Executive Director @ Temple Shir Tikva

Executive Director

These are exciting times at Temple Shir Tikva and we are seeking an experienced and skillful Executive Director to help lead and strengthen our growing, vibrant, passionate, innovative, intellectual and diverse community. This is an opportunity to partner with our clergy, professional staff and lay leadership, and be our organizational heart as we navigate a rapidly changing world.

As a leading synagogue in Boston’s Metrowest area, we are home to members of all generations, providing them with a nurturing, engaging and warm community to call their own. Over the last two years, through innovative programming, a welcoming community, and investments in quality education, our membership has grown by more than 20%. Our energetic clergy, professional team and dedicated lay leadership are fulfilling our vision to make Judaism relevant in the 21st century, and for Temple Shir Tikva to be the heart of Jewish living and practice in Metrowest.

What we seek:
• An experienced professional with significant previous executive director or equivalent experience in a synagogue and/or Jewish non-profit organization
• A creative thinker and leader who is excited to dream, experiment and help lead TST to the next stage of its development and influence programs to promote membership growth and retention
• A skillful organizer, who can initiate new projects, while calmly keeping both day-to-day and longer term work moving across the congregation.
• A detail-oriented professional, who keeps accurate records that are readily accessible and, at any point in time, can reliably report on the status of a variety of administrative and operational initiatives
• A team player who approaches work with a collaborative mindset and thrives as part of a dynamic professional team and in the wider synagogue community
• An organized, responsive and responsible administrator who will integrate high standards of excellence, together with a commitment to the values of our synagogue
• A clear, compassionate, written and oral communicator who frequently models best principles and best practices with the team and the community
• A connected executive with a finger on the pulse of the field, who can bring the best and most innovative practices in temple administration to Temple Shir Tikva
• A life-long learner, who demonstrates this in their own applied learning, and can promote this attitude among their staff
• An experienced manager, committed to developing and bringing out the best in their staff
• A systems thinker, passionate about creating processes to support efficient temple operations
• A circumspect professional, who carefully protects confidentiality
• A genuine mensch, who creates and promotes a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the temple office and beyond

Responsibilities include:
• Manage all aspects of temple administration: Develop, document, implement, manage, and continuously improve repeatable, scalable, and predictable processes to ensure efficient administration of the office and congregation; leverage technology platforms (e.g. database, financial tools, web, social media)
• Serve as strategic partner with senior rabbi, clergy and professional staff, temple president and board: Be a key member of the leadership team, co-visioning the future, and serve as the expert on how to operationalize new ideas; collaborate and provide appropriate support to lay leadership to leverage their skills appropriately
• Coordinate all administrative and logistical arrangements for religious and community events, including holidays, b’nai mitzvot, other lifecycle and community events: Delegate effectively, ensure events are staffed effectively, logistics are in place, and procedures followed
• Manage and develop the office team: Hire, supervise, train, and develop staff, including roles such as member services manager, communications specialist, development specialist, and other roles; assess administrative needs and propose appropriate structural changes; develop and maintain written staff policies
• Building maintenance, use, and security: Ensure building is clean, attractive, welcoming; supervise janitorial staff; ensure building security policies are in place and followed; ensure appropriate security staff is retained for events; ensure property and equipment (including sound system and live streaming) are functioning in excellent condition
• Provide financial management and oversight: Work with lay leadership to create annual budget and monitor monthly financial performance; prudently manage organization’s resources and expenditures within the approved budget; supervise bookkeeper
• Support school programs and Early Learning Center: Support the business operations of the Early Learning Center and religious school programs
• Cultivate a warm and welcoming atmosphere within temple, leading by example: Develop relationships with congregants, and leverage their skills as appropriate; ensure congregants with pastoral needs are promptly and humanely cared for
• Identify and implement appropriate technical solutions: Evaluating temple needs, work with lay leadership to identify and implement systems, ensuring staff are trained in their effective use; provide ongoing oversight to ensure tools are being used correctly and efficiently



Why you will want to join us:
Established more than 40 years ago, Temple Shir Tikva is a warm, welcoming, and growing congregation. We have a strong commitment to members of our community, across the ranges of faith backgrounds, gender/sexuality, race, and culture. We have a wonderful and caring team of professionals, who work together collaboratively, support one another, and enjoy spending time together. Our leadership team encourages risk taking and innovation, which is generating excitement and buzz in Boston’s Metrowest area.

Some recent examples:

• Six years ago, we established the TST Center for Jewish Spirituality, lead by Cantor Hollis Schachner, dedicated to offering our community the chance to delve into Jewish mindfulness, meditation, yoga, Mussar, and explore disciplines and practices that enable us to deepen our inner lives and strengthen our relationships.
• Over five years ago, we decided to take ownership of the preschool that had rented space in our facility for many years. We originally needed a minimum of 22 students for our TST Early Learning Center to be viable, and now as we approach our 6th year, we have over 70 students between the ages of 18 months-5 years enrolled. ELC families are invited to become members of TST without paying dues while their children are enrolled, and our “graduates” are enrolled in our Religious School kindergarten class tuition-free. With this momentum, our ELC children and parents are becoming the young lifeblood of our community.
• Two and a half years ago, we welcomed a new senior Rabbi Danny Burkeman, who has brought new perspective and energy to our community. His unique combination of pastoral care, personal interest, and visioning of the future of the suburban temple position us well for the future. To read Rabbi Danny’s most recent article about the future of Suburban Synagogues you can visit: http://xxxxxxxxxxxxx
• Two years ago, the Board of Trustees approved the introduction of a complimentary membership program, offering free one year membership for all new members, which has contributed to a 20% increase in new families over this time, with excellent retention rates.
• In the past eighteen months we have added Alison Weikel as our Director of Education and Associate Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis to our senior team; both bring significant experience and creativity to our community, as experienced Jewish professionals. We have also created new positions with a Digital and Social Media Specialist and a Development Manager. This is a statement of our commitment to engaging our congregation in a process of re-envisioning congregational education and programming.


Who we are:
• Temple Shir Tikva is a growing 570 family strong congregation in Wayland, MA (about 30 minutes west of Boston).
• At the heart of our vision, we aspire to make Judaism relevant in the 21st century and to be the heart of Jewish living and practice in Metrowest.
• We have over 250 students in K-6 and about 120 students in our teen program. We anticipate more growth with the success of our Early Learning Center.
• The synagogue was founded in 1978 by invested families who were looking to build a home for the Jews of Wayland, many of whom are now proud grandparents of our Early Learning Center children. Our community now boasts three generations of engaged community members.
• We have a committed group of lay leaders who partner with the professional team to build community and lead the synagogue.


Package will include:
The Executive Director position offers a competitive salary and benefits, consistent with other members of our professional leadership team. Specifically, the compensation and benefit package we are offering includes the following:

• Compensation range of $110,000 to $125,000, based on experience and education level
• Contribution to pension at the rate of 15%
• Subsidized health insurance (single or family health, if required) of which currently approximately 80% paid by TST
• Dental and Eye Insurance available
• Disability insurance (paid by TST in full)
• Professional development allowance
• Four weeks paid vacation
• Paid holidays
• Cell phone and travel expense reimbursement
• Complimentary family membership at TST
• Relocation allowance

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Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, medical, retirement plans, relocation option available
  • Preferred Experience: Unspecified
  • Preferred Degree: N/A
  • Job Posted: 2020-01-27
  • Times this job has been viewed: 566 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Temple Shir Tikva
141 Boston Post Road
Wayland , Massachusetts 01778
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