Thank you for your interest in joining the Solomon Schechter Day School team! At Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, we ignite our students’ Jewish souls, educate them to their highest potential, and empower them to use their knowledge, skills, and creativity to enrich our world.

We are currently welcoming applicants for the following positions to help fulfill our mission:

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  • Director of Finance & Operations

    Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Meital Hochenboym, Executive Assistant to the Head of School.

    Job Summary

    The Director of Finance & Operations (DFO) is a member of the Head of School’s leadership team and is responsible for managing the School’s financial and business affairs, strategic planning, human resources, building operations, information systems, security, and compliance. The DFO utilizes executive skills, financial aptitude, supervisory capabilities, and an understanding of the educational mission of the school to ensure that finance and operations provide the needed support now and in the future.  In addition, The DFO is proactive and makes suggestions for operational improvement such as devising and implementing strategies and policies to improve financial performance and ensure effective alignment of organization resources with the mission of SSDS.

    The DFO must be an effective and persuasive written and oral communicator with ability to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels, including finance and non-finance staff. He or she must be a cheerleader who speaks highly of and in favor of the organization, its people and its strengths.

    The DFO must be able to interact effectively with the parent body regarding tuition assistance, billing, and accounts receivable. He or she must possess high integrity, well-rounded financial and analytical skills, strong leadership abilities, and understanding of control and risk.

    The DFO must also possess analytical, organizational and hands-on problem-solving skills that support and enable sound strategic decision making.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    • With the Head of School (HOS), help lead the planning and overall management of the School, including the efficient development and implementation of its temporary and long-term programs. Assist HOS with institutional strategic planning.
    • Oversee all financial planning, new business planning, budget production, and budget controls needed to realize the School's fiscal and business goals. Monitor and regularly report key metrics to staff and the Board. Provide business analysis support to the staff to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the School.
    • Oversee external reporting and prepare financial reports and analysis for the HOS, Finance Committee, Auditors, and Board of Directors; supported by the Controller (in this as well as all following financial management responsibilities). Staff the relevant Board Committees (such as Finance, Audit, Facilities, and Planning) and work with the committee chairs and the HOS to set committee agendas and manage the work of the Committees.
    • Oversee the administration of the Flexible Tuition process and serve as a member of the Flexible Tuition Committee.    
    • Ensure that the computerized financial management system, chart of accounts, and internal control systems are properly designed and maintained; and provide meaningful and timely information. Ensure that the key transaction systems (including school registration, fundraising, and admissions) are efficiently and fully implemented, the department staff managing and utilizing these systems are proficient in their use, and that the data is regularly reconciled to the general ledger.
    • Oversee treasury management; monitor investment manager performance,  manage investment policies and procedures, and prepare monthly and quarterly reports to the Board's Finance Committee.
    • Negotiate or consult on all major transactions, review all contracts, and manage all legal affairs for the school and relationships with outside legal counselors; supported by external Legal Counsel.
    • Oversee human resource programs, policies, procedures, and compensation administration; supported by the Human Resources department.
    • Oversee physical plant management, visitor services, and security, supported by the Director of  Building & Grounds.
    • Oversee school security and partner with all relevant external organizations.  Supervise and coordinate with Head of Security.
    • Oversee major renovations and creation of new facilities including needs assessment, design development, budgeting and controls, and general project management.
    • Maintain contacts with peers in the independent school field to keep abreast of best practices and current issues, and bring this information into the School.
    • Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee as needed, and manage the agendas, meetings, and communications for the Finance Committee, the Audit Committee, and other committees that may be formed and assigned.
    • Supervise the Controller, the Director of Building & Grounds (who manages all maintenance staff), the Human Resources staff, and General Administrative Staff.  
    • Oversee compliance with all regulatory, governmental and other organizational requirements including:
      • ISACS (Accreditation)  
      • Jewish United Fund (JUF)
      • State of Illinois
      • Various donors and other affiliated bodies
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned.
    Qualifications / Requirements

    Education:  Advanced Degree or 10+ Years School Management Experience

    Work Experience: At least five years management experience, including some senior management experience providing broad oversight of financial and operations functions, including finance and business reporting and analysis, general administration, strategic planning, human resources, and facilities administration. Non-profit cultural organization experience is desirable.

    Skills and Abilities: 
    • Systematic problem solver
    • Excellent analytical skills
    • Very effective team leader and team player
    • Effectively trains and motivates staff
    • Excels at strategic thinking and negotiation
    • Excellent written and verbal skills
    • Report creation skills including spreadsheet, charting, and Powerpoint
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Relationship building
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  • Substitute Teacher: Pre-K to 8th Grade General / Judaic Studies

    Substitute Teacher: Pre-K to 8th Grade General / Judaic Studies

    Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago is looking for substitutes for our Early Childhood Center in Skokie and for our Sager K-8 School in Northbrook. Job requirements for each type of sub follow: 

    All K-8th Subs 

    To create a flexible elementary grade program and a class environment favorable to learning and personal growth; to establish effective rapport with students; to motivate students to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to provide a good foundation for lower elementary grade education in accordance with each student’s ability; to establish good relationships with parents and other staff members; to assist in school programs. 

    In addition to the essential duties and responsibilities described below: 

    Substitute teachers need to: 

    1. Direct the learning procedure in the direction of accomplishing curriculum objectives and goals as implied in the lesson plans for projects, lessons or units assigned. 

    2. Make use of instructional procedures and materials which are most suitable for attaining lesson goals. 

    3. Go through the attendance according to the procedures of the school. 

    4. Ensure an orderly and tidy classroom and keep tables and chairs well-arranged. 

    5. Adhere to all procedures, guidelines, and policies followed by regular teachers in line with recommended teaching procedure. 

    6. Ensure a sustainable relationship with parents, students, school personnel and members of the public by communicating in a confidential and polite manner. 

    General Studies: 

    Duties of this job include, but are not limited to: 

    A. Teaches reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics and science to students in a classroom, utilizing course of study adopted by the Board of Directors, and other appropriate learning activities. 

    B. Instructs students in citizenship and basic subject matter. 

    C. Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student. 

    D. Uses a variety of instructional strategies, such as inquiry, group discussion, lecture, discovery, etc. 

    E. Translates lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction. 

    F. Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom. 

    G. Evaluates students’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records, and prepares progress reports. 

    H. Communicates with parents through conferences and other means to discuss students’ progress and interpret the school program. 

    I. Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems. 

    J. Creates an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards, and interest centers. 

    K. Maintains professional competence through in-service and professional growth activities. 

    L. Collaborates with grade-level colleagues about curriculum and educational programming. 

    M. Selects and requisitions books and instructional aids; maintains required inventory records. 

    N. Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the school day. 

    O. Administers group standardized tests in accordance with state testing program. 

    P. Participates in curriculum development programs as required. 

    Q. Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities. 

    R. Demonstrates a commitment to best practice in all dimensions of effective teaching as defined by the Thoughtful Classroom framework, including: Organization, rules and routines; positive relationships; engagement and enjoyment; a culture of thinking and learning; preparing students for new learning; presenting new learning; deepening and reinforcing learning; applying learning; and reflecting on and celebrating learning. 

    * Some basic Hebrew and Judaic skills are preferred. 

    Judaic Studies: 

    Duties of this job include the requirements listed above and the following core competencies: 

    • A strong knowledge of Chumash and Mishnah along with Biblical, Rabbinic, and Modern Hebrew 
    • Ability to serve as role model of Jewish engagement 
    • Personal commitment to Talmud Torah 
    Qualification Requirements for both General and Judaic Studies Substitutes 

    a. Bachelor’s degree of related subject from accredited university 
    b. Illinois teaching certificate. 
    c. Experience is preferred but not necessary for hiring. 

    ECC PreK Teachers 

    Teachers at the Ginsburg Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center work with 2, 3, 4 or 5 year old children and create learning environments that support the social, emotional, cognitive and intellectual growth of young children. Teachers establish trusting relationships with children, parents and colleagues. Teachers support and follow the ECC’s vision and philosophy and participate in reflective practice. 

    Teachers are responsible for: 
    -Preparation of a classroom environment that supports children’s learning and growth 
    -Attention to aesthetic approach in creating the environment 
    -Creating explorations that guide the children’s learning and support the schools’s mission to educate young Jewish children 
    -Documentation of children’s learning 
    -Project work 
    -Communication with parents 
    -Maintaining a clean, well organized, fully supplied classroom 
    -Visible learning displays 
    -Attending faculty meetings and participate in professional development 
    -Implement a social-constructivist approach in the classroom 
    -Provide a joyful and safe environment for young children 

    Qualification Requirements 
    -Bachelor’s degree in early education or education from accredited university, masters degree preferred 
    -Teaching certificate 
    -Knowledge of Jewish values, holidays, Shabbat 
    -Hebrew language helpful, but not necessary 
    -Experience preferred, but not necessary 

    “At Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, we ignite our students’ Jewish souls, educate them to their highest potential, and empower them to use their knowledge, skills, and creativity to enrich our world. “ 

    Faculty values that drive our work together: 
    • Jewish Values and Torah 
    • Professionalism 
    • Optimism 
    • Collaboration 
    • Respect 
    • Open Communication 
    • Innovation and Creativity 
    • Life-Long Learning

    Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Maris Fineberg.
A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

We appreciate the generous assistance provided by the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation Seventh Grade Scholarship Program for our Schechter families.  Solomon Schechter Day School accepts students and parents of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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