Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Instruction/Chief Academics Officer

About the Position:

The Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Instruction (AHOS) will serve as a senior member of the administrative team. While this person is expected to develop and maintain a positive and visible presence in all areas of the school, the focus of the position is on collaborating with Division Heads, Director of Jewish Studies, Director of Jewish Life and Learning, Director of Student Services, and Director of Athletics on curricular and co- curricular programming; and on ensuring that the educational programming is supporting and informing the school’s Portrait of the Graduate.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensure academic and co-curricular excellence, aligning the school’s curriculum, and co-curricular programming with the school’s mission and Portrait of the Graduate in partnership with the Head of School, Division Heads, Director of Jewish Studies, Director of Jewish Life and Learning, Director of Student Services, Director of Athletics, and Department Chairs.
  • Identify and encourage opportunities for instructional collaboration and integration, especially opportunities for integration around core Jewish values.
  • Oversee professional development opportunities (including new teacher training) and ensure teachers continue to be up to date on current trends and research in curriculum and instruction in partnership with Division Heads and Director of Student Services.
  • Inspire, promote, encourage, and nurture new and innovative programs, including those spearheaded by faculty, and support faculty on program improvement initiatives.
  • Guide, inspire, and supervise mentor/master teachers in observing and evaluating teaching and assessment practices, emphasizing the outcomes articulated in the Portrait of the Graduate.
  • Implement and evaluate family-based and community-based educational initiatives.
  • Oversee testing and assessment, including but not limited to implementation of MAP.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree, or commensurate experience, in a related field. Significant experience in curriculum or a related administrative area, as well as significant classroom experience.
  • A passion for innovative, progressive, and profoundly meaningful teaching and learning in an N-8 environment.
  • The ability to inspire, excite, and guide a superb faculty and staff with a track record of excellence to continue to experiment and refine their practice.
  • An enthusiastic commitment to supporting the school’s deep commitment to Jewish value.
  • A strong desire to be a “mover and shaker” in a tightly knit, supportive, and involved community.

About the School:

Established in 1946, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School an independent Jewish Day School for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning and a deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. The school was renamed Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in 1988 after receiving generous support from the Zell family in memory of Bernard Zell, a noted Chicago philanthropist and strong advocate of Jewish education. Bernard Zell features a multidisciplinary, layered curriculum of general studies and Jewish studies that builds on each previous year’s learning, and an approach that cultivates confidence, creativity, leadership and empathy. The school’s graduates possess a strong foundation, an intrinsic curiosity for continued learning and are exceedingly well-prepared for high school and life beyond. Mission: To teach them diligently. These words from the Torah emphasize that teaching and learning are at the heart of every Jewish community and reflect the school’s enduring commitment to education.


  • To teach the whole child to fully develop his or her intellectual, personal and spiritual potential.
  • To provide an innovative and challenging general studies curriculum that emphasizes core academic subjects, athletics and the arts.
  • To cultivate in our students a positive Jewish identity, understanding of Torah and respect for the pluralism of Jewish life.
  • To educate each student about the principles of American citizenship and to model Jewish values.
  • To strengthen the connection between our school community and Jews in Israel, America and throughout the world.
  • To maintain a diverse faculty committed to educational leadership and professional development.
  • To forge a partnership with parents based upon mutual respect.
  • To create a flexible and dynamic learning community.
  • To accommodate families of all economic backgrounds.
  • To inspire each student to become a lifelong learner.

Portrait of the Graduate:

Bernard Zell graduates become:

  • Creative and critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, and have the confidence to listen, question, and consider different perspectives.
  • Compassionate and kind human beings who embrace a diverse and inclusive community, are guided by Jewish values and knowledge, and are inspired to forge their own Jewish identities.
  • Resilient and resourceful individuals who are prepared to advocate for themselves and others, and act as upstanders.
  • Active leaders in their chosen communities who make significant contributions to our world, and inspire others to do the same.
  • Extraordinarily well-prepared alumni who are ready to embrace their future academic pursuits, foster meaningful relationships, and live lives of fulfillment and purpose.

Affiliations: Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is fully accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. The school also is a member of RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a current résumé, letter of interest, personal statement/statement of philosophy and a list of 5 references by e-mail to: Marcus Hurlbut, Educators’ Collaborative at Additional information about Bernard Zell is available on the school’s website: