Executive Director @ Congregation Beth Sholom

Executive Director

Congregation Beth Sholom
Executive Director
San Francisco, CA

Soon to enter its 100th year as a synagogue, Congregation Beth Sholom (CBS) creates opportunities for contemporary Jews, along with their loved ones and friends, to share authentic and meaningful religious and spiritual experiences. We aim to build and sustain a community inspired to make a positive difference in the world. Congregation Beth Sholom a vanguard for change within the Conservative movement. It was among the first Conservative synagogues to provide women equal participation in all aspects of religious life and to recognize its LGBTQI+ members. CBS was also the first synagogue to house a Jewish meditation center. In addition, we offer robust educational programs including a thriving preschool, active religious school, and a variety of adult learning opportunities.

CBS has 330 family member units, an annual operating budget of approximately $3M and is currently governed by a 19-member Board of Directors. CBS has 2 clergy, a staff of 42 (29-FTE) including a religious school and a preschool (with 60 families). In the last year, CBS had an annual fundraising campaign of $1.6M and $2.25M for the capital campaign.
Organizational priorities include:

Developing and implementing a strategic plan

Building a financially sustainable organization with broad community support

Increasing the size of the congregation, and the reach of synagogue programming
Strengthening the organizational infrastructure—both systems and structure

Improving communication and developing/implementing a marketing and communications plan

Ensuring youth and teen engagement

Increasing earned revenue from facility rental and other forms of (mission-aligned) community engagement

Evolving the membership model to address our financial sustainability and growth goals
Increasing fundraising and fostering a culture of philanthropy/tzedakah

Preparing a long-term plan for the maintenance and safety of CBS facility
Capitalizing on the opportunities that align with the 2021 centennial

Administering $200,000 OES security grant to acquire equipment, supplies and training.

The Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Sholom (CBS) seeks a dynamic, strategic leader and excellent communicator with demonstrated success in management and organizational leadership, and commitment to working in the Jewish community of San Francisco. The CBS Executive Director will help clarify, articulate and advance the CBS mission, serving as a strategic partner and liaison with the Senior Rabbi, as well as the Board. This individual will participate in strategic planning to set and achieve goals aligned with the vision set out by the Rabbis and Board. S/he/they will secure additional financial resources, and cultivate strong thriving relationships with congregants, staff, board members, community partners and other external stakeholders.

The Executive Director is responsible for management and supervision of CBS staff, volunteers, contractors, and for day-to-day operations and financial performance. S/he/they works in partnership with the Senior Rabbi to grow and retain members and foster a feeling of community and belonging among congregants.

Essential skills and key competencies should include:

Fundraising and development expertise

Collaborative working style, attuned to staff needs

Management expertise for staff, volunteer, and projects

Financial acumen and budgeting expertise

Ability to lead and implement organizational plans

Creative thinker and entrepreneurial spirit

Ability to partner closely with the Senior Rabbi

Experience presenting to and implementing guidance from a Board of Directors

Excellent oral and written communication.


Strategic Vision and Community Builder

Work with the Senior Rabbi, Board President and other professional staff to create a strategic plan
Work to identify goals and strategies that align and areas for growth and opportunity
Continually assess the congregation’s needs and recommends programs, priorities, and necessary changes to strengthen the community
Understand and embrace the ability to engage members of the affiliated and non-affiliated Jewish community
Executive Management

Ensure CBS follows sound, consistent personnel policies, appropriate to the mission and finances, and direct the recruitment, hiring, training, evaluation, and termination of staff
Foster a culture with the staff that promotes teamwork, respect, dignity, and compassion for those served by the organization and all employees and volunteers
Ensure compliance with current California and Federal labor laws and keep policies and procedures up to date
Foster an attitude of professionalism, respect and enthusiasm among the staff, congregation and Board of Directors

Fund and Resource Development

Provide direction, strategy, and support for all development activities to achieve the congregation’s fundraising goals in conjunction with the Senior Rabbi, Board of Directors and Development Committee

Support all development activities including annual and capital campaigns, major gifts, special events, planned giving, endowment, and other fundraising opportunities

Ensure appropriate cultivation, acknowledgment and recognition processes are in place
Cultivate and steward donors and other funding sources

Oversee research of foundation prospects and grant proposal development

Financial Acumen
Monitors CBS finances to ensure that the organization operates within its annual budget
Supervises the staff/contract bookkeeper and ensures the accuracy and timeliness of all bookkeeping functions including A/P, dues, and Payroll

Direct the budget preparation, tracking and recommendations for change when necessary
Ensure accurate monthly financial statements for review by Finance Committee and Board
Oversee insurance and management of restricted funds

Administrative Duties
Oversee administration of information systems and technology, including phone system, hardware, software, database and office equipment

Oversee the development and production of all communication and marketing materials ensuring consistent messaging, accuracy, and timing, including production of the weekly newsletter and promotion for community events

Work with staff and volunteers to ensure that the congregation optimizes its exposure to the Internet and social media using contractors and support staff

Lay Leadership Development

Work with the Board President and Executive Committee to ensure the Board is properly supported
Assist in the orientation of new Board members in conjunction with the Board President and outgoing Board members

Provide meaningful reports and proposals to the Board for its consideration and action
Implement Board guidance, training, and direction; ability to demonstrate progress on key initiatives and communicate those effectively to the Board over time


Set the tone for the interpersonal relationships among congregants, staff and clergy and will foster an inclusive environment aligned with the vision of community established by the Rabbis, and working with Membership staff
Build and expand on new and existing member relationships, in partnership with clergy
Direct a collaborative process to research, evaluate and implement an improved membership dues model

Human Resources Management

Oversee HR management for CBS employees, with responsibility for professional development, and performance management
Review and evaluate the organizational structure and processes for efficiency and effectiveness
Ensure annual performance reviews are conducted for all staff, with individual goals tied to organizational strategic plans

Provide coaching and encourages good and frequent communication among staff to foster an environment of respect, fairness, employee satisfaction, productivity, and high overall morale

Ensure that staff provides a very high level of customer service to congregants and the community at large
Qualifications and Experiences

Demonstrated track record of visionary leadership, strategic direction, affecting change in medium to large-sized organizations
Ability to create, build, and maintain relationships and teams with staff and lay leaders
Strong previous experience in oversight of financial management of an organization
Outstanding communication skills in written documents and in public presentations
A customer service mindset with a high “EQ” (emotional intelligence quotient) and a track record of success in staff management, leadership and organizational development
An inclusive management philosophy and style that strives for and promotes excellence, encourages creativity, growth, problem solving and accountability
Familiarity with current trends and developments in Jewish communal life and knowledge of and respect for the practices and tenets of Judaism
Understanding of marketing, branding, technology and how to implement strategies to increase awareness and relationships
This position description is based upon material provided by Congregation Beth Sholom, an equal opportunity employer.
Sarah Raful Whinston, Senior Search Consultant
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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits:
  • Preferred Experience: Unspecified
  • Preferred Degree: N/A
  • Job Posted: 2020-07-07
  • Times this job has been viewed: 539 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Executive Director
  • Organization Type: Synagogue
Job Location
Congregation Beth Sholom
301 14th Ave
San Francisco , California 94118


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