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Director of Operations (DOO)

About Bnai Keshet
Bnai Keshet is a vibrant Reconstructionist congregation that values both the unique individual backgrounds and beliefs of its diverse members and our shared historical traditions.  We celebrate our role as participants in the evolution of Judaism by engaging our tradition thoughtfully, so it remains meaningful and relevant to each of us. In this spirit, we are committed to life-long education, to hesed (caring), to tikkun olam (repairing the world), and to sharing important life events. We are an informal and respectful community moved by prayer, fired by lively discussion, enlivened by laughter and song.
Located in Montclair, NJ, we are just miles from New York City in the heart of the largest metropolitan area and Jewish community in the U.S.  Founded in 1978, our membership has grown to 280 families.  We have a staff of two full-time Rabbis (our Senior Rabbi plus an Assistant Rabbi who serves as our Director of Congregational Learning), an Assistant Operations Manager (supervised by the DOO) and, for our Bet Midrash (school), part-time teachers and an administrative assistant.
Ultimate responsibility for the congregation lies with the Board of Trustees, under the leadership of an Executive Committee consisting of two Co-Presidents and Vice Presidents for Education, Religious Life, Membership and Community Engagement, Communications, Finance, Development, and Tikkun Olam.  Our facilities consist of a 1906 mansion on the National Register of Historic Buildings, and a beautiful modern (2000) building which houses our sanctuary and offices.
The Opportunity
The Director of Operations will provide leadership and supervision to all operational and administrative functions within the synagogue.  Along with the Rabbis, the Officers and Board, s/he will be an active partner in the creation and implementation of the vision, overall direction, and long-term sustainable development of Bnai Keshet.  The DOO will strengthen and implement all internal systems for communication and participation throughout the congregation, and s/he will be a visible resource to members, staff and to the public.
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Coordinating resources and scheduling for events, staff and facilities
  • Oversight of external service providers (e.g., cleaning service, technology providers, outsourced accounting firm, maintenance contractors and other vendors) and procurement of supplies and equipment to ensure smooth and effective operations
  • Active, ongoing supervision of the financial affairs of the synagogue, including establishing and maintaining effective internal control systems over budgeting and reporting, billing, accounts payable, payroll, and other congregational records
  • Publications, public relations, and social media, including hands-on Web site management and the development and dissemination of electronic and printed communications
  • Providing support to the Rabbis in their roles providing educational and spiritual resources to the congregation, and to the co-Presidents, VPs and Committee chairs as they carry out their activities in furtherance of the synagogue’s mission
  • Creating and sustaining an atmosphere that promotes teamwork and collaboration, effective individual performance, and smooth working relationships between staff and volunteers
  • Serving as an informational resource to current and prospective members
The Person
The successful candidate will be a highly organized, dynamic and collaborative leader, comfortable and enthusiastic about working with staff, volunteer leadership and members.
Additional requirements include:
    • A minimum of five years prior administrative and supervisory experience, preferably in a synagogue or non-profit organization
    • Knowledge of Jewish customs and observance, as well as an understanding of Jewish congregational life; prior experience with Reconstructionist Judaism helpful but not required
    • Superior spoken, written and interpersonal communication skills
    • Experience with facilities management, procurement and vendor management
    • Strong budgeting, accounting and financial management skills
    • Proficiency in computerized business information systems, including email, websites and databases (knowledge of ShulCloud particularly useful)
    • Experience preparing reports and presentations using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Fundraising experience helpful, including the ability to identify grant opportunities and/or grant writing experience
    • Ability to prioritize multiple priorities in a busy, fast-paced, demanding work environment
    • Ability to operate at a tactical level, with strong attention to detail, but also think strategically
    • Demonstrated team leadership skills and the ability to build and foster strong working relationships
    • A willingness to work in a volunteer-driven organization that strives for participative and consensual decision-making processes
    • Personable, diplomatic and sensitive; able to work with a wide variety of people with diverse backgrounds and lifestyles and to manage conflict positively and handle confidential information appropriately
Salary and benefits
This is a full-time position.  Because the DOO must be a visible presence during synagogue programming and at various meetings, some weekend, evening and holiday availability will be required.
Salary and health insurance benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.
To Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and salary history to
Tue, June 19 2018 6 Tammuz 5778