Background & Executive Director Position Overview:
The Downtown Synagogue – the only freestanding synagogue in the City of Detroit – is nearing the completion of a $4.5 million campaign to renovate our building and to create a modern, uplifting, and collaborative space in the heart of Downtown Detroit. With this major evolution, we have reimagined the role of Executive Director as someone who will oversee strategic, financial, developmental, and operational initiatives.
The Executive Director will leverage the many opportunities afforded by the renovated facility and the shared workspace concept to help us grow and thrive. Partnering with our Rabbi and lay leaders, the Executive Director position presents a unique and exciting opportunity to lead in Metro-Detroit’s Jewish community. The position reports to the Board of Directors.
• Build out and execute IADS’s overall strategy and future trajectory in partnership with the board President and the board of directors as well as the Rabbi.
• Cultivate strong leadership and relationships with community organizations and individual participants during IADS events and other touch points.
• Represent IADS in various community functions and through speaking engagements and be a recognizable face for members.
• Ensure the excellence of all IADS programs including high holiday logistics.
Management & Fundraising:
• Supervise a team of 2-5 full and part-time professionals, setting a vision for each of them to implement on.
• Cultivate an organizational culture.
• Design and lead annual review and work plan development for all staff.
• Build and lead annual organization goal and priority setting.
• Manage the overall budget for IADS.
• Supervise the Community, Engagement, and Advancement Manager in – among other things – creating and executing fundraising strategies.
• Actively participate in fundraising solicitations.
• Develop and cultivate relationships with community members, donors, and foundations.
Professional Experience & Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
• At least 8 years experience in Jewish or other non-profit organizations, with some of those years in leadership and supervisory roles. A masters degree could be counted towards those 8 years.
• Demonstrated project management skills, that includes end-to-end project initiation; planning, development, and execution; and the ability to manage multiple priorities effectively while meeting deadlines.
• Excellent critical thinking, analytical ability, and writing skills.
• Must have previous experience synthesizing large amounts of information and must have the ability to execute on and operationalize strategies.
• Excellent collaborative leader internally and externally with the ability to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with a broad and diverse constituency across the nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors.
• Strong interpersonal skills, listening to new ideas, encouraging open dialogue, and inspiring people to work towards common goals.
• Proven ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a team effort.
• Working with a board of directors.
Relevant Skills & Attributes:
• Commitment to and investment in IADS’ mission.
• Commitment to uphold IADS’ values - Action, Humility, Place-Based, Courage to Learn & Have Dialogue, Kehila, Diversity & Inclusion, Kindness & Compassion, Integrating Ritual & Action - in daily actions, behaviors, words, and attitudes.
• Proven Jewish communal leadership and management experience.
• Ability to think about the big picture while also worrying about the details.
• Direct development experience, especially campaign or donor cultivation experience.
• Experience with and openness to relate to people of all backgrounds, knowledge, and observance levels.
• Highly organized and with a keen attention to detail.
• Resourcefulness: the ability to address problems large and small.
• Strong communication skills, both written and spoken.
• Comfort in leading small and large groups, facilitating and organizing meetings.