Temple Rodef Shalom is a Reform Jewish congregation located in the Northern Virginia suburbs just outside Washington, DC. Since our founding in 1962, we have grown into the largest Jewish congregation in Virginia, serving over 1,700 households. In non-COVID times, we are bustling with activity: we serve over 200 families in our Early Childhood Center, nearly 900 students in our Religious School program and hundreds of people each week who walk through our doors to pray, sing, learn, connect and mark life cycle moments. The Administrative Assistant to the Clergy provides all levels of administrative support to the clergy and serves as a warm and welcoming face to the congregation.
- Triage incoming calls, emails, and requests to clergy
- Produce clergy communications and donation acknowledgments
- Manage the internal clergy calendar and clergy programs on the main temple calendar
- Organize all materials for worship services (produce programs and powerpoint slides, create cue sheets, coordinate guests, and send reminders for special services)
- Coordinate logistics for life cycle events: births, weddings, funerals and conversions
- Host life cycle events (virtually or in-person) as needed
- Manage entire yahrzeit process, helping congregants remember deceased loved ones
- Maintain inventory of ritual items and order supplies as needed
- Provide support for the synagogue’s Caring and Inclusion efforts and Rodef 2100, our Young Professionals Group
- Assist with special projects such as congregational trips and the women’s retreat
Other duties may be assigned.
Core Competencies, Required Skills and Abilities
The following qualities are essential for success:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Self-motivated, proactive, takes initiative as an integral part of the clergy team
- High emotional intelligence, ability to interact effectively with diverse personalities and anticipate the needs of others
- Comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to respond to last-minute changes and requests
- Able to work independently at a desk and represent the temple in public-facing roles
- Able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and during the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
- An understanding of synagogue life, Jewish holidays and customs is a plus.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint), comfortable using a range of technology (Zoom, internal databases like MM2000 and Filemaker)
Education and Experience
- High School diploma or equivalent, college degree preferred
- 1-2 years administrative, customer service, membership, or related work experience
Temple Rodef Shalom is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all employees. The Temple does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.