Imam / Education Director
Imam / Education Director
$45,000 - $60,000 Annually
Masjid As-Siddiq (117-25 133rd Street, South Ozone Park, NY 11420)
To lead the religious, community, and educational affairs of Masjid As-Siddiq by providing Islamic guidance, practices, and leadership to Muslims and our community at large according to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him).
About As-Siddiq Muslim Organization
As-Siddiq Muslim Organization was founded by a handful of Muslim brothers who saw a need for a Masjid in the South Jamaica & South Ozone Park area of Queens. The organization started with few in 1985 but has continued to grow steadily, Alhamdulillah. Today, the organization provides essential services to the Muslim community and organizes social services and activities for the diverse members of the community at large.
Purpose: “To be a place that Empowers Muslims to Perfect their Worship of Allah, gain Islamic knowledge, and Become more Active in the Community”
Uphold and propagate the teachings of Islam according to the revelations in the Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him).
Promote, maintain, and offer assistance for the educational, social, physical, economic, and religious welfare of Muslims.
Organize and promote unity, peace, tolerance, and goodwill among all human beings.
The Ideal Candidate
The As-Siddiq Muslim Organization (AMO) is seeking to recruit someone for the role of Imam / Educational Director with strong Islamic education, communication, and motivational skills to effectively educate children, youth, and adults as well as lead the community’s religious services at our facility.
The successful candidate must be a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who is prepared to build and execute strategic educational programs, teach classes, effectively motivate the youth at AMO, and execute the duties of the Imam in the daily operations of the Masjid. The selected candidate needs to have excellent time management, be an efficient and productive worker and have the ability to multitask.
Duties, Responsibilities, and Requirements
Imam - The Imam must provide Islamic religious services, guidance, and leadership to the Muslim community according to the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him). The selected candidate must unite, represent and serve the interests of Muslims from all different backgrounds and cultures, promote friendship and understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the community. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Coordinate and/or lead daily prayers, Jumu'ah, Taraweh, and other programs.
Deliver Khutbah and/or coordinate guest Khateebs.
Obtain an official clergy and marriage officer designation from New York City Government and notary public certification from New York State.
Conduct nikkah and Janazah in our community as needed.
Be present at the masjid when on duty.
Provide counseling to those in need in the community to include family issues (e.g. Marriage, Divorce, substance abuse, etc.). May require additional self-development.
Ensure the Muslim call to prayer (Adhan) is called correctly and on time in the absence of the Mu’azzin.
Participate in Dawah events and work with reverts as needed. Also participate in Interfaith and community programs as appropriate/applicable.
Cooperate with other Masaajid/Islamic institutions in our community.
Lead by example to prevent discrimination on any basis including but not limited to school of thought, gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, citizenship, political affiliation, or economic status.
Assist in events hosted at Masjid As-Siddiq (as needed).
Understanding the Audio and Video technology at the Masjid and set up including but not limited to projectors, speakers, and microphones as needed.
Answer phone inquiries and/or transfer to respective people.
Educational Director - the Education Director must be committed to improving teaching practices through collaboration with staff, the education sub-committee, and students. You should be able to use new and existing resources to ensure student needs are met, and educational goals are achieved. You will authorize textbook acquisitions and, on occasion, may be tasked with creating your own educational materials. Key responsibilities include but not limited to:
Continued enhancement of the current syllabus for educating children, youth, and adults in various Islamic subjects such as Fiqh, Seerah, Arabic Language, Quranic Recitation / Memorization, Tafseer and Tajweed.
Monitor the progress of new and existing teaching methods. Closely evaluate results at the end of each academic year and write up progress reports.
Supervise all faculty recruitment and vet prospective teachers. Identify areas for improvement and schedule workshops for new and existing staff.
Teach classes 3-5 days per week at the children's Madrasa (Saturday) and Qur’an classes in accordance with the syllabus.
Coordinate and oversee a summer program for children at the Masjid to include Islamic and/or secular education, games, arts/crafts, etc.
Requirements & Qualifications
A college degree in Islamic Studies, social services or equivalent.
Three (3) years of relevant or similar experience.
Good knowledge of Islamic Shari’ah, Hadith, and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him).
Fiqh - good familiarity with contemporary issues that relate to present day society.
Memorizer of the Qur’an (Hafidh Al-Qur’an desirable)
Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English and proficient in Arabic.
Able to prepare and deliver coherent and relevant Khutbahs.
Excellent organizational and multitasking abilities, and flexibility.
Ability to remain calm, patient and efficient during stressful situations.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to manage volunteers.
Public relations skills: the ability to act as a liaison between students, youth, adults, and the general public at the Masjid and the various operations which serve them.
Conducts themself at all times in ways that foster unity and a sense of inclusion among all members of the local Muslim community, and promote broad participation in Islamic and community activities.
Ability to problem solve and make effective decisions relating to education and religious advice.
Proficient in using office software including email, spreadsheets and databases and eager to learn new software programs as needed.
US citizen, legal resident, or work permit.
Interested applicants should send cover letters and resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected candidates will have multiple interviews and include a trial khutbah or lecture before selection.