The Executive Director (ED) serves as a member of the senior leadership team of Congregation Beth Am, (CBA) a dynamic multigenerational synagogue founded in 1955 to be a center of Reform Jewish life on the Peninsula.
We fulfill our mission through four pillars of congregational life: worship and spiritual living, lifelong learning; acting as a caring and welcoming community; and the pursuit of Tzedek (acts of justice and service).
The Executive Director manages and supports all of CBA’s operations, from the most mundane to the most holy, reflecting our values and upholding our mission. We seek an Executive Director who will guide and support the implementation of Beth Am’s vision by leading and supervising staff, contributing to financial and strategic planning, enabling program execution, and facilitating smooth day-to-day administrative management of the synagogue. The ED manages a small (but mighty!) professional staff to oversee daily operations and ensure program and event achievement.
The Executive Director reports to the congregation's Board President with a dotted line to the Senior Rabbi, who directly oversees the clergy and Education Director.
Senior management leadership at Beth Am is divided between the Senior Rabbi and the Executive Director. The Senior Rabbi directs the clergy and the Education Director. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all operations at the synagogue. This includes programs and events, facilities, financial management, development, and member recruitment/retention. The ED works closely with the clergy and congregant committees to achieve operational success. The ED manages a small (but mighty!) professional staff to oversee daily operations and ensure program and event achievement.
Candidates should have prior experience in administrative leadership and must be familiar with Jewish customs, lifecycle events, and congregational relationships. Beth Am’s congregants are enthusiastic, creative, and passionate about the life of their community. The Executive Director would need to reciprocate with equal enthusiasm, creativity, and passion.
? Presence: With the Senior Rabbi, serve as the face of the organization. Active participation in all areas of congregation life (some evening and weekend hours required, including attendance at religious services and special events). Ensure effective communication and engagement with current and prospective members. Support the clergy, staff, and lay leadership in providing educational, social action, and communal programming for the congregation’s spiritual, educational, and social needs.
? Management: Influential manager with the ability to lead and motivate. Excellent supervision and management skills, providing support and continuous monitoring of goals and deadlines for key staff to achieve desired results. Able to create and sustain effective working relations with Board, Clergy, program chairs and community to drive organizational excellence. Strategic visioning, planning and problem solving to implement effective and timely solutions in the context of organizational vision, mission, and values. Develop and maintain an organizational culture that ensures each team member thrives and is integral to carrying out CBA’s mission, and that they feel appreciated for that integral role and motivated to excel in their contributions as a result. Recruit, retain, develop, manage and inspire a high-performing staff.
? Financial Management: The Executive Director owns primary responsibility for the financial activities of the congregation. This includes facilitating conditions for financial success and ongoing congregational viability. Work closely with the Treasurer, various committees, and the Board to balance use of financial resources relative to annual budget as well as long-term fiscal health, in partnership with lay leadership and Senior Rabbi. Negotiate and manage contracts.
? Ethics & Compliance: In consultation with lay leaders and external resources (as needed), ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, policies, and best practices. Maintain the highest ethical standards as a professional and model that standard for the staff and community.
? Development: Provide support and direction to development efforts, including working with the Development Director and Development Committee. Cultivate a positive culture and reputation for the congregation, both internally and externally, cultivating financial support and donor relationships.
? Facilities Management: Manage building super to ensure effective use and maintenance of grounds and buildings, as well as oversight of safety and security practices. Solicit and manage revenue-generating long-term rentals and events (including our preschool tenants).
? Technology & Data: Experience with evaluating and using various technology tools, including web-based systems and social media, to support administration, events, membership, communications, and marketing. Knowledge of ShulCloud is a plus.
? Proven experience as executive director or in other managerial positions in a non-profit organization
? Experience in developing and executing strategic plans and initiatives
? Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills
? Strong understanding of finance and development
? Project management, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
? Bachelor's Degree required. An MBA/Masters of Nonprofit Management or similar business degree is preferred, or at least 10 years of experience in progressive management role(s) that specifically include managing personnel, programs, services, and operations.
Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications, with an expected base salary between $160,000 – $190,000. Congregation Beth Am offers a generous benefit package.