Executive Director

About the Executive Director position:
The Executive Director (“ED”) is the most senior secular level staff position.  The ED will partner with the Rabbi and other senior clergy and staff on the day-to-day planning and running of the organization. They are responsible for developing the long-term vision and strategy for our business operations.  

The ED reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors. They are a vital participant at all Board and Executive Board functions. The ideal candidate should feel comfortable working in an entrepreneurial environment and have the ability to balance a significant level of authority and independence with the teamwork inherent in a community that strongly relies on volunteers, membership and partnerships.  The ideal person needs to be a collaborator, steward, and a troubleshooter; and have the ability to focus on managing and developing staff, leadership, and various stakeholders in crafting solutions to competing internal and external challenges and opportunities.

Applicants must exhibit strong critical-thinking skills, and handle extensive multitasking with competing deadlines, organize processes and create systems. They should be an excellent and patient communicator, have experience in managing staff, have financial/accounting knowledge, database management, experience with HR/administrative functions, and be committed to leading, improving, and supporting a progressive, Jewish, social-justice-focused community. 

This is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors through the President of the Board.  


1.    Lead all day-to-day operations of synagogue and staff. Supervise all non-Clergy staff departments within the community 
2.    Implement and design HR policies/internal conflict resolution, best practices, internal processes, and key controls
3.    Prepare and conduct staff meetings
4.    Ensure implementation by staff of the board’s, clergy’s and ED’s strategic and tactical vision and directives
5.    Develop leaders in other areas to ensure a holistic view in all leadership roles
6.    Maintain vendor/supplier relationships
7.    Possess knowledge of basic IT/Web functions: networking, computers, light CMS and HTML experience would be desirable

1.    Prepare annual budgets and project future revenues and expenses on a timely basis; including understanding future needs and where to deploy resources
2.    Monitor budgets and analyze financial data
3.    Oversee preparation and ensure accuracy of financial reporting
4.    Maintain accounts for banking and trading
5.    Manage AR / AP accounts with assistance from an outside bookkeeping consultant

1.    Manage membership database and interpret data for board and clergy
2.    In conjunction with communications staff, manage messaging/marketing to congregants and the community at large
3.    Coordinate logistical aspects and scheduling for Shabbat, High Holy Days and all additional holiday/lifecycle observances
4.    Support volunteer committees and their connection to the rest of the community through providing data, resources, and guidance

Board of Directors and Clergy Relations: 
1.    Work closely with the Board of Directors (and its Executive Committee) as well as the clergy to thoroughly plan, implement and support the work and direction of Kolot
2.    Attend and help develop agenda for monthly board and Executive Committee meetings, and other committee meetings as needed
3.    Work to maintain relationship between board, clergy, staff, and community

1.    Provide logistics/operations to a broad spectrum of program activities to the congregation – offering balance between the fiscal and operating capacity impact of programming within our specific practices, culture, resources and rituals

1.    Oversee the physical places in which our community gathers and ensure regular systems, security, minimization of operating costs, and efficient custodial operations.  Kolot does not own a building but rather rents/gathers in many locations throughout Brooklyn, each with its own unique challenges 
2.    Manage the calendar of events for all programming in our multiple locations to ensure seamless operation of all events

Representing the Congregation: 
1.    Presence at congregational events, meetings, conferences, occasional services, and more to promote leadership within the community and represent the congregation requires weekend and evening time on regular occasions.

•    Bachelor's degree plus 5-10 years of professional work experience
•    Experience in a senior position, including responsibility for program, project, and financial management 
•    Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to be effective with diverse groups
•    Demonstrated competencies in supervising all functions of an organization
•    Possess knowledge and understanding of Jewish ritual practice, customs and holidays, OR comfort level with learning the requirements of our progressive Jewish congregation
•    Be a proven manager and motivator of staff and volunteers
•    Knowledge of finance and budgeting in a 501(c)3 organization
•    Strategic thinker and creative problem-solver
•    Have the ability to work collaboratively and efficiently as a member of a team; make decisions quickly, effectively and professionally; work effectively under periods of stress and time constraints with attention to detail
•    Understanding of laws/regulations pertaining to non-profit 501(c)3 and religious organizations
•    Proficiency in computer programs including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet, database software, website CMS, internet and e-mail; aptitude to learn new software packages and high interest in the use of technology to improve processes and communications
•    Experience with fundraising highly desired 
•    A commitment to a focus on diversity, with profound respect for individuality, believing in and striving for broad inclusivity, with a wide range of Jewish backgrounds, practice and understanding; and the promote the active presence of non-Jewish members, loved ones, and friends. Proud to be working with individuals of varying Jewish traditions, sexual orientations, races, and family arrangements.

Kolot is an equal opportunity employer; women, people of color, LGBT people and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.  Current and prior members and/or prior employees of Kolot Chayeinu are eligible to apply.

COMPENSATION: $80,000 depending on experience; medical coverage and other benefits

Please submit by emailing  the following to jobs@kolotchayeinu.org  with “EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION” in the subject and should include the following;
•    1-page cover letter
•    Current resume
•    3 professional references

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  We do not accept phone inquiries.

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