Careers at The Shlenker School

Shlenker faculty and staff are life-long learners who work to instill excitement and creativity in lessons that ignite the spark in each child. Current job opening and qualification requirements are listed below.

The Shlenker School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid policies, or other school-administered programs.

2017-2018 Openings

Early Childhood Substitute Teachers

The Shlenker School is seeking qualified substitute teachers to work with children ages 15 months through 5 years in the Early Childhood program. Applicants must have previous experience with young children in an early childhood setting. Interested candidates may contact Staci Jefferson or call 713-270-6127.

Elementary Substitute Teachers

The Shlenker School is seeking qualified substitute teachers for our Elementary program. Applicants must have a teaching certificate or bachelor's degree. Prior teaching experience is preferred. Interested applicants may contact Donne Breston at or 713-270-6127 for more information or to apply.

2018-2019 Openings

 Fifth Grade Teacher

          The Shlenker School is seeking applications for the 2018-2019 school year for a fifth grade teacher.  Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate.  A minimum of three years classroom teaching experience is also highly recommended.  Please submit a resume and references to Donne Breston at A job description may be found HERE.

 Director of Finance

          The Shlenker School is seeking a Director of Finance and Operations beginning in April, 2018.  This administrative person serves on the Senior Staff of the School and reports to the Head of School.

    Please send Cover letter and Resume to:  The Shlenker School:  Jerry Tumlin,

    Position Title:                      Director of Finance and Facilities
    Reports To:                          Head of School

    Position Purpose:               Manages the resources of The Shlenker School in support of the students and employees so that they may achieve the highest possible degree of excellence.  

    Work Hours:                        7:45 – 4:45

    Work Calendar:                   Full Year


    Education and Work Requirements:

                                               Degree in Accounting
    CPA Preferable
                                               Minimum of 3 years of work experience in the field
                                               Experience in Non-Profit Organizations
                                               Knowledge of Blackbaud software (Financial Edge / Raiser's Edge)                                             


    Job Description and Essential Functions:



    Position Description

                The Director of Finance & Operations is accountable to the Head of School and, working with appropriate trustee committees, manages the resources of The Shlenker School in support of the students and employees so that they may achieve the highest possible degree of excellence. S/he is responsible for the planning, control, accounting and reporting of income, expense, contributed and invested funds of the school. S/he manages all activities designated as business office responsibilities including facilities and grounds, risk management and insurance, technology, and employee compensation.

                The Director of Finance & Operations generally attends all regular business meetings of the Board of Trustees in order to provide full, accurate, and complete management and financial information as necessary to assist the Board in meeting its fiduciary responsibilities. S/he also attends all finance committee meetings, and any ad hoc committee meetings concerning finance, physical plant, or compensation. S/he maintains professional relationships with the school’s banks, attorneys, auditors, investment managers, insurance carriers, contractors, and vendors. The Director of Finance & Operations must also maintain professional relationships with the Congregation Beth Israel business office and maintenance staff.

                Those reporting to the Director of Finance & Operations include the business office staff, maintenance staff, and maintenance vendors.


                Accounting, financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting, contract negotiation, verbal and written communication, personnel management, project planning and management, basic understanding of plant and grounds operation.


                Degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or general management or equivalent. Ability to relate to and work closely with diverse school stakeholders.



    1.    Prepares and reviews financial and budget statements, investment and capital project reports; makes presentations to the Head of School, Board, and committees as appropriate. Keeps Head and Board informed as to the financial condition of the School.

    2.    Coordinates planning, execution, and financing of construction projects at the direction of the Head of School and Board committees.

    3.    Oversees The Shlenker School major grant activities and coordinates with the Director of Advancement and Board of Trustees.


    1.    Assembles preliminary annual budget from departmental requests and estimates operating expense and income. Collaborates with the Director of Advancement to determine individual campaign targets as part of the annual plan.

    2.    Develops recommendations to finance committee for annual tuition increases, financial aid budget, and salary plan increments in consultation with the Head of School.

    3.    Prepares annual budget proposal for finance committee review and approval.

    4.    Ensures that all expenditures are consistent with the approved budget, or that deviation from the budget is approved in advance by the appropriate authority.

    5.    Prepares and presents long term projections on a periodic basis. Assists with the strategic plan.


    1.    Responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate procedures and controls for all financial systems in accordance with GAAP and for supervision of accounting personnel.

    2.    Supervises business office activities involving accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash, financial aid, general ledger, purchasing, employee benefit administration, and other accounting systems.

    3.    Responsible for School payroll.

    4.    Works closely with the Director of Advancement to ensure that all contributions are accounted for correctly.

    5.    Coordinates relationship with the School’s independent auditors and supervises preparation of work papers for annual audit. Responds to auditor’s administrative recommendations in management letter.


    1.    Administers personnel programs and policies as they relate to hiring and termination procedures, time off, Workers’ Compensation, FMLA, safety, training, and compensation.

    2.    Provides salary benchmarking information to the Head of School for faculty and staff.

    3.    Supervises preparation of all faculty, staff, and administrator contracts.

    4.    Supervises performance of background searches on new hires.

    5.    Collects all forms and information required for each new staff member from administrator of his/her division.

    6.    Supervises maintenance and security of personnel records.

    7.    Supervises preparation of payroll file for each employee and submission of semi-monthly payroll.

    8.    Assists the Head of School and the Board of Trustees in establishing appropriate employee benefit programs. Supervises the administration of benefit programs and recommends changes to enhance benefits and/or reduce costs.

    9.    Provides employee counseling regarding benefit programs available and methods by which employees may take advantage of such programs or file claims where appropriate.

    10.  Ensures that the School’s personnel policies support its programs and that the School’s actions regarding hiring, compensation, training, promotion and separation conform to state and federal requirements.


    1.    Oversees/administers accounts receivable, financial aid, and student tuition contracts.

    2.    Supervises registrar’s coordination with parents on financial issues relevant to their children’s enrollment at the School.

    3.    In collaboration with the financial aid committee and the Head of School, analyzes applications and approves individual financial aid awards.


    1.    Supervises facilities vendor and School in-house maintenance employee(s) in establishing and maintaining standards of School housekeeping, maintenance, and repairs commensurate with the limitations of financial resources available.

    2.    Establishes priorities and schedule for timely completion of work.

    3.    Monitors routine purchases of the department and supervises negotiations and approval of major contracts, work in progress, and payments.

    4.    Coordinates with Administrative Team for scheduling of facilities for school activities.

    5.    Collaborates with Congregation Beth Israel on preventative maintenance and capital project initiatives including buildings, mechanical systems, and equipment.

    6.    Supervises purchase and maintenance of appropriate office furniture, equipment, supplies and systems to support the administrative and educational needs of the school.


    1.    Develops technology budget and replacement cycle with the Director of Technology.

    2.    Stays current in technology systems used in the Business Office.


    1.    Works with insurance advisors and brokers to ensure that adequate, appropriate and cost effective insurance is in force, including public liability, property and casualty, directors and officers, and Workers’ Compensation.

    2.    Coordinates with various government and insurance inspectors to insure that the school is operating consistent with health and safety codes. Ensures that violations are corrected in reasonable time and that necessary reports are filed in a timely manner.

    3.    Collaborate with School administration to maintain vigilance for situations that could pose a safety or health hazard and recommend appropriate remedial action.

    4.    Advises the Head of School of any situations which might have adverse safety or legal consequences for the School.


    1.    Provides data for National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) annual surveys and questionnaires.

    2.    Participates in regular discussions with Houston Area Independent School (HAIS) business officers.

    3.    Supplies information and School representation for Prizmah:  Center for Jewish Day Schools.

    4.    Represents the School with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.