The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Administrative Officer of the congregation responsible for the day-to-day management of KKBE, excluding the religious aspects of the congregation. The ED is one of the primary faces of KKBE. The ED must effectively reflect the mission, goals, and priorities of the synagogue in all interactions with staff, congregants, and the general community. The ED must maintain a warm, caring and supportive relationship with the Temple congregants, employees, officers, volunteers and clergy. The discharge of the ED’s duties may often require working on nights and weekends.
Under the general direction of the President of the Congregation, and in close consultation with the Senior Rabbi, Associate Rabbi, and Religious School Director, as well as other Officers and Chairs of appropriate committees, the Executive Director is responsible for assuring the performance of the following functions either personally or through staff:
1. Staff Management:
• With appropriate Board of Trustees and Personnel Committee oversight, hire and supervise all administrative staff, including professional, support and custodial employees.
• Identify training needs and team-building within the staff.
• Assign staff resources to support synagogue programs as needed.
• Conduct performance evaluations. Make recommendations for compensation adjustments.
• Recommend personnel policy changes to the Personnel Committee.
• Oversee and monitor administrative aspects of KKBE employee benefit programs, including medical insurance, disability insurance, and retirement programs.
• Manage working hours and paid personal/leave days of office staff.
2. Financial Management:
• Work closely with the Treasurer, Finance Committee, staff, and Committee Chairs and take lead responsibility for developing the annual budget and long range financial forecasts.
• Monitor revenues and expenditures to assure accurate recording of transactions and compliance with approved budgets. Propose actions to address budget variances.
• Oversee preparation of monthly financial and budget variance reports for delivery to the Finance Committee on a timely basis.
• Process and monitor staff payroll.
• Assist the VP of Development with planning and implementing congregational development initiatives and fundraising activities.
• With oversight from the Finance Committee, ensure appropriate financial controls/processes, insurance coverages, and risk management/mitigation programs are in place.
3. Relationship Management:
• Work with the VP of Membership to participate in recruiting new Members and serve as liaison with prospective members, providing appropriate information and encouraging membership.
• Build and strengthen relationships with Members. Meet with members planning life cycle events (e.g. B’nai Mitzvah, weddings, baby namings) to provide guidance and build/strengthen relationships.
• Maintain visibility and accessibility within the congregational community, including staff, lay leaders, and members. Attend and participate in a substantial number of Shabbat and holiday services as well as programs and events, interacting with congregants and visitors.
• Attend all Board of Trustees and Executive Committee meetings. Attend other committee meetings as requested by the President.
• Provide a strong presence in the community for KKBE. Serve as a primary KKBE representative at Federation and within the broader Charleston Jewish Community.
• Oversee administrative staff for timely release of monthly publications and weekly emails.
• Create, write, and edit other publications as leadership and clergy deem necessary.
• Review and approve all printed materials sent out to the congregation.
• Review and approve content of the congregation's website and social media.
5. Facilities Management:
• Work with facilities manager to oversee a program for the general maintenance of the temple's physical facilities and equipment.
• Work with the Safety & Security Committee to ensure a safe and secure environment. Coordinate and schedule appropriate security officer presence.
• Provide administrative, technical (e.g., Audi/video, streaming, virtual) and logistic support required for the coordination and smooth running of all programs and events, including Shabbat, life cycle events, High Holy Day services, festivals.
• Supervise the pre-planning of the year’s activities to ensure a balanced and manageable calendar.
• Supervise the rental facilities, under general guidance from the Board of Trustees.
• Supervise the facilities manager regarding the purchasing of fixtures, equipment, and supplies and vendor management.
• Serve as the temple's primary supervisor of construction activities during repair or remodeling projects, overseeing the facilities manager.
• Serve as the primary coordinator for responses in cases of emergency (e.g., hurricane, flooding, etc.).
• Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to interact effectively with diverse populations.
• Strong leadership ability, with experience managing staff.
• Solid strategic planning, analytical and conceptual skills.
• Ability to recognize key issues and develop creative and appropriate solutions.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.
• Knowledge of Judaism and local Jewish community to direct temple activities and events.
• Demonstrated ability to proactively manage financial resources.
• Experience in facilities management.
• Experience in office technology, including managing software and hardware systems.
• Experience in developing/implementing fundraising programs.
• A minimum of three years’ senior management experience in a nonprofit, synagogue or equivalent professional environment.
• Proficiency in MS Office