Executive Director

Shir Ami Congregation | Newtown, PA, United States

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Posted Date 4/09/2024

Reform Congregation Shir Ami is meeting the needs and challenges of today's changing world by engaging and inspiring our multigenerational congregation. 
As a diverse and vibrant Jewish community, we foster an inclusive place for all. We cultivate an informed membership guided by Jewish values to promote a culture of support in times of celebration or need. We are committed to connecting with each other, embracing spiritual growth, creating a just and compassionate society, and supporting Israel and our Jewish family worldwide.

Newtown, located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is only 45 minutes from Center City Philadelphia, and an hour and a half (or an easy train ride) to New York, with many of our members commuting in either direction. It offers the warmth of small town living, the conveniences of a major suburb, and proximity to two of the top cultural centers in the country.

Shir Ami is currently seeking an Executive Director to manage senior team responsibilities, interface with lay leadership, and oversee staff members on a day-to-day basis. In implementing the strategic vision of Shir Ami, this energetic and proactive individual will provide membership-focused, tactical oversight of multiple departments. The Executive Director will promote a positive image of the synagogue amongst the staff, congregants and the greater community. 

A succesful Executive Director will: 

Leadership Collaboration

  • Implement the congregation’s initiatives as set forth by the Board of Directors and Clergy
  • Ensure smooth daily operations
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and committees chairs to ensure efficient and effective congregational work
  • Identify, develop and support lay leadership and staff
  • Work as part of a team with clergy and professional leadership to plan and implement the varied activities of the synagogue

 Financial Management:

  • Prepare and maintain a balanced budget  with the Treasurer and the Budget Committee
  • Provide oversight of the day-to-day activities of Shir Ami’s financial office, bookkeeper and comptroller; including cash management, accounts receivable and payable, payroll, and financial statement preparation
  • Develop and implement effective cost-efficient office and maintenance procedures
  • Manage cash flow and banking relationships
  • Manage congregant billing and accounts receivable assuring fiscal responsibility while adhering to our mission of inclusion
  • Assure tax and regulatory requirement compliance
  • Monitor investment performance and prepare quarterly reports 
  • Partner with Board of Directors and Philanthropy Committee on annual fundraising, endowment, capital campaigns and strategic planning
  • Implement, evaluate and improve workflow systems
  • Ensure synagogue information systems and data systems are complete, current and accurate
  • Support use of web based technologies and social media
  • Oversee scheduling, logistics, and communications of congregational events
  • Maintain master congregational calendar

Personnel Management:

  • Recruit, supervise, develop and evaluate multi-department staff team
  • Establish, in consultation with the Board of Directors and Personnel Committee, personnel policies and guidelines and maintain a personnel manual
  • Oversee the employee health insurance plan
  • Provide budgetary, policy and human resource related guidance to the Directors of Education, Early Learning Center and Youth Programming 
  • Supervise Communications Director, Engagement Coordinator, Administrative Assistants and Security Personnel.
  • Develop opportunities for staff development

 Facilities Administration and Management:

  • Manage maintenance provider, in coordination with the Building and Grounds Chair, ensuring the proper, timely maintenance, repair, acquisition, and replacement of Shir Ami’s physical assets and equipment 
  • Maintain a comprehensive insurance policy to safeguard the physical assets of the synagogue
  • Assess, maintain and improve security policies, infrastructure and personnel.
  • Maintain effective local police relationships
  • Negotiate and approve vendor, contractor, consultant, and other service provider contracts 
  • Oversee all components of the technology infrastructure including, phone, website, internet, livestream and sound systems 

Member Engagement

  • Collaborate with clergy and the professional team to promote a warm, hospitable and active sense of community
  • Ensure that office staff create a welcoming and inclusive environment for members and prospective members
  • Provide logistical support for life-cycle events
  • Develop and maintain postive rapport with the congregation
Salary115,000.00 - 135,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Business Manager | Chief Financial Officer (CFO) | Chief Operating Officer | Director | Executive Director | Human Resources | Philanthropy | Synagogue Administrator | Synagogue Director
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | FSA | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
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