbalat Shabbat programs.
  • Collaborating with faculty members on planning other special events within the School.
  • Developing strong relationships with students, inspiring student passion
    for Jewish life, and cultivating strong student leadership within the School.
  • Working with the faculty and administration to articulate and implement
    a vision of experiential education in the School, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Teaching the equivalent of one year-long (could be two semester courses) in the middle school and/or high school.
  • All other duties as assigned by the High School Principal/Associate Head of School or Head of School.

Expected skills and knowledge include:

  • Strong and broad knowledge of Judaism.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Experience in educational programming for teens.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Commitment to pluralism.
  • Degree in informal/experiential education desired.
  • Master's degree preferred.

Click here for a glimpse of our faculty and the difference they make in students' lives and lifelong learning.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and references to www.cesjds.org/careers include Job Code DL100.


The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.