Associate Director of Student Life

Associate Director of Student Life

Associate Director of Student Life 

School Summary

Vancouver Talmud Torah (VTT), a community Jewish day school serving a student body from ages 3 to 13, is currently recruiting an Associate Director of Student Life for the 2022-23 school year. 

At VTT, we provide a stimulating and challenging educational environment infused with meaningful learning experiences. Our school serves families from a diverse range of Jewish backgrounds and religious practices. We are Western Canada’s largest Jewish community day school and have more than 100 years of experience and close to 500 students!

Our faculty are an integral part of our school community. VTT provides the opportunity to work in a collaborative, innovative and engaging educational setting and we are committed to on-going professional development and mentorship. Our school offers a culture that values academic excellence, community, inclusivity and social responsibility. We also operate in a beautiful new campus in the heart of Vancouver with easy access to major transit.

Position Summary

The role of Associate Director of Student Life will be an essential leadership role that focuses on three main portfolios within the school: 

Chesed (defined as “lovingkindness” and helping your fellow human) and student leadership
Supporting reflective student choices 
Proactive social-emotional learning and mental health

The Associate Director of Student Life reports to the Principals of Primary and Intermediate grades (SK to Gr 3; Gr 4-7) and works in partnership with the school counselor and Educational Leadership team under the direction of the Head of School . 

The Asc. Director of Student Life will oversee the social-emotional learning (SEL) and mental health programming at VTT. She/he is responsible for the management and coordination of the school’s SEL experiences in a manner that seeks to deliver the highest quality of social-emotional learning within a nurturing and stimulating Jewish environment. S/he is a knowledgeable and experienced school educator who believes in the importance of proactively developing students’ social-emotional skills and understanding to foster individual and collective well-being. 

The Asc. Director of Student Life promotes the school’s mission and values, and is responsible for running the Chesed program. This program aims to inspire leadership amongst our students in the Intermediate grades and create ongoing acts of service within and outside of the school. The Asc. Director of Student Life will work hand-in-hand with school leadership and the students to facilitate several chesed initiatives over the course of the year. 

Lastly, the Associate Director of Student Life will help resolve issues that arise from student choices using positive and collaborative behavioural solutions and a foundational relationship forged through student life programming. Their approach will be reinforced by the skills taught through the social-emotional learning curriculum.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Instructional Leadership 

Work in partnership with the school counsellor to facilitate, develop and oversee the SEL programming and opportunities in SK- Grade 7; 
Improve faculty’s understanding and skills in supporting SEL and mental health
Curate, maintain and distribute research-based information related to SEL and mental health topics;
Ensure the school’s SEL offerings are aligned with the BC Ministry of Education curriculum with a focus on the Curricular and Core Competencies; 
Support the design and implementation of the SEL curriculum, standards, instruction and student assessment;
Mentor and coach the faculty in the implementation of SEL; 
Follow and support the introduction of current trends in SEL and mental health;
Plan and participate in meaningful professional development, with the purpose of improving our SEL offerings and support of mental well-being.

Educational Management and Programming

Oversee the coordination of SEL programs and opportunities;
Work collaboratively to design a framework to support positive behaviours;
Build the capacity of the staff and schools to implement SEL programs and approaches;
Organize, plan and facilitate meetings with faculty members;
Lead and facilitate presentations and workshops pertaining to SEL and mental health;
Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to ensure the school’s standards, policies, and procedures are met;
Work in partnership with the school counsellor and the PAC to provide learning opportunities for parents;
Work collaboratively with administrators, school-based coordinators and school counsellor to build positive school relationships through the creation of student leadership opportunities; 
Mentor students to take on leadership roles that will have a positive impact on the daily functioning of the school;
Train students to help lead tours of the school and be ambassadors at events;
Organize and facilitate leadership opportunities for VTT students (e.g., student council, student ambassadors);
Facilitate cross-grade events;
Oversee student service clubs/opportunities;
Organize student-led fundraising and food drive initiatives;
Work with events organizers and Judaics staff to have students lead aspects of Jewish-themed school assemblies;
Help students run the concession at school plays;
Create a leadership committee in order to lead Gratitude Week;
Support student involvement in the weekly e-newsletter;
Brainstorm other leadership opportunities that exist in the school for senior intermediate students and help ensure there are ongoing possibilities for students to engage in leadership around the school and community;
Work collaboratively with the school rabbi and Director of Judaics to ensure regular programming connects to Jewish values, character traits and Jewish organizations.
Strategic Planning

Develop, oversee and support the implementation of VTT’s strategic plan focused on the goals of SEL and mental well-being of our VTT family;
Instill a legacy of leadership and service in our upper intermediate students;
Become familiar with existing SEL programming in order to best select how to equip our students with an effective toolkit of skills (e.g., Open Parachute and Zones of Regulation).

Communications

Organize and submit to the Director of Communications regular information on SEL, leadership, service and student wellness experiences;
Promote mental health education in our school community; 
Facilitate public recognition of individuals and group achievements in the three portfolio areas;
Support the implementation of regular recognition assemblies as a lead member of the committee;
Ensure the school calendar is updated well in advance for upcoming events that have an impact on classes/parents;
Liaise with the communications department, principals and teachers to organize ongoing leadership and service opportunities for our students, particularly in Grades 6-7;
Communicate plans for school-wide events and initiatives clearly to all staff.

Experience

B.Ed and/or counselling background;
Prior experience working in a (Jewish) overnight camp setting an asset;
Ability to competently communicate orally and in writing; public speaking skills a must; 
Ability to work in an emotionally-charged environment and bring a calm and balanced approach;
Facility in addressing student discipline issues and working collaboratively with the leadership team, faculty and parents to support student reflection and positive change;
The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional organizational skills, an ease working in a dynamic and complex school environment, and a profound dedication to leadership and service. 

Remuneration

The benefits package and salary are competitive and commensurate with a leadership position in the independent school sector based on experience and qualifications. 

Please submit a statement of interest and resume (in PDF) to Emily Greenberg ([email protected]), Head of School, by August 15th, 2022.

Targeted start date: August 22, 2022 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To apply for this job email your details to egreenberg@talmudtorah.com.

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