Director of Community Engagement
Congregation Beth El, a Conservative synagogue in Bethesda, MD, is hiring a Director of Community Engagement. This exciting senior staff position is focused on creating and managing systems and programs that help every member feel connected and experience meaningful engagement.
The Director will utilize thoughtful strategy and excellent social skills to help facilitate members’ relationships with clergy, staff, lay leaders, congregational programming resources, and the energizing presence of other members. The Director functions as a concierge and ambassador for the Congregation. They will create deep and meaningful relationships with constituents and, in turn, make a profound impact on the lives of our members.
The Director is responsible for identifying new ways for the synagogue to reach out more effectively to new (and existing) members and help them discover meaningful ways they can become engaged. A successful Director does so by thoughtfully and proactively connecting constituents with our innovative programming, opportunities for learning, prayer, and volunteerism. Ultimately, the Director makes it their responsibility to foster the strength, warmth, and character of our Jewish community.
• Strategically develop ways to reach and impact members and potential members. Utilize community organizing and relational methodologies to strategize for, and sustain, successful membership outreach, in-reach, engagement, and retention.
• Oversee communication with new and prospective members, conduct in-person and phone conversations and building tours, and assume official responsibility for membership inquiries, applications, and “entryways” into the synagogue.
• Check in with and track members through various phases of their membership experience with a focus on the first 24 months of ‘taking root.’
• Work with staff to develop strategy for recruitment of new members.
• Plan new member and member retention events.
• Coordinate meetings between key clergy/staff/laity and prospective new members.
• Work with Communications staff to maximize general recruitment, awareness, membership curricula and engagement practices. Develop membership materials, program marketing, and brochures with a view to ensure that new, existing, prospective, and uninvolved members feel invited, interested, and welcome at all synagogue functions.
• Work with senior staff to identify engagement opportunities; assume primary responsibility for or assist with implementation, monitoring and evaluation of these opportunities.
Engagement & Events
• Attend programs, services, and events that present outreach opportunities, both on- and off-site. Serve as an ambassador at these events, ensuring a culture of customer service and friendly engagement for all in attendance.
• Partner with clergy to create, implement, sustain, evaluate and monitor rabbinic roles in membership initiatives.
• Co-create, manage, and monitor the life-cycle events of our members, including simchas, bikkur cholim, bereavement, and assist clergy and senior staff with opportunities for ongoing, caretaking of our people, and membership enhancement.
• Strong awareness and collaboration with outside organizations with relevance to synagogue membership (i.e., GatherDC, The Den Collective, Federation, Jewish Council for the Aging, etc.)
• Attend community and private social, cultural, and educational life-cycle events, and other events that build membership value.
• Provide regular reports to senior staff and lay leadership detailing prospective members, new members, resignations, and deaths.
• Contact members who resign and oversee exit interviews; report findings from these interviews to Executive Director and Senior Rabbi.
ABOUT BETH EL:
Beth El is a vibrant, diverse and involved community of over 1000 plus households bringing innovation and creativity to Jewish traditions. Beth El provides multiple pathways for its members to enjoy a sense of community, engage with Judaism, and transform their lives through Torah, worship (Avodah), and acts of loving kindness (Gemilut Chasadim). We value participation, creativity, and education at all ages.,
• Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree or certificate preferred.
• Demonstrated record of success in related positions; minimum five years’ experience preferred.
• A knowledge of Jewish practices, holidays, and synagogue community.
• Demonstrated leadership skills with ability to work collaboratively with leadership (i.e., synagogue leadership, staff and lay leadership).
• Strong administrative skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
The salary for this role is $70,000 – 90,000, based on experience. A competitive benefits package is offered.
Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to [email protected].
Following a review of resumes, we will contact qualified candidates to set up interviews.