Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer

Congregation Shearith Israel
March 17, 2022
9401 Douglas Avenue, Dallas, TX
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Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) is a warm and welcoming Conservative synagogue of 1000 families that was founded 137 years ago in Dallas, Texas. CSI is a vibrant, egalitarian, and inclusive community. We are one of the largest synagogues in the southwest, with a broad donor base and we are financially secure. Many of our congregants hold executive and lay positions in Jewish institutions across Dallas, the region and around the world.

Our young, dynamic Rabbis and Cantor promote an open-door policy with a multitude of spiritual services and programmatic events. Visit our website at Shearith.org to discover the depth, creativity, and innovation that is palpable at Shearith.

We are seeking an experienced Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer who is responsible for overseeing the operations and business affairs of the congregation, including implementing Board policy, financial management, record keeping, personnel, communications, security, building, supervision of major fundraisers, and membership oversight.

The Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer works closely with the clergy, staff, and lay leaders, and reports directly to the President of the congregation. Key responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the day to-day synagogue operations, administration, and human resources, including engaging, supervising, and overseeing development of the support, communications, membership/program, financial services, and maintenance staff and kitchen manager. Procures all insurance coverages, ensures all applicable employment laws and policies are followed, and maintains good working relationships with bankers, brokers, and other vendors. Supervises the care and usage of the building and grounds, including calendaring, facility rentals, routine maintenance, repairs, and long-term planning. Oversees all security for the synagogue, and the internal operating and software systems agreements and usage.
  • Facilitates the preparation of the annual budget for presentation to the budget committee and Board, and subsequently manages adherence to the budget throughout the year. Prepares monthly financial summary and variance reports for the finance committee, Board, and staff.  Oversees cash flow management, the cash collection process, semi-monthly payroll and monthly journal entry preparation, and weekly expense invoicing. Supervises the annual audit for the synagogue and the CSI Foundation, including contracting/coordinating with external auditors, working with the accounting staff, and reviewing all draft reports for presentation to the audit committee and Board. Manages/reviews the CSI Foundation financial and investment reports throughout the year, attends Board meetings, and provides support to the trustees, as needed.
  • Oversees the planning, implementation and management of the practices and policies of the synagogue, in collaboration with the clergy and staff, and with oversight from the officers and Board, including personnel, membership, security, nominating, and other policies, and reviews/executes agreements and contracts. Assists in ensuring the synagogue’s strategic plan is being implemented, and needed resources are being provided to achieve its core values and goals. Attends and provides relevant information at various synagogue committee meetings, and the Board meetings, including those conducted in the evenings or periodic Sundays. Establishes and maintains a strong working relationship with clergy, staff, and the leadership, along with a warm and caring atmosphere for the congregation.
  • Supervises, in partnership with the clergy, the internal and external communications of the synagogue, including weekly emails, publicity, website and newsletters/magazine. Oversees and works closely with the membership director and clergy, on the membership recruitment, retention and engagement processes, member file record keeping, and assisting members in a sensitive manner if they need help with outstanding accounts. Oversees the annual campaign process and other major fundraising efforts, including coordination with committees, assistance in identifying donors, making solicitations, and providing stewardship. Cultivates relationships with donors and helps leadership identify development opportunities.

Required Experience, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in finance, business administration or non-profit management preferred
  • Have at least 5+ years of relevant experience in management, including managing finances/accounting, staff, facilities, and security
  • Understanding of GAAP and fund accounting for non-profits
  • Experience in fundraising for non-profits preferred
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong IT and computer skills, including ability to understand and implement technology needs to support the operations
  • Excellent problem solver, with skills to find answers and resolve issues
  • Ability to mentor and lead an effective team, nurture strong relationships, and foster an environment of warmth and unity
  • Knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture, customs and practices preferred

Competitive salary offered, along with a generous benefits package.

Application Instructions

To apply, send cover letter, resume and salary history to Irving Prengler, Shearith President, at iprengler@shearith.org or 9401 Douglas Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75225.

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