dcsimg

Career Story: Educational Administrator At A Religious School

Educational Administrator At A Religious School

Job Title: Assistant Educator/Membership Services

Type of Company: We are a Reform synagogue.

Education: BA, UMass-Amherst •• M.Ed, Lesley University

Previous Experience: I was drawn into education when my children were of school age. My work with a local alternative school opened my eyes to what education could be.

Job Tasks: My educational duties involve curriculum planning, hiring of teachers, training and administration for a supplementary Jewish Religious School. I am responsible for Grades K-4 (3-4, Judaica, only). I also create the Tot Shabbat program for children up to the age of kindergarten. This involves a monthly script about the Torah portion that includes a puppet, a companion art project, flannel board pieces and administration and advertising. In addition, I work with parents in the school, plan family educational programs and deal with students and their families who may have educational issues that need addressing.

In the membership area, I speak with people who have questions about the synagogue and work as the staff liaison to the membership committee. Since my original background is in advertising and public relations, I create print advertisements and public service announcements on behalf of the temple. I am also responsible for planning and administrating open houses, following through on new members and helping with their smooth transition to our community and school.

Although the two portions of my job seem to be unrelated, they actually work quite well together. Most often, people who join a temple have young children and want information about our school. I can answer their questions and greet their children when they enter our classrooms. Often, I know a family through Tot Shabbat well before they become official members of our community. This is very helpful in serving the needs of new families and gives them a comfort level that would be difficult any other way.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the ability to be creative. If I think there is a need for a program or educational offering, I generally have the freedom to create it. The needs of our community are constantly changing, and I enjoy trying new ideas and offerings.

The worst thing about my job is that I have more evening meetings than I would like and it does require work on the weekends.

Job Tips:
1.) Make sure that you like people and children!

2.) Be creative. Students are already programmed to be resistant to additional school after a full day of classes. We need to understand this and respect the demands that are put on students while still maintaining quality education.

3.) Understand that what you do should have meaning and purpose.

Popular Schools offering Education Administration Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

You've found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree online.

  • Programs: MA/Education - Family and Community Services, BA/Early Childhood Education Administration - Infant and Toddler Care, BA/Early Childhood Education Administration, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

  • Programs: Educational Leadership: Higher Education - MSEE (Master's), Educational Leadership: K-12 - MSEE (Master's)
  • Degrees: Master

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Programs: Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (Certification) - Online, Administrative Program for Principals (Certification) - Online, Administrative Program for Principals (Master of Education) - Online, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Concordia University, Nebraska offers accredited Master of Education and Master of Science degree programs online to help advance your career and become a transformative leader.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Dual Certification, M.Ed. in Educational Administration, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: International Education - Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Leadership in Higher Education - Master of Education, EdD - Learning Analytics in Higher Education, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: MA in Education - Administration and Supervision, Educational Specialist - Educational Leadership , M.Ed. Teaching & Learning: History, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate, Associate, Certificate

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

  • Programs: Education Specialist in Educational Leadership, PhD in Educational Leadership
  • Degrees: Certificate, Doctorate
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Education Administrators

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Education Administrators, including: