Hillel Day School
Head of School
Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit is among the most established and well-regarded Jewish day schools in the United States. Founded in 1958 and located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Hillel provides an outstanding Jewish and general education to students beginning in early childhood through eighth grade. Open and welcoming to children from every Jewish affiliation, Hillel is committed to strengthening the Jewish people through a meaningful Jewish education while embracing today’s educational paradigm shift through an authentic, hands-on, modern general education.
Since its founding, Hillel has been rooted in Jewish values. The school is guided by a mission to inspire a passion for learning, responsibility to self and community, and a devotion to Jewish living, in a warm, innovative and engaging environment. At the heart of a Hillel education is a modern learning philosophy that weaves the elements of space, technology, project-based learning and Jewish values to inspire students -- their curiosity, creativity and passions -- to become lifelong learners and problem-solvers. Hillel’s approach to learning has placed the school at the forefront nationally in providing a modern education within a cutting-edge facility.
Between 2015 and 2017, Hillel completed a top-to-bottom building renovation, including a new Innovation Hub (including a maker space and production studio), greenhouse, miznon (cafe), mercaz (heart of the school) and new art, science and music rooms. All of the school’s educational learning communities now provide space for self-directed study, creativity and flexibility, and reflect Hillel’s mission to deliver an inspiring, modern curriculum in an environment where students can master skills to help them succeed: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. In Fall 2019, Hillel will open a new expansion to its early childhood center, to accommodate a lengthy waiting list for its fully subscribed, NAEYC-certified early childhood program.
For more than 60 years, Hillel has played a critical role in the Detroit Jewish community by cultivating leaders who think critically and independently and live Jewish, committed lives. The school is ISACS accredited and currently serves 575 students with over 100 faculty members.
Opportunity for Impact
The Hillel Day School Board of Trustees seeks a Head of School to begin in the summer of 2020. This is an exceptional and important opportunity to lead an institution with a unique, storied legacy in the Jewish day school community and an unmatched commitment to academic excellence, Zionism and Jewish values. Benefitting from a robust culture of partnership and philanthropy in the Detroit community, Hillel Day School is in a strong position financially, positioning the next Head of School to build on success.
The Head of School will be in position to advance Hillel by setting the course for continued achievement within a growing and changing educational and social environment. From its youngest two-year-olds to its nearly 2,000 alumni worldwide, Hillel Day School is eager to partner with its next Head of School to carry on its mission of engaging, educating and inspiring the next generation of Jewish leaders, thinkers and citizens.
The Head of School at Hillel Day School will be the executive, educational and administrative leader of the school. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Head of School will have ultimate responsibility for animating and implementing the vision and mission of the school and for ensuring an outstanding general studies and Jewish education program.
The Head of School will be a visionary educator expected to advance the school's commitment to a comprehensive, dynamic and multidimensional learning environment (for students and teachers) for which Hillel is known. The Head of School is responsible for attracting and retaining world-class faculty and empowering them to engage students in a supportive and rigorous learning environment. The Head of School will lead efforts to define strategic priorities and establish systems that respond to today’s educational challenges and opportunities to ensure the school’s and its students’ future success.
The Head of School will have primary responsibility for all school operations, including supervision of the school's leadership team, oversight of its financial well-being, maintenance of board relations, advancement of its financial resource development and growth of its enrollment. As the professional leader, the Head of School will be a critical voice in setting the tone of the school -- nurturing a welcoming, creative and respectful culture. In addition, the Head of School will play a key role in articulating and modeling the values and ethos of Hillel, throughout the community and beyond.
The Head of School will be a compassionate leader with a demonstrated enthusiasm for Jewish life and living, exemplary communication skills and a high emotional quotient. This position will require a dedicated student-centered educator who will demonstrate a genuine passion and appreciation for children and their well-being. The Head of School will serve as an advocate for the school, the community, Israel and the Jewish people.
Hillel seeks a Head of School who will be a passionate, inspiring and decisive leader. The Head of School will have exemplary skills as a hands-on administrator, institution builder and community leader. This position requires an innovative and results-oriented educator who engenders confidence and approaches the job with a curiosity and a willingness to embrace bold ideas. The successful Head of School will also possess the following:
- Proven track record as an organizational leader and/or educational administrator.
- Ability to see the “big picture” and maintain a strategic overview in addressing problems and planning solutions in a results-oriented manner. Vision to develop and advocate for new, imaginative and unique solutions.
- Ability to set clear priorities from amongst a number of diverse tasks and needs, meet predetermined schedules and lay out a timely course of action to address issues and problems.
- Open and collaborative management and leadership style. Comfort with soliciting input from others while still being decisive and independent in the decision-making process. Ability to delegate and transfer authority and responsibility.
- Demonstrated track-record of identifying, attracting and developing top talent; focused on professional development and managing performance of faculty and staff.
- Ability to facilitate thoughtful conversations about Jewish life, community and practice.
- Visionary leader with a proven growth mindset, instilling a culture of excellence in every facet of the school.
- Successful track record with the development and implementation of an advancement strategy and experience with donor cultivation; skilled at building relationships with internal and external community stakeholders.
- Financial acumen; able to understand budgets and set financial priorities.
- A good listener who is warm, honest and fair in dealing with others. Ability to maintain composure and effectiveness under pressure. Ability to approach work with sense of creative energy, enthusiasm and humor, while setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries.
- Excellent communication skills, in writing and in public speaking before groups of different sizes and constituencies.
- Facility with Hebrew language and knowledge of, and personal commitment to, Jewish ideals, values, history and tradition.
- Genuine respect for all streams of Judaism and openness to a variety of ritual and practice.
- Advanced degree in a related field preferred.
This position description is based upon material provided by Hillel Day School, an equal opportunity employer.
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