Executive Director

Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester
Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester
Job Functions:
Administration, Marketing & Communications, Accounting & Finance, People & HR, Legal, Operations, Quality Assurance
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Executive Director

Temple Shaaray Tefila of Northern Westchester

Temple Shaaray Tefila is a vibrant Reform Jewish congregation located in the Bedford, NY a suburban area 40 miles north of New York City. Since our founding in 1976, we have grown into one of the largest Jewish congregations in our area, serving approximately 600 geographically dispersed households from multiple towns/school districts. With a diverse and vibrant membership, we provide a wide variety of programs and participatory opportunities. Led by our new Senior Rabbi, TST continues to re-imagine itself, and to renew its commitment to its community and members.

The Executive Director (ED) has overall responsibility for the smooth, effective and efficient day-to-day and longer-term operations of the congregation. The ED reports to the President of the Temple and works closely with and in partnership with both the President, the Senior Rabbi and Cantor. The ED’s responsibility is to shape and implement the policies established by the Board of Trustees in support of the congregation’s mission, and to enhance the staff’s ability to provide spiritual, educational, cultural, social justice, engagement and community leadership to the congregation. The ED is part of the leadership team that includes the clergy and the Board of Trustees.

The ED has functional and strategic responsibilities which include:

A. Leadership and Leadership Support:

Provide thoughtful leadership to the Board of Trustees, Officers and Board Committees and operationalize the Temple’s vison, goals and initiatives to further the success and mission of the Temple.

Collaborate with the Board of Trustees. the Rabbi and the Senior Professional Team to plan strategies for congregational growth and sustainability.

In partnership with the Rabbi and President, represent the Temple in the local community and across the county.

B. Management and Employee Development: :

Foster a culture of respect, collaboration, empowerment, integrity and fun.

Recruit, mentor, supervise and evaluate appropriate staff in all departments, and provide ongoing guidance and formal procedures to directors and clergy with regard to their hiring, reviewing and supervision of staff

Maintain job descriptions and salary scales for all staff positions. Manage employee benefit program, including staff pension and medical insurance plans, and personnel policies, ensuring compliance with current federal and state laws.

Develop, implement and update office policies and procedures.

C. Membership Engagement and Programming:

Ensure that there is an effective and strategic approach to new member recruitment and member engagement and retention.

Oversee the resourcing, staffing, communications, technology (for virtual and in person), facilities and logistics for Temple religious services, life cycles, events and programs, working in support of the professional staff, Clergy and volunteers.

Ensure that there are accurate member records and reporting, and processes for data input, and effective and compassionate protocols and processes for member billing and collections.

Establish and maintain the annual calendar of events in cooperation with Clergy, Temple staff and lay leaders.

D. Fundraising and Revenue Generation:

Collaborate with the board of Trustees, clergy and the professional team to oversee the development of a robust annual fundraising campaign, and participate in the planning and execution of both capital and major giving campaigns as well as broad member annual campaigns.

Oversee the initiative to drive additional revenue from the renting/leasing of space on the Temple campus and developing off-campus member programming. Manage third party rentals and uses of the facilities.

E. Communications and Coordination

Ensure proper customer service for member needs.

Lead the effort to ensure that all communications promote a positive image of the Temple, and reflect the vision and goals of the Temple.

Ensure all communication channels are utilized strategically and messaging is prepared and disseminated in a professional, timely, appropriate and cost-effective way.

Oversee the development of an overall Temple communications calendar, utilizing analytics to optimize impact.

F. Financial Management and Planning: :

Oversee and manage all aspects of TST’s finances, working closely with lay leaders and the financial staff, ensuring the integrity of ongoing financial operations, creating annual budgets, monitoring investments, supporting the annual audit process, and planning for ongoing fiscal sustainability and long-term capital needs

Ensure that there are effective and efficient protocols and procedures for all AR and AP functions.

Ensure that there are regular financial reports (including but not limited to operating and capital, and cash flow) and apprise officers of trends, potential issues and potential opportunities

Establish and maintain a process for dues relief and dues and fee collections, and

Manage grant application processes

G. Facilities and IT Management and Planning.

Oversee management of all aspects of the physical plan and related systems, including all functions relating to building usage, planning, construction, maintenance and repair. Oversee necessary repairs, and ensure a system for proper bidding and Board approval for major repairs

Work closely with the support of the buildings committee, the facilities manager and the building superintendent, to establish and manage long-range and short-term preventative maintenance plans, and ensure the implementation and monitoring of all service arrangements.

Establish and implement security protocols and a security plan for the Temple, and ensure that it is regularly reviewed and updated as necessary.


The ED needs to be an experienced professional with strong operations and management skills, collaborative and flexible in approach, an analytical problem solver, and someone with strong EQ skills.

This is a full time, exempt position with significant working time requirements outside of normal business hours, including some weekends, evenings and Jewish holidays. It is an expectation of the position that the ED will regularly attend religious services and Temple programs.

Required Experience/Abilities:

● Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Preferred)

● At least 5 years leadership experience managing people, programs, events (preferably in a non-profit organization)

● Budgeting and Financial Management experience

● Demonstrated ability managing volunteers, and/or diverse constituencies

● Familiarity with Jewish ritual, holiday and life-cycle traditions

● Strong written and oral communication skills

● Experience with web-based technology, web-site and database maintenance, social media

● Facilities management experience, including oversight of staff (contracted or full time) and basic contract and vendor relationship management.

● Flexibility to work evening and weekend hours, to attend meetings/events/services

Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits; Health Insurance, Life and Disability Insurance, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) , Health Care Reimbursement FSA, Paid time off.

Interested? Please submit cover letter and resume.

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