Executive Director @ Open Temple

Executive Director

Open Temple’s Mission:
Open Temple’s mission is to re-enchant Judaism and create an Open Door for everyone to go on their Jewish Soul Journey. On the vanguard of Jewish innovation, Open Temple engages the the Jew-ishly curious and those who love us through our High Holiday Ritual Lab, Hebrew School of the Arts and Third Friday Shabbat Take Me Higher services with the objective to reinvigorate our human potential towards more meaningful, connected and purposeful lives that transform ourselves and the world.

Our Core Values:
Truth (emet), Love (ahavah), and Creativity (Yetzirah); curiosity about community and spirituality

Executive Director:
A full-time opportunity to re-imagine a spiritual start-up, the successful candidate is an operations whisperer, management guru, and systems thinker motivated to assume a key leadership role in advancing Open Temple. The Executive Director oversees and is ultimately responsible for all day-to-day operations as described below. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides professional support to the Rabbi, lay leadership and co-creators (members) with a 21st Century vision of spiritual community formation.


- Hire, train, manage & motivate staff and independent contractors with support and direction from the Board
- Undertake outreach efforts to build and expand partnerships with organizations & individuals
- Maintain employee files, ensure personnel reviews are conducted, coordinate annual updating of the Employee Handbook and relevant financial and HR policies and ensure that administrative job descriptions are current

Event Coordination
- Oversee major events including High Holy Days: Responsible for all logistics and administrative tasks, including coordination of external vendors, staff assignments and lay leadership involvement
- Manage Open Temple calendar, use of the facility and logistical support for programs
- Organize volunteers for events and recruit co-creators as new volunteers
- Significant and consistent presence on Shabbat and holidays

Strategy & Membership
- Collaborate with the Board and Rabbi on Strategic Planning, responsible for the execution of the strategic plan
- Own the development and execution of Open Temple’s membership strategy to convert participants into Co-Creators/Members
- Meet annual goals for Co-Creatorship renewal and conversion
- Responsible for the recruitment and management of volunteer staff, development efforts, and identification and activation of lay leadership
- Provide administrative support to the Rabbi concerning co-creators
- Identify future lay leadership and make recommendations to the board.
- Manage membership database in Salesforce
- Create & implement strategy for onboarding new members and retain existing
- The ED should have “yenta-level knowledge” of congregants, but maintain a presence as “leader who knows”

Marketing & Communications
- Oversight of team to ensure marketing objectives are being met and all communication channels remain on brand
- Collaborate with board to develop annual marketing plan
- Ensure website is updated

- Oversee day-to-day financial operations, managing the finances within the approved budget and supporting the Finance Committee
- Prepare annual budget in consultation with the Treasurer, Rabbi, and staff
- Implement the Board’s policies regarding allocation and distribution of funds
- Manage members in Salesforce and financial records in Quickbooks
- Review monthly financial reports and provide analysis for the Board and appropriate committees
- Oversee payments to vendors and review payroll
- Financial, enrollment and general correspondence with Creative Torah Academy and B. Mitzvah families

- Work closely with the Board and Rabbi to create appropriate fundraising strategies and goals, execute the associated activities;
- Play a visible and active role in fundraising efforts;
- Develop and cultivate relationships with foundation officers;
- Oversee grant reports and proposals;
- Develop a system for tracking donor behavior (engagement, giving, etc.) that supports OT staff in cultivating donors over time
- Cultivate relationships with community members and potential donors;
- Participate in solicitations of donors

- Oversee facilities operations and administration
- Troubleshoot and streamline office systems
- Obtain vendor contracts, proposals, and quotes as requested and manage vendor projects in conjunction with Board leadership.

- 10+ years working in a non-profit environment
- Deep financial acumen: Understands financial management and accounting principles and ensures that fiscal controls and procedures are adhered to
- Project management skills; Ability to prioritize, make decisions quickly and exercise initiative and sound judgment
- Proficiency with Google Office, WordPress, Salesforce, Eventbrite, and Mailchimp
- Social Media Literate
- Positive attitude, approachable, functions with clarity, transparency and integrity
- Able to build and sustain relationships with diverse constituencies
- Able to foster collaboration, build consensus and create win-win interactions
- Strong written and oral communications skills
- Organized and able to put clear and efficient processes in place
- Ability to see the big picture and think strategically about topics of importance to Open Temple now and in the future
- Ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed to attend events and meetings
- Familiarity with Jewish ritual, holiday and life-cycle traditions

- Experience working with synagogues or other Jewish service organizations
- Relevant Master’s degree or certificate in non-profit management

Cultural Fit:
- Personally invested in the mission of Open Temple
- Entrepreneurial zeal: Goes the extra mile for excellence
- Curious, a desire to continually learn and grow
- Generative, positive, takes ownership
- Confident and professional
- Strong work ethic, sets goals, gets things done
- Team player: Happy to help with areas outside job description, does whatever needs to be done
- Genuinely cares about our people and treats them with warmth and love
- Able to solve problems independently and efficiently
- Willing to put the work of the team above personal agenda

Salary commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave
  • Other Benefits: Health Care Stipend Worker's Comp
  • Preferred Experience: Senior Professional (10+ years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2020-02-06
  • Times this job has been viewed: 702 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Executive Director
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Open Temple
1422 Electric Avenue
Venice , California 90291


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