Chief Operating Officer

Temple Beth El (Charlotte, NC) | Charlotte, NC, United States

Posted Date 12/09/2021

Temple Beth El is a vibrant and inclusive Reform Jewish community that values warm welcome, meaningful relationships and inspirational personal growth. We are a congregation where learning, prayer, and deeds help to transform people’s understanding of themselves, channel the power of community, and inform our responsibilities to the world.

Since 1943, Temple Beth El has been the locus of Reform Judaism in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our congregation has roughly 800 family member units, an approximately $2.5M annual operating budget, and is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors. Temple Beth El currently has 4 clergy, a staff of 15 FT and PT employees not including certain contracted staff and K-12 supplementary religious schools teachers and madrichim (student teachers).


Temple Beth El stands at the intersection of Jewish tradition and modernity, where people can belong and become the best within themselves. To achieve our mission and vision, the Senior Rabbi operates as our CEO. The President and Board set strategic direction and oversee the fiduciary and risk management of the congregation. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) works in sacred partnership with both the Senior Rabbi and President of the Board, with supervision and partnership on the execution of Temple’s strategy by the Senior Rabbi and fiduciary, risk-management, and governance supervision by the President and Board of Directors.

The COO manages and oversees Temple Beth El’s day-to-day business, supervision, and training of Temple’s staff, and physical operations. The COO cultivates thriving relationships with congregants, staff, community partners, external stakeholders, donors, and board members. Directly supervising the Director of Development and Membership Services, Controller, and Hospitality Manager, as well as other staff positions, the COO works across the clergy-team, staff and lay leadership to grow and retain members by fostering a community of belonging and becoming. In partnership with the Board President and members of the board, the COO is also responsible for mitigating Temple’s risks and training, supporting, and managing Temple’s lay leadership.


  • Identify goals and strategies that will help the congregation’s staff and lay leadership align to our vision and mission.
  • Assess and engineer Temple’s processes and systems to maximize potential, minimize frustration, and strengthen the congregation in membership, facilities, HR, financial transparency, development, technology, and more.
  • Work with Temple’s staff to manage every aspect of operations.
  • Foster a caring, respectful, and compassionate culture that emphasizes teamwork for employees, lay leaders, and volunteers.
  • Partner with staff and lay leaders to ensure success of programmatic and engagement efforts, including program evaluations and resource allocations.


  • B.A. in Business Administration or a related field (M.A. preferred)
  • 8+ years of progressive management or supervisory experience.
  • Strong commitment to (or the willingness to develop an understanding of) Jewish tradition and community, and building Temple Beth El’s institutional leadership in Charlotte, the Reform movement and nationally.
  • A collaborative and compassionate leader who cares for people and fosters an inclusive and respectful culture for all employees, lay leaders, and volunteers.
  • Experience preparing budgets.
  • Superior communication and presentation skills with the ability to organize and present data in a concise and easily understood manner.
  • Analytical and problem-solving abilities with a proven ability to develop strategic plans, understand financial strategies and performance metrics, and demonstrate leadership in business operations with management and governance models.
  • Visionary leader that excels at building relationships within a matrixed organization and across organizations.
  • Strong team management abilities to inspire results, foster innovative thinking, creativity, and accountability.
  • Proven track record in recruiting and developing a culturally diverse, results-driven team.
  • Expertise with coaching and performance management; knowledge of employment law and/or experience utilizing appropriate resources for employment law issues.
  • Proven track record of developing, communicating and articulating change and operational excellence.
  • Deep business and financial acumen to measure, manage and communicate performance with transparency.
  • Capable with technology, social media platforms, databases, and CRMs.

Please submit resume and cover letter by 12/31/21 to [email protected]. In your letter, include how your experience connects to the job description and how Temple Beth El's values connect with you. Thank you for your interest.

Salary100000.00 - 130000.00 Annual
Full Time
Chief Operating Officer
Organization Type
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | FSA | Life Insurance | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | parental leave | relocation option available | sick leave | vision
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