The Executive Director leads and oversees all secular activities of the synagogue community for this organization with an annual operating budget of more than $4 million and a considerable and growing endowment. The Synagogue employs 35-plus full-time employees and operates within a 133,000 square foot facility on a 20-acre campus in the heart of Houston. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees through the President and works collaboratively with the Senior Rabbi, clergy, staff, leaders and members of the congregation. The Executive Director will oversee an organization of over 20 people.
The Executive Director will have oversight and responsibility for the delivery and performance of all secular activities of the synagogue. The Executive Director:
> Plans, directs and executes the congregation’s secular activities, including oversight and active leadership of Finance & Accounting, Facilities, two Cemeteries, Human Resources, Technology, Marketing, Communications, Development, Membership, Special Events Planning and Logistics, and other general operational and administrative matters.
> Works closely with the President of the Board of Trustees and Senior Rabbi in collaboration with the Director of Lifelong Learning and Engagement and Head of The Shlenker School to ensure that secular operations of the Congregation support the evolving spiritual mission of the Congregation.
> Takes a leadership role with congregants, Senior Rabbi, and senior staff in development activities.
> Ensures all secular operations are compliant, high quality, efficient and delivered in accordance with the synagogue’s mission and values.
> Develops and maintains a long-range strategy to ensure systems and processes remain current.
> Implements management controls and practices that promote and develop individual performance and accountability.
> Fosters a culture of teamwork and quality that reflects the values of the synagogue.
> Regularly reviews and updates business continuity plans.
> Proactively engages with Board of Trustees members, providing information in support of the Board’s oversight and decision-making responsibilities.
> Serves as the primary liaison to the Congregation’s major organizational branches including its Lifelong Learning Center, Day School and Endowment Board.
> Maintains a strong presence among the congregation by regularly attending major events and gatherings.
> Along with the Senior Rabbi and Senior Staff, ensures a culture that is warm, caring and welcoming for all members and visitors to the congregation.
> Develops and maintains relationships within the Jewish community, the inter-faith community and community at-large, representing Beth Israel and serving as a liaison or spokesperson with regard to congregational issues.
> Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field.
> MBA or equivalent experience.
> Strong management, organizational, communication, negotiation and project management skills – a true multi-tasker.
> More than six years of top-level executive management decision-making and proven ability to set priorities, manage human resources, finances, facilities, technology, administrative and support services.
> Experienced strategic and creative thinker, planner and self-starter.
> Ability and comfort with public speaking.
> Ability to work well with people in organizational and social congregational settings.
> Ability to recruit, motivate, organize and recognize volunteers.
> Highly-driven, team-oriented management style, with a focus on client service and relationships.
> Proven ability to identify business issues and affect positive change.
> Good understanding of Jewish rituals, customs and holidays.