Early Childhood Education Implementation Coordinator - Long Island, Project 412

Part-Time - 20 hours/week  
Project 412 | The Jewish Education Project 
New York, NY 

Opportunity for Impact 
Project-412—named for Pirkei Avot 4:12, which calls for “the reverence for your teacher [to be] as the reverence of heaven”—is a groundbreaking pilot initiative that is bringing together leading Jewish communal institutions and funders in a joint effort to strengthen the field of early childhood Jewish education (ECJE). The Jewish Education Project is proud to be a pioneer community in this endeavor. The initiative seeks to fill critical gaps in the field through creating new pipelines for ECJE educators; developing more opportunities for them to access networks, professional development, and mentoring; and increasing the esteem and support for ECJE in communities around the country. Project-412 is a partnership of JCC Association of North America, Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)—with operational and fiduciary management situated within JCC Association.  

The project is supported nationally by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Crown Family Philanthropies, and the Samuels Family Foundation.  The pilot will launch across 14 pioneer communities over two phases, the first of which will begin in early 2023.  Each pioneer community will have one Local, Early Childhood Project 412 Implementation Coordinator who will serve as the liaison between the local community and the national project.  

About Us 
The Jewish Education Project is devoted to ensuring that Jewish education is in tune with the forces that impact our world and our communities in a changing environment. We believe that in a rapidly changing world, Jewish education must continually evolve to meet the needs of the Jewish community. The power of harnessing knowledge and curating ideas to inspire the various stakeholders who influence Jewish education is a vital component of this work. 

We are committed to bringing the most creative solutions to a field that must remain relevant and meaningful in the lives of Jewish youth and their families today and tomorrow. For more information about The Jewish Education Project, please visit www.jewishedproject.org 

Position Overview  
The Jewish Education Project welcomes a part-time (20 hours/week) Early Childhood Local Implementation Coordinator for Long Island for Project-412 as an integral member of the New York CORE team as the conduit to the early childhood Jewish Education landscape in the Long Island region. 

The Local Implementation Coordinator will be part of the team lead by our Managing Director, Professional Development and Growth (New York), reporting directly to a newly hired Senior Manager, Early Childhood and Family Engagement at The Jewish Education Project, and receive additional support from the Managing Director of Regional Strategy at JCCA for Project-412. The ideal candidate has a broad knowledge of Child Development and Early Childhood Jewish Education (ECJE); possesses knowledge of the local ECJE landscape; has established relationships with ECJE directors within the region; a warm and friendly demeanor; excellent communication skills; able to balance a variety of tasks; very organized; and is recognized locally as a leader in ECJE. A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or a related field is preferred. 

This is a grant funded position. 

Key Responsibilities 
In the New York/Long Island pioneer community, the Local Implementation Coordinator will be responsible for: 
•    Serving as the local liaison to the national project team
•    Implementing the project’s core components including supporting local schools in the recruitment of up to 30 new teachers, delivering and scheduling professional development in partnership with Project-412 leadership; convening local meetings with educators for community and relationship building, including creating a CoP for new educators
•    Working with ECE Directors to bridge gaps in new educator core curriculum learning, and helping to bring key concepts and curriculum to their schools
•    Meeting regularly with the Managing Director of Regional Strategy to work on and monitor progress of Project-412 in the community, elevating issues, opportunities, and challenges
•    Communicating and conducting regular check-ins with each school community and ECE Directors
•    Reporting on progress of Project-412 in the community through reflections (twice per year) for the Managing Director of Regional Strategies
•    Meeting regularly with other Local Implementation Coordinators as part of a virtual community of practice and participate in special trainings for Local Implementation Coordinators
•    Adhering to evaluation requests from Rosov Consulting, (Project-412’s evaluation partner), ensuring survey completion, participating in interviews, etc.

Experience, Qualifications, and Competencies 
•    5+ years of experience in early childhood education/coaching/mentoring that demonstrates
his/her/their track record of educational success; deep knowledge of the early childhood education and engagement landscape
•    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with a wide variety of people
•    A creative disposition motivated by experimentation and therefore comfortable with succeeding, failing, and pivoting
•    Successful experiences working within the diverse and pluralistic Jewish landscape
•    May have experience in a JCC, congregation, or another Jewish education/engagement space
•    Ability to lead and partner with integrity and inspiration; flexibility and openness to working with professional and volunteer community leaders
•    Capable of teaching others to expand the circle of skill; creativity and ability to push and inspire others to think beyond the traditional educational landscape to use new concepts and strategies
•    Entrepreneurial self-starter; a problem solver with top notch planning, organizing, and prioritizing skills
•    A persuasive and passionate communicator, both written and oral
•    Locally recognized as a leader in Early Childhood Jewish Education.

What We Offer
•    Competitive part-time salary of $65,000
•    Vacation/sick days
•    Comprehensive health insurance
•    401k plan
•    Paid family leave
•    Commuter benefits
•    Early close on Fridays for Shabbat and closed for most Jewish holidays
•    Shortened summer hours
•    A positive work environment with exposure to great learning opportunities and the chance to work with some of the top professionals in the field of Jewish Education.

How to Apply
•    Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@JewishEdProject.org. Please include the job title in the email subject line.
•    The Jewish Education Project is an equal opportunity employer.
•    Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, even if you don’t meet 100% of the criteria, we encourage you to apply.

Where You Will Work: Hybrid work environment which will include online cohort work, in-person site visits to Long Island early childhood centers, and one day per week (on average) at 520 Eighth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018. 

The Jewish Education Project aims to select, place and train the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience, so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all our employees in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected class. We encourage and support diversity and tolerance in our workplace.