Executive Director

Temple Beth Israel of Eugene
Temple Beth Israel of Eugene
Job Functions:
Administration, People & HR, Operations
Employment Types:
Eugene, OR, USA
68,000 – 72,000 USD per year
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Position Summary: Serves as senior administrator of the synagogue and center for Jewish life. This position has primary responsibility for overseeing all personnel, financial and administrative functions of the synagogue, Talmud Torah and the TBI preschool.

About the Temple Beth Israel Community

Temple Beth Israel (TBI) is a vibrant center for Jewish life, embracing traditional wisdom with contemporary insight. We promote the spiritual, educational, and social well-being of our nearly 400 member households, the Jewish people of Lane County, and the larger community. TBI is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement. We welcome people of all Jewish backgrounds, interfaith families, and people exploring Judaism, as well as Jews and explorers of Judaism of all races, ages and of all sexual and gender identities.

TBI is located in Eugene, Oregon, at the south end of the Willamette Valley, where two large rivers converge, and nature abounds. It is home to the University of Oregon, a highly respected research university that contributes to the dynamic social and athletic life of the community. Eugene is a leader in the tech industry and known as a great city for the arts and the outdoors. Eugene is the second-largest city in Oregon and offers a low cost of living. It is an ideal place to raise a family and to be part of a vibrant and caring community.

Position Description

The Executive Director serves to provide implementation of the strategic operational and financial vision for TBI and ensure the smooth operations of TBI with a commitment to embracing, upholding, and modeling Jewish values. The Executive Director is a key member of TBI’s leadership team, a critical partner of the Board of Trustees, clergy, and staff, and is entrusted with maintaining and growing the diverse and vibrant culture of the TBI community. The successful candidate will have strong leadership, organizational and communications skills, fiscal stewardship, human resources management, a track record of innovative problem solving, and the ability to collaborate well with the Board, clergy and staff, members, volunteers, and the wider Jewish and non-Jewish community.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership and Talent Management

· Hires, supervises, and retains a diverse, highly qualified staff and volunteers by providing coaching, growth, and personal development for staff and volunteers

· Builds trusting relationships and communication across multiple constituencies including Clergy, Board, staff, congregants, and community

· Creates a warm, inclusive, and high-performing culture to ensure the office and facilities are welcoming to and safe for staff, clergy, congregants, and visitors

· Consistently strives to infuse the values of TBI in all interactions. Brings to the table a high level of personal initiative, responsibility, integrity, approachability, resilience, emotional intelligence, good judgment, and discretion. A mensch.

· Manages and coordinates non-clergy staff in areas including education, finance, communications, facilities

· Attends Board, Executive Committee, and committee meetings as appropriate

· Maintains memberships with related professional and peer organizations

· Advocates for increasing accessibility for all members, and engaging with issues regarding access


· Oversees all aspects of the building’s operations; ensures that the building, grounds, and equipment are well maintained, secure, licensed, and used in flexible ways to meet the religious, educational, and programmatic needs of the congregation

· Oversees the acquisition and maintenance of new and current technology

· Manages (or supervises the staff responsible for managing) facilities, personnel, security, vendors, and utility contracts, including rental of facilities to the congregation and outside community

· Ensures physical security for facility, staff, clergy, members, and guests on premises

· Otherwise manages the day-to-day operations of the synagogue

Financial Management

· Ensures sound financial management including appropriate financial systems and controls to ensure legal compliance, integrity, and transparency

· Develops and manages annual budget in conjunction with the Treasurer and Finance Committee for approval by the Board and Congregation

· Reviews monthly financial statements and works with the Treasurer to present financial reports to the Board


· Oversees support for membership functions including maintaining existing members and increasing membership

· Works closely with the Board and Clergy to create appropriate fundraising strategies and goals, and executes the associated activities

· Identifies grant opportunities, oversees grant applications, and writes grant reports and proposals

· Develops and cultivates relationships with community members, existing and potential donors, and foundations

· Participates in solicitations of donors when appropriate

· Oversees TBI’s Life & Legacy program


The following is our wish list for an ideal candidate. We recognize that no candidate will meet every one of our criteria and encourage anyone who is interested in the position to apply.

· At least three to five years’ successful experience leading or in senior management of a faith-based organization, membership organization, association, not-for-profit organization, or business

· Experience with a membership-based organization. Experience in a Jewish congregation or other Jewish communal organization preferred

· A Bachelor’s degree preferred

· Ability to work in a collaborative and sacred partnership with Board of Trustees, Rabbi, other clergy and staff, and volunteers. Knowledge of the principles of community building and organizing preferred

· Demonstrated track record as a problem solver skilled at guiding, overseeing, and implementing innovative solutions

· Demonstrated skills as a strategic thinker who is competent with systems, implementation, and follow through

· Outstanding interpersonal, management, organizational, and mediation skills

· Excellent written and oral communications skills

· Known for being warm, calm, kind, supportive, confident and a collaborative, creative team player

· Approachability with integrity, credibility, resilience, building a culture of trust and respect, growth, learning, inclusion, and excellence

· Proven track record managing staff and human resource management

· Proficient at financial management including experience developing budgets, understanding financial statements, leading successful fundraising efforts, and ensuring that fiscal controls and procedures are in place and followed

· Proficient with technology tools and ability to understand and manage new technology. Familiarity with social media and ability to supervise/manage online presence, video streaming and conferencing software

· Strong knowledge of Jewish holidays, rituals, and customs

· This is a full-time, on-site position. Requires the ability to work periodic evenings and weekend hours as needed to attend worship services, events, religious school, Board meetings, relevant committee meetings and other programs. Requires flexibility in the event of emergencies

Application and Hiring

We offer a supportive and exciting work environment with opportunities for professional growth. Compensation will be between $68,000-$72,000 depending on experience, plus benefits, including health care, retirement plan, paid vacation, family leave, synagogue membership, and reduction in Preschool tuition.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume by March 15, 2022, to dbaxter@uoregon.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the job is filled. The successful candidate is expected to begin employment by June 1, 2022

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