Senior Clergy Administrative Assistant / Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Maximum: $45,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



131 Remsen Street
New York
United States



Brooklyn Heights Synagogue is a progressive and innovative synagogue located in the historic district of Brownstone Brooklyn, just steps away from Downtown Brooklyn and its transportation hub and businesses. Our membership of over 475 families is comprised of multiple age groups. A member congregation of the Union for Reform Judaism, we provide worship services, cultural life, education, and other activities. BHS is a welcoming and spiritually seeking congregation, providing opportunities for all those who wish to engage in Jewish life through prayer, study, social action, and communal gathering while supporting each other in times of joy and sorrow. Our creative and diverse program efforts meet the needs of our dynamic and growing congregation. For more information, please visit 


The Senior Clergy Administrative Assistant supports the Senior Rabbi on a full-time basis and will provide administrative support and coordination for lifecycle events, Sabbath and Festivals administration, worship services, pastoral attention and work, congregational classes and programs, BHS committees, communal and interfaith programming, rabbinic and professional conferences, and cantorial and bar/bat mitzvah tutorial needs. The position also supports the scheduling and communications needs of our Cantor. This position provides substantial congregation relational management; therefore, it is also expected that some development administration work will be included in the scope of the position. 


• Strong memory skills for individuals and their related details 

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 

• Strong written and oral communication is a must 

• Strong and demonstrated organizational skills 

• Ability to take initiative in assigned projects and to follow through 

• Analyze and resolve problems/situations demonstrating good judgment and common sense 

• Ability to handle stressful and emergency situations 

• Maintain utmost confidentiality in matters personal and professional 

• Capable of working on multiple tasks at a fast pace with minimum supervision 

• Strong work ethic 

• Develop effective and respectful working relationships with clergy and all other staff members 

• STRONG computer knowledge and ability– Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Scheduling applications. Ability to quickly learn and master proprietary database (ShulCloud) management and development software 

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent 

• 5+ years in an administrative support position 

• Knowledge of synagogue life and Jewish ritual practice is a plus but not necessary 

GENERAL DUTIES: Maintain track of the Senior Rabbi’s calendar and appointments, including meetings with clergy, professionals, lay leaders, members, potential members and community leaders. 

Schedule meetings and prepare paperwork for all Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, wedding couples, baby naming/bris couples, funerals, minyan services and unveilings. Assist Senior Rabbi in assigning clergy for life-cycle events and Chavurah (Saturday morning bible study) coverage. 

Assist in coordinating High Holy Day Honors schedule with lay leadership and Main Office. 

Coordinate arrangements and travel for Senior Rabbi’s external engagements, guest lectures, conferences, national commissions, and meetings out of town. 

Screen all calls, open and sort mail, prepare correspondence, order books and ritual items, prepare agendas for meetings, create reports, complete check requests, track charitable giving to Discretionary Fund, prepare set-up forms and room reservations for Clergy classes and handle special projects as directed by the Senior Clergy. 

Assist Cantor and families with use of scheduling software for students in bar/bat mitzvah tutoring. Assist Cantor with communication to and from Adult & Jr. Choir members. Place orders for sheet music/supplies for Cantor and accompanist as necessary. Provide coordination and communication regarding in-house and joint musical events in larger community. 

Serve within the life cycle staff rotation for Saturday morning bar/bat mitzvah services throughout the year, providing on-site administrative assistance and troubleshooting as needed. 

Assist in the implementation of the development program once underway, providing administrative support and follow through to the Executive Director and any Development Consultant which might be retained by the congregation. Produce necessary reports and communications from internal databases and create/track correspondence associated with developmental efforts. 

HOURS: Monday through Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday 9am-5pm (shorter in summer); Saturday or Sunday hours will be required at times, in lieu of weekday hours. 


Position available beginning June 18, 2018. We will begin interviewing successful candidates as soon as applications are received. Background and reference check must be completed prior to official start. 


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person(s) assigned to this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. 


Paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, transportation, Life Insurance. Working as part of creative and committed team of professionals serving the needs of a deeply engaged community. Summer Friday abbreviated schedule, Flexible Spending Account available, Personal Days.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three (3) references to 

Please reference “Senior Clergy Administrative Assistant / Development Associate” in subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.