Congregation Beth El Executive Director Job Description
Congregation Beth El is a Conservative synagogue whose mission is to create a home for every soul by offering a variety of Jewish experiences to nourish the mind, heart, and spirit, while being a caring Jewish community.
The successful candidate is a personable and experienced manager motivated to assume a key leadership role in supporting our vibrant, welcoming, and growing congregation.
The Executive Director oversees and is ultimately responsible for all day-to-day operations of the synagogue as described below. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides professional support to the Rabbis, lay leadership and members.
Areas of responsibility:
1. Administration and Operations: Responsible for all ongoing synagogue operations and for providing logistical support to the Rabbis and program staff consistent with the synagogue’s priorities and vision. Supervises selected personnel and oversees overall office administration. Manages all internal operating and software systems, including ShulCloud. Provides administrative support to the Board of Directors and committees. Manages tenant relationships, physical campus issues and security, including overseeing security procedures, systems and physical enhancements, as well as management of 3rd party security services. Oversees the use of kosher kitchen, including caterer coordination. Ensures list of approved caterers is current. Manages contracts and vendor relationships. Must be available for after-hours synagogue events and emergencies.
2. Finances and Human Resources: Understands financial management and accounting principles and ensures that fiscal controls and procedures are adhered to. Implements Board’s policies for allocation and distribution of funds. Supervises and evaluates administrative staff. Prepares annual budget in consultation with the Treasurer, Rabbis, and staff. Reviews monthly financial reports and provides analysis for the Board and appropriate committees. Oversees payments to vendors and reviews payroll. Maintains employee files, ensures annual personnel reviews are conducted, coordinates annual updating of the Employee Handbook and relevant financial and HR policies and ensures that administrative job descriptions are current.
3. Major Events and High Holy Days: Responsible for all logistics and administrative tasks for High Holy Days. Includes coordination of external vendors, staff assignments and lay leadership involvement. Oversees all events scheduled on campus throughout the year.
4. Membership & Development: Coordinates the annual membership renewal process and cultivation of membership donations. Works with lay and professional leadership in donor stewardship to coordinate and support fundraising efforts, including annual and ongoing support, bequests, capital and in-kind gifts. Attends Beth El services and programs, as reasonable, to support member engagement and facilitate community building.
5. Portfolio Oversight:
a. Facility Management
Supervises the Facility Manager who is responsible for all facility operations including building maintenance and repair.
Coordinates with external IT service provider on computer systems and technology.
c. Marketing and Communications
Oversees synagogue staff responsible for communications including website, electronic and print communications. Helps to promote Beth El in the larger community by representing Beth El at appropriate community, regional, and national groups or organizations.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
• Minimum five years relevant experience in organizational management that includes managing staff, volunteers, programs and events.
• Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
• Significant expertise in financial management, budgeting and reporting, and internal controls.
• Computer skills in Excel, QuickBooks, ShulCloud or equivalent database management system and digital communications.
• Ability to prioritize, make decisions quickly and exercise initiative and sound judgment
• 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.
• Ability to think strategically about topics of importance to Beth El now and in the future.
• Ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed to attend synagogue events and meetings.
• Enjoy working with people and can establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Familiar with Jewish ritual, holiday and life-cycle traditions.
• Experience working in a non-profit environment.
• Experience/exposure working for or volunteering with a synagogue or other Jewish service organization.
• Involvement in fundraising campaigns.
• Relevant Master’s degree or certificate in non-profit management.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Please email cover letter and resume.