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Executive Director

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Brooklyn Heights Synagogue


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Published 25 days ago

July 1, 2021
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About Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (BHS)

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue is an inclusive lay-led community dedicated to caring for the world and each other. As a progressive congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, we value the diverse ways our members express their Jewish identities as we maintain an abiding respect for the traditions of the Jewish people. We welcome the participation of members of all ages and backgrounds, and invite our members to contribute to and shape our community in a variety of ways, from ritual, to social justice, to the arts, to ways not yet imagined.

Founded in 1959 by a small group of Brooklyn Heights neighbors, BHS is today a congregation of nearly 500 member units, including families, couples, and singles living in Brownstone Brooklyn and DUMBO, Lower Manhattan, throughout NYC and beyond. With an active membership and a $4 million budget, BHS offers a full calendar of worship services, education programs, special events and opportunities to lead and engage in social action initiatives. As a founding member of NYC’s Emergency Shelter Network, BHS has hosted a homeless shelter since 1983. Our educational programming includes a highly-regarded Preschool with the capacity to serve more than 100 children, a supplemental K-12 Religious School serving over 200 students, and adult and intergenerational learning opportunities.

To support significant growth over the last ten years, a major physical expansion project is underway that will nearly double our existing space. Construction, currently on pause because of COVID-19, is expected to continue through the fall of 2022. The expansion project is funded by an ongoing five-year $9.5 million capital campaign led by a committee comprised of lay leaders and clergy with the support of a fundraising consultant.

About the Position

The Executive Director (ED) serves as the senior administrative partner to our Senior Rabbi and Board President and is responsible for managing the synagogue’s day-to-day administrative and operational functions. An experienced administrator with proven financial, operations and personnel management skills, the ED develops, implements and manages internal processes and systems and ensures that BHS has the staff, systems, and management practices in place to support growth and development.

The ED is accountable to the Board of Trustees and reports to the Board President and shares responsibility with the Board President and the Senior Rabbi for ensuring that the congregation’s mission is fulfilled in alignment with our values, vision, and strategic goals. They serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee. The ED will actively participate in congregational life.

Organizational Management and Supervision

• Hire, train, and manage office and administrative staff; conduct annual staff reviews; provide regular meaningful feedback, both formally and informally; devise and implement individualized professional development plans; maintain employee records

• Coordinate with the Preschool Director and Religious School Director to provide back-office support for facilities, scheduling, and fiscal administration

• Manage relationships with outside contractors supporting fiscal, human resources, facilities and security needs; evaluate outside contractor performance; negotiate contracts and renewals

• Ensure coordination and scheduling of all events and activities within the building including contracts, terms, policies and logistics of all space rentals

• Provide management oversight for all worship, program and event logistics

Financial Administration and Oversight

• Lead all synagogue financial operations; implement and manage internal controls to ensure integrity and transparency

• Lead budgeting process; work in partnership with senior staff, Treasurer and Finance Committee to develop annual budgets, forecasts and long-term financial projections

• Manage all financial systems and banking relationships including bookkeeping and accounting functions outsourced via Kesef

• Generate and provide comprehensive, accurate and timely financial reports, projections, analyses and insight to support Treasurer, Finance Committee, Board, senior staff and lay committees

• Oversee annual audit

Fundraising

• Generate annual fundraising projections; lead strategic development planning to ensure annual revenue goals are met; coordinate annual and special event fundraising initiatives across programs

• Create and implement systems to support effective fundraising, providing donor research and systematized outreach moves

• Support Capital Campaign committee, including relevant demographic and financial supports, analysis and insights

• Support lay-led fundraising initiatives including annual/year-end appeal, spring fundraiser, and other special events

• Foster a culture of philanthropy

Membership, Marketing and Communications

• Supervise Director of Membership, Programs, and Administration to ensure design and implementation of successful membership welcome, engagement, retention and growth strategies;

• Ensure accuracy of membership information, records and reporting; synthesize data to provide analysis, insight and recommendations

• Ensure tools and protocols are in place to support robust, compelling, timely and accurate internal and external communications, including website, social media, emails, newsletters, flyers and publications

• Partner with President, Clergy, and staff to identify potential lay leaders; Serve as an ambassador of the Synagogue with both internal and external audiences

Facilities, Safety & Security

• Ensure that all safety and security policies, procedures and technologies are properly implemented and followed at all times

• Partner with Senior leadership to determine the most effective and appropriate safety and security plan and policies

• Prioritize administrative, logistical, financial, and communications support for building expansion project committee; serve as principal point of contact with Owner’s Rep

• Ensure that building and grounds are properly maintained; identify, recommend, and ensure implementation of improvements and upgrades as necessary

• Manage relationship with NYPD; ensure coordination between security firm and NYPD

Leadership, Planning, and Board Support

• As a member of the executive team, partner with Board and Clergy to create, affirm, and periodically review the long-term vision for BHS

• Serve as a key driver of strategic planning projects and ensure their success

• Lead by example with a spirit of inclusiveness, empathy, and mutual respect for all

• Serve as a resource to the Board of Trustees and standing and ad hoc lay committees; provide timely, accurate, transparent and comprehensive reports and projections including analysis, research, and insight to support the Board’s planning and decision-making

• Attend and support all Board and Executive Committee meetings, and committee meetings as required

Core Competencies and Qualifications

• Demonstrated capacity to manage a complex, diverse, multi-faceted organization with a $4M+ budget

• Demonstrated fluency with financial reporting and analysis, nonprofit accounting principles and financial software; knowledge of Shul Cloud and Kesef a plus

• Superior communication skills, both written and oral; excellent listening and problem-solving skills

• 10-15 years of professional experience; 5-7 of supervisory experience required; experience in nonprofit membership-based organization preferred; previous Jewish congregational leadership experience, as a professional or a volunteer, a plus

• College degree required; relevant graduate degree preferred

Personal Characteristics

• Highest standard of personal integrity and ethics

• Resilient, energetic, and persevering

• Strong service orientation

• Able to multitask and prioritize; responsive to multiple constituencies

• Discrete, showing consistent good judgment

• Compassionate, with high level of emotional intelligence

• Consensus-builder, with ability to lead from behind to achieve goals

• Passion for the mission of BHS

About Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (BHS)

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue is an inclusive lay-led community dedicated to caring for the world and each other. As a progressive congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, we value the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Executive

Benefits

Benefits include generous paid time off (vacation/sick days/personal leave); health plan (medical/dental/vision); flexible spending account including transit; pension plan with generous employer contribution.

Benefits include generous paid time off (vacation/sick days/personal leave); health plan (medical/dental/vision); flexible spending account including transit; pension plan with…

Location

Brooklyn, NY

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter that addresses your interest in this position specifically along with a copy of your resume to bhsedsearch21@gmail.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. We look forward to hearing from you!

To apply, please email a cover letter that addresses your interest in this position specifically along with a copy of your resume to bhsedsearch21@gmail.com. Applications will be…

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