Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, NJ
Temple Emanu-El, founded in 1950, is one of the largest reform congregations in New Jersey with approximately 1,100 family units. Our long-tenured Executive Director is retiring and we are seeking an individual who can lead, manage and guide the Temple’s office staff and partner with our clergy, school professional staff, and lay leadership and congregants to implement the vision and the mission of the Temple.
Temple Emanu-El, a Reform synagogue affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, is committed to ensuring the vitality and continuity of our Jewish heritage. We emphasize Jewish worship, tradition, education, youth development, and social justice. We strive to be a caring community, one which answers the spiritual and social needs of our diverse and growing population.
We are a diverse congregation and embrace people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientation who want to live a life of Jewish values.
We are a vibrant community with:
- Outstanding worship programs led by three Rabbis and two Cantors
- Strong Early Childhood Education program with classes for children age two through Kindergarten
- Innovative Religious School program with approximately 600 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade
- Engaged membership with many active committees and task forces such as social action, adult education, membership, youth learning and engagement, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, and finance
- Stable membership and sound finances
- Staff of 22 (excluding teachers)
The ideal candidate for this executive-level position has a demonstrated track record of outstanding interpersonal and business skills and a customer-service orientation. S/he must be able to work collaboratively, as part of a senior management team with Clergy, other professional staff and lay leaders to develop and implement the Temple’s vision and mission. S/he must have a successful track record of inspiring and developing others. S/he must be able to establish and lead a team that is effective and innovative and must foster a climate of excellence, accountability and respect. The candidate must have a membership-focus, working closely with the Board and staff to develop and implement strategies for membership outreach, engagement and retention. S/he must stay abreast of trends in congregational life and be able to recommend opportunities for improvement to the Board on an ongoing basis. S/he must develop positive relationships with congregants and assist them when needed on an individual basis with sensitivity, compassion and professionalism. S/he must at all times be a dynamic and positive face for the congregation, representing our Temple well in dealings with all its constituents including prospective or existing members, the community, external organizations and the press.
This position reports to the Board of Trustees of the Temple through the President. The Executive Director runs the Temple’s administrative office which supports the Clergy, other professional staff responsible for our schools, the Board of Trustees and all Temple members. Because this position has an impact on every member and staff person and is integral to the health and future of our congregation, it is one of the most senior and important positions in the Temple.
The Executive Director is a member of the leadership team of the Temple and is the main point of contact for members and the Board. S/he is responsible and accountable for creating and running an efficient, innovative, flexible and responsive administrative office which supports all members, clergy and staff in all aspects of Temple life.
- Work collaboratively with clergy, professional staff, lay leaders and congregants to develop and foster the vision and mission of the Temple.
- Ensure that the administrative office works in alignment with the Temple’s vision and mission
- Continually seek ways to improve the efficiency of the Temple, striving for operational excellence through staff development, process improvements and improved use of information technology
- Develop an office environment that is innovative, flexible, accountable and team and service oriented
- Stay abreast of trends, significant developments and changes that could impact the Temple and congregational life and discuss as appropriate with other Temple leaders
- Conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses and exercise sound judgment to evaluate progress, the need for change, and potential opportunities
- Ensure that Board members are kept fully informed in a timely way on the condition of the organization and important factors influencing it.
- See that Board committees are appropriately supported.
- Staff Management
- Create and implement a vision for an effective office including refining job descriptions, clarification of roles and responsibilities, setting performance expectations and accountability
- Provide day-to-day oversight of the Temple office staff, handle issues and concerns
- Develop staff capabilities and cross training opportunities
- Conduct written annual performance evaluations and replace underperforming staff if necessary
- Ensure that all office staff work is high-quality and meets performance requirements
- Membership outreach and engagement
- Lead and support all efforts involving new member acquisition, integration and retention
- Provide a positive, upbeat image of the Temple. Meet and greet all new members
- Provide outstanding membership service.
- Act as main point of contact for all members and resolution of issues. Respond to members with warmth and sensitivity. Develop positive relationships with members
- Support volunteer engagement and committees as needed
- Analyze and report trends in membership
- Recommend membership policy changes as needed for Board approval
Below are additional responsibilities of the administrative office. The Executive Director should organize and delegate responsibilities to staff in a way that s/he considers best for the congregation, while maintaining ultimate responsibility for outcomes.
- Communications and information systems
- Supervise the manager of communication
- Oversee communication strategy and implementation
- Ensure the quality of all external written communications
- Work with consultants and lay leaders to stay current with information technology trends
- Identify opportunities to maximize the use of our existing technology and implement new technology as needed
- Facilities and rentals
- Supervise the facilities manager
- Support any future renovation efforts as needed
- Oversee the Temple calendar and serve as liaison with committees, clergy and staff for scheduling and logistics
- Proactively seek opportunities to increase facility rentals
- Manage cemetery plot sales
- Financial management
- Ensure adherence to the budget including working collaboratively with staff and lay leaders to solve issues when they arise
- Supervise the controller who has responsibility for payables and receivables, monitoring the Temple budget, tracking the payment status of dues and tuition, monitoring accounts receivables, employee pensions and benefits, and the Temple’s audit
- Develop a policy for dues issues including special dues arrangements and delinquencies
- Work with lay leaders to grant special dues arrangements
- Develop and track a departmental budget
- Contracts and vendor management
- Periodically rebid
- Ensure best pricing and service
- Approve contractual arrangements with outside vendors, contractors, consultants and other providers of services, pending Board approval
- Work with Sr. Rabbi and lay leaders to hire a development professional
- Support and assist fundraising, development and legacy gift programs
- Support any future capital campaigns as needed
- Community outreach
- Conduct outreach to surrounding towns and the larger Jewish community to improve our image and standing
- Identify ways to work with the larger Jewish community and Israel to enrich congregant engagement
- Life cycle and holyday support
- Support the clergy in handling of life cycle events as needed
- Oversee the Bar and Bat Mitzvah process including scheduling of meetings, dates and appointments
- Ensure that the office effectively coordinates all communications, tickets, check-in and other processes for the High Holydays and other services/events
A demonstrated track record in:
- Taking charge and being proactive
- Developing and implementing a vision for an effective office
- Recruiting, supervising and developing staff
- Inspiring excellence in all of our staff and volunteers
- Organizing and multi-tasking
- Delegating work and managing time
- Designing and improving processes
- Creatively solving problems and troubleshooting issues
- Understanding the big picture and details
- Understanding and implementing business practices
- Interpersonal skills
- Developing strong relationships with Sr. Rabbi, other clergy and all staff
- Embracing change, being flexible and open to new ideas
- Working collaboratively as part of a team with clergy, staff and congregants
- Developing positive relationships with congregants and being congregant focused
- Communicating effectively in writing and speaking
- Participating in Temple life. Ability to attend Friday night services, High Holyday services, major events
- Attending Board of Trustee and frequent evening meetings
- Taking responsibility for all office functions
- Being energetic and dynamic
- Working under pressure and meeting deadlines
- Integrity & professionalism
- Respect for the practices and tenets of Reform Judaism
- Technical skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook.
- Knowledge of congregant management software a plus
- Experience evaluating, selecting and implementing new software a plus
- Knowledge of social media
- Education and experience
- An undergraduate degree is required, an advanced degree a plus
- An understanding of Jewish communal life
- A minimum of ten years experience with demonstrated professional growth
- Significant experience managing a complex organizational structure
- Experience working with not-for-profits a plus
- Experience with capital campaigns and major renovation projects a plus
An attractive compensation and benefits program is available commensurate with candidate’s experience. Temple Emanu-El is an equal opportunity employer.
To apply, send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.