Careers 2019-06-14T15:57:57+00:00

Careers

Solomon Schechter Academy is the leading elementary school in Montreal that develops students who are creative thinkers and future leaders with strong Jewish values. Solomon Schechter Academy lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning and instills a passion for excellence and Jewish traditions.

Members of our team embody our core values:

  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Excellence
  • Tikkun Olam

Principal

The Principal is the academic lead of the school. The Principal reports to the Head of School and shall be responsible for all matters relating to pedagogy, teaching, faculty and learning, and the related day-to-day operations of the school. The academic vision held by the Principal is that which is embodied and executed throughout the organization. Academic innovation, enrichment, remediation and best practices in all of these areas are transferred to faculty and staff by the Principal of the school.

Responsibilities include the following

  1. To act as the academic leader of the school.
  2. To maintain congruency between the school’s mission statement and all academic activities, including the Jewish ideology of the school.
  3. To ensure compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies; to maintain the educational standards established by the government and by those agencies that examine and accredit the school.
  4. To oversee all academic directors, the Vice-Principal and faculty, and to make recommendations to the Head regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of faculty, and to ensure compliance with the collective agreement.
  5. Facilitate teamwork and demonstrate an understanding of conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies.
  6. To demonstrate knowledge of effective personnel recruitment, selection and retention; and an understanding of staff development to improve performance of all staff members.
  7. To prepare a master school class schedule and to assign teachers and students to classes and adjust the schedule based on early dismissals, Jewish holidays, field trips and special events.
  8. To observe, supervise, and assist the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; to supervise the teaching process, and to review and evaluate the academic programs and teachers.
  9. To assist the faculty in deploying appropriate assessment and ensuring uniformity in assessment, parent reporting and academic standards.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to enhance teaching and learning through curriculum assessment and, strategic planning for all learners, including junior pre-k to grade 6.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to utilize data for instructional decision making.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to meet the enrichment, remediation, and special education needs of all students.
  13. To coordinate regular textbook, workbook and other pedagogical material reviews with academic directors on a regularly scheduled basis and coordinate with the Head and Controller regarding the budget and timing of related purchases.
  14. To conduct professional development workshops for faculty to keep them informed of current trends/research in curriculum, instruction, and classroom management and to participate in professional development as a principal that ensures that you are current in trends and innovations in secular and Jewish education.
  15. To review and provide counsel regarding the level of homework and student projects.
  16. To conduct regular meetings with faculty and with academic directors, which will deal both with routine school matters and stimulating the exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
  17. To assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events.
  18. To keep all staff informed of various school programs and activities.
  19. To monitor curriculum, grading, testing, and reporting to parents; to prepare for and conduct periodic program evaluations; to submit reports to external agencies as required; to establish disciplinary policies and standards of conduct.
  20. To oversee the coordination of Curriculum Nights, Parent-Teacher Interviews, Graduation Ceremony and coordinate with the Home & School on various activities and events.
  21. To provide for the academic guidance of students; to maintain complete academic records on all students; to oversee the grading and the reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement; to oversee the timely and accurate distribution of report cards to students and parents and to oversee regular attendance of students.
  22. Provide regular opportunities for students to celebrate success and inform parents and the community of the accomplishments of students, staff, and school achievement within and beyond the school community.
  23. To assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
  24. To represent the school at various government agencies, school and parent committees and educational and community associations relative to the role of being the principal.
  25. To oversee regular safety and security drills for students and staff.
  26. To attend all administrative meetings as required by the Head.
  27. To be computer literate, keep up do date with trends in educational technology, and ensure that the school meets the appropriate IT standards as determined by the Head.
  28. To network with principals at other schools.
  29. To perform other duties as assigned by the Head.
  30. To support and promote the school and its leadership.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5 years previous experience in a leadership position in a school
  • Fluently bilingual (French and English)
  • Experience in preparing schedules and master timetables for a school
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Exceptional customer service skills and approach
  • Experience leading staff meetings and in pedagogical training
  • Experience managing a team with direct reports
  • Proven leadership and people skills

Please send your resume and a cover letter to SSAcv@solomonschechter.ca

We thank all applicants for showing an interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Vice-Principal

The Vice-Principal reports to the Principal and shall be responsible for all matters relating to, student services, student behavior-management, school procedures and related day-to-day operations of the school, as instructed by the Principal and Head of School and shall make recommendations regarding strategies, innovations, interventions, problems or concerns relating to any such matters. The Vice-principal is a constant and dependable figure for parents and teachers and is adept at managing the day to day organization and the expectations and satisfaction of staff and the parent body.

Responsibilities include the following:

  1. Nurture and maintain a safe, orderly environment with high standards, consistent with the values, and mission of Solomon Schechter Academy and the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy.
  2. Incorporate procedures for the early identification of potentially disruptive students and the conditions that create or enhance unacceptable behavior (e.g., bullying), and implement programs to address such conditions.
  3. Counsel students and work closely with parents to help students to assume responsibility for behavior and understand the consequences of their decisions.
  4. Collaborate with the Director of Student Services to explore the intersection of student behavior with academic, social, and emotional needs.
  5. Develop strategies that help students thrive.
  6. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents, staff and outside organizations associated with the school.
  7. Supervise assigned non-classroom areas and non-instructional times, including arrival and dismissal of students.
  8. Be a visible presence in all areas of the school; to work toward a resolution of all problems – both routine and unique – as they arise; to keep the Principal informed of the general programs, activities, and any issue arising at the school.
  9. To supervise, support and evaluate the Director of Student Services, Coaches, Lunchtime and Recess Supervisors, Library staff and First Aid Coordinator and to make recommendations to the Principal and Head of School regarding the hiring and retention, and the assignment of staff.
  10. Prepare a supervision duty schedule for staff for morning, lunch and afternoon recess.
  11. Supervise and evaluate the interschool and intramural athletics for the entire school.
  12. To oversee the coordination of the SMART Floor co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the school.
  13. Develop programs and interventions that support a positive faculty culture and contribute to workplace satisfaction.
  14. Conduct regular meetings with faculty and with department heads, which will deal with routine school matters in relation to student life.
  15. Lead workshops for faculty to keep faculty informed of current trends in classroom management, discipline and day-to-day procedures.
  16. Participate in and assist in the planning of school assemblies and programs.
  17. To support the Principal in organizing the Graduation Ceremony and Home & School activities and events.
  18. Represent the school at various educational and community associations relative to the role of being the Vice-Principal at the direction of the Principal and Head.
  19. Demonstrate an understanding of conflict resolution, problem-solving and teamwork strategies.
  20. Attend all administrative meetings as required by the Head or Principal.
  21. Attend Board meetings when requested by the Head and the Board of Trustees.
  22. Participate in regular professional development to ensure that you are current on important trends in education.
  23. Understand and utilize appropriate communication technology.
  24. Network with Vice-Principals and other administrators at other schools.
  25. Perform other duties as assigned by the Head or Principal.
  26. Support and promote the school and its leadership.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3 years previous experience in a leadership or administrative position in a school
  • Fluently bilingual (French and English)
  • Experience in student behaviour management
  • Experience working closely with parents and students to assume responsibility for behavior and understand the consequences of their decisions.
  • Bachelor of Education;
  • Discreet and savvy with confidentiality
  • Experience managing a small team

Please send your resume and a cover letter to SSAcv@solomonschechter.ca

We thank all applicants for showing an interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Director of Finance & Operations

Solomon Schechter Academy, a co-educational Jewish Day School located in Montreal, is seeking a full-time Director of Finance & Operations effective immediately.

Competencies:

A. Prepare budget in collaboration with Head of School for forthcoming year

  1. Present budget to Finance Committee
  2. Make changes based on recommendations and directives of Finance Committee, Executive, and Board of Directors

B. Monitor budget during course of school year

  1. Prepare monthly budget reports, with projections to year end and explanations for significant variances
  2. Keep Head of School, department heads, and others informed of budgetary limits and variances
  3. Seek prior approval of Treasurer, President, Board, and/or Executive for significant unbudgeted proposed expenditures

C. Manage Business Office of the School

  1. Supervise employees – assign work, control working conditions & work schedules, monitor quality and job performance
  2. Make decisions regarding software, computer hardware changes in office
  3. Negotiate bank fees, credit card fees, accounting fees
  4. Order stationary supplies for Business and Pedagogical Offices

D. Supervisory responsibilities regarding Bookkeeping and Accounts Payable functions

  1. Review journal entries and bank reconciliations prepared by bookkeeper
  2. Review bank statements
  3. Approve for payment those invoices for which he has direct knowledge
  4. Review and sign cheques after checking purchase order/contract documentation, and confirming that invoice has been approved by initial purchaser or his/her supervisor  [note: all A/P cheques must be co-signed by a lay officer]
  5. Assist accountants in preparation of annual financial statements, reviewing draft statement prior to submitting it to Finance Committee
  6. Coordinate purchasing of school supplies [i.e. arts & crafts, learning materials], maintenance & consumable supplies

E. Supervisory responsibility regarding Accounts Receivable function

  1. Ensure school fee billings are done on schedule
  2. Monitor collections and pursue collection for NSF and ‘stopped payment’ situations
  3. Review all bursary applications, prepare bursary files for committee review, prepare bursary report for A/R manager
  4. Prepare text of annual Educational Services Contracts, ensuring that they conform to provincial law

F. Supervisory responsibility for Payroll function

  1. Ensure that payroll is completed on time and that funds are deposited to cover payroll disbursements
  2. Transmit completed payroll to bank, transmit DAS data and payment to provincial and federal governments, distribute payroll to correct G/L accounts
  3. Prepare annual reports re: CARRA pension plan, CSST [Workman’s Compensation], DAS for provincial and federal governments, Professional Development expenditures, religious/secular expense breakdown
  4. In consultation with Head of School and department heads, review salaries of all hourly employees prior to start of new school year to set revised individual wage rates
  5. Provide updated data to insurance companies regarding salary changes, employee changes, coverage changes, and ensure that payroll clerk updates payroll deductions accordingly
  6. Prepare documentation for CSST claims
  7. Maintain teacher ‘step-on-scale’ records
  8. Update annual ‘sick bank’ records

G. Foundation Work

  1. Monitor and prepare monthly report on school’s cash & securities balances

H. Cleaning & Maintenance and Repairs & Renovations Manager

  1. Execute annual service contracts re: snow clearance, cleaning & maintenance; repairs & renovations; telephone system maintenance; exterminator inspections & treatments; HVAC inspections, maintenance, and repairs
  2. Contract for electrician, plumbing, and other services as necessary
  3. Inspect facilities periodically, culminating in annual detailed inspection in preparation for annual House Committee inspection
  4. Issue directives, as needed, to cleaning/maintenance staff
  5. Monitor performance of contractors and employees

I. Safety & Security Manager

  1. Execute annual service contract for alarm system monitoring and for inspection and testing of fire alarm system and extinguishers
  2. Act as liaison with community agencies and police in matters relating to community security alerts, traffic management, safety & security consultations and professional development
  3. Issue directives to school traffic & security guards

J. Committee Work

  1. With regard to meetings of Executive, Board, Finance Committee, and various committees – prepare notices of meeting, draft agendas, order food, participate in discussions, and organize minutes
  2. Keep track of additions to and resignations from the various committees by maintaining database of committee memberships
  3. Attend meetings to represent the school as requested by the Head of School

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5 + years leading financial functions
  • Financial designation (CPA) an asset
  • Experience dealing with Operational aspects in a dynamic institution
  • Fluently bilingual English and French speaking
  • Experience managing a small team
  • Experience presenting before and working with committees/boards

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter that outlines why you are interested in the position to SSAcv@solomonschechter.ca

We thank all applicants for showing an interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Director of Development

Job description:

Working directly with the Assistant Head of School of Solomon Schechter Academy, the Director of Development is responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program to secure financial resources to support the school’s mission and vision, through the Solomon Schechter Academy Children’s Foundation. The Director of Development is accountable for activities associated with the design, organization, implementation, and evaluation of individual and corporate giving, partnerships and sponsorships, planned giving, grants, alumni relations and special events.

Main responsibilities:

  • Support the Assistant Head of School in the planning and growth of annual fundraising.
  • Coordinate all fundraising activities within a two-tiered strategy that focuses on both major gifts and community participation.
  • Strengthen community engagement and build relationships among key stakeholders: parents, alumni and staff.
  • Develop an alumni relations structure and program.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of activities for the school’s 50th anniversary in 2019 and 2020.
  • Maintain the school’s fundraising database and ensure data integrity across multiple suppliers including FinalSite, COBA, Raiser’s Edge, Net Directories, Constant Contact.
  • Collaborate with database support and archive staff in building the alumni relations program and the archives in the context of the school’s 50th anniversary and beyond.
  • Plan and attend occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Work closely with the Director of Communications in the production of key marketing materials to support the Foundation and fundraising needs.
  • Report on advancement activities.

Desired qualifications:

  • A post-secondary degree or diploma.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience fundraising for nonprofits. School experience is an asset.
  • Experience in managing advancement and alumni relations.
  • Knowledge of database software.
  • Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with committee members, alumni, parents, administrators and faculty.
  • Excellent written English, as well as verbal and communication skills. French is an asset.
  • An innate ability and/or effective strategies to stay organized and timely.
  • Ability to work as a leader and collaborate as part of a team.

Please send your resume and a cover letter to SSAcv@solomonschechter.ca

We thank all applicants for showing an interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.