At Beth Am we strive to be, in Isaiah’s words, “a house of prayer for all peoples.” Beth Am’s warm, child-friendly community and its pluralistic outlook make it a place so comfortable that many members say it “feels like home.” We are rooted in our historic Reservoir Hill neighborhood and work with our neighbors to build a more just city and world. An urban, egalitarian congregation of approximately 450 families, we have long celebrated our diversity, including interfaith families, Jews of Color, and members of the LGBTQ community. Affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, our shul blends participatory prayer with applied Torah learning and intellectual critique.
Beth Am seeks to hire an Executive Director to succeed our current Executive Director, who is retiring and will be available for consultation during a transition period.
Beth Am’s Executive Director is responsible for:
-Management, maintenance, and operation of Beth Am’s recently renovated, 100 year-old synagogue building, associated properties, and rented office space
-Membership development, communication (including social media), and service delivery
-Financial oversight and administration of all areas of the budget and programs, including our two-day per week religious school (day-to-day financial operations are outsourced)
-Operational oversight of all Beth Am programs and activities (services, religious school, adult education, community programming)
-Staff oversight and development, administration of HR policies, and management of vendors & contractors
-Being a thought partner to the Rabbis and Executive Committee, participating in formulating the strategic direction of the synagogue, and implementing policy decisions made by the leadership team
Beth Am’s Executive Director will demonstrate the following skills to succeed in their responsibilities:
You will report to the Board of Directors, collaborate closely with the Senior Rabbi as lead professionals, liaise with lay leaders on standing and ad-hoc committees, and interact with both current and prospective members on topics ranging from administrative to sensitive.
A successful Executive Director will be flexible, empathic, diplomatic and discreet, navigating challenging conversations with maturity and grace.
You will be responsible for leading the implementation of the congregation’s recently-approved strategic plan, which provides recommendations for financial sustainability, member engagement & adult learning, youth & family education, ritual & prayer, and neighborhood engagement & social justice.
A successful Executive Director will partner with the clergy, staff, Executive Committee, and volunteers in their work to achieve specific outcomes that advance the broader objectives of the plan and develop the vision for the congregation going forward.
You will be responsible for managing, training, and developing a capable staff of 3+ employees, as well as outsourced staff, vendors, and independent contractors, who support the synagogue’s programming, fundraising, communications, and administrative functions.
A successful Executive Director will motivate, coach, and nurture the careers of our staff members to form a cohesive and capable team that can efficiently and effectively manage a diverse set of responsibilities and circumstances, both routine and unforeseen.
You will own the financial management of the synagogue’s operating budget in partnership with the Treasurer & Finance Committee, including forecasting, reporting, expense management, risk mitigation, and support of fundraising.
A successful Executive Director will demonstrate discipline around accounting & data in partnership with our accounting provider, ensure the timely collection of revenues, thoughtfully control expenses, proactively communicate issues & risks, and share recommendations for improvement opportunities.
You will be responsible for the design and oversight of the staff’s processes, selection and supervision of vendors, and use of technology to achieve the congregation’s goals.
A successful Executive Director will make all congregants--current and prospective--feel special through timely and accurate management of requests and events, in addition to providing systems and support that give clergy and volunteers leverage to be successful in their endeavors.
Adaptability & Resilience
As a senior professional staff member, you will encounter a great variety of tasks and challenges, both logistical and relational, in the course of managing the synagogue’s operations, buildings, and events.
A successful Executive Director effectively delegates but is also willing to roll up their sleeves and pitch-in themselves, learns on the job in new domains, makes decisions amidst ambiguity, and remains steady in the face of demanding stakeholders and daunting projects.
The ideal Executive Director candidate will have the following qualifications:
-Have 5+ years’ senior professional management experience in a complex organization and including responsibility for facilities. Experience in a Jewish community or other not-for-profit organization is a bonus.
-Facility with modern systems for member relations and communications, such as ShulCloud or similar customer relationship management (CRM) systems
-Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, and video streaming & conferencing software
-Understanding of and respect for Jewish religious practices in a Conservative synagogue
-Willingness to wear many hats in a small organization and carry out other duties as necessary for the success of the congregation’s activities and physical facilities
-In general, attendance at worship services, relevant committee meetings, and program events is expected.