As we re-open our facility and welcome back our congregants, Congregation Etz Chaim seeks a Temple Executive Director to help us to transition back, realign our office processes, and grow in her/his career with our community.
Congregation Etz Chaim, located in Lombard IL, occupies an important place in the cultural and religious life for the Reform Jewish community in the western suburbs of Chicago. The congregation has created a home for more than 500 families of the Jewish community to gather for religious services, observe religious holidays, participate in social and educational events, offer religious school and bar and bat mitzvah support, and provide opportunities for the congregants to volunteer and support the needs of the greater community through social action.
The congregation prides itself on being a growing, thriving center of Reform Judaism where we have a tradition of having an inclusive community which welcomes everyone- Jews by birth, Jews by choice, non-Jewish family members, singles, LGBTQIA+ and people of all ages and abilities. We are a caring community that draws strength on our commitment to honor and respect the diversity of our membership. Etz Chaim depends on the members to shape its character through involvement in programming and committees.
The Temple Executive Director position is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a strong team, leading day to day operations and interactions with current and prospective members, and support staff. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Office and staff management
• Hiring, supervising, and evaluating of all administrative support staff.
• Coordinating and supervising the daily activities of the office.
• Overseeing of the application of technology, including computers, networking, web site and office equipment, and related servicing and purchasing/leasing requirements, as needed, with support of 3rd-party IT company.
• Ensuring proper administrative coverage when staff are not in the office (vacation days/sick days/special events).
• Implementing office policies, processes, and development of procedures for synagogue programs.
Event and schedule coordination
• Preparing and overseeing of the synagogue calendar.
• Serving as senior staff liaison with the Facilities Committee and attending the monthly meetings.
• Managing the use and maintaining all Synagogue facilities including but not limited to scheduling events, and coordinating set-ups, supervising, and post-event cleanup.
• It is important to be available to come to services and events as needed.
Member support and engagement
• Meeting and welcoming of all prospective members of the congregation.
• Working closely with members planning lifecycle events to ensure that logistical and ritual needs are met.
• Coordinating congregation activities with volunteers, encouraging, and supporting their participation in the programs, rituals, and activities of the congregation.
General administrative duties
• Administrative support to the Board President.
• Preparation of annual membership packets.
• Attendance at monthly Board meetings.
A successful candidate will have a deep understanding of Jewish practice, tradition, and values, and awareness and understanding of Jewish customs. This candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, along with exceptional human relations skills with flexibility and enthusiasm. The individual must operate with a detail and process-oriented approach and ensures the respect for the confidentiality of personal and financial matters of community members and the synagogue. Candidates must have experience with the supervision of a small staff of personnel with oversight and approval of HR functions and records. In addition, must have facility coordination experience. Finally, the candidate must possess the ability to learn and adapt to new technology, including Office 365. Experience with the ShulCloud database is desired and comfort using social media platforms a plus.