Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley seeks to hire an experienced Synagogue Executive Director. As the Senior Administrative Executive of the Synagogue, this key position supervises the day-to-day management of the Synagogue’s building and grounds as well as its administrative affairs. The position is responsible to support all aspects of the Congregation and implement the established policies of the Board of Trustees, as well as participate in long-term strategic planning, fundraising efforts, and leadership development for the Synagogue. The Executive Director must embrace community outreach and provide best-in-class service and support to our members. He/she will partner with, and dream with, our clergy, staff and lay leadership to develop innovative and creative programs to engage our members, prospective members and the greater Jewish community.
Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, a welcoming, egalitarian, Conservative synagogue, is the spiritual home of 490 member families. We have been in our current location on top of a hill overlooking the Pascack Valley in northern Bergen County, NJ for almost 40 years. We are centrally located within 25 miles of midtown Manhattan. As the largest conservative synagogue in our catchment area, we draw our members from many towns, predominantly from the Pascack and Saddle River Valleys in northern Bergen County. Temple Emanuel has a vibrant Early Childhood Program and Religious School, as well as an active Sisterhood and Men’s Club. Our facility is located on 16 grassy acres and includes a Religious School and Early Childhood wing, several playgrounds, an outdoor classroom and a greenhouse.
Temple Emanuel has a committed, invigorated group of diverse lay leaders, which includes our Executive Committee, Trustees and Committee Chairs, as well as a group of very active Past Presidents. We are passionate about our synagogue - where we come from and where we’re going - and our place in the Jewish community in the 21st century. Our clergy, staff and lay leadership collaborate synergistically to create a broad range of creative and spiritual programs and learning experiences that appeal to our diverse membership.
General Duties and Responsibilities:
This position will focus on the following areas:
• Work with the Treasurer and Finance Chair/Committee to prepare annual budget.
• Review and approve payroll for all staff.
• Working with appropriate committees, oversees synagogue’s cemetery plots.
• Supervise all office and maintenance staff, while fostering an atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration among the staff.
• Supervise all office systems (Quickbooks, Chaverware and/or ShulCloud) and day to day operations of the office.
• Arrange regularly scheduled staff meetings for senior staff, office and maintenance personnel.
Fund-Raising and Development
• Create a “culture of giving” by working with Rabbi, Ways and Means Committee and appropriate lay leaders to create and implement a development plan.
• Explore opportunities for obtaining grants from outside sources.
House and Grounds: Facility and Equipment
• Maintain the property in good condition by overseeing maintenance staff, authorizing routine repairs and replacement as necessary and ensuring cleanliness of property.
• Oversee security for the entire campus.
• Prepare and maintain disaster preparedness plan.
• Provide initial contact with prospective and new members, offering information on services, programs and dues structure; maintain a highly visible profile as the relationship manager for congregants and prospective congregants.
Program Coordination/Calendar Development and Management
• Partner with clergy, staff and leadership to develop innovative programming.
• Maintain and oversee the calendar of Synagogue activities.
Board Committees and Auxiliaries
• Work closely with the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees to achieve Synagogue’s goals.
• Coordinate with committees and auxiliaries in developing and implementing their activities.
• Manage rental of facilities to the community including contracts, collections and scheduling of staff.
• Responsible for all internal and external communications by both US mail and email.
• Coordinate and review all publicity, promotion and public relations for the Synagogue.
• Coordinate and manage synagogue website; oversee all synagogue-related social media accounts.
Our ideal candidate is an approachable, creative and strategic thinker. He/she is results-oriented, able to manage concurrent projects and has strong time management and organizational skills. He/she is an effective, yet inspirational supervisor who can maintain high morale among staff, and is a high-energy, detailed oriented, and enthusiastic leader who works well in a collaborative environment.
• Five plus years of experience as Executive Director of a similarly sized synagogue.
• Financial and budgeting experience.
• Experience working with a high-level of professionalism and sensitivity when dealing with confidential personal and financial matters.
• An inclusive management style that encourages creativity, collaboration and accountability.
• Deep understanding of Jewish rituals, traditions, religious observance and holidays.
• Excellent communication, organization and interpersonal skills.
• Diplomatic, gracious, respectful and friendly disposition in working with congregants, prospective congregants, clergy, professional and administrative staff, lay leadership, and the general public.
• BA or higher degree in Business Administration, Organizational Management, Finance or similar.
• Strong computer skills.
• Fundraising/development experience.
• Grant writing experience preferred.
* Salary is commensurate with experience.
* More detailed job description will be made available to those invited to interview for the position.