Work History

Work History
Aug 2012 - Present

Head of School

Oakland Hebrew Day School

School Leadership and Educational Vision

  • Created and implemented a 21-Century educational philosophy for school that included the creation of an award-winning Judaic Studies structure,  the rollout of a progressive General Studies teaching model and the overhaul of schools technology infrastructure. 
  • Lead, supervise, and evaluate all Senior Administrative positions, including General Studies Principal, Judaic Studies Principal, Business Manager, Director of Development, Director of Admissions and Chief Technology Officer.

Strategic Financial Planning/Fundraising

  • Created a 7-year Strategic Financial Plan (SFP) for long-term fiscal planning. 
  • Increased donor base and annual campaign gifts each year of tenure.
  • Cultivate large donors gifts in excess of $100,000 for annual campaign. 
  • Spearheaded a process of organizational restructuring to reduce administrative and redundant costs, while increasing the quality of teaching and learning and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Prepare and oversee all aspects of budget.

Community Representation

  • Represent local Day School Heads at Federation strategic meetings. 
  • Foster relationships with local and national Jewish organizations and donors.
  • Regularly speak and teach at local synagogues and in wider community.
  • Active in creation and implementation of various community projects. 
Aug 2007 - Jul 2012

Principal

Shalhevet School
  •  School Leadership 

Supervise and evaluate various senior director positions including: Director of Curriculum, Directory of Student Life, Athletics and Sports Director, Hebrew Coordinator, and various departmental chairs.

  • Curriculum

Responsibility for continuously evaluating the quality and scope of the curriculum.   Created and designed a new schedule format, instrumental in the design of new course sequences for both General and Judaic Studies. Created master schedule including push in/pull out programs and small group instruction.

  • Faculty Supervision

Manage support staff and academic supervision; including developing and implementing teacher supervision documents and assessment matrix. Mentored new teachers in professionalism, co-teaching, organization and parent communication.

Aug 2006 - Jun 2009

Associate Rabbi

B’nai David-Judea Congregation
  • Directed and administered all aspects of 6th - 12th grade educational and social programming.
  • Promoted a culture of giving and stronger synagogue affiliation, by creating targeted social programming for BDJ-Babies, BDJ-Chevra, and BDJ-Chaverim (demographic based education and social programming).  
  • Fulfilled all aspects of rabbinic leadership including counseling, teaching, preaching, life-cycle officiating.
  • Active in adult education and interdenominational programs for wider community. 
Sep 2006 - Sep 2007

Chair, Advanced Jewish Studies

Milken Community High School
  • Envisioned and headed the Advanced Jewish Studies department which resulted in a first-year class enrollment increase of 22%. Managed and taught second year Jewish law curriculum to at-level and honors students. 
  • Created and implemented numerous Judaic activities, including seminars, retreats and learning nights.
Feb 1996 - Jun 2001

Operations Manager

BabyGear.Com
  • Managed daily customer service operations of a fast growing national retail company; successfully expanded in less than two years to a 75-person call center. 
  • Managed a customer-end budget of $3 million dollars.  Screened, hired and managed call center staff, including customer service, sales and support.
  • Maintained significant fiscal and budgetary responsibilities and served as a key member of management team.

Education

Education

Honors & Awards

JEIC (Jewish Education Innovation Challenge) award recipient for innovation in Jewish Education, 2014

Presenter, North American Day School Conference, 2012

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Program in Professional Education: Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership, 2012.

DSLTI (Day School Leadership Training Institute) Fellow, 2011

Yeshiva University’s Institute for University School Partnership, Critical Friends Group, 2011

Yeshiva University Master Mentor, 2010

Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellowship, 2008

Limdu Heitev Fellowship, 2007

Grinspoon-Steinhardt award for excellence in Jewish education, 2004