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Applying for Position:
Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy,
Beverly Hills, CA

This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.

Portrait of a Hillel Graduate:

  • Academic Excellence in General and Judaic Studies: The Hillel Graduate is ready to perform with distinction at the next academic level and is committed to lifelong learning.
  • Intrinsic Judaism: The Hillel Graduate exhibits a desire to have an ongoing relationship with G-d living a Torah based lifestyle and have the ability to engage meaningfully using Jewish texts and the Hebrew language.
  • Israel: The Hillel Graduate is committed to Zionist ideals and supports the State of Israel.
  • Character: The Hillel Graduate strives to achieve the ethical standards of the school’s mission statement.
  • Citizenship: The Hillel Graduate is dedicated to community service.
  • Culture: The Hillel Graduate is able to cultivate their innate abilities and talents.

Teacher Characteristics of Professional Excellence:

  • Loves Children. I strive to interact inside and outside of the classroom in a way that demonstrates that I am here to teach them and wish them success every day.
  • Dedication . I consistently demonstrate mesirut nefesh by going above and beyond my written contractual obligations as I seek to educate our students and interact with our families.
  • Humility . I strive to be reflective and open to change at all times.
  • Integrity . I am accountable to the professional standards of our culture and community.
  • Commitment to the School and its Mission . I demonstrate through words and actions an earnest commitment to the school, its mission and purposes, its leadership and my peers.
  • Commitment to Colleagues . I consistently demonstrate a strong commitment to the personal and professional well-being of the faculty, administration and staff.
  • Behavioral Standards . I set and consistently role model and enforce appropriate standards for student behavior.
  • Professional Growth . I pursue career long professional development and am a life long learner.
  • Communication . I consistently use appropriate communication strategies to effectively convey to parents and students class and school expectations and accomplishments.
  • Intuitive . I use common sense and intuition in my decision making process.
  • Academic Standards . I support clear and appropriate challenging standards for each student in a child-centered environment.
  • Flexible . I strive to be flexible in engaging children according to their individual needs.
  • Enthusiasm . I demonstrate high levels of enthusiasm. I inspire enthusiasm in all of my students.
  • Socializing Knowledge . I am committed to communicating in class experimentation and outcomes with my colleagues as well as collaborating on the creation of materials and programs for my students.

Position Summary:

Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy seeks committed, collaborative and passionate faculty members to join our growing Middle School program for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. New faculty members will join a staff where mentorship, professional development and staff support is at the center of our culture. Candidates who look toward their own growth as educators, with the ultimate goal of creating exciting learning experiences for students, thrive in our fast-paced and engaged campus life.

Teachers should apply who are interested in the important balance between carefully articulated curricula/programming and a desire to experiment and try new innovative approaches to engaging 21st century learners. Hillel encourages the generative and demanding conversation regarding school improvement and educational creativity.

Professional Qualities/Skills:

  • Passionate, student-centered, developmental approach to teaching.
  • Ability to differentiate instruction to address the needs of all students.
  • Commitment to meaningful collaboration with colleagues and parents.
  • Excellent communication skills and commitment to keeping parents informed and engaged.
  • Willingness to take risks and seize leadership opportunities as they arise.
  • Interest in professional growth and commitment to continuous learning.
  • Commitment to improving the school as a whole and willingness to share best practices with others.
  • Facility with technology as an instructional tool including Google suite of applications, iPads, and classroom management applications.
  • Ability to be self-reflective and commitment to learning from feedback received from colleagues, administrators, and students.

Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

Planning and Preparing:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instruction, providing materials which are aligned to Common Core State Standards and Hillel’s scope and sequence.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain curricula that create meaningful learning experiences by privileging deep understanding, skillful performance and robust knowledge.
  • Develop and design curricula to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity and collaborative problem-solving and develop student’s learning dispositions.
  • Develop and design curricula with an emphasis on visible thinking tools and depth and complexity icons.
  • Design and develop inquiry learning units with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary thinking.
  • Design worksheets, assignments and projects to advance students toward essential skill requirements.
  • Provide effective classroom management and explicitly teach social skills.
  • Support students in meeting rigorous learning goals and engage and encourage learners to develop a deep understanding of content areas.
  • Have an understanding of the different models for extending high potential students.
  • Prepare enrichment material for high potential students including organizing Olympiads and Mathematical and Science Competitions.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use of our technologies.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain effective classroom strategies, providing a safe, secure and respectful learning environment.

Assessment and Reporting:

  • Monitor student progress and adapt course content delivery methods in order to meet the needs of each student.
  • Use formative and summative assessments and MAP results to plan for and monitor individual student achievement and learning goals and adjust instruction as needed.
  • Confer with students and students’ advisory regarding academic progress.
  • Maintain attendance records, and complete regular progress reports.

Student Relationships:

  • Communicate student behavior expectations in a positive manner and convey rules and expectations with consistency, while recognizing the unique qualities and characteristics of the individual.
  • Create a positive climate in your classroom by focusing not only on improving your relationships with your students, but also on enhancing the relationships among your students.
  • Interact with students in a responsive and respectful manner.
  • Help students reflect on their thinking and learning skills and their goal-setting.

Advisory Duties:

  • Provide an advisory role for an on-going peer support group of approximately 20 students.
  • Facilitate meaningful activities for weekly advisory meetings.
  • Maintain regular contact with parents or guardians of assigned students, while providing support, mentorship and academic counseling.
  • Participate in development and review of IEPs for special education students.
  • Maintain student records.

General Duties:

  • Develop as a professional educator.
  • Attend staff development meetings and weekly staff meetings as required.
  • Attend overnight camps, Open Houses, Back to School Evenings and other communal events as required
  • Develop and plan an elective for approximately 20 students once a week.
  • Maintain an inviting classroom with well-maintained bulletin-boards and furniture.


  • Four-year degree from a college or university.
  • Valid teacher credential, Masters Degree and/or previous Middle School teaching experience preferred.

About Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy

With 90% of the student population living within a 2 mile radius, Hillel has the feel of a “home away from home” for our students and families. 70 years old, we are already a three generation school with profound roots in the Jewish community and the larger educational community of Los Angeles. Teachers quickly begin to feel connected to the community, invited in by its families and warmly taken in by the veteran staff members. Parent ambassadors help guide first year teachers at the school, making them known to the larger parent base and act as another point of school support as they transition into the school culture.

While the school’s primary raison d'etre is its Jewish mission, the school seeks a seamless interplay between modernity and tradition, with excellence in learning, in all realms, as critical and fundamental to its goals and values. As an Apple Distinguished School with a full one to one iPad program throughout the school, Hillel is committed to faculty using technology as one critical tool to transform the learning culture for our students. Teachers receive a number of opportunities throughout the year, inside and outside of school, to professionally develop in this area.

Our staff is also a multicultural one, with faculty coming from diverse backgrounds, personal histories and experiences. The diversity of our faculty is seen as a strength and a positive element to developing a dignified and respectful student body.

Candidates considering applying should consider the following criteria that profile excellence in teaching at Hillel:

  • Hard working, thoughtful, and passionate creators of student-centered learning experiences.
  • Capable of creating a classroom culture of dignity and respect.
  • Experimental as well as skilled in many aspects of the classroom learning culture.
  • Prepared to take collective ownership with the staff as a whole for school culture and routines of the school year.
  • Open to support, ready to voice your opinion in a professional manner, and willing to engage in collaboration on a regular basis.

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