Executive Director

Congregation Beth Jacob | Redwood City, CA, United States

Posted Date 10/21/2022

Congregation Beth Jacob (CBJ), a vibrant and welcoming community of 500+ families, is seeking an energetic, talented, and dedicated leader to serve as our next Executive Director (ED).  Located in a residential neighborhood in beautiful Redwood City, California, CBJ attracts congregants from a broad swath of the San Francisco Peninsula. Our congregation is grounded in Jewish values, practice, and learning. We strive to be the most inclusive synagogue community on the San Francisco Peninsula by providing a range of opportunities to learn, worship, and socialize that meet our members and their families wherever they are educationally, spiritually, and personally.


The ED is a critical member of the senior professional staff who works collaboratively with the clergy and board of directors as a leadership team to ensure that CBJ continues to thrive both spiritually and financially. The ED has primary responsibility for synagogue operations and administrative affairs, including staff, finances, facilities, and membership relations and is an integral part of the fundraising and development team. 

Candidates should have prior experience in administrative leadership and must be familiar with Jewish customs and lifecycle events. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the policies of the congregation, as reflected in its by-laws and Board decisions, are implemented effectively while achieving operational excellence in office processes and business practices.
  • Manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the synagogue, including all programs, events, services, Shabbat kiddush, and holidays; work with clergy, staff and lay leaders to plan and coordinate logistical aspects of major holidays and events.
  • Manage facilities use and maintenance; develop and implement policies and guidelines for facility use, including lifecycle events, member and non-member use policies, catering, and security requirements; anticipate and budget for maintenance and repairs to facilities, IT systems and AV systems; oversee renovations and upgrades.
  • Serve a key leadership role, along with the Board and Clergy, in engaging all stakeholders in regular strategic and business planning, implementation, and monitoring; support the Board of Directors in effective planning and governance. 
  • Work with the Treasurer and relevant committees in the management of annual and long-range financial planning, preparation and monitoring of financial reports, annual budgets, and long-range financial plans; assess required functions and make recommendations for infrastructure, personnel, and systems changes to fulfill the synagogue’s goals; oversee directly or through effective supervision all aspects of finance including accounts receivable and payable, payroll, cash management, dues and benefits.
  • Provide leadership and operational support to fundraising efforts. 
  • Manage and oversee administrative affairs, including the recruitment, training, and supervision of all administrative, accounting, and maintenance staff and contracted personnel, including security; manage employee benefit programs and human resources compliance.  
  • Work with engagement director, clergy, staff and lay leadership to effectively recruit, welcome, inform, and engage prospective, new and continuing members. 
  • Manage and oversee external communications, community outreach efforts, marketing, and online presence; represent CBJ in interactions with other Jewish and community organizations.
  • Seek to understand best practices for synagogue security and emergency response issues; provide for regular evaluation of security and safety systems; work with Security committee, Redwood City police and contracted security company to ensure appropriate measures are in place. 
  • Interact with insurance brokers, stock and investment brokers, and bank managers for the congregation's accounts; negotiate and manage third-party contracts.
  • Work with the Education Director and Preschool Director on youth programs, scholarships, and the non programmatic areas of their work such as budgeting and HR matters.
  • Stay abreast of professional development opportunities and best practices in synagogue operations. Maintain membership in professional development organizations and attend meetings and conferences.
  • Liaison with weekly church tenant; manage associated facilities oversight and contract renewals. 

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in a related field a plus;
  • Minimum of three years of management experience in a membership-focused environment and familiarity with operational and organizational structure in the not-for-profit sector;
  • Demonstrated success in operational, facility and administrative management;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial and budgeting practices;
  • Strong fundraising background with capital campaign experience is a plus;
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and QuickBooks is required; proficiency in website management, social media and Shul Cloud is a plus;
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters with maturity, discretion, and professionalism. 

This is a full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors of the synagogue; hours will include some required Jewish holidays, weekends, and some evenings.

Starting salary of $110,000-$150,000, plus benefits (including medical, dental, vision, 401k, disability and life insurance, and paid time off, including a generous number of holidays based on the U.S. and Jewish calendars).

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Salary110000.00 - 150000.00 Annual
Full Time
Executive Director | Synagogue Administrator | Synagogue Director
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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