Head of School

San Diego Jewish Academy

Posted: 6/26/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Administration/Operations

Primary domain: Education

City: San Diego

Postal code: 92130

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

About SDJAHistory

Founded in 1979, San Diego Jewish Academy began in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego. Initially offering a program of general and Jewish education to kindergarten through fifth grade students, the Academy expanded its program to middle school students in 1988, then to high school students in 1999.

In 2000, with incredible leadership and passion from our community, a state-of-the art campus on 52 acres in Carmel Valley was built. As our Jewish community has grown, and become stronger and more diverse, so have we. Serving children from preschool through high school, SDJA is the largest Jewish day school in San Diego.

The “SDJA Difference”

For 38 years, SDJA has been a leader in preschool to 12th grade education – nurturing Jewish values and Jewish life in generations of students, and preparing them to be advocates, entrepreneurs, and leaders in their communities to affect change all over the world.

We do this through our commitment to our pillars: Challenge Minds. Inspire Purpose. Explore Possibilities.

Challenge Minds (How we educate)

Small class sizes and a connected campus allow us to guide learning in intimate and thoughtful ways.

Inspire Purpose (How we teach values & tradition)

We instill a deep understanding and respect for the values and insights of Jewish tradition and a love of Israel that will lead students to live lives of Jewish meaning.

Explore Possibilities (How we advance futures)

We embrace a curriculum that brings creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking alive on campus and expands thinking through real-world experience.

It starts here. Here, where our children learn what it means to be an inheritor and designer of the Jewish future. Here, where they learn the tools to make a difference in the world by being an informed learner, listener and leader. Here, where they become part of a community that will continue to serve them long after they have graduated.

We look forward to meeting you and your child, and sharing with you all that the Academy has to offer.

To learn more about San Diego Jewish Academy, please contact our admissions department at (858) 704-3717 or [email protected] or click here to fill out an online inquiry.

Position Details:

Job Description:


The Head of School for San Diego Jewish Academy will be the Chief Executive Officer of the school, and the “Face of SDJA” to the community. Reporting to the school's Board of Trustees, the Head of School will be the inspirational and executive leader of the school with ultimate responsibility for ensuring the articulation, implementation and advancement of SDJA’s vision and mission, upholding the school’s commitment to educating the next generation of Jewish leaders, and providing an outstanding education to the school's students.

As the professional leader, the Head of School will have primary responsibility for all operations of the School, from preschool through 12th grade, including supervision of the school’s senior leadership team, advancement of its financial resource development (including building the endowment and actively fundraising), and oversight of its financial well-being. The Head of School is expected to set the vision to advance the school’s commitment to the highest educational standards, dedication to Jewish learning and literacy, and to provide a dynamic and innovative environment for students and faculty. With oversight of a large facility, faculty, staff, and student body, this position requires a leader who is a resourceful and effective delegator; a manager who empowers others and instills confidence in them to partner with him/her in setting the course for sustained growth. The Head of School plays a primary role in shaping and maintaining the overall culture and tone of the school.

The Head of School will lead efforts to define future planning and priorities, which will allow SDJA to be an exemplar of 21st century education. In partnership with the Board of Trustees and the senior leadership team, the Head of School will be tasked with developing and implementing a strategic plan aimed at fulfilling the framework of the Our Family is One campaign. The Head of School will lead SDJA to its next, exciting stage in its development, one which is focused upon elevating the school’s academic program and increasing accessibility to the community to ensure significant growth in the school’s enrollment.

The Head of School will play a key role in articulating the values and ethos of SDJA throughout the community and will develop close relationships with numerous community partners. Given SDJA’s stature and reputation in San Diego, the Head of School will also serve as a leader and advocate for a day school education that welcomes and is respectful of students from all streams of Judaism and encourages dialogue, understanding, respect and engagement between the diverse religious and cultural backgrounds of its students.



This is a unique opportunity for an entrepreneurial educator with a demonstrated growth mindset to shape and implement a vision for the SDJA community. For this critical role, the SDJA leadership seeks a Head of School with excellent communication skills, a high emotional quotient and the ability to articulate the vision, mission, values and ideas of the school in an inspiring, thoughtful and consensus-building manner to all constituencies. The Head of School will also possess the following:


  • Proven track record as an educational administrator and/or leader.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large and complex organization.

  • Understanding and practice of next generation teaching models, emphasizing the tools, critical thinking, and creativity necessary to prepare students for the future of working in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Ability to promote and foster educational excellence across grade levels from preschool through 12th grade.

  • Knowledge of, and personal commitment to, Jewish ideals, values, history, ritual and practice.

  • Passion for Israel, and for the important part that the relationship to Israel plays in shaping Jewish identity.

  • Deep knowledge of and respect for all streams of Judaism and openness to a variety of ritual and practice.

  • Substantial experience fundraising with major donors.

  • Vision to develop and advocate for new, imaginative and unique solutions.

  • Excellent people skills.Warm, honest and fair approach in dealing with others.Ability to interact and engage comfortably with a wide variety of key constituents including board members, parents, faculty, students, major donors and community leaders.

  • Ability to see the “big picture” and maintain a strategic overview in addressing problems and planning solutions in a results-oriented manner.

  • Open and collaborative management and leadership style. Comfortable with soliciting input from others while still being decisive and independent in the decision-making process.

  • Demonstrated track-record of identifying, attracting and developing top talent.

  • Strong supervisory and evaluation skills to monitor staff objectively and hold them accountable for expected results.

  • Ability to maintain composure and effectiveness under pressure.Ability to approach work with sense of creative energy, enthusiasm and humor.

  • Advanced degree in education strongly preferred.


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