Executive Director

Temple Beth Sholom - Santa Ana, CA | Santa Ana, CA, United States

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Posted Date 2/16/2023

Who We Are:

Temple Beth Sholom of Orange County (TBS), is a Jewish Center for Life, Learning and Connections. We were the first Reform synagogue in Orange County, California. For eight decades, we have fostered a congregation that values strong Jewish identity and practice, with innovative forms of Jewish expression, and a blending deep commitment to Tikkun Olam.  As we build upon our strong foundation, we are poised to launch our community into a new era of expansion, innovation and creativity. Our future is more than just a question of numbers – it is a challenge to reimagine and reshape how we make our assumptions, experiment with innovations, multiply entry points and increase opportunities for participation in congregational life.


This year, Temple Beth Sholom will celebrate our 80th anniversary. We are gearing up for that historic moment with year-long experiences of study, reflection, and celebration. TBS has been served with dignity and honor by wonderful rabbis, cantors, cantorial soloists, and educators.


We experienced a reduction in membership due to Covid and a personnel crisis. However, thanks to the efforts of our lay leaders and other volunteers, the hard work of our former Interim Rabbi and our new Senior Rabbi, Sharon Sobel, we now are experiencing significant growth and renewal. In the last five months alone, we have grown by over 10%. We consistently welcome new and returning members every single month.

            Childcare Center

Our Early Childhood Center (ECC) is considered the best in OC. We have a standing wait list and have added classrooms and teachers every year. Its Jewish student population has grown to 50% and is a ‘feeder’ for TBS full membership (All ECC Jewish families are gifted a membership to TBS). All TBS staff and clergy receive the benefit of being able to send their children (infant to pre-K) to the ECC gratis (part-time or full-time).

            Our Campus

Our stunningly beautiful physical main campus has been fully remodeled, and our smaller chapel has won awards for its unique and innovative architectural design. The garden and grounds are biblical in nature; all trees, plants, flowers are mentioned in the Bible or are found in Israel, including the many fruit-bearing trees. Our site is often requested by other groups as a venue for their events, due to our location and its beauty.

Thanks to the lovely Southern California weather, our Erev Shabbat services take place outdoors, from the end of May –to the end of Simchat Torah, often with a communal Shabbat dinner beforehand. The entire front of our lobby (known as the “Living Room”) is glass and overlooks the lush grounds. These glass panels open fully, to bring the outdoors in, and enable events to be “inside and outside” simultaneously. Many of our other events take place outdoors as well, on our beautiful lawn and grounds: our Summer Social Bash, Chanukah festival, Purim Carnival, Yom Ha’atzma’ut Festival and so much more. The school building also wraps around a large lawn, which enables our children to experience outdoor and indoor classroom learning environments.

            Our People

The most important aspect of Temple Beth Sholom, however, is the people: this is a community where the concept of “k’hilah k’dosha” (sacred community) is a living reality. Our dedicated, energetic and committed volunteers are the backbone of TBS. They bring to life our vision, values and all we do. Chavurot are an integral aspect of TBS life. They create “friends who are like family” for each other, social opportunities both within and outside of TBS events. Newcomers are welcomed to services and events, with open arms, and made to feel special. If someone, a congregant, staff or clergy, is sick, members will call and offer food, rides and assistance with anything that’s needed. The most special part of TBS is the people who make this place “home” for all who walk in our doors.

For more information, go to: www.tbsoc.com

Who You Are:

You are a dynamic leader who is energetic, organized, and friendly.  You have a track record of success in similar roles. You have delivered an organization’s shared vision, providing insightful input and alternate ideas.  You love to work in a collaborative team environment, and to partner with staff members and lay leaders to build community.

Role Overview:

The Executive Director (ED) is Temple Beth Sholom’s chief administrative officer. The ED and his/her team manage new member development, retention and member services; facilities and security; human resources; rental activities and budget management and revenue development.  The ED, along with the Senior Rabbi and the Temple President, coordinates strategic initiatives and supports member engagement and programming activities.  The ED also provides the leadership and business acumen necessary to achieve operational excellence, financial stability, and long-term membership growth.  The ED has supervisory responsibility for all administrative, business development, and facility maintenance personnel.  The ED works very closely with the Rabbi and the President of the Temple and has a solid-line reporting relationship to the TBS Board of Directors.

Here's What You Will Do:

  • Staff Management – Hire, supervise, train, and evaluate the office and maintenance staff to ensure the successful execution of their responsibilities and duties. Maintain and elevate staff capabilities to a level of excellence, consistent with the needs of the temple.  Oversee the payroll process for TBS employees, managing timesheets, time off requests, and other aspects of payroll.
  • Operations Management – Develop, manage, and oversee an effective day-to-day operation of the temple. This would include, but not limited to, facility usage and rentals, cleanliness and upkeep of the facility, and strategic planning for major capital improvements.  Coordinate and ensure proper setups for all scheduled activities at TBS.  Rental activities consist of working with outside party planners who utilize the TBS facilities for non-member activities.
  • Financial Management – Have a strong understanding of non-profit financing, budgeting, and rules. Manage the temple’s finances in partnership with the Board Treasurer.  Manage the temple’s annual budget, in planning and execution, including income and expenses, along with dues collection.
  • Membership Management – Serve as a temple advocate for current, new, and prospective members. Understand the members’ needs and be able to articulate the temple value to prospective members.  With the Board’s VP of Membership, create strategy for membership recruitment.  Work with members, who have financial limitations, to ensure a successful level of meaningful giving.
  • Communications Management – Work with the Board’s Director of Communications to ensure a consistent and professional communication strategy within email, social media, and website distribution channels.
  • Major Events and High Holy Days – Manage logistics and administrative tasks for events at TBS; coordinate vendors, staff assignments and lay leadership involvement. The ED is present at all major temple events and networks with members.

Here’s What You Will Need:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience managing a non-profit organization(s) or other large organization(s). (Jewish Temple experience a plus)
  • Pro-active approach to problem solving.
  • Attentive to details.
  • Well organized.
  • Ability to multi-
  • Strong team management.
  • Excellent communication skills – Written and Oral.
  • Collaborative management style.
  • Thorough knowledge of budget and finance.
  • A working knowledge of Shulcloud, or other membership management software is preferred.
  • Experienced in growing membership and fundraising.
  • Proficient in supervising physical plant maintenance.
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective relationships.
  • Relevant experience engaging younger individuals and families.
  • Excellent facilitation, oral and written skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of Word and Excel

Additional Information:

Orange County, California is culturally, religiously and economically diverse. We have a wonderful public school system, as well as excellent private and public universities. Temple Beth Sholom is situated in an ideal location for recreation, with rich cultural and other wonderful opportunities. We are near beaches, local mountains and desert communities. Gorgeous local hiking and cycling trails. Our wonderful year-round weather invites an active lifestyle. Our central location offers a choice of airports and freeway access to San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Las Vegas.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Mike Winston - President: [email protected]

Salary106,000.00 - 135,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Executive Director | Synagogue Administrator | Synagogue Director
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Relocation Available | Sick Days | Vision
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