Executive Director

Congregation Mishkan Israel | Hamden, CT, United States

Posted Date 12/08/2021

Congregation Mishkan Israel (CMI), an historic and social action-oriented Reform congregation of about 400 families just outside of New Haven, CT, is seeking an Executive Director. The successful candidate will work directly with Rabbi Brian Immerman, all other staff and the Board of Trustees to achieve the goals of the congregation. The Executive Director manages all business systems to create a caring, collaborative environment in which our members and staff thrive.  CMI seeks to tranform our lives and our world through prayer, learning, and tikkun olam, repairing the world. We are also committed to ensuring the continuity of Jewish culture and heritage.  Established in 1840, CMI is the oldest synagogue in Connecticut and the oldest continually operating synagogue in New England. We are proud that our beautiful mid-century modern building was added recently to the National Register of Historic Places, and even prouder of our community's historic leadership during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, and its more recent advocacy for immigration, refugee resettlement and racial justice. CMI welcomes interfaith families and people of any race, background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or ability. Visit cmihamden.org to learn more about CMI.

Candidate Description  CMI is looking for an Executive Director who brings strong leadership, managerial, organizational, and communication skills. The successful candidate will be able to utilize the strengths of our staff and lay leadership to engage and grow our membership, maintain our beautiful building and cemetery, seek out connections within the Greater New Haven community, and ensure that the congregation meets its financial obligations. We need a resourceful, strategic thinker who is personable and open-minded. We seek a candidate who is excellent at building and maintaining relationships , and not afraid to roll up their sleeves as part of the team to ensure that the "train runs on time". The ability to juggle serveral responsibilities at once - with optimism, enthusiasm, and a rigorous attention to detail - will create a lasting impact on our congregation and community. Commitment to the ideals of Reform Judaism is a must.

About the Role The Executive Director oversees all synagogue operations, including finance, human resources, facilities, cemetery, and program administration and logistics. As part of the senior leadership team, the Executive Director is also responsible for a variety of operational, administrative, and strategic functions, including the development and managment of operating and capital budgets, collaborating on member engagement, identifiying fundraising opportunities and ways of enhancing revenue, and supporting the effectiveness of clergy, staff and lay leadership. The Executive Director reports to the Board President and works in partnership with the Rabbi, President and lay leadership.

The Executive Director will represent the congregation and its needs in accordance with the principles, guidlines and objectives set forth by the Board of Trustees, the Bylaws of Congregation Mishkan Israel, and the values of Reform Judaism. The position involves supervision of office administrative support staff, a bookkeeping assistant, a bookkeeping service (contract), maintenance personnel (contract), and the Director of the Mishkan Israel Nursery School and Childcare Center.


Key Responsibilities The Executive Director will collaborate with the clergy and Board to optimize CMI's mission and values, and to put them into practice by setting and meeting meaningful goals and objectives.


  • Manage day-to-day operations
  • Oversee logistics relating to ritual, education and life-cycle activities
  • Develop and implement policies, best practices, and procedures
  • Promote effective information sharing among clergy, staff, and Board
  • Develop and implement communications strategies across all channels
  • Maintain equipment; oversee technology and recommend improvements
  • Ensure accuracy of membership and cemetery information, records, and reporting
  • Manage relationships with vendors
  • Seek out and make recommendations about opportunities program funding via grants, subsidies and loans

Human Resources

  • Manage administrative, financial, early childhood program leadership and facilities personnel
  • Foster a culture of respect, collaboration, transparency, and empowerment
  • Manage all employee compensation, benefit programs, employment policies; ensure legal compliance

Member and Community Engagement

  • Cultivate and nurture member and community relationships
  • Communicate with members as appropriate about dues, fees, and other billing matters
  • Manage sales and administration of cemetery plots
  • Develop and implement strategies for community connection, engagement, and retention
  • Ensure support for fundraising initiatives and donor stewardship

Financial Management

  • Oversee all financial operations to ensure sound financial practices
  • Partner with staff and lay leaders to develop and manage the budget, providing regular reports to the Board and at annual meetings of the congregation
  • Manage financial personnel and vendors; maintain appropriate insurance policies

Facilities Management

  • Oversee all aspects of the facilities operations, ensuring that the historic building, grounds, cemetery, and equipment are well-maintained; manage contract facilities and security personnel, vendors, and utility contracts.
  • Assess and address safety and security needs of the synagogue and cemetery properties
  • Collaborate with staff and lay leaders to maximize revenue potential of facilities, including event rentals
  • Work closely with the Building & Grounds Committee on capital improvement plans


  • Bachelor's Degree plus at least five (5) years' experience with demonstrated success in organizational management
  • Highly organized and self-directed
  • Collaborative, reflective leadership style; experience building empowered teams and fostering individual accountability
  • Experience in overseeing and supporting teams; ability to identify and implement best practices
  • Excellent communication skill, both written and oral; strong interpersonal skills
  • Keen financial acumen with experience managing budgets
  • Experience managing facilities and events; availability to participate in events outside standard business hours
  • Proficiency with information technology tools, including MS Office Suite and CRM system
  • A commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion
  • A passion for and commitment to Reform Jewish values; non-profit experience with a membership-based Jewish organization preferred

Salary and Benefits

  • The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $105,000, depending on relevant past experience
  • Health, life, and long-term disability insurance
  • Retirement savings plan with 8% employer contribution
  • Generous paid time off, including vacation, sick time, personal time and holidays
  • Values-aligned work environment

Hours The Executive Director will be in-person and onsite at Congregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden, CT, with flexibility for occasional work-from-home. Work schedule will include some holidays, evenings, and weekends.

Application Process  Please provide a cover letter and resume. Include at least two (2) references.

Diversity Statement CMI is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds, identities, and skills, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and neurodiversity.

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