26 Apr 2017

Full-Time Head of School

DRG – Posted by DRGCincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Job Description


For 65 years, Rockwern Academy, formerly known as Yavneh Day School, has prided itself on providing an excellent Jewish and general academic education in a warm and nurturing environment. Rockwern strives to enable Jewish children in this community to fulfill their potential as Jews and as citizens of the world. Rockwern is a community of learners, ages 18 months through 8th grade, where students, families and teachers join together to ensure that every individual child is able to rise to challenges and soar, academically and personally. At Rockwern, we have created a culture of excellence reflected in our teachers, programs and curriculum and exemplified by our commitment to fostering a love of Jewish life and learning.

Rockwern Academy’s commitment to excellence, both in General and Judaic studies has been recognized by those outside the community. Among the 129 private schools in the Greater Cincinnati area, Rockwern has earned status as one of only five schools accredited through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

This is an exciting time at Rockwern and, more broadly, in the Cincinnati Jewish community. Under the leadership of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, a clear plan (Cincinnati 2020) has been developed to realize the vision of an engaged community: one that retains and attracts Jewish individuals and families and increases the region’s Jewish population. As Cincinnati’s venerable Jewish community day school for the past 65 years, Rockwern parents, students, faculty and staff will continue to play a key role in helping to make this community vision a reality.


The Board of Trustees of Rockwern Academy seeks an outstanding Head of School to begin in the summer of 2018. The Head of School will be an experienced and exceptional Jewish educational leader, who shares the values of Rockwern Academy, and is committed to nurturing Rockwern’s success and helping the school achieve greater heights.

Reporting to the Board, the Head of School will have primary responsibility for all operations of the School, including supervision of the school’s management team, oversight of its financial well-being and growth of its enrollment. The community seeks a passionate and decisive Head of School with exemplary skills as a hands-on administrator, institution builder and community leader. As the inspirational leader, the Head of School must imbue an energy and excitement that permeates the school. S/he will garner trust from the community and partner with them to grow the already vibrant school.  In addition, the Head of School will demonstrate a natural love and passion for Jewish education and the ability to connect with, inspire and encourage students.

The next Head of School will be expected to advance the school’s commitment to the highest educational standards in both Judaic and General studies and to provide a dynamic learning environment for students and teachers. Successful candidates will be leaders who accept responsibility for and assess the overall performance of administrative staff and teachers and implement best practices.



Executive Leadership & Education Administration

  • Articulate and implement the school’s educational vision and advance the school’s mission.
  • Provide overall leadership and direction – both educational and operational – for the school, its faculty and staff.
  • Work together with the Board of Trustees to identify and determine priorities, areas for improvement and opportunities for institutional growth.
  • Direct and implement all strategic, long-range and tactical planning.
  • Hire, supervise, evaluate and support the School’s management team.
  • Foster trust and maintain positive morale among all faculty and staff members. Establish personal relationships with faculty, staff, parents, students, alumni and other stakeholders. Be a valued collaborative member of the Cincinnati Jewish Community (or something like that)
  • Ensure the continuation and implementation of strong professional development and continuing education for faculty and staff.
  • Maintain and assure school accreditation and compliance with government regulations and standards.


  • Direct and collaborate with the development team on annual, capital and endowment fundraising strategies and planning. Play an active and supportive role in the implementation of these plans and strategies to meet them.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Trustees in order to continue to increase enrollment in the school.

Public and Community Relations

  • Encourage, foster and maintain meaningful connections with all constituencies of the school community such as staff, administrators, parents, board members, students, donors, alumni, alumni parents, and local organizations in the Cincinnati community.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, local synagogues and clergy and other agencies and leaders in the community in order to further advance Rockwern Academy.


  • Ability to communicate the vision, mission, values and ideas of Rockwern in an inspiring, thoughtful and consensus-building manner to all constituencies, especially faculty, staff, Board members, parents, prospective parents, and donors.
  • Strong managerial acumen and evaluation skills to monitor staff objectively and hold them accountable for expected results.
  • Proven track record as an educator and educational administrator. Experience with curriculum development and school management. Experience with or prior exposure to an integrated Judaic and General studies curriculum is desirable.
  • Open and collaborative management and leadership style which welcomes input and also listens carefully, while negotiating tough choices and professional boundaries with various constituencies.
  • Excellent people skills. Warm, honest and fair approach in dealing with others. Ability to interact and engage comfortably with a wide variety of key constituents including students, parents, Board members, major donors and community leaders.
  • Successful track record with the development and implementation of an advancement strategy, and experience with donor cultivation.
  • An approach to work which includes:
    • creative energy, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor
    • compassion and empathy
    • curiosity and willingness to try new things
    • composure under pressure
  • Advanced degree in Education, Judaic Studies, Educational Administration, or another related field.
  • Appreciation for children and thoughtful approach to progressive education.



An attractive and competitive compensation package will be available.

How to Apply

For More Information Please Contact: Dara Z. Klarfeld, Managing Director Marlene Mlawski, Associate Tani Weissman, Junior Associate   DRG Executive Search 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 1203, New York, NY 10016 To Apply, Please Submit a Cover Letter and Resume: Email: Rockwernacademy@drgnyc.com Tel: (212) 983-1600 Fax: (212) 983-1687 Visit us at www.drgnyc.com

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