Engagement Associate and Riverway Project Coordinator
Temple Israel of Boston seeks a warm, enthusiastic, hospitable, and active member of our staff team. This dynamic individual will be the empathetic face of our engagement work, connecting members of our full community--which we call our “orbit”--with one another through synagogue life. The ideal candidate is creative, self-motivated, and energized by interpersonal interactions. This position engages our 20/30s community, called the Riverway Project, as well as the larger community. This position requires flexible hours, including some nights and weekends. A strong working knowledge of organized Jewish life or willingness to learn about it will be important. Additionally, this person should have a facility for technology and social media, as well as excitement about its potential as a tool of engagement.
This person reports directly to the Assistant Rabbi for Engagement and works closely with the Director of Program and Community Engagement. The Engagement Associate will be an active member of the newly established Engagement Strategy Team.
As a part of the staff team, entrusted by our community members to embody the spirit and enliven the mission of Temple Israel, the Engagement Associate will constantly strive to maintain a helpful, supportive attitude toward the work, the organization, and the community. This person will embody the values of openness and inclusion, celebrating and wholeheartedly welcoming people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, spiritual traditions, and abilities.
This position is full time and exempt.
Responsibilities for Temple Israel of Boston engagement:
- Work closely with our Assistant Rabbi for Engagement and the Engagement Strategy Team to build and implement engagement strategies.
- Develop and support programs, activities, and other engagement opportunities throughout the community.
- Coordinate and administer small groups as a tool for engagement
- Provide support to temple lay-leaders and volunteers on projects and events for engagement and support leadership development in these efforts
- Provide engagement pathways for those interested in learning more about Judaism, including guidance about next steps for participants of our Open Door programs
- Regularly meet one-on-one with people in the Temple Israel orbit to build relationships and serve as a connector between people, programs, and initiatives.
- Advance the congregation’s work in racial equity, diversity and inclusion in our orbit to ensure a strong feeling of belonging.
- Work closely with Membership Associate in coordination of membership and engagement initiatives and regularly meet with one another
- Execute outreach strategies and recruit new members
- Warmly welcome new and prospective members, helping them develop a sense of belonging to the synagogue and build connections within the community
- Support Engagement Strategy Team as needed
Responsibilities for Riverway Coordination
The Riverway Project is Temple Israel’s community of 20s/30s. It is a vibrant opportunity to gather in many ways. This position works closely with this group and will enjoy participating and coordinating the varied activities.
- Provide logistical support for all events (including in-person and virtual)
- For virtual gatherings: Supply technical support over Zoom for diverse programming centered around spiritual experiences and learning opportunities.
- For in-person gatherings: provide a warm, welcoming presence as well as logistical support, manage set-up and registration, coordinate the food orders, and print name tags
- Update our database with attendance information after every service
- Manage Riverway’s social media presence. Make sure events and Zoom links are up to date.
- Draft and send the weekly newsletter.
Executive assistant to Assistant Rabbi for Engagement
- Manage schedule and make appointments when necessary
- Support for lifecycle events (B’nei Mitzvahs, Conversions, and Baby Namings)
- Scheduling preparatory meetings for life cycle events (for virtual events, some technical support will also be needed).
- Other administrative tasks as necessary
EDUCATION, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Familiarity with Jewish lifecycle and an appreciation for the importance of a synagogue in a Jewish community
- Working knowledge of and a passion for synagogue life
- Ability to work and interact with others in meaningful and relational ways
- Bachelor's Degree required or 5+ years of experience in related field
- Ability to manage large, multifaceted projects on schedule and on budget
- Ability to interact with confidentiality, integrity, and tact when working with the diverse community
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work independently and autonomously and exhibit strong follow-through
- Superb time-management skills are a must
- High computer literacy: adept in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); familiarity with databases and online marketing
- Meticulous attention to detail, even under tight deadlines
- Self-starter with strong time management skills
- Proven track record of quick and accurate project turnaround
- Social Media acumen a plus
- Experience with Board & Committee relations is a plus
- Experience coordinating with vendors to event production and advertising needs
Typically, this position works fully onsite. Temple Israel is currently open for limited on-site work, candidates will be able to work remote through COVID-19 as warranted. Some job responsibilities will require occasional off-site work. Hours are generally 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, although hours will sometimes shift to accommodate evening and weekend programming, including Shabbat and major Jewish holidays.
Applicants are expected to submit a cover letter and a resume.