The Syracuse Hebrew Day School (SHDS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of School. SHDS was founded in 1960 as a pluralistic not-for-profit educational corporation operating under the laws of the State of New York. Current enrollment is approximately 50 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. SHDS is committed to providing leading secular and Jewish education for K-6 children in the Central New York area.

The Head of School is responsible for advancing the school’s mission to teach, inspire, and nurture future leaders of our Jewish community, through an unparalleled academic experience guided by Jewish studies and values. The Head of School serves as a role model for the Jewish culture and community of the school. This individual will work with the school’s Board of Directors to ensure financial success, recruitment and retention of students and faculty, and strengthen SHDS’s community presence.

The Head of School acts as the chief executive officer of SHDS, responsible for the day-to-day operations and future vision of the school. The Head of School provides leadership for faculty and staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive educational program geared toward excellence in secular studies, Judaic studies, and auxiliary programs. This individual must be committed to the following key objectives: 1) constantly elevating the educational initiatives of the school, 2) inspiring and mentoring teachers and students to reach their highest potential, 3) communicating effectively about the school and its mission with parents, students, alumni, and the greater community.

Qualifications for the position of Head of School include significant experience in the field of education, dynamic leadership skills, and proven competence in institutional advancement and development, such as experience with successful grant writing and fundraising. A Master’s degree or above, or its equivalent, in the area of Judaic or secular elementary education, educational leadership, or academic administration is strongly preferred. Applicants are encouraged to visit for information regarding the school.

Confidential inquiries regarding the position of SHDS Head of School and questions regarding the search process should be directed to the SHDS Search Committee at Applications and nominations for the position must be submitted electronically as attachments to Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the complete contact information for three references. Letters of nomination must include the complete contact information of the nominator and the candidate. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.