Manager of Events and Operations

Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
Employment Types:
New York, NY, USA
65,000 – 80,000 USD per year
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Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York is the oldest Reform synagogue in New York City, in a historic, landmarked building with nearly 2,200 household members. While rooted in its legacy, Temple Emanu-El is also fueled by a sense of purpose, justice, and innovation to invigorate Jewish life today. Whether through its Streicker Center for adult engagement and the Streicker Outreach Center targeting young professionals, unaffiliated families, and seekers; its exceptional nursery school, religious school, and young families programming; Gather: Small Groups community; its work with those seeking conversion; Tikkun Olam programming and the Philanthropic Fund; or its vibrant affinity group network (Men’s Club, Women’s Auxiliary, Chavurah: Women’s Study Group, New Members, Fifth & 65th), Temple Emanu-El is known for the quality of its engagement. Emanu-El is a bold community unique in its warmth and majesty.

The Manager of Events and Operations will serve as an integral member of the member engagement team reporting to the Assistant Executive Director. The Manager of Events and Operations will also act as a resource to the Directors of Life Long Learning, the Nursery School, and the Streicker Center, as well as to the synagogue’s clergy and lay leadership.


Special Event Management

  • Orchestrate high-level events for Shabbat receptions and onegs; provides for weekly oneg catering
  • Affinity group event planning and execution for various Temple constituencies
  • Provide support for special employee meetings and milestones
  • Ensure room rental rates are competitive and room rental guidelines are in line with other leading event spaces
  • Lead event planning process with select outside community organizations who partner with the Temple for programs
  • Represent the temple at special events, providing real-time program management and troubleshooting

Lifecycle Event Leadership

  • Schedule, plan, and implement life cycle events to fulfill the expectations of members and guests, including wedding ceremonies and receptions, funerals, bnai mitzvah receptions, baby naming receptions, bris receptions amongst other events
  • Oversee up to two dozen Saturday Shabbat morning programs each year
  • Attend and act as a point of contact at special events to ensure impeccable execution
  • Provide event follow up
  • Work in conjunction with the Marketing and Communications Department to develop and maintain marketing materials and ensure information dissemination with relevant audiences

Operations Management

  • Provide support for Temple’s master calendar scheduling and tracking processes
  • Work in conjunction with leadership to ensure Temple resources are scheduled and allocated according to overall priorities
  • Works with Director of Facilities to ensure event set-ups are properly executed
  • Work with the Director of Security to ensure security staffing is appropriate for major and minor events
  • Participate in budgeting and capital planning to provide feedback on resource needs for events of all levels
  • Participate in High Holy Day planning and services
  • Participate in other Temple programming as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience
  • Track record of a creative approach to event planning and development
  • Attention to detail and professionalism
  • 3+ years experience working in special event planning/management and/or communications
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Understanding of synagogue life, and knowledge of and comfort with Reform Jewish principles and practices
  • Ability to represent the Temple in public settings
  • Able to work evenings, weekends, and during High Holy Days, and as necessary to attend worship and lifecycle services, events, and meetings
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to work with different constituencies; staff and lay leadership
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, work well under pressure, prioritize, meet deadlines, and produce quality results on schedule
  • Strong skills as a project manager and team player who can collaborate well with peers and senior management


Able to work in most settings Work flexibility required for weekends, evenings, and holidays


Paid vacation, holidays, paid sick and personal days, medical coverage, dental, vision, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, parental leave, retirement plan, group life insurance, and temple membership.

Congregation Emanu-El requires all employees to be vaccinated and those who are eligible to be boosted. The temple will continue to work with its medical advisor to maintain health and safety policies in accordance with CDC and NYS/NYC Department of Health's best practices. Congregation Emanu-El employees are currently working remotely to a great extent and expect that return to work in the office will take place as conditions improve.

Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. The Congregation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.

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