Executive Director

University Synagogue Irvine | Irvine, CA, United States

Posted Date 1/08/2022

University Synagogue [US] is the only Synagogue in Orange County affiliated with Reconstructing Judaism.  Founded in 1987, US has approximately 500 member households.  US plans to hire an Executive Director [ExecDir], reporting to the President. 


OBJECTIVES: The key responsibilities for this position are described in relation to the following objectives. 

  • Membership Services (including engagement, recruitment, retention): Create a comprehensive plan to grow US membership by at least 10% annually for next 3 years, and improve retention.
  • Office Administration: Oversee all office and administrative functions to efficiently and effectively deliver services to the congregation, leadership and clergy.
  • Staff Management: Manage all office and facilities staff, and act as a resource for problem solving, and handling member issues. 
  • Marketing and Growth: Articulate a “Value Proposition” outlining why US is unique and the best choice for those seeking affiliation. Oversee the development of a marketing approach, media, collateral, to attract prospective members.
  • Technology Management: Optimize all technology utilization, ensuring integration in relevant US functions, and improvements to operating efficiency.  Ensure that ShulCloud app is fully functional.
  • Liaison to Executive Committee, Board, and Rabbi: Establish and maintain a strong liaison role with the President, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Clergy, and lay leaders.
  • Fundraising and Development: Utilizing a knowledge of best practices in fundraising, coordinate a comprehensive approach to fundraising.
  • Communications (internal and external, including social media): Develop a communications plan and approach that ensures organized, coordinated, consistent, timely, and, accurate communications.
  • Financial Management: Working with the Treasurer and outside accounting service, ensure accurate budgeting and financial management.


In addition to the above detailed objectives, the ExecDir will also be responsible for: Facilities management; volunteer coordination; coordination with pre-school, religious school, education tenant and church tenant; event logistics and planning; leadership development; and, strategic planning.


BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE:  The ideal candidate will have the following background:

  • 10+ years in a top management role in a non-profit organization.
  • 5+ years in the top role in a Synagogue, ideally with large (300+ members) Synagogue experience.
  • Strong experience with technology needed to successfully run a nonprofit. Experience with ShulCloud software is strongly preferred. 
  • Financial management understanding required, including financial statements, use of excel, etc.
  • Understanding of fundraising best practices in a similar environment.
  • Bachelors’ degree required. Master’s degree preferred.


PERSONALITY AND CHARACTER TRAITS:  Exceptional communication skills; attention to detail; thick-skinned (adapts well to change); personable, compassionate and empathetic; proactive and tenacious.


REPLY WITH RESUME TO:  Mark Bregman, Chair of Search Committee / [email protected]

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Executive Director
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