Executive Director

Nefesh LA | Los Angeles, CA, United States

Posted Date 11/22/2021

Executive Director, Nefesh



Location: Hybrid Work Environment-70% remote, 30% in-person on the east side of Los Angeles
Salary: $100,000-$125,000/year, commensurate with experience

Rolling applications with deadline of January 16, 2022 

Type: Full-time


Please send a resume, cover letter, and 60-second video to [email protected] Please send the video in MP4 format and share with us how you are connected to the mission of Nefesh. Why does promoting an open-hearted, radically inclusive, spiritual community interest you? 


Nefesh is an open-hearted Jewish spiritual community welcoming all of the identities that make up who we are and who we love. Born in the multicultural beauty of LA’s eastside neighborhoods and immersed in music that moves us, Nefesh cultivates empathy, love, and justice. Nefesh is a multi-generational doorway to the wisdom, ritual, and melodies of the Jewish tradition. Nefesh became an independent community in 2019 and has experienced incredible growth. Nefesh was founded by Rabbi Susan Goldberg, whose spiritual leadership and innovative style inspires and defines the vibrant evolution of Nefesh. Nefesh is located in Los Angeles, the ancestral homeland of the Tongva people.


We are seeking a dynamic leader to help guide and support Nefesh as it continues to grow and develop. The Executive Director (“ED”) will work closely with the community, staff, board and Rabbi Susan to implement a vision for Nefesh. The ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Nefesh’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of mission; lead the funding and fiscal stewardship of the community; support and guide the daily operations of Nefesh and the growth of the community; responsible to Rabbi Susan Goldberg and the Board of Directors to execute Nefesh’s mission through the utilization of the appropriate staff and in conjunction with Board and Kin (i.e., membership) committees, including management of volunteers, professional and support staff, fiscal management, and Kin relations.


Frequently cited statistics show that women, trans, and nonbinary people, and other structurally marginalized groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Nefesh encourages you to break that statistic and to apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until we find the right candidate for the position.


Mission Alignment & Culture Fit

  • You are personally passionate and committed to creating an open-hearted, inclusive, queer-normative, Jewish spiritual community.
  • You have a sophisticated, nuanced understanding of marginalized Jewish identities, experiences, and perspectives as well as how they intersect. You possess a high level of fluency in the culture of these communities and, more broadly, in the language of inclusion work.
  • You are able to celebrate victories in the work, big and small, while continuing to work for the long-term vision.
  • You set high expectations for yourself and those around you.
  • You exude calm and warmth.
  • You find joy in creating healthy and equitable communities.
  • You have high emotional intelligence and hear what is said and unsaid. You build trust through relationships and personal stories. 
  • You are not afraid to advocate for organizational culture and values.

Leadership Style

  • You are a collaborative leader and gain input and buy-in from various stakeholders when executing your vision.
  • Others perceive you as having presence, maturity, and expertise. You are decisive and can make hard decisions.
  • You plan the big stuff and sweat the small stuff.
  • You can translate strategy into plans and manage a team towards results.
  • You have previous experience bringing a racial justice and gender equity lens to work products and staff culture.
  • You coach team members and contractors with an open, inclusive leadership style that encourages cohesion, accountability, and high performance.
  • You are adept at using technology and working remotely with colleagues to facilitate daily work.
  • You hold joy and resilience as key foundations for a healthy and happy team.
  • You can distinguish between the truly time-sensitive and urgent and what is important but not requiring immediate action. You can prioritize tasks and delegate responsibilities as needed.
  • ??Excellent mediating and facilitating skills.


Leadership and Management

  • Provides strategic leadership over all operational aspects of Nefesh.
  • Provides inspirational leadership and direction to all staff, including volunteers, and ensures the continued productivity of a professional and efficient organization. 
  • Establishes effective decision-making processes to achieve Nefesh's long and short term goals.
  • Collaborates with Rabbi Susan and the Board of Directors to shape Nefesh’s vision. 
  • Devises and implements plans to achieve Nefesh’s goals while ensuring that all activities are aligned with Nefesh’s core mission.
  • Attracts, supervises, manages, develops, and retains an excellent staff team that embraces Nefesh’s goals and mission, and produces exceptional program quality in all service areas.
  • Inspires, creates, develops, cultivates, and maintains relationships with all internal and external partners.

Program Oversight

  • Oversees, inspires and empowers Program Manager to propose, plan and implement outstanding programs.
  • Collaborates with Program Manager to creatively solve the problems and challenges involving temple events & operations.
  • Assigns staff resources to support synagogue programs as needed.
  • Collaborates with Program Manager to increase efficiencies and consistency throughout the organization by developing and implementing standardized programs, services and program marketing.
  • Supervises Program Manager’s Measurement of the effectiveness of programs, events, and operations through both quantitative and qualitative data; share and discuss data with the Board.
  • Encourages Program Manager to devise ways of learning from members, using digital means to glean audience needs, wants, desires, and levels of satisfaction (i.e., online surveys, etc.).
  • Provides review, approval, and oversight of all Nefesh communications to create comprehensive marketing, branding, and communications campaigns designed to foster the most positive perception of Nefesh while generating enthusiasm and increased attendance at programs and events.
  • Works with Program Manager to create a marketing calendar based on development and program needs that reflects current best practices to ensure operational capacity to implement the plan.

Planning & New Business

  • Oversees development and execution of the strategic business plan to expand Nefesh.
  • Identifies and develops additional revenue streams with particular attention to opportunities using social enterprise and social innovation models.
  • Initiates planning for the Strategic Plan, building a process to ensure the inclusion of staff and community.

Kinship Connection and Maintenance 

  • Maintains positive relationships with current and potential members, regarding all aspects of the community activities, including life cycle events.
  • Recruits and provides support to volunteers in implementing various activities and promoting member participation.
  • Supervises staff in use of membership database software to ensure accurate records of pledges and donations.
  • Continually looks to improve membership database workflows.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity for the importance of complete and accurate database records, such as current mailing addresses, b’nei mitzvah scheduling, yahrzeit listings, etc.
  • Deepens and refines all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.

Community Relations and Partnerships

  • Serves as the face of Nefesh to the community, stakeholders, affiliated and partnering organizations, and media.
  • Engages with stakeholders and the community to raise Nefesh’s profile, grow its influence, and attract resources.
  • Plans and cultivates strategic alliances and possible partnerships with external area businesses and organizations with the goal of increasing membership, sponsorships, participation at events, and expanding a donor base.
  • Identifies and cultivates relationships with leaders of other area Jewish and non-Jewish religious organizations to deepen community ties.

Fundraising and Development

  • Builds sustainable relationships with measurable and successful results in raising funds and in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual, foundation, and government donors 
  • Develops, cultivates, and maintains a strong relationship with Jewish support organizations.
  • Designs and implements an inclusive donor development program including major gifts, corporate gifts, and planned giving, covering acquisition, cultivation, retention, and appreciation.
  • Plans and establishes a comprehensive fund-raising program and provides data to the Board about possible donor prospects, whether such prospects are individuals, families, philanthropic organizations, or local, state, and national government agencies.
  • Directs and contributes to grant writing; reviews all proposals, and reporting.
  • Ideates, plans, and implements fund-raising strategies aimed at members and constituents who most frequent Nefesh, based on data tracking.
  • Uses external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
  • Tracks, acknowledges, and responds to all gifts received.
  • Develops an annual Development Plan of activity and timelines.

Financial Management

  • Collaborates with the Book Keeper, Treasurer and President to provide financial management. 
  • Develops long term plans and annual budgets that meet Nefesh’s commitments as agreed by the Board, including, creating a budgetary process with staff (including tools, inputs and outputs, and key partners) and presenting to, and obtaining approval from, the Board.
  • Develops a framework for appropriate financial controls including engagement of vendors, disbursement of funds, regular reporting of performance versus approved budgets, and disclosure of cash on hand.
  • Ensures compliance with financial controls with respect to the engagement of vendors and disbursements of funds in close collaboration with the staff accountant and maintains accurate and auditable records of such controls.
  • Manages staff accountant and supports Treasurer with the preparation and presentation to the Board of the financial position, including cash flow, receivables and payables, and profit and loss accounts.
  • Recommends financial priorities and strategies to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of the program and staff based on projected financial performance supported by trending and other key data-points informing revenues and expense streams.
  • Ensures compliance with financial reporting and other reporting requirements related to funds obtained through grants.

Operational Management

  • Oversees day-to-day operations and planning for Nefesh and provides supervision to direct reports and other staff. 
  • Oversees and implements operational plans, policies, staffing and goals that align with the Strategic Business Plan.
  • Manages personnel functions including job descriptions, salary ranges, hiring, evaluations, promotions, and terminations.
  • Administers Nefesh employee-benefit programs related to medical insurance and retirement. 
  • Recommends benefit plan enhancements or changes to the Board.

Board of Directors

  • Reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors of Nefesh and takes a leadership role in maintaining a strong, informed, and engaged Board of Directors, including providing timely and accurate information necessary for the Board to make informed decisions. 
  • Attends all Board meetings and committee meetings, as requested.
  • Works with the Board and the President to create a strategic vision. 
  • Works collaboratively with staff, Board Committees, and Kin volunteers to implement Board policies, goals, priorities, and objectives.
  • Works with Board members to aid them in developing their role as advocates, fundraisers, and ambassadors for the work of the organization.
  • Helps build a diverse and inclusive Board that represents and reflects the membership, the community, and Nefesh’s mission.
  • Ensures opportunities for Board and staff to share vision, strategies, and tactics, and to appreciate each other’s roles and contributions.


Nefesh is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff. Nefesh provides equal opportunity to all people regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other proscribed category outlined in federal or state regulations. This policy applies to all employees and candidates for employment.

Salary100000.00 Annual
Full Time
Executive Director
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