Executive Director @ Makom Solel Lakeside

Executive Director

Executive Director at Makom Solel Lakeside
Highland Park, Illinois
Position Description

Makom Solel Lakeside seeks a highly motivated, experienced Executive Director to join our dedicated professional staff.
About Makom Solel Lakeside

Makom Solel Lakeside (www.mymakom.org) is a vibrant, welcoming Jewish community focused on inclusiveness, innovation and engagement. In Hebrew, Makom means “sacred place.” At Makom Solel Lakeside members find a place to belong, a spiritual home. In our community, we celebrate a love of Torah and a commitment to Jewish traditions and values. We engage through meaningful worship, a passion for lifelong learning and the pursuit of social justice. As a community of learners, we come together in a comfortable environment that values its intergenerational membership, family involvement and invested lay leadership. We are proud of our exceptional clergy – all of whom are dynamic, approachable and well respected in the Reform community.


We are a new reform congregation with historic roots. In 2019, Congregation Solel and Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism joined to become Makom Solel Lakeside with nearly 550 member units. Both legacy congregations boasted rich histories focused on tikkum olam, the act of healing the world. From hosting the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966 in our sanctuary, to helping resettle refugee families in their new homes in Chicago, our members are committed to impacting social justice in our local community and beyond. Each legacy congregation also shared a historic commitment to Jewish learning. Today our youth education program, Lev Learning, inspires our young people with a love of Judaism through an experiential, project-based model and our robust adult education programming provides numerous and frequent opportunities for interactive dialogue on contemporary and Talmudic issues.

Our new congregation, Makom Solel Lakeside, builds on these historic strengths and values. Makom is an aspirational name as our community works together to build our place in the world. We build a place filled with spirit, with learning, with justice, with vision and with love. We are stronger together. We have many paths to meaningful Judaism to walk together.

The Role

A successful candidate is an experienced manager who is approachable, highly motivated, and a flexible thinker. This person demonstrates an ability to prioritize, exercise discretion, and can operate at a tactical level with attention to detail. Applicants should possess a working understanding of Jewish ritual practices, customs, holidays, and history to direct synagogue activities and function effectively as a representative of the congregation. Prior experience with or knowledge of Reform Judaism is helpful but not mandatory. We seek candidates who are personable, diplomatic, sensitive, and responsive, manage conflict comfortably, and handle confidential information appropriately.


Along with Clergy and Board of Directors, she/he/they will serve as the primary oversight administrator to the congregation, responsible for the physical operation of the building and its supportive staff and managing the key administrative functions of Makom Solel Lakeside. The Executive Director serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board.

Principal Duties: In concert with the relationships defined above, the Executive Director is responsible for following functions either personally or though her/his/their staff.
1. Office Management/Administration:
• Manage human resource functions related to non-professional team of 10-15 full- and part-time employees (administrative, facility, financial)
• Develop and implement office policies and procedures to ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of the Congregation office.
• Manage synagogue calendar, use of facility and logistical support for programs
• Monitor benefit packages including health insurance, life insurance, and retirement plans for all staff
2. Property and Equipment:
• Oversee the maintenance of the property
• Monitor essential insurance protection for the building and its contents
• Oversee the rental of the facilities to members and the community at large including contract, collections and scheduling of staff
• Work with professional staff, Board and other lay leaders to develop and implement an appropriate safety and security plan
• Provide administrative and logistical support required for the smooth running of all Shabbat and life cycle events, High Holy Day services and festivals
• Management of tenant relationships
3. Membership:
• Provide initial contact with prospective and new congregants
• Assist in developing and implementing strategies for growth and retention
• Maintain accurate membership records which reflect all pertinent data
4. Financial:
• Assist the financial officers in maintaining financial records and presenting monthly and annual financial reports
• Assist in the preparation of the annual budget in excess of $2 million and prepare subsequent financial forecasts
• Serve as the central purchasing agent assuring cost effectiveness
• Monitor all expenditures
• Assist in the development and supervision of all fundraising activities
• Maintain accurate donor files including records to support restricted and endowment gifts

5. Community Relations/Communications:
• Serve as liaison between the Congregation and the community in order to promote the Congregation's visibility
• Supervise production of Congregation publications, social media and website
• Participate in professional organizations as appropriate

6. Qualifications and Prerequisites:

• Demonstrated organizational leadership and success building capable teams
• Strong background in accounting, budgeting and financial forecasting
• Excellent analytical and conceptual skills
• Emotional intelligence and sophisticated interpersonal and communication skills
• Understanding of Jewish rituals, customs, holidays and synagogue life
• Experience in facilities management
• Development and fundraising success
• A minimum of five years prior administrative and supervisory experience, preferably in a synagogue or not-for-profit organization
• Proficient in computerized business systems and databases; knowledge of MS Office, QuickBooks and ShulCloud strongly preferred

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, contracted position. The Executive Director must be a visible presence during synagogue programming and at various meetings, thus some weekend, evening and holiday availability is required.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits are negotiable but include medical and dental insurance, 403B retirement contribution, a long-term disability insurance plan, paid vacation, and more.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: long term disability insurance plan
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-01-27
  • Times this job has been viewed: 585 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Executive Director
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Makom Solel Lakeside
www.mymakom.org
Highland Park , Illinois 60035
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