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Posted on May 31, 2024

Silver Academy, Harrisburg, PA

Inclusive/Diverse, Not Applicable

The Silver Academy, a co-educational K-8 Jewish day school serving families in the central Pennsylvania region for nearly 80 years, is seeking a visionary leader to serve as our next Head of School. As the Head of School, you will have the opportunity to steer our institution towards new heights of academic excellence and community engagement. The Silver Academy is committed to providing an outstanding Jewish and general studies education to any Jewish child in Harrisburg. Living the values of Achdut (unity) and Areyvut (communal responsibility), our students from Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and non-denominational backgrounds form an outstanding learning community based on mutual respect. In a warm environment, rooted in Jewish texts, values and traditions, our stellar faculty guides each child’s journey in academic, social, and spiritual growth. The Silver Academy was founded in 1944 as Yeshiva Academy. It was later renamed the Rabbi David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy in honor of our founder. In addition to the teaching faculty, The Silver Academy has a full-time office manager, business manager/director of development and a part-time director of admissions. In addition, our school is served by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, a division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which provides extra support for children in private schools. This includes weekly support by a guidance counselor, speech therapist and reading specialist. The Silver Academy is located on the Alexander Grass Campus for Jewish Life, a modern facility with expansive views of the Susquehanna River. This campus also houses our partner institution, the Early Learning Center, affording rich opportunities for collaboration. The Silver Academy seeks a transformative leader who is both a visionary and a pragmatist, deeply committed to the mission of Jewish education. Ideal candidates will demonstrate: Educational Excellence: You have a proven track record of enhancing curriculum and pedagogy in both Judaic and general studies. Your ability to mentor teachers and implement evidence-based educational practices will be crucial in maintaining and elevating our academic standards, Strategic Administrator: With strong managerial and financial acumen, you are capable of strategically managing resources to maximize educational outcomes and school growth. Your experience in school administration will be essential for driving operational excellence, Leadership with Heart: You are approachable, inspiring, and skilled in nurturing a school culture that values learning, collaboration, and mutual respect. You should be adept at fostering an environment where students and teachers alike are motivated to achieve their best, Advocate for Jewish Values: You embody and advocate for the values of derech eretz (respect) and are committed to upholding the standards of our vibrant Jewish community & Community Builder: You thrive in a community setting, fostering strong relationships within and outside the Jewish community of Central PA. Your role will involve engaging with various stakeholders to enhance educational opportunities and integrate community resources into our school environment. Salary starting at $110,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include Health insurance and a 403b retirement plan. In addition, the Head of School will enjoy free tuition for children attending The Silver Academy. Full-time. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume to Head of School Search Committee Chair, Dina Kaplan, at [email protected]. http://www.silveracademypa.org

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