Executive Director @ Temple Rodef Shalom

Executive Director

We are seeking a strategic, personable Executive Director to work in sacred partnership with clergy, staff,
and lay leaders to manage and guide our growing congregation of over 1700 households—the second
largest Jewish congregation in Metro Washington, DC and the eleventh largest Reform congregation in
the United States. Our Executive Director leads the staff, oversees finances, operations, and human
resources, is a public face of the Temple to congregants and the community, and calmly resolves myriad
issues each day.

Located in the Washington, DC suburbs of Northern Virginia, Temple Rodef Shalom is the heart of Jewish life for our members.
Serving as a frequent gathering spot, center of study for children and adults, and spiritual home for all,
TRS is contemporary, inclusive and joyful—and rooted in our ancient tradition. In keeping with our role as
an anchor for the Jewish and wider communities, we strive to build meaningful relationships, strengthen
our society and improve our world through Judaism.
We offer a spectrum of worship, learning, musical, interest-based, and social justice opportunities,
including Rodef 2100 for young professionals and many interest-based “tents.” Our congregation includes
an Early Childhood Education Center for 200 preschoolers, a summer day camp for 300 pre-K through
8th graders, and a Religious School serving nearly 900 students in grades K-12.
Areas of Responsibility
Working closely with the Senior Rabbi and Temple President (to whom the Executive Director reports),
the Executive Director’s responsibilities encompass the following:


- Foster a culture of teamwork among the 25+-person regular staff (and 100+ seasonal camp
and school staff), with the five-person clergy team, with congregants, and with the broader
- Manage and coach non-clergy senior staff (including the directors of the Early Childhood
Center, Camp Rodef Shalom, development, membership and engagement, and security) as well
as Temple administrative and support staff
- Ensure all HR and benefits policies and procedures are developed, maintained, and complied
with; staff and managers receive appropriate training; and performance goals are established and
feedback is provided to staff on a regular basis

Governance and Operations

- Manage day-to-day operations, including planning staffing levels and work schedules, running
senior staff meetings, and overseeing use of the building for congregational programs and by the
Early Childhood Center, Religious School, Camp Rodef Shalom, congregants, and other groups
- Liaise with and support the Temple’s executive and congregational boards and some
committees; work with lay leaders, clergy and senior staff to set and achieve strategic goals
- Address TRS’ potential emergency, security, and safety needs together with the Director of
Security; maintain relationships with community police and others
- Ensure upkeep, proper maintenance, and improvement of the 80,400 square-foot building
and grounds, as well as equipment and IT systems, with long-term goals of efficiency and
environmental stewardship
- Oversee membership and engagement activities conducted by the director and staff, including
ensuring members and guests receive a warm welcome, programming, and communications to
congregants and the broader community
Financial oversight
- Prepare and monitor the $8 million annual budget and day-to-day financial operations ,
ensure compliance with relevant tax and financial standards, manage cash flow, coordinate
outside audit function, work with congregants on “fair share” membership support as needed
- Oversee philanthropic and development efforts of the director and staff, including cultivation
of donors, solicitation and stewardship of donations to the endowment and various funds

Core Competencies & Qualifications

Our Executive Director’s responsibilities are broad and we recognize excellent candidates may not have
experience and expertise in all aspects of the position. The successful applicant will demonstrate a
combination of experience, flexibility, leadership skills, and an innovative mindset.
Openness Sense of humor Outburst frequency Conscientiousness Diplomacy
- Excellent leadership, people management, problem-solving, interpersonal, communication
(including occasional public speaking), and organizational skills
- Top-level executive management experience; proven ability to set priorities, manage human
resources, finances, and operations, preferably serving in the Jewish community
- Knowledge of Jewish rituals, customs, and resources
- Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred, in related field
- Comfortable with major office software and the ability to learn and work with synagogue
databases and project management software
Hiring Schedule
The position of Executive Director will become vacant when our current Executive Director retires on or
around December 31, 2020. We anticipate that the new Executive Director will join our Temple staff
between October 1 to December 1, 2020, however this can be flexible for the right candidate.
Application Process
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Lynne Lotenberg. No phone calls, please.

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, retirement plans, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: Communications Allowance
  • Preferred Experience: Senior Professional (10+ years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-05-14
  • Times this job has been viewed: 335 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Executive Director
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street
Falls Church , Virginia 22043


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