TEMPLE DE HIRSCH SINAI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION DESCRIPTION
Temple De Hirsch Sinai (TDHS) is a 1500-family, diverse, two-campus synagogue located in the greater Seattle area. We seek a versatile, energetic Executive Director to lead our administrative staff and partner with our clergy in fulfilling our mission of being a congregation at the forefront of Reform Judaism. Employment will begin during the calendar fourth quarter of 2013. Ideal candidates will have relevant experience with complex organizations, will have an understanding of and passion for Reform Judaism, will enjoy a fast moving and sometimes unpredictable pace, will thrive on multitasking, and will bring to our historic congregation the best of modern management techniques and skills. In partnership with the clergy and Board of Trustees, our new Executive Director will both manage current needs and be a key leader in anticipating, planning and strategizing for the future.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees, and shares overall authority with the Senior Rabbi, who also reports to the Board. As the senior administrator of the congregation, the Executive Director is responsible and accountable for all operations of the congregation. Specifically these functions include:
- STAFF. The Executive Director supervises a team of employees in operations, finance, administration, membership, marketing and communications, fundraising, real estate, logistics, and security and is responsible for the professional development of this team.
- FACILITIES. TDHS operates two full-service campuses (sanctuary, classrooms, social hall, offices, parking lots) in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and in the Eastgate area of Bellevue. We also own a cemetery and mausoleum in the Queen Anne neighborhood, and have two pieces of passive real estate which have unrealized income potential. Operations and maintenance of these assets are the Executive Director’s responsibility.
- EDUCATION. TDHS operates simultaneous supplementary religion schools in our two locations, a full time preschool (mornings), and a robust adult education program. While these functions and their respective personnel are the responsibility of our Director of Education, who reports to the Senior Rabbi, the Executive Director works closely with the Education department regarding facilities, operations, payroll, and HR.
- COMMUNITY OUTREACH. TDHS is a leader in the greater-Seattle Jewish community and a visible part of a broad fabric of community organizations in the greater-Puget Sound region. The Executive Director is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with other community organizations to benefit our membership and to enhance the reputation and presence of TDHS as a supportive, involved community partner.
There are many skills and attributes required of a successful candidate. These include, but are not limited to:
- Experience managing at least fifteen people and a multi-million-dollar-budget.
- Demonstrated expertise in financial management of an organization of comparable size and scope.
- Track record of successful staff leadership including: team building, staff supervision and evaluation, salary and benefit administration, familiarity with laws and regulations pertaining to HR, accountability, and optimizing performance of staff talents.
- Eagerness to embrace and integrate new technologies into operations.
- Systems thinking and a passion for process improvement.
- Familiarity with modern fundraising practices and techniques.
- Demonstrated success managing an array of outside vendors.
- Experience with and understanding of the role of a Board of Trustees.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
- Understanding of and passion for the culture of Reform Judaism.
- Ability to set a “tone at the top” and model the values and mission of the synagogue to create a mission-driven culture for the entire organization.
- Understanding of generational dynamics and the ability to relate to, serve the needs of, and effectively connect the congregation with members of all generations, including the seniors who are long time members, and the younger families who will be our future.
- Understanding that the congregation operates seven days a week, most evenings, and must be responsive to member needs 24/7/365.
- Compassionate, caring “people person,” always mission-driven and a supportive partner with our clergy.
- Exceptional flexibility required to handle unforeseen matters typical of many congregations, but multiplied by our two-campus, four-rabbi operation.
TDHS offers a competitive salary and benefit package, commensurate with experience. The current Executive Director retires at the end of calendar 2013. Our new Executive Director will begin work on a mutually agreeable date during the fourth quarter of 2013 that allows for some overlap with the outgoing ED.
Applicants should submit qualifications no later than March 30, 2013, to EDSearch@tdhs-nw.org
Information should include:
- Personal, educational, and work history, to include a description of relevant responsibilities held.
- Salary requirements.
- Description of why this opportunity appeals to you.
- Whether it is important that your application be kept confidential.
If there are questions, please direct those to the Search Committee at the email address above.
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