Executive Director @ Congregation Beth Shalom

Executive Director

Executive Director, Congregation Beth Shalom

Congregation Beth Shalom is a 600-family thriving Conservative synagogue located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s historic Squirrel Hill, a Jewishly dense neighborhood. Our Judaism is egalitarian and transformational. We welcome members of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Through daily religious services, holiday celebrations, Torah study, education for members of all ages, and lifecycle events, we strive to grow and enrich our lives as Jews in today’s world.

Our dynamic congregation is going through exciting changes. We are in the process of implementing a recently-approved strategic plan that will usher us into our second century of operation and position us to remain strong into the next. Our clergy is led by Rabbi Seth Adelson, and dedicated lay leaders offer time and talent to insure the community mirrors their vision of a center for Jewish life. We offer a myriad of programs in the areas of learning, mindfulness, justice, culture and Israel and welcome the Jewishly curious through these portals.

Our Executive Director (ED) will have overall responsibility for the functioning of the congregation and will provide key leadership and oversight in development, facilities, finance, membership, personnel, administration, and other key areas. Office, facilities, Early Learning Center, and cemetery staff report to the ED, who, in turn, works closely with the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees to ensure the strategic plan and policies of the congregation are aligned with its mission. The ED reports to the President and works with the Board in establishing policies to guide our community.

We are looking for a strategically-minded delegator, a dedicated and motivated individual, who is interested in becoming an integral part of our community, embedding into the organization and building strong relationships. We want a partner who will speak up and share their expertise, as well as sit back and listen to ideas. We seek a team leader to grow with us and to serve as a compelling spokesperson for our kehillah. Our ED is flexible and visible, shows empathy, and is diplomatic and discreet. We look forward to meeting our successful candidate and welcoming that person into our hamish fold.

Major responsibilities are broken down into three general categories and include, but are not limited to:

1. Development
• Assist in implementing our strategic plan, with the primary goal of moving towards more stable financial sustainability and re-establishing a culture of giving
• Assess our development needs and recommend a means for implementation
• Develop strong relationships with and among congregants to assist membership and endowment growth
• Coach, encourage, and train others in the organization, including volunteers, to aid in achieving goals

2. Administrative
• Ensure the smooth, safe, secure, and efficient operation of the shul on a daily basis
• In accordance to the strategic plan, evaluate and recommend a staffing structure with attendant responsibilities for each position
• Evaluate, hire, and train staff reporting to the ED, and make sure any departures are within HR best practices
• Institute succession planning for all staff positions via cross training and strategic hiring
• Provide personnel oversight in all departments - currently Early Learning Center, Office, Controller, Cemetery, and Communications
• Research, apply to, and maintain grants from the local to federal level
• Ensure up-to-date and accurate records of activities and member and donor profiles
• Update our congregational master calendar and coordinate our events with the broader community calendar
• Meet with prospective members and provide the appropriate onboarding materials and support, ensuring follow-up as needed
• Assist Controller in assessing dues reduction and dues collection
• Develop a multi-year capital budget
• Liaise with local first responders to continue a good working relationship
• Assist with annual budget preparation and ensure goals are met throughout the year
• Oversee and support all aspects of High Holiday planning
• Report regularly to the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees

3. Facilities
• Oversee the hiring of a facilities manager who would be directly responsible for tenant relations, including lease negotiation, building needs, service contracts, technology, security, etc.
• Assess building needs in conjunction with maintenance staff to ensure safe and clean operations
• Oversee major projects

• In the first 15 months, work with the Executive Committee to develop finance plans, including development and capital improvement planning
• Supervise and complete the previously started solar initiative project, currently in the post-funding, pre-construction phase
• Supervise the previously started facade improvements investigation and, in conjunction, initiate a study into broader reconfiguring of that section of the building to meet current needs

Qualifications (Be able to):
• Understand Judaism, specifically Conservative Judaism, Jewish life, rituals, traditions, religious observances and holidays, as well as Jewish communal organizations
• Think strategically using high-level analytical and communications skills to convey messaging
• Multitask and prioritize shifting needs
• Work collaboratively with colleagues, congregants and volunteers
• Possess excellent interpersonal, writing, presentation, and listening skills
• Demonstrate a track record of achieving development and fundraising goals
• Create compelling materials and presentations and conversant with social media, web and paper platforms for distribution
• Know donor and congregational database programs or customer relationship management systems
• Have a minimum of five years of experience serving as an executive director of a not-for-profit organization that includes development or possess related skills
• Be flexible in hours and schedule to accommodate evening and weekend meetings and events, including some Shabbat attendance
• Guide the Life and Legacy planned giving program
• Recommend recognition programs for donors
• Develop relationships with outside organizations, including foundations and elected officials
• Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors across all giving capacities
• Continually address security needs and recommend updates as necessary, in conjunction with community security professionals and contractors

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, leave early for Shabbat
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-02-02
  • Times this job has been viewed: 385 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Executive Director
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Congregation Beth Shalom
5915 Beacon St.
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 15217


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