Kehillah Jewish High School is seeking an energetic and dynamic Drama teacher who is looking for an opportunity to collaboratively develop a thriving theatre arts program. This person will have a mastery of teaching theater performance and production. After-school production responsibilities include theatrical directing, production scheduling, casting, set design and production, blocking/choreography, costuming, and backstage management. The drama teacher will closely collaborate with our Student Producing Director(s), sharing responsibilities, fostering leadership skills, and co-creating opportunities for a wide range of theater leadership experiences.
The ideal candidate is a dedicated Theatre Arts teacher experienced in teaching and directing high school students. We want an engaging teacher full of positivity who enjoys mentoring students to develop their performing arts skills both on and off-stage. Classes offered to include various levels of Theater Arts, Set Design, and Film Studies, with the opportunity to expand and build the program.
Kehillah is a supportive teaching community that embraces collaboration, outside-the-box thinking, and innovative pedagogy. We are a community that fosters a culture of mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion. You’ll find colleagues here who will encourage you to find your strengths, grow, and who will always care. Somewhere you can not only teach but also flourish as an educator. The classroom experience at Kehillah includes debate, dialogue, critical inquiry, and experimentation bringing every class to life. Each student is challenged, actively encouraged, and supported to reach their potential.
If you want to join a community of passionate educators who empower students with the wisdom of Jewish values and strength to flourish in a rapidly changing world, we would love to meet you.
This is a Full-Time position beginning August 1, 2021.
Directing/Production (in collaboration with Student Producing Directors)
Direct at least theatrical stage play and one musical per school year. Supervise and produce student-directed/written/produced work on a case-by-case basis, including improv club performances.
Cast all after-school productions with open call auditions.
Create the performance schedule with Department Dean. Rehearsals are typically 4:00-6:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday depending on conflicts and school holidays.
Oversee crew members in production design, stage management, tech, costume, and front-of-house duties.
Create and strike sets, coordinating with volunteers and students. Manage costume and props cache, purchasing additional pieces when necessary.
Collaborate with the marketing department to promote shows.
Managing online ticketing system, as well as reservations, cancellations, and stand-by lists.
Work with facilities to prepare the theater when it is needed for other school activities.
Supervise meetings for improv club and schedule performances with the club president.
Prepare lesson plans with clear objectives that facilitate active learning.
Assign and evaluate classwork and exams to students; prepare required reports and communicate progress to parents and colleagues.
Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and materials with Dean; develop scope and sequence.
Use relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction; adapt new technology and teaching strategies to encourage the progress of individual students.
Post accurate and timely student attendance, grades, and other required records on PowerSchool/Schoology.
Attend and contribute to department and staff meetings, as needed.
Join the Student Confidential Learning Plan as needed; set notifications, implement, and actively participate.
Use effective in-person and virtual classroom management techniques in accordance with the policies of the school.
Provide timely and tactful feedback with parents regarding student progress including quarter and semester comment writing; make phone calls home for students of concern.
Attend and participate in departmental initiatives; support extracurricular student activities when available.
Actively engage in year-long Professional Growth Plan (PGP) and meet all benchmarks.
Guide student behavior to foster academic achievement, personal responsibility, intellect, and individuality in all students.
Maintain regularly scheduled office hours in order to advise and assist students; be flexible if sharing a classroom.
In an Advisory role, implement curriculum, meet with Advisees regularly, and actively partner with Learning Center and teachers.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Clear commitment to the educational philosophy as articulated by Our Four Commitments.
Able to differentiate instruction and support neurodiversity.
Able to create a positive classroom community and build relationships with students.
Has excitement, joy, and passion for teaching kids and personal development/learning.
Creative in instructional and classroom management strategies
Proficient at competently assessing student performances and preparing comprehensive assessments.
Experienced implementing positive classroom management techniques, innovative methodologies, and activities that foster active learning and enhance academic programs.
Willing to collaborate with student learning services to differentiate instruction for all learners.
Show a high level of professionalism and willingness to “go the extra mile” to reach goals for students.
Demonstrate knowledge, implementation, and adaptability regarding relevant technology.
Able to apply common sense and extreme diplomacy, discretion, and confidentiality in written and oral forms.
Promptly respond to questions of parents and co-workers while maintaining a professional demeanor.
Adept at managing conflict with individuals and teams.
Adept at managing conflict with individuals and teams.
Strong work ethic: shows initiative, demonstrates professionalism and sustains integrity in all interactions.
A growth mindset and ability to give and receive guidance, constructive feedback, and support.
Applies common sense, extreme diplomacy, discretion, integrity, and confidentiality in all communications.
Demonstrates genuine humility and respect when interacting with others, regardless of their point of view.
Approachable and engaging personality, able to connect with multiple constituencies.
Innovative and collaborative in all aspects of work.
Excellent oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills, with a particular talent for active listening.
Takes personal responsibility for the continuous learning of new knowledge, skills, and experiences.
Makes timely and quality decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
Passionate about supporting equal access to learning in a diverse community.
Results-oriented and goal-focused.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution; master’s degree a plus.
Experienced teaching theatre arts, design, production, and film studies, preferably in a high school setting.
Experienced in best practices in education and pedagogy
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to:
Specific abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception; ability to adjust focus, and sufficient manual dexterity to operate all departmental equipment.
Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
Regularly use close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time.
Work in a traditional climate-controlled environment and occasionally outdoors.
Navigate a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and diverse contacts which may at times be stressful.
Occasionally lift up to 30 - 60 lbs.
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to, computers, copy machines, and telephones.
Travel safely and comfortably across a two-story, 50,000 sq. ft. campus several times in a workday.
Sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.
Turn, bend, kneel, crouch, or reach overhead to retrieve materials and may occasionally use a ladder.
Available and willing to attend and work on overnight trips.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Relocation up to $3,000
About Kehillah Jewish High School
Kehillah Jewish High School is distinguished by an exceptional academic program and a supportive environment that pairs rich Jewish traditions with the best of the Silicon Valley mindset. At Kehillah, students embark on a journey of self-discovery guided by a community of passionate educators. The community as a whole reflects the diversity of identity in contemporary Jewish and American life and welcomes not only those who self-identify as Jewish, but also anyone open to Jewish wisdom and values. Although still a chronologically young school, Kehillah is already established as a well-run, successful, academically challenging and whole-child-centered school, serving a diverse and eager student body.
Kehillah Jewish High School mirrors the Silicon Valley community it serves: smart, high-achieving, innovative, diverse, forward-thinking (maybe even a little bit quirky), and embracing a vast variety of talents, personalities, and interests. The school remains true to its Jewish values and is a place where character and the celebration of each student’s uniqueness are on a par with academic achievement. Kehillah is a dynamically Jewish school. It welcomes the full range of not onl...y Jewish observance, but also students who are not Jewish but who attend because they welcome the Jewish Mission of the school and appreciate its caring, warm, accepting, and pluralistic culture. Everyone at Kehillah is embraced for their individuality, their religious, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and in their role as a dynamic learner.
Our Four Commitments
1) Everyone Counts
We embrace the diversity of our student community by ensuring that every member knows that they count.
2) Everyone Has Equal Access To Great Learning
Embracing the diversity of our student body, we educate to each student and recognize that each student has a unique learning style.
3) Everyone’s Unique Talents Are Valued Equally
Some students are strong in math, others great writers. Some students have a great jump-shot while others produce breathtaking art. Some students are gregarious, while others choose quietude. We recognize this diversity and affirm that we are the better for it.
4) We Take Responsibility For Ourselves, Our Learning, And Our Community
We look to our diverse community and ask each member to step up and take ownership of their learning, of their school, and of their community.