Executive Director @ Synagogue Emanu-El

Executive Director

Executive Director, Synagogue Emanu-El

Synagogue Emanu-El is a conservative, egalitarian synagogue in Charleston, SC. Our synagogue is a community of approximately 320 families, some of whom who have been in Charleston for generations, along with many newcomers who have been attracted to this vibrant, growing, dynamic city recognized for its culture, history and culinary scene. We are in transition in our demographic make-up and methods of communication, pursuing a balance of tradition and innovation. In this Executive Director position, we are seeking candidates who enjoy a challenge and want to help lead our success.

Primary Functions: The Executive Director is the Chief Administrative Officer of the congregation. He/she is simultaneously responsible for the day-to-day management of the synagogue and partnering with the religious and lay leadership to plan and envision opportunities.

Key Responsibilities:

Assist with development and fundraising. Enthusiastically help create, plan, and execute fundraising activities. Identify, write and obtain grants.
Hire and supervise staff. Ensure efficient and effective communication between staff members, and allocate staffing resources as needed. Conduct performance evaluations.
Provide support for synagogue functions.
Monitor revenues and expenditures. Prepare budgets, oversee payroll and congregant invoicing.
Encourage membership through outreach. Maintain satisfied members by assisting with life cycle events.
Oversee scheduling of events. Provide administrative and logistical support for synagogue events.
Provide support to Board of Trustees. Provide appropriate background materials and resources to the President and Board Committees.
Communicate events to congregation and board members. Oversee monthly synagogue bulletin, review all printed and electronic materials sent to congregation. Communicate dates/ times of upcoming meetings, events, services and activities.
Ensure the physical building is maintained appropriately. Supervise janitorial staff, manage vendors, interface with Building and Grounds committee for necessary projects.

Strong leadership ability, with experience managing staff and encouraging volunteers.
Solid planning, analytical and conceptual skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to interact and connect with diverse populations.
Ability to proactively identify key issues and develop creative and appropriate solutions.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.
Knowledge of Jewish ritual, holiday and life-cycle traditions.
Ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed to attend synagogue events and meetings.
Demonstrated ability to proactively manage and optimize financial resources.
Experience in facilities management.
Experience in office technology, including software and hardware systems.
Enthusiasm for developing/implementing fundraising programs and securing sponsorships.
Experience working for or volunteering with a synagogue or other Jewish organization is highly desirable.
College Degree and a minimum of five years management experience in a nonprofit, synagogue or equivalent professional environment.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits:
  • Other Benefits: Secular and religious holidays, stipend for health insurance
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-01-31
  • Times this job has been viewed: 112 times
  • Job is posted for: 30 days
  • Job Categories: Executive Director
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Synagogue Emanu-El
5 Windsor Drive
Charleston , South Carolina 29407


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