The Director of Community Engagement is a senior staff position with a focus on passionately and strategically creating and managing systems and programs that help every community member feel connected, experience meaningful engagement, and find their home within our congregation. The Director uses thoughtful strategy and excellent social skills to help facilitate members relationships with clergy, staff, lay leaders, congregational programming resources, and the energizing presence of other members. The Director functions as a concierge and ambassador for the Congregation. They will create deep and meaningful relationships with constituents and, in turn, make a profound impact on the lives of our members.
The Director is responsible for identifying new ways for the synagogue to reach out more effectively to new and existing members in order to help them discover meaningful ways they can become engaged. A successful Director does so by thoughtfully and proactively connecting constituents with our innovative programming, opportunities for learning, prayer, and volunteerism. The Director makes it their responsibility to foster the strength, warmth, and character of our Jewish community.
Congregation Beth El is a Conservative synagogue, bringing innovation and creativity to Jewish traditions. Congregation Beth El provides multiple pathways for its members to enjoy a sense of community, engage with Judaism, and transform their lives through Torah, worship (Avodah), and acts of loving kindness (Gemilut Chasadim). Congregation Beth El values participation, creativity, and education at all ages. With over 1,000 households, Congregation Beth El’s community is diverse, involved, and cares for each another.
Job responsibilities include:
* Strategically develop ways to reach and impact members and potential members. Utilize community organizing and relational methodologies to strategize for, and sustain, successful membership outreach, in-reach, engagement, and retention.
* Oversee communication with new and prospective members, conduct in-person and phone conversations and building tours, and assume official responsibility for membership inquiries, applications, and entryways into the synagogue.
* Communicate with and track members through various phases of their membership experience with a focus on their first 24 months of membership.
* Work with staff to develop strategy for recruitment of new members.
* Plan new member and member retention events.
* Coordinate meetings between key clergy, staff, laity, and prospective new members.
* Work with communications staff to maximize general recruitment, awareness, membership curricula, and engagement practices. Develop membership materials, program marketing, and brochures with a view to ensure that new, existing, prospective, and uninvolved members feel invited, interested, and welcome at all synagogue functions.
* Identify, implement, monitor, and evaluate engagement opportunities, along with senior staff.
* Contact members who resign and oversee exit interviews, and report findings from these interviews to the executive director and the senior rabbi.
* Provide regular reports to senior staff and lay leadership detailing prospective members, new members, resignations, and deaths.
Engagement and Events
* Attend programs, services, and events that present outreach opportunities, both on-site and off-site, and serve as an ambassador at these events, ensuring a culture of customer service and friendly engagement for all in attendance.
* Partner with clergy to create, implement, sustain, evaluate, and monitor rabbinic roles in membership initiatives.
* Co-create, manage, and monitor the life-cycle events of our members, including simchas, bikkur cholim, bereavement, and assist Clergy and senior staff with opportunities for ongoing, caretaking of our people, and membership enhancement.
* Strong awareness and collaboration with outside organizations with relevance to synagogue membership, such as GatherDC, The Den Collective, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and Jewish Council for the Aging.
* Attend community and private social, cultural, and educational life-cycle events, and other events that build membership value.
The ideal candidate should have:
* A bachelor’s degree
* Demonstrated record of success in similar positions
* A knowledge of Jewish practices, holidays, and synagogue community.
* Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills.
* Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
* Strong ability to work collaboratively with leadership, including synagogue leadership, staff, and the Board of Directors.
While this position usually has a Monday-Friday daytime workweek, some availability during evenings, weekends, and holidays is required at some points during the year.
The position is located in Congregation Beth El’s office in Bethesda, Maryland. Full-time employees of Congregation Beth El are eligible for group health insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and paid leave.
Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter describing their quali********************** application materials, Congregation Beth El will contact qualified candidates to set up interviews. Position will remain open until the staffing need is met and may close without advance notice.