Director of Engagement

Isaac M. Wise Temple | Cincinnati, OH, United States

Posted Date 7/29/2022

Director of Engagement


If relationships are your passion, Isaac M. Wise Temple is your place.

Relationships abound at Wise Temple, which is the largest synagogue in Cincinnati with membership of 1000 households. These diverse congregants create an active community who is proud of its rich 180-year history. The Temple supports congregants through worship, learning, social action, and community experiences. Wise Temple is a modern, vibrant, and enduring Reform Jewish community inspired by the innovative vision of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of the American Reform Movement.

We seek a full-time Director of Engagement to lead the strategy for meaningfully engaging congregants as leaders, volunteers and participants in congregational life. This role involves both a big picture and personalized view.

Big picture view:

  • Create wide-spread passion for all Wise Temple has to offer.
  • Bring the warmth of community and Jewish heritage to enrich individual lives through deeper individual engagement at Wise Temple
  • Collaborate with bright and talented colleagues, providing strategies and tools for creating wide-spread engagement.
  • Personalized view:
  • Establish individual and personalized approaches to engagement including learning congregants’ talents, skills and passions and determining how they can be meaningfully applied at Wise Temple and how congregants can participate in small interest groups to form meaningful relationships with one another.

This role involves being both an outstanding relationship builder and a skillful implementor of programs. This person reports to the Executive Director and is a part of a highly collaborative team that works together to engage congregants in meaningful ways.


Member Engagement

  • Develop strong individual relationships with congregants that create opportunities for:
  • making an educated, meaningful, and appropriate invitation to participate, volunteer or lead;
  • helping individual congregants feel known, seen, valued and understood;
  • building meaningful connections to Wise Temple and other congregants;
  • hearing the voices of congregants to better understand their needs and wants.
  • Lead organization-wide strategy for meaningfully engaging congregants as leaders, volunteers and attendees. Partner with staff in this effort, providing counsel and resources for targeted outreach and highly personal engagement efforts.
  • Among staff and congregational leadership, champion the effort of weaving member engagement into all that Wise Temple offers..
  • Develop and lead strategy for identification, engagement, placement, and tracking of congregants in volunteer roles that capitalize on congregant talents and passions. Among all staff, champion the strategic use of Congregant Relationship Management database and process.
  • Populate and manage the GPS data endeavor, (Gifts Passions and Skills) for each individual member
  • Help ensure appropriate skills matches, in member participation and in volunteer development.
  • Facilitate the extensive social action volunteer engagement opportunities throughout the year for members of every age cohort

Cohort-Based Initiatives

  • Design and build small group model, bringing together congregants with similar interests. Train and engage group coordinators; publicize and recruit group members; grow and refine group engagement strategies.
  • Continue adult programming of a primarily social focus (approximately monthly ).
  • Continue the growth of Women Thrive (women’s group of those women with school age children), paying particular attention to building relationships among women (vs. counting attendance at programs).
  • Engage volunteer teams in the strategy, planning and implementation of unique programs for each group.
  • Provide leadership and support for future cohort initiatives and programs.

New Member Initiatives

  • Develop and oversee strategy for welcoming, immersing and immediately engaging new members, paying particular attention to their GPS data.

Communication Partnership

  • Partner with Director of Communication to:
  • Establish vision and strategy for member and community communication that will emphasize engagement.
  • Determine the best ways to strategically communicate the value of engagement in Jewish life at Wise Temple.


  • Outstanding follow up and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • 2+ years’ experience in recruiting, leading and managing volunteers a plus.
  • Outstanding ability to collaboratively counsel and share expertise with colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently and, at the same time, to be a team player.
  • Bachelor’s degree or greater with 5+ years of progressive work experience.
  • Skills may be especially transferrable for those in donor development roles.


Competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, and a 403B.

Salary70000.00 - 90000.00 Annual
Full Time
Director | Director of Community Engagement | Education - Other | Engagement | Programming
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
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