Executive Director/Temple

Temple Chai | Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Posted Date 12/30/2022

Who is Temple Chai?

We are a growing 510-unit reform temple proud of our diversity and multi-generational families. Our preschool has 87 students, and our religious school serves 150 young people. We put relationships at the core of everything we do and always focus on helping community members build a connection with each other. Our services balance our love for tradition with our innovative nature, and lifelong learning is a core value of our community. We live out our values within the temple in the Phoenix area and beyond through tikkun olam (healing the world). We believe in a Judaism with depth, taking what we do seriously without taking ourselves too seriously.

Our new Senior Rabbi, Emily Segal is a collaborative and experienced leader who is eager to  partner with our new Executive Director to bring our congregation into its next chapter. She is a national leader, currently serving as co-president of the Women’s Rabbinic Network (the international organization representing the 860+ women rabbis ordained in the Reform movement). With a view of the scope of Jewish life on the national scale, Rabbi Segal joins with our lay and staff team in leading from our values, innovating to deepen spirituality and engagement, and enabling our community to create meaningful Jewish life together that puts Jewish JOY at the center.

What do we foresee for the next 5 years of Temple Chai?

This past July we welcomed our wonderful new Senior Rabbi who, along with our Associate Rabbi (who has been with us for more than 18 years) and our Cantor (with us more than 8 years) are well-respected and appreciated by all. Our prior Senior Rabbi departed after 18 years for an exciting professional opportunity that is near to her family. While this was a major transition, we are thrilled that our new Senior Rabbi has settled in so quickly and has engaged our congregation so fully with the vision and dynamism to lead us into our future.

The congregation is excited to be moving onto a new campus over the next two years after nearly 40 years at our current facility. We are at an exciting chapter of our life with a new, modern campus that is being designed for flexibility, security, and community building, and we are grateful for a wonderful team of clergy, staff, and lay leaders. Few congregations can envision the growth opportunities that Temple Chai is in a unique position to realize. We are the largest Reform congregation in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ. Our membership is diverse and involved in the wider community, and our members come from a wide range of backgrounds and walks of life. We are also finalizing our Framework for the Future that addressed our financial resources and stability through 2030 with projected opportunities for building up our reserves for the future. 

We expect to move onto our new campus by December 2024. With a growing membership, ECC, and Religious School, we expect to continue to be the leading Reform congregation in the greater Phoenix area with innovative programs and spiritual connection for all.

Why are we looking?

Our current Executive Director needs to relocate his family to be near their aging parents.

What skills and experience does our Executive Director Need?

  • Experience supervising staff including or comparable to financial, managerial, ECC, and administrative staff
  • The executive director supervises our preschool director, comptroller, administrative staff, and maintenance staff.
  • Capability of fostering supportive, respectful, and collaborative dynamic among staff team.
  • Ability to manage the operations of the temple including financial management and planning, preschool, membership (retention, engagement & recruitment), fundraising and donor tending, communications/marketing, and facility operations.
  • Experience overseeing large, complex construction projects is a plus.
  • We are in the middle of our design stage for our new campus and expect to start the construction process in 6 months. The temple has engaged a Project Manager/Owner’s Representative who will report to the Executive Director and consult with the Building Committee and its subcommittees.
  • Familiarity with common databases and financial software with a strong comfort with technology.
  • Knowledge of key issues around security, health, and safety for Jewish congregations today and ability to lead staff and congregational efforts in these areas.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience working collaboratively with staff and lay leadership.

This position reports jointly to the Senior Rabbi and President.

A few key areas of focus:


  • Embrace and take shared ownership of the vision and strategic direction of the synagogue to enable the continued growth and success of the community.
  • Foster and develop meaningful relationships with members of the community and Board by being accessible during business hours and present at select worship services, programs and other synagogue events.
  • Monitor and assess the administrative and operational structure while developing and recommending plans for continued improvements.

Staff Management

  • Foster a culture of collaboration, communication, service, integrity and shared responsibility across and among all staff.
  • Motivate, mentor, and supervise administrative and facilities staff. Develop and oversee a performance evaluation process, including the clarification of roles and responsibilities, and setting performance expectations and accountability.
  • Provide resources for the continued growth and development of staff.

Membership Relations / Communications

  • Collaborate with the Senior Rabbi and Membership Chair regarding membership recruitment, welcoming prospective members and integrating new members, managing the annual membership renewal process, maintaining membership engagement, records, and resolving members’ concerns and issues.
  • Review and evaluate existing traditional marketing, digital marketing, and communications strategies in conjunction with the Marketing/Communications Committee Chair and Senior Rabbi and make recommendations for continued enhancements.


  • Supervise all finance-related activities, including monitoring expenditures and cash flow
  • Ensure regular reporting of financial results to the Board and Finance Chair
  • Partner with Budget Committee and Treasurer to develop annual budget and long-term financial projections, including capital budget for our new campus when the time comes
  • Proactively participate in efforts to finance programming, manage expenditures, secure grant funding, and develop new funding sources.

Program Support

  • Manage all operational, facilities, maintenance, and support activities to ensure the successful delivery of all synagogue programs and worship experiences.

Facilities Management

  • Supervise all facilities maintenance activities of building and grounds while addressing the security needs of the campus as well as health & safety needs of staff and participants as they pertain to temple programs.
  • Coordinate all construction activities with the Project Manager.


  • Supervise the implementation of the mission of Temple Chai and work with lay volunteer  and professional partners.
  • Support the board and executive committee as needed.
  • Allocate, delegate, and oversee workload and workflow of office staff and custodial staff
  • Review all synagogue communication materials.
  • Manage matters of human resources. Select, train, supervise and evaluate administrative and maintenance personnel. Ensure that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  • Coordinate and supervise calendar of synagogue activities, programs, and events.
  • Oversee and coordinate all construction and maintenance of synagogue building and grounds
  • Oversee the computer systems including management of hardware, software, networks as well as all communication systems, reflective of continually changing technology.

When is the position open?

February 15, 2023.

How do I apply? Please email your resume and a letter of interest to the Temple President at  [email protected]. We require you have 3 - 5 years of non profit experiance.  

If you are interested in working with an exciting temple full of opportunities in the beautiful southwest we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Candidates will be considered immediately.


Full Time
Synagogue Administrator
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Relocation Available | Sick Days
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