Executive Director, Temple IsaiahAt Temple Isaiah

Posted Aug 14, 2020 Job Length Year Round


About Temple Isaiah
Temple Isaiah is a special place, a warm and caring community that values and respects the individuality and diversity of its congregants. Temple Isaiah is deeply committed to Jewish tradition, and also proud of the on-going practice of creativity and innovation. They offer a vast array of programs and activities, which encourage congregants to find their own paths and craft their own approaches to living Jewish lives. Temple Isaiah takes Jewish education seriously, for adults and children, encouraging participants to question and challenge. Their outstanding professional leadership values and relies on congregants as partners in determining the synagogue’s direction and planning/leading many programs. Temple Isaiah strives to be a sacred community that matters in congregants’ lives and makes a difference in the larger world.

Temple Isaiah is an inclusive community, with congregants from a wide range of backgrounds, from observant to Reform to secular. Temple Isaiah welcomes Jews by choice and interfaith families, who participate actively in Temple life. The congregation includes GLBT congregants who joined Temple Isaiah to pursue their Jewish journeys in a supportive and accepting community. They strive to be an accessible congregation, welcoming those with physical and learning disabilities as well as mental health challenges. Temple Isaiah is located in historic Lexington, Massachusetts, but draws congregants, from many neighboring communities. The congregation participates actively in community life in nearby towns through interfaith programs, Mitzvah Day projects, support of regional and national Jewish organizations, and other activities.

Temple Isaiah is a relationship-centered congregation. The congregants are a community of intellectually curious, justice-driven, and open-hearted seekers from diverse backgrounds who come together to grow, learn, connect, and make the world a better place.

Temple Isaiah has more than 850 household units, an annual operating budget of approximately $3M, an endowment of $13M and is currently governed by a 15-person Board of Directors. They have also recently finished a successful $1.8M endowment campaign. Temple Isaiah has 3 clergy, a staff of 12 and a religious school.

Temple Isaiah seeks an experienced, collaborative, and mission-driven leader to serve as its Executive Director. The Executive Director (ED) will help achieve the congregational vision: Deepening Lives, Inspiring Purpose, Together. The ED will serve as a sacred partner with the clergy, educators, and lay leadership. The ED will be a thoughtful and full participant in building and executing the long-term strategy while holding overall responsibility for running the synagogue. Temple Isaiah is looking for leadership and oversight of staff in philanthropy, facilities, finance, engagement, communications, and administration. The ED will report to the President of the Board with a matrix relationship to the Senior Rabbi.


Specifically, the ED will be a leader in helping Temple Isaiah continue to advance Jewish values in the community in the following ways:

Champion, grow, and sustain a highly engaged and committed Temple community.
Build and sustain a transparent and collaborative relationship with the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, work with board members on overall strategy, operational and financial goals, philanthropy, programming, and congregants relations. Regularly brief the board on the status of work and initiatives.
Serve as initial point of contact for prospective congregants and collaborate with the Director of Congregational Engagement and the Membership Committee in recruitment, integration, and retention.

Act as the initial point of contact with congregants in situations of bereavement and other life-cycle events.

Oversee maintenance of the Temple’s congregation database. Ensure that records are up-to-date and accurate. Use knowledge of databases to ensure that staff fully utilize system capabilities.

Oversee all temple communications in all media through the Communications Associate.

Establish and maintain the smooth, safe, secure, and efficient operation of the synagogue on a daily basis.

Build a high-performing collaborative team. Supervise the 12- member administrative staff that includes office staff, Director of Congregational Engagement, Director of Philanthropy, Accountant, Facilities Manager, Communications Associate.

Evaluate staffing needs and ensure optimal staffing structure. Drive the development and consistent implementation of personnel policies and standards, benefits, annual performance review process, on-boarding and training, professional development, and succession planning.

Oversee all purchasing/contracting for equipment, goods and services required for the synagogue, including computer hardware and software, web and other cloud services, congregant management, and accounting systems.

Develop and maintain the congregational master calendar and coordinate logistical support for worship services, educational programs, meetings, and other events with the clergy, religious school teachers and staff, lay leaders, and the broader community.

Supervise the Facilities Manager to ensure appropriate care and repair of the facility and property, proper functioning of all building systems including heating/air conditioning, sound system, security, streaming. Ensure custodial staffing schedules match synagogue demands.

Coordinate and manage facility space requests and rentals and create processes for communication with event leaders.

Partner with the Security and Safety Committee. Maintain relationships and coordinate with security vendors, consultants, law enforcement, and other third-party security partners. Communicate policies for security and safety to the congregation.

Oversee and support all aspects of religious holiday planning, with an emphasis on annual High Holiday planning.

Ensure financial health and long-term sustainability of the temple’s resources.

Oversee the creation of annual operating and capital budgets in partnership with the Finance Committee and Accountant. Manage the synagogue’s administrative and facilities budgets.

Supervise Accountant and any outside service providers to ensure accurate and timely household billing, accurate and discrete handling of special financial arrangements with congregants, timely handling of accounts payable and receivable, management of expenses to conform to the annual budget, and cost-effective selection and management of insurance, payroll, and benefit processes.

Oversee a fundraising strategy, continuing to build a culture of philanthropy at Temple Isaiah. Hire and supervise the Director of Philanthropy to achieve the goals for annual philanthropy, planned giving, endowment, and capital campaigns.

Identify grant opportunities that are relevant to the synagogue. Provide the administrative support required for grant submissions.


Qualifications and Experiences
Comfort and skill in thinking strategically while leading at the ground level, with the ability to set, pursue, and meet priorities; strong business operations know-how.
Passion and commitment to Jewish values, rituals, customs, and holiday practices and a caring community.
Proven senior management experience in a synagogue, membership organization, nonprofit, or similar settings.
Strong people management skills, with the ability to build cohesive teams, delegate effectively, and “manage up.” Strong human resources/personnel experience preferred.
Grace and professionalism in working with and facilitating collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders including Board of Trustees, volunteers, clergy, staff and congregants.
Effective communications skills with the ability to convey information clearly and inspire trust.
Creativity in solving problems and seizing opportunities.
Knowledge of donor and congregational database programs and/or customer relationship management systems. Prior experience with ShulCloud is a plus.
Unquestioned ethics and integrity.

This position description is based upon material provided by Temple Isaiah, an equal opportunity employer.

Sarah Raful Whinston, Senior Search Consultant
Eva Dunphy, Associate

How to Apply

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Contact Information

Camp Name

Temple Isaiah

Job Title

Executive Director, Temple Isaiah

Camp Address

55 Lincoln St, Lexington, MA, 02421, United States