Executive Director

Congregation Or Torah | Skokie, IL, United States

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Posted Date 5/15/2024


Congregation Or Torah is the largest Modern Orthodox Synagogue in the Midwest. They are a diverse community united in their dedication to Torah study, support for the State of Israel, and desire to inspire the next generation of Am Yisrael. Or Torah has more than 400 member families and a vibrant education program. The congregation, led by their Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Zvi Engel, serves as a place of spiritual growth and communal activity within the greater Skokie area.

Or Torah seeks a talented leader to guide the Congregation as its third Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, and working closely with congregants, this highly motivated individual will play a critical role in managing the overall operation of the synagogue to continue to build a dynamic, growing congregation. The ideal candidate will have exceptional leadership qualities with notable synagogue and/or nonprofit executive management experience.

The Executive Director will have the opportunity to participate in the strategic planning and development of the synagogue, ensuring its prosperity for generations to come. This individual should have prior fundraising and event experience, including the ability to build and maintain donor relationships, identify prospects, and solicit support. The Executive Director will manage the office administrator, youth director and custodian. Candidates need to be familiar with Jewish customs and lifecycle events. Participation in all activities of the synagogue is essential.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the synagogue, including all programs, events, staff, fundraising, board communications, fiscal management,

membership, public relations and food service coordination

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to the Board of Directors, leveraging talents and networks, and offering board development opportunities; implement synagogue policies, procedures, and decisions of the board
  • Oversee the fundraising plan; identify and steward donors, implement annual campaign, capital campaign work, and support the Rabbi and lay leaders in fundraising efforts
  • Oversee all Congregation communications, community outreach efforts, marketing and messaging development, and online presence
  • Is responsible for the management and supervision of the Synagogue’s budget and finances, administrative functions, personnel, and facilities
  • Partner with the Board of Directors to implement a strategic plan to ensure long-term sustainability, innovation, expanded membership, and growth in programs and fundraising
  • Communicate with clergy, staff, and membership committee regarding members’ concerns, life-cycle events and to support retention
  • Utilize the synagogue’s services, special events, programming, and board meetings as opportunities to build and strengthen relationships


Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • 5+ years of demonstrated leadership experience running an organization, preferably a synagogue or Jewish nonprofit organization
  • Strong fundraising background; capital campaign experience is a plus
  • Experience managing boards, committees, volunteers, and events
  • Passion for the synagogue’s mission and ability to represent the synagogue in the community
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate staff and work in partnership with team members and volunteers
  • Goal-oriented and strategic with strong multi-tasking and follow-through skills
  • Strong business acumen and fiscal management skills
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in word, excel and QuickBooks is must
  • Knowledgeable in website management and social media
  • Experience with fundraising software; shul cloud experience is a plus


To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Rebecca Brown [email protected]


Congregation Or Torah is an equal-opportunity employer.

Salary80.00 - 100.00 Annual
Full Time
Executive Director
Organization Type
Leave Early for Shabbat | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
Job Location
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