Executive Director – Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Congregation Keneseth Israel is a dynamic 265-member Reform Jewish congregation affiliated with the URJ and located in the beautiful west end of Allentown, Pennsylvania. We strive to serve the diverse needs of our community, including Jews of all races, incomes, cultures and sexual orientations, adults and children with special needs, Jews-by-choice, and unaffiliated and interfaith families. We take pride in our egalitarian services that are designed to inspire, provide time for contemplation, and create a communal worship experience. We have strong and committed lay leaders, active social justice and adult education programs, and a vibrant religious school. We will be joyfully celebrating our 120th anniversary in 2023 and are proud of the sacred partnership that exists between clergy, synagogue professionals, lay leaders, volunteers, and congregants.
We are looking for an energetic Executive Director who will report to the Board of Trustees and will work in collaboration with our Rabbi, professional staff, lay leaders, and volunteers. The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and have experience leading staff and volunteers in planning, coordinating, and implementing organizational activities. The candidate is expected to bring a “can-do” attitude to the organization, with willingness to evolve and a proven ability to improve operations.
The Executive Director at Keneseth Israel:
Has supervisory responsibility for administrative, financial, office, and building maintenance operations:
- Is the key point of contact for members and prospective members of the congregation.
- Oversees technology, including equipment and software for security, streaming, finance, and member communications (such as ShulCloud, QuickBooks, Zoom, YouTube, Facebook and other social media outreach platforms and messaging services).
- Is highly organized, pays close attention to detail, and leads effectively by working well with others
- Is the principal contact with vendors responsible for maintenance and repairs of the property, facilities and equipment
Specific responsibilities of the Executive Director include:
- Working with the Board of Trustees and committees as an ex-officio member of the Board, and guiding staff and volunteers, to develop and implement strategies that support the congregation's mission
- Encouraging input from members, responding to the needs of the community, and communicating member input to the Board of Trustees and clergy as appropriate
Membership & Engagement
- Working with the Board of Trustees, Rabbi, and relevant committees to help define outreach and membership goals, and means to achieve those goals
- Coordinating and managing new member applications and annual member renewal process
- Managing the CRM (ShulCloud) database to ensure accuracy and efficiency
Program Management and Logistics
- Coordinating facility use, logistics, and scheduling for religious services, programs and events
- Maintaining an accurate calendar for all services, programs, and events
- Managing logistics and administrative tasks for High Holy Days
- Overseeing all rental programs including logistics, finances and security.
- Working with the Treasurer and Finance Committee to help develop the budget, monitor day-to-day finances, expenditures, and cash flow
- Providing oversight of the bookkeeper to ensure that all payables, payroll, and receivables are properly processed
Fundraising & Development
- Taking a lead role in administering fundraising activities
- Working with staff and leadership to prepare grant proposals
- Maintaining and improving the congregation's communications strategies
- Gathering input, organizing, and assembling the monthly bulletin and flyers for special programs and events
- Working with the Board of Trustees and Rabbi to advance the congregation's participation and visibility in the community at large
- Supervising the administrative staff and applying sound HR management principles
- Working in partnership with the Rabbi, Religious School Director, Board of Trustees, and committees to support their programming and the congregation's many activities
- Promoting inclusion and participation by our diverse member populations and non-affiliated Jewish members of the greater community
- Helping to promote an appropriate and appreciative environment for volunteers
While we do not expect a candidate to excel in every area mentioned above, an ideal candidate will have competency in all of those areas and will have demonstrated experience working in a synagogue environment or in a leadership position in the Jewish community along with strong diplomatic, interpersonal, and communication skills. If you are searching for a spirited close-knit community and want to play a crucial part in shaping how the members of a 21st-century temple can help change the world, please join us and become part of our Keneseth Israel family.
Education: A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required.
Compensation: Salary of $75K-90K based on experience and qualifications. This is a full-time exempt position.
Benefits include: Employee medical insurance supplement, support for professional development, paid vacation, complementary congregation membership, all to be discussed/customized based on applicant needs.
For additional information about Congregation Keneseth Israel (www.kilv.org), and the Lehigh Valley Jewish community, kindly submit a resume and cover letter to Eric Rappaport at [email protected]