• Are you experienced in detailed planning and execution of amazing programs or events that strengthen Jewish engagement and community?
• Can you convert program participants into active volunteers and leaders dedicated to building the next generation of programs?
• Are you able to see the big picture of a program’s vision as well as managing the necessary details to execute flawlessly?
• Can you visualize a planned program from advance planning through setup, operation, and cleanup, and understand the perspectives of program leaders, attendees, volunteers, and staff?
• If so, we would like to talk with you about joining the Congregation Shaarey Zedek team as Program Planner/Coordinator.
Congregation Shaarey Zedek (CSZ) is a thriving Conservative synagogue located in Southfield, Michigan, north of Detroit. We focus on strengthening deep connections among members, inclusion, and evolving with attention to both tradition and modernity.
We are seeking an experienced, organized, responsible, innovative, and inspiring Program Planner/Coordinator to help bring programs at CSZ from conception to realization. including empowering lay leadership to support the planning, design, development, and execution of programs and events. The Program Planner/Coordinator will have primary responsibility for strengthening volunteer program leadership, as well as for the impact and coordination of the synagogue’s programs. The Program Planner/Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director and is the leader of the Program Team.
Responsibilities and Duties
1. Enable the realization of in-person, online, and hybrid program ideas developed by our members and clergy, including the following:
- Administer an effective program planning process involving program stakeholders in gathering aspirations, creating implementation teams, and assuring necessary details are addressed and communicated.
- Manage the CSZ program calendar to maximize synergy between programs and avoid conflicts.
- Manage the program development and implementation timeline, ensuring appropriate lead time.
- Clearly communicate the vision and plan for each program within the program team.
- Partner with the CSZ marketing consultants to ensure publicity and communication of CSZ programs are timely, accurate, and impactful. Develop and provide all necessary details, serving as the key communication link between program leaders and the marketing team.
- Work within established budgets, setting sustainable event fees and seeking sponsorship opportunities.
- Execute tasks in support of successful programs, which may include ordering and/or shopping for food and decorations, making arrangements for presenters, planning activities, assigning and supervising volunteers, checking in or registering participants, or other such duties.
- Lead volunteer and staff on-site support for programs
2. Cultivate relationships with members, and prospects from target demographic groups, to engage them in the program development and implementation process. Meet with lay leaders to learn what programming they would like to attend and help to create.
3. Utilize the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system to track information about member participation, volunteerism, and leadership and use this insight to deepen participation and leadership.
4. Assist and support staff leadership and clergy on an as-needed basis in other ways.
Qualifications and Skills
1. At least three years of experience enabling the development and implementation of innovative and effective programs and events within a collaborative Jewish context, including the recruitment, engagement, and empowerment of volunteers
2. Ability to work independently, responsibly achieving goals with minimal management intervention
3. Ability to work a non-conventional and variable weekly schedule, including some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
4. Demonstrated excellent planning, forethought, organizational and interpersonal skills
5. Strong ability to accomplish tasks and develop plans engaging the participation of organizational leaders
6. Highly competent computer skills: Microsoft Office, Google tools, ability to learn CRM and other systems
7. Possess existing knowledge, or ability and willingness to learn, synagogue rituals and religious observances
8. Bachelor's degree required