Executive Director

Congregation Mickve Israel | Savannah, GA, United States

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Posted Date 1/06/2023



Executive Director Job Description


About Congregation Mickve Israel

Located in the Historic District of Savannah, Georgia on beautiful Monterey Square, Congregation Mickve Israel, founded in 1733, is the third oldest Jewish congregation in America. Our first synagogue, constructed in 1820, was the first synagogue built in Georgia. Our magnificent current sanctuary, completed in 1878, features unique gothic style architecture which  led Condé Nast Traveler to name Congregation Mickve Israel one of the 15 Most Beautiful Synagogues in the World.

Additionally, Congregation Mickve Israel (CMI) is a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive historic Reform Jewish congregation practicing both contemporary/mainstream and Classical Reform Judaism. We are a vibrant, growing synagogue of over 430 families that takes great pride in honoring our rich history and traditions while pursuing our vision for the future. We offer religious, social and educational programs that are stimulating and meaningful to our diverse membership and guests. Mickve Israel also welcomes people from all over the world and from every background who visit us to take a tour of our historic sanctuary and award-winning museum.


About the Role


The Executive Director (ED) serves as the chief administrative officer of the congregation in accordance with the principals, guidelines and objectives set forth by the Board of Adjunta and the Constitution and By-Laws of the Temple. The ED is responsible for the implementation of the policies of the Board of Adjunta. 


The ED provides the day-to-day management of Temple fiscal and administrative affairs and will have direct supervisory jurisdiction over all administrative, clerical, and building maintenance personnel.

The ED also serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Adjunta and the Executive Committee. 


Reporting to both the President of the Congregation and the Board of Adjunta, the ED also takes direction from the Rabbi. The Executive Director is expected to collaborate and coordinate with the Rabbi and any other current or future member of the clergy team on administrative matters. 


The ED has a staff of 7-10 employees to help manage all administrative, custodial, financial responsibilities as well as to help execute the strategy for CMI’s continued growth in the future as a pillar of Savannah’s Jewish community. 


Key Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)


  • Office Management: 
    • Supervise, train, coach and manage all temple staff (custodial, administrative, food service, technical, etc) with the exception of the clergy. 
    • Responsible for all personnel, compensation and benefits decisions related to the temple staff.
    • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Temple Office’s operations and all staff members.
    • Manage the Temple Office’s Tech Stack (Google, Microsoft Office, Zoom, ShulCloud, etc) and maintain a responsible budget for all office related expenses (equipment, technology, materials, etc).
    • Ensure security is in place to fully safeguard confidential information.
  • Religious Services & Temple Events: 
    • Provide administrative and logistic support required for the smooth running of all religious services, in person and virtual, such as Shabbat and life cycle services, High Holy Day services, and festivals and associated events such as Onegs, Kiddush lunches, etc. 
    • Manage the execution of virtual events. A deep expertise and experience with streaming platforms (YouTube, Zoom, etc) is needed to help create inclusive and inviting experiences for virtual and hybrid events.
    • Responsible for annual planning related to Temple Events and will be responsible for coordinating the schedules of activities for all Temple groups. 
    • The ED will provide the administrative and logistical support required for the smooth running of events. 
    • Develop and maintain on-going security and safety protocols for the Congregation during services.
  • Property and Equipment
    • Responsible for the oversight of the synagogue’s ongoing maintenance, including: authorizing necessary repairs and making recommendations to the Board when repairs or preventative projects are needed, contract negotiation, RFP processes, insurance contracts, etc. 
    • Supervise the custodial staff and provide on-site supervision of repair, grounds maintenance, renovation and expansion projects. 
    • Manage any and all contractors or service providers used by the Temple for events, services, etc.
  • Membership
    • Serve as the initial point of contact for prospective and new members creating a welcoming and informational experience centered around helping individuals and families find their next Jewish home. 
    • Maintain accurate membership records and assist in planning strategies for growth and membership retention. 
    • Maintain the various Temple records, e.g. membership data, newsletters, minutes, and all historical and archival records.
    • Coordinate, as needed, with City of Savannah ownership of cemetery plots.
  • Board Committees and Auxiliaries:
    • Serve as a resource and liaison for committees and auxiliaries. 
    • Attend special committee meetings as needed and serve as a resource for any special planning sessions. 
  • Fiscal
    • Work closely with the Temple’s Finance team (Treasurer, Finance Director, Bookkeeper, Finance Committee Chair) to maintain accurate and timely financial records, present monthly and annual reports as well as prepare an annual and multi-year budget. 
    • Monitor the collection of dues as well as make recommendations on dues and fees that reflect the current membership’s needs. 
    • The ED is ultimately responsible for the Temple’s Gift Shop and its inventory and cash management. 
  • External Affairs: 
    • In partnership with CMI’s clergy, the ED will serve as a liaison between the Congregation and the community in order to promote the Temple’s visibility.
    • Maintain ongoing contact with the local media. 
    • Act as an advisor and assist with all Temple announcements and publications (i.e., bulletin, mailings, directory, etc.).
    • Ensure the Temple’s website is kept current.
  • Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s Degree required
    • 5 years experience as an Executive Director or Deputy Executive Director (or equivalent).
    • Preference for someone with experience in the Jewish professional space
    • Experience in non-profit or 501-c3 leadership
    • Technical competence in office software and basic knowledge of streaming on resources such as YouTube


Salary:            $60-95,000 commensurate with experience


Apply:             Send resume to:


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                       Congregation Mickve Israel

                       PO Box 816

                       Savannah, GA 31402



Salary60000.00 - 95000.00 Annual
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