Ohev Sholom Executive Director Job Description 7.21.22
Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue, is a vibrant 250-family, Open Orthodox congregation in Washington, DC, seeking an Executive Director. It is a diverse, intergenerational community united by values around inclusiveness, social action in the broadest sense and support and involvement of non-Jewish community activities. Ohev Sholom prides itself on hiring as the nation’s first Orthodox female in a clergy position, Maharat Ruth Friedman. She currently is acting senior clergy as the community engages in a permanent clergy search to be completed prior to Summer 2023.
Ohev Sholom seeks a talented leader to guide the Congregation as its Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, and working closely with congregants and clergy, this highly motivated individual will play a critical role in re/shaping the overall management and operations of the synagogue as it matures following its last 15 years of tremendous growth. While charting a future operations direction around improvements, this individual will also oversee the synagogue’s daily operations including office and staff management, shul communications and website administration, event planning and supervision, committee programming, budgeting and financial reporting, and managing building operations.
Ohev Sholom maintains a building currently undergoing renovations. The synagogue houses a mikvah and maintains a cemetery located in SouthEast DC.
The Executive Director will be responsible for the management and operations of the synagogue. The ED will serve as the executive interfacing with/reporting to the board on all synagogue management and operational systems, exclusive of specific clergy responsibilities. In this position, the ED will oversee the day-to-day operations of the synagogue, including all programs, events, committees, non-clergy staff, fundraising, board communications, fiscal management, membership, public relations and food service coordination. The ED will work collaboratively with the clergy. Most areas of responsibility will also have a lay leader to interact with.
The following overarching key responsibilities include:
- Guide and support a functioning committee structure that will best support the Board of Directors, committees and community members thereby supporting the needs of the community.
- Ensure responsibilities and resources are considered and divided among professional and volunteer staff to ensure successful, on-going programming.
- Partner with the Board of Directors to implement elements of Ohev Forward and/or a strategic plan to ensure long-term sustainability, innovation, expanded membership, and growth in programs and fundraising.
- Manage and supervise all non-clergy staff.
- Create and manage all operations and systems to enable all -clergy, staff, lay leadership and membership - to further respective missions of the synagogue, the mikvah, and the cemetery.
- Ensure effective communication and engagement through various methods for all community constituencies.
- Develop and provide leadership in a fundraising plan in concert with the Board, Clergy and volunteers.
- Oversee all aspects of synagogue’s budget, financial, accounting and membership systems.
- Oversee facilities management including coordination of space allocation.
The ideal candidate will have experience working with and providing leadership and strategic direction to the Board of Directors, fundraising experience and have demonstrated leadership qualities with synagogue and/or nonprofit executive management experience.
The Executive Director will be requested to be on the OSTNS campus for 75% of the work week.
Required Knowledge and Experience
- Bachelors’ degree from an accredited college or university or commensurate experience
- At least five years of leadership experience
- Experience supervising staff and managing a team
- Experience in synagogue administration strongly preferred
- Familiarity with Orthodox Jewish ritual life cycle traditions
- Problem-solving skills and independent judgment
- Strong organization and analytical skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office; experience with ShulCloud & GSuite preferred
- Knowledge of financial management systems, including financial planning and budgeting, accounting systems and controls, financial reporting and analysis
- Knowledge of computer and web-based systems and social media to support administration, events, membership and marketing
Qualifications and Skills
- Enthusiastic, organized, highly motivated, responsible, courteous, and flexible.
- A self-starter and creative problem solver with strong interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) and efficiently prioritize responsibilities. Must be able to take initiative to improve how work is done
- Diplomatic and skilled at building/maintaining relationships, with an understanding of the confidentiality necessary in those relationships
- Comfortable with proactively raising issues and proposing solutions for needs affecting the synagogue
- May need to attend meetings in evenings or outside normal office hours
The salary range is $100-125,000, commensurate with experience, and full benefits.
To express interest, please send applications to [email protected]