Temple Emanuel of Tempe, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, is a 325-household congregation in the sunny desert city of Tempe, Arizona. We are seeking an Interim Managing Director, to begin January, 2023.
Temple Emanuel is a welcoming oasis for all who embrace Jewish values and want to nourish their lives with wisdom, justice, and lovingkindness. We are connecting our Jewish community and building a better world together. Temple Emanuel is the winner of the 2022 Phoenix Jewish News Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Hebrew School, Best Family-Friendly Shabbat Service, and Best Judaica Shop.
This is a full-time interim position with an expected commitment of at least 4-6 months. Responsibilities will include:
- Financial Management: Work closely with VP of Finance, Financial Secretaries, and the Director of Finance to execute the financial policies and decisions of the Board of Trustees.
- Facilities Management: Oversee the master calendar and operations of our building, including tenant relations, coordinating space rental for our community, ensuring events are properly set up and staffed, and managing third-party maintenance and security staff. Work with Facilities Manager, Clergy, staff, and volunteer groups to execute events. Coordinate with Director of Finance and Facilities Manager, as well as Board of Trustees re: Homeland Security Grant, if applicable.
- Communications: Work with Board’s Managing Committee, Clergy, and staff to ensure that regular and special communications are distributed in a timely and accurate format. Ensure consistent branding, formatting and messaging. Address inquiries from members and prospective members.
- Staff/Volunteer Management: Oversee activities of small paid staff and address any and all related HR-related issues. Coordinate with Clergy, Board, and lay-led committees on an as-needed basis.
- Development: With support of Clergy and senior staff, work with Board on all aspects of fundraising programs, including the General Fund, High Holy Days’ Appeal, restricted funds and endowments, any capital campaigns, special events, and ongoing gift programs. With support from Director of Finance and Administrative Assistants, manage and update membership data.
- Technology: Manage and work with existing technology systems, including Microsoft Office Suite, DropBox, Canva, and remote access and Web-based communication platforms such as Zoom. Experience with CRM software (e.g., Constant Contact, ShulCloud) required.
- Prepare the organization for permanent Managing Director: Assist the Board in developing long-term staffing plan and job description for permanent Managing Director.
- Preparation for the High Holy Days (possible, depending on length of contract): Work with Clergy, musicians, and lay leaders to coordinate all logistical aspects of High Holy Days’ services, including rented facility use, parking and security arrangements. Prepare, market, and distribute High Holy Days’ tickets and publicity. Field and respond to inquiries from members and non-members concerning all High Holy Days’ programs, services, and other activities.
The Interim MD will also be expected to address other issues on an as-needed basis, at the direction of the Board and in coordination with the Rabbi. Applicant should possess a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree, and experience with temple or non-profit management is a plus. Applicant should be a well-organized, entrepreneurial manager with excellent attention to detail. They should have deep and broad managerial experience, and must be a careful and empathetic listener with strong interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills.