Executive Director

Tikvat Israel Congregation | Rockville, MD, United States

Posted Date 11/03/2021

About Tikvat Israel:
Tikvat Israel is a friendly, participatory, egalitarian, Conservative synagogue in Rockville, MD (a suburb of Washington, DC) committed to deepening congregants’ devotion to community, religious practice, Jewish tradition, learning, and service. Tikvat Israel’s congregants are caring, creative, broad-minded, unpretentious, and eager to learn. We believe that everyone has something to teach and something to learn. Our Early Childhood Center (ECC) provides an avenue into our synagogue community of approximately 250 families. For more information, see www.tikvatisrael.org .

POSITION TITLE: Executive Director
HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours/week.


The Executive Director manages all synagogue administration and operations, taking direction from the President of the congregation and accountable to the Board of Directors. General duties include:
• Responsible for the overall management of the congregation's administrative and financial affairs, including supervisory responsibility for all employees and contracted personnel
• Responsible for the overall management of the building and grounds
• Provides support to clergy, staff, volunteers, and committees for the planning and execution of all services, activities, events, and rental programs
• Partners with clergy, staff, lay leaders, and committees to develop, establish, and implement synagogue policies
• Serves as the first/primary point of contact with congregants and prospective members


• Manages the day-to-day operations of the congregation’s administrative office staff, and contractors
• Determines and arranges for logistical support for all synagogue activities and coordinates with volunteers and lay leadership
• Provides support, as required, to the Religious School, youth groups, and Early Childhood Center (ECC)

Fiscal Management
• Oversees the administration of TI’s payroll system and staff benefits program
• Responsible overseeing, establishing, and executing accurate and timely financial operations including billing and accounts payable (and directing accounting/bookkeeping staff)
• Responsible for research and providing data for the Treasurer, the Budget Committee, and the Board of Directors

• Establishes and maintains effective communications processes and publicity for synagogue services, activities, and events
• Manages an effective and informative Tikvat Israel calendar
• Manages the maintenance and updates of an accurate, informative, and visually appealing website
• Establishes communication protocols around conventional electronic and printed material as well as social media communications.

Facilities and Grounds
• Establishes policies and oversees the overall security of the facilities, grounds, and the safety of all attendees at synagogue events (including working with the COVID-19 Task Force)
• Oversees and manages the scheduling of all uses of the building and grounds
• Maintains the property in a safe condition by determining and authorizing necessary repairs and maintenance and create a schedule for capital repairs, when necessary
• Manages relations with service suppliers and contractors, providing on-site supervision of repairs, maintenance, renovations, and expansion projects
• Maintains all necessary insurance

Religious Services and Program Support
• Provides planning, coordination, and other administrative support for the smooth running of weekday, Shabbat, High Holiday, and other festival services
• Works with clergy and congregant families to coordinate life cycle events
• Leads and coordinates logistical support for funerals of members (working with the clergy and the Bereavement Committee) and manages the inventory of cemetery plots

• Works collaboratively with lay leadership on membership recruitment and growth, and retention activities
• Provides initial contact (and follow-up contact as necessary) with prospective and new members, offering information on services, programs, and dues structure
• Responds to members’ concerns in a timely manner (or appropriately delegates them to other office staff) and manages their financial commitments
• Ensures the collection and maintenance of accurate membership records

• Oversees and supervises all aspects of facility rental, for members, non-members and for community groups
• Develops, implements, and enforces policies regarding contractors who provide services during events within the synagogue building

Community Relations and Professional Development
• Promotes a positive image of the synagogue, and serves as a liaison with the Jewish community and other groups in the area
• Serves as a representative of the congregation and attends meetings of relevant regional and national organizations in order to network with peers

Board Support
• Attends Board of Directors meetings as requested, and serves as a resource person to the President and the Executive Committee
• Responds to Board direction and assignments in a timely manner to meet establish deadlines

Qualifications and Job Requirements:
Required skills and experience
• Bachelor’s degree
• At least three years of experience as a manager, synagogue administrator, or executive director (or as a deputy)
• Excellent skills in written and oral communication
• Self-motivated problem solver with strong time-management skills, including the ability to multitask and efficiently prioritize responsibilities
• Enthusiastic, organized, responsible, courteous, flexible, and creative
• Experience with financial management systems, including financial planning and budgeting, accounting systems and controls, and financial reporting and analysis
• Knowledge of human resource management, with demonstrated success in managing, motivating, and developing staff members
• Experience in facility administration, building maintenance, outside contracting for services, and negotiations with vendors and contractors
• Knowledge of computer and web-based systems and social media to support administration, events, membership, and marketing
• Experience with documenting processes and improving them
• Familiarity with Judaism and in particular the Conservative Movement and its rituals, customs, and holiday celebrations
• Able to relate to congregants and prospective members of all ages and at all levels of observance and Judaic education

Preferred qualifications
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or equivalent relevant experience) in nonprofit management or business administration
• Prior experience as a synagogue administrator or executive director
• Significant experience with ShulCloud, Microsoft Office, Google Drive office suite, and communications tools (such as Constant Contact or Mail Chimp)

Salary commensurate with experience ($75K – $90K).

Competitive benefits package, including health plan, enrollment in 403(b) retirement plan, continuing education, and membership in congregation.

Full Time
Executive Director
Organization Type
401(k) or 403(b) plans | leave early for Shabbat | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | relocation option available | sick leave
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