A midsize multigenerational Conservative Synagogue in suburban Maryland is seeking a Synagogue Office Administrator. The Synagogue Office Administrator is an integral member of the synagogue’s professional team, offering direct support for the clergy, collaborating with the education directors and coordinating the support staff. The role requires the ability to effectively manage the daily operations of the synagogue, in order to ensure smooth functioning of all congregational activity. The administrator is often the first point of contact for members and non-members alike and must present a warm welcoming presence.
- Work with Clergy and Directors to support a positive, team-based, work environment
- Supervises the day-to-day management of the synagogue’s administrative affairs, physical security, facility operations and membership needs.
- Serves as first point of contact for synagogue vendors
- Serves as the first point of contact for emergency response situations and works with the board to resolve any issues
- Makes decisions on inclement weather closings in consultation with the school directors and executive board
- Works with the Facilities House Committee to ensure smooth operation and appearance of building, grounds, property, equipment and daily programming setups
- Provides logistical support for all Shabbat/life cycle/High Holy Day services and synagogue activities
- Maintains a professional presence while serving as an ambassador and advocate for the synagogue, educating congregants and team members on synagogue offerings and capabilities
- Manages the successful marketing of all synagogue programming and produces clear and accurate communications and marketing materials
- Works closely with current, prospective, and past members on general needs, triages issues and directs them to the appropriate lay leader
- Maintains accurate membership records using synagogue management software to also include membership data, newsletters, minutes, and historical and archival records
- Coordinates all Congregational religious and social activity in coordination with religious committee and program chairs.
- Fosters a warm and caring environment for congregants, lay leaders, volunteers, staff, potential members and visitors.
- Maintains the master calendar of all synagogue programs and events
- Ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed to attend synagogue meetings, some events and some religious services
- Other tasks as assigned
A successful candidate will be able to:
- Work collaboratively with members of the congregation, volunteers and staff
- Demonstrate computer literacy and competence with website maintenance, social media, Microsoft Office
- Show understanding and familiarity of Conservative Jewish religious practice, values and tradition and the ability to work effectively across the broad spectrum of Jewish affiliations
- Demonstrate excellent communication skills through written, oral, and electronic means
- Demonstrate strong organizational and multitask skills
- Maintain discretion, confidentiality and professionalism at all times
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience preferred.