Job Openings - Jewish Day School

Job Openings

Elementary Teaching Position (Full-Time)

The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle (JDS) is currently accepting applications for an experienced General Studies 1st Grade teacher for the 2017-2018 academic school year. JDS is an inquiry-based program which offers academic excellence through a challenging, integrated curriculum of secular and Judaic Studies. Faculty members are part of a collaborative team of creative and passionate educators focused on developing the whole-child by cultivating individual identity, imagination and inquiry. Training in inquiry-based learning, Responsive Classroom, Wired for Reading and Reading and Writing Workshop models is preferred. If you are a dynamic teacher with at least 3 years of elementary classroom experience, a strong foundation in current educational practices, superb classroom management and are skilled at integrating technology into your curriculum, we ask that you send a cover letter and resume to Suzanne Messinger, Assistant Head of School, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applicants need not be Jewish and are not responsible for teaching Jewish content. All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values and philosophy. Please visit for more information about our school.


Preschool-8th Grade Music Specialist (Part-Time)

The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle (JDS), a growing preschool through 8th Grade independent school east of downtown Seattle, is currently accepting applications for a Preschool – 8th Grade Music Specialist.

Goals & Objectives: The JDS Music Program strives to create a musical environment wherein every child has the ability to create musical expression and strives to cultivate his or her own talents, culminating in a satisfying learning experience. We aim to provide ample performance opportunities for our students, encouraging them to be confident and able musicians. We foster a high standard of musical excellence, and support the mission statement of the Jewish Day School.

Approach to Teaching: Our program incorporates the teaching philosophies of the Orff Schulwerk and Dalcroze methods of music education. Orff Schulwerk occurs in a non-competitive atmosphere where one of the many rewards is the pleasure of making good music with others. Students find comfort in its elemental approach. The Dalcroze method is a study in beat and eurythmics, using movement and the individual’s body to understand the pulse and structure of music. In preschool music classes, lessons are based off of Musikgarten story music, which captivates young students’ imaginations through song, play and narrative. We also see music as a way to learn about other cultures and to share joy with the community.

Organization of Program: All students, grades K-5, enjoy a full 50-minute music class each week. Preschool students will have a music class once per week that consists of 30 minutes of song and play. In Kindergarten and 1st Grade, a love for music is cultivated through the use of singing games, movement activities, story writing, and creative play. Students are introduced to rhythmic notations, as well as solfege pitch singing though the use of American folk tunes. In 2nd and 3rd Grade, students become increasingly sophisticated in their use of rhythmic and melodic notation, and play more complex instrumental parts on xylophones and other small percussion instruments. By 4th and 5th Grade, students have a comprehensive understanding of the different elements of music, and are able to compose, improvise and read music with more fluency, while applying these skills to classroom instruments like the xylophone and the recorder. Middle School students have an elective program that includes courses in the arts, technology, and engineering. In addition to his/her work in the preschool and elementary school every Wednesday, the JDS Music Specialist, if available, can also have the opportunity to teach a Middle School music course.

Role & Responsibilities: JDS faculty members are part of a collaborative team of self-reflective, creative and passionate educators focused on developing the "whole child", nurturing individual identity, imagination and inquiring minds, in an open classroom setting. The JDS Music Specialist will teach approximately 10 - 11 periods of music class (ps-8) per week. He/she will also be responsible to prepare students for school-wide monthly assemblies and outside of school performances. The successful candidate will value collaborating with classroom teachers and finding meaningful ways to integrate and enriching students’ classroom learning through music. He/she should have excellent classroom management skills. Preference will be given to candidates with training in or understanding of Responsive Classroom and/or inquiry-based learning.

Job Requirements: Candidates must have at least 3 years of experience teaching music to groups of students in an educational setting. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in music education.

For more information about JDS, please visit Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applicants do not need to be Jewish.


Director of Development
Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Head of School

About The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle (JDS):
The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle ( is an Early Childhood through 8th Grade independent day school in the Seattle metropolitan area. Our inquiry-based learning program fosters critical thinking, problem solving, confidence, collaboration, leadership, innovation and more – all in a global learning environment.

Job Description:
The Director of Development (DOD) is a professional and enthusiastic individual able to provide leadership for the overall fundraising activities of our 150-student school community (and growing!). The overall annual fundraising goal is 1 Million. This high-profile position serves as a key member of the school’s administrative team, reports directly to the Head of School, and serves as the professional liaison to the V.P. of Development, Major Gifts chair, Annual Fund leadership, Auction leadership and Board of Trustees.

• Oversees all development functions and manages a team of two staff members: Development Manager and Auction & Gala Coordinator.
• Major donor and foundation cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; parent and community relations; volunteer leadership team building and management.
• Oversight of donor recognition, gift acknowledgements and grant administration.
• Establish and oversee the implementation of goals and strategies to expand the donor base and deepen support from current donors.
• Works strategically with school administration, faculty, staff, board members and parent /community volunteers.

• 5+ years of experience in development and fundraising; strong track record of success
• Results-oriented with an ability to meet fundraising goals
• Demonstrates superior interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
• Possesses strong management, organizational and time-management skills
• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
• Strong understanding of development best practices within a school setting
• Strong familiarity of the Jewish community in Seattle and passion for Jewish education
• Ability to serve as a manager, successful relationship-builder and enthusiastic school ambassador
• Proficiency in fundraising software
• Proficiency in Microsoft software applications (Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint)
• Passion for and commitment to JDS’ mission and values

JDS is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees without regard to race, color, religious creed, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

To Apply:
Compensation is competitive. JDS offers professional development opportunities and an attractive package of medical/dental/vision benefits, qualified employer participation in TIAA-CREF retirement, disability, life insurance, tuition reduction for JDS-enrolled children, personal/sick leave and vacation.

Candidates are asked to e-mail resume, cover letter and professional references to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We welcome your interest in employment at JDS. If you are interested in applying for an open position, download an application below. Please email PDF or Word documents only.

The Jewish Day School is an equal opportunity employer.

The Jewish Day School
Attn: Human Resources
15749 Northeast 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008-4317

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