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14 Feb 2013

Full-Time Executive Director

Chizuk Amuno Congregation – Posted by Jewish Jobs Pikesville, Maryland, United States

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This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic professional to have significant impact on a well established synagogue with an outstanding reputation for its spiritual and educational programs. The leadership of Chizuk Amuno Congregation seeks an Executive Director (ED), to partner with them and the Senior Rabbi in moving the Synagogue to its next level of impact within the Baltimore Jewish community. The ideal candidate is a skilled, business-focused professional, knowledgeable about Jewish life, and able to implement a strategic institutional vision designed to enhance spiritual, educational, and social justice programs and events attracting the interest and participation of Jews of a variety of ages and backgrounds.

The new ED will be a change agent and innovator with the skills and personality to manage a complex organization. S/he will have a demonstrated track record of success in building a strong administrative team, managing and overseeing complex projects, and a personal style that creates a positive tone for the staff, congregants, and the entire CAC community. S/he will use these skills to  modernize operations, connect silos, stimulate open and expanded communications, enhance financial resource development  and foster a dynamic and interconnected  synagogue community  that will  further the mission and program of CAC attracting the interest and participation of Jews from a variety of ages and backgrounds. The ED is the senior executive and operating officer of the Synagogue, providing leadership and direction to professional staff and support of the policies and messaging developed by the Senior Rabbi and Board of Trustees.   S/he will partner with the Senior Rabbi in developing effective communications, development and membership outreach strategies. S/he will be responsible for oversight of staff and day-to-day activities at the Synagogue.

Functioning at the point of intersection of operations with educational and spiritual programming and messaging, the ED will oversee finance, communication and information systems, facilities and catering, membership outreach and financial resource development in support of the effective, efficient and coordinated functioning of all of the CAC’s constituent centers of prayer, learning and program.


• An individual who understands the role of the Synagogue in the community and embraces the mission, vision and program direction that have been established by the Officers, Board, Clergy and other professional staff in the Congregation.
• A strategic thinker with a track record of success in staff management, leadership and organizational development ideally in a similarly sized and situated institution.
• Experience in a complex organizational structure, with no fewer than five years of experience in directing a multi-disciplinary management team.
• Capable of working with diverse constituencies and pressures with sensitivity and tact. Appropriate professionalism and respect for the confidentiality of personal and financial matters.
• Demonstrated business knowledge and strong previous experience in the financial management of an organization. Experience working with financial statements and the management of accounting and data-base software.
• A confident and well-grounded professional with experience and expertise in managing the operations of an organization or institution. Comfortable working as a leadership team member. Able to motivate volunteers and staff and to connect silos.
• Able to support the Senior Rabbi and Board members in the cultivation and acknowledgment of major gifts.
• Outstanding communication skills, personally, in writing and in public presentations.
• Experience in staff recruitment, development, motivation and supervision.
• A management philosophy and style that is inclusive and that encourages creativity, growth, problem solving and accountability.
• An organized, high energy, enthusiastic individual who can work under pressure and can meet deadlines. • Outstanding and demonstrated interpersonal relationship development skills.
• An open and flexible person capable of responding creatively to a dynamic environment. Energy, initiative, creativity and managerial skills, including an ability to relate comfortably to a wide range of personalities in a variety of situations. A sense of humor and perspective will be valuable.
• An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced degree in business administration or a related area, or equivalent experience, is preferred.
• Familiarity with current trends and developments in Jewish communal life and knowledge of and respect for the practices and tenets of Judaism.
• Working as a convener and facilitator, the ED will partner with the President of the Congregation and Senior Rabbi, to provide inspirational and operational leadership to staff, Board and synagogue community.
• In collaboration with the Senior Rabbi, Board leadership and senior professional and educational staff, create a strategic administrative and operational plan that includes human resource management, financial accountability, facility management, communication and marketing, updated technology, financial resource  development and membership.
Staff Management
• Convene and manage the senior management team to enhance communication and cooperation throughout the CAC community.
• Motivate, mentor and supervise administrative, program and facilities staff. Oversee a performance evaluation process that clarifies roles and responsibilities and sets performance expectations and accountability.
• Lead an engaged and collaborative team with an emphasis on customer service and providing value to each and every member of the community.
• Coordinate the development of annual operating and capital budgets, in collaboration with the Board, Clergy, educators and other senior staff members.
• Develop multi-year budget projections and business models to assist with strategic planning.
• Provide analyses and projections for any Board-level decisions and/or long range planning that may have a financial impact on the Congregation.
• Supervise the finance department, including monitoring expenditures and cash-flow, ensuring that regular P&L reports are prepared and distributed, overseeing the annual audit and the development of computerized financial information systems to track and report on the financial status of CAC.
• Oversee the development and monitoring of a coordinated Synagogue system, the updating of policies and procedures related to facility management and security and all human resource issues and concerns.
• Review and evaluate current IT system and make recommendations for enhancements.
• Oversee facilities management, the CAC’s catering operations, cemeteries and sanctuary and worship spaces.
Membership Relations/Communications
• Oversee a comprehensive strategic communication effort through the use of printed materials, email, telephone, interpersonal contacts, social media and the CAC website.
• Oversee the development of a concerted membership outreach effort.
• Oversee a resource development function with a focus on building relationships with individual donors and foundations, maintaining and enhancing existing relationships and developing a planned giving program.
• Support the efforts of the Officers and Board members in raising funds for the annual campaign, endowment and for special projects initiated by the Officers, Board and Clergy.
Board Relations
• Assist Board leadership and the Senior Rabbi in preparation for meetings of the Board of Trustees and other Committees, including the Executive Committee.
• Provide leadership to the Board and committee leaders in helping them understand their roles and assisting them in advancing projects and priorities.
• Identify and make recommendations to the Board and Senior Rabbi about members with leadership potential and interest for greater responsibility within the Congregation.

Chizuk Amuno Congregation (CAC) is an egalitarian Conservative congregation. Established in 1871 and a founding member of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, CAC has a long history of proud service to Baltimore’s Jewish community.
Dedicated to strengthening faith in our people’s covenant with God, the purpose of Chizuk Amuno Congregation is to create a sacred Jewish community. Here individuals and families can find meaning for their lives from serious engagement with the texts, wisdom, and celebrations of Judaism. Chizuk Amuno is dedicated to perpetuating and affirming Judaism by strengthening the faith and nurturing the religious development of its members. In pursuit of this mission, Chizuk Amuno, guided by its rabbinic and educational staff, and lay leaders, ascribes to the rabbinic teaching: “The world is sustained through Torah, worship and acts of loving kindness.”
Parents of young children, teenagers, seniors, interfaith couples, gay and lesbian Jews, new members, and fifth-generation families all have multiple avenues for participation:
• Worship experiences at Chizuk Amuno are designed to meet the diverse needs of its members. Services are offered for parents with infants and young children, for teens, and for adults of all ages. Services are accessible to those not yet familiar with the traditions of Jewish prayer and flow comfortably for those skilled in Jewish ritual practice.
• Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center (GECEC) provides stimulating, nurturing, creative experiences within a Jewish environment for children 2 years of age through K-5. The school supports and encourages the growth and development of the whole child: socially, emotionally, academically, physically, and spiritually.
• Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) is a co-educational, independent Jewish day school for children in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Founded in 1980, KSDS boasts a tradition of academic excellence in the context of Jewish values.
• Rosenbloom Religious School (RRS) is a comprehensive supplemental school program for students in Grades K–12 that includes immersive, family-centered learning. The focus is on creating meaning in the lives of school families through hands-on projects that are exciting and concept-driven.
• The Stulman Center for Adult Learning (SCAL) offers year round courses, taught by inspirational teachers, in which participants are challenged to think in new ways about the history and the future of the Jewish people. In addition, SCAL offers the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning (FMAMS), a pluralistic two-year text-based program from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Adult education is supported by the Munitz Library, which is located in the Lerner Beit Midrash; the Library has a variety of books, periodicals, and videos of Jewish content available for loan.
• CAC offers congregants a wide variety of ways to engage in Gemilut Hasadim, Acts of Loving Kindness. Many of these opportunities are supported by the Weinberg Service Initiative.
• The Goldsmith Museum is devoted to Judaica chronicling CAC’s rich history in the wider context of Jewish history. The museum contains ritual objects and original documents representing the Congregation’s institutional and spiritual journey, from its founding to contemporary times.
Located on a 30-acre campus in Pikesville, Maryland (within Baltimore County), CAC has an operating budget of approximately $13 million and a staff of 260. It is also supported by the Chizuk Amuno Foundation, which has assets of more than $18 million. The Congregation has approximately 1,200 households and its schools serve over 700 students.
For more information about Chizuk Amuno, go to

How to Apply

Jill Sarah Moscowitz Recruitment Associate 130 East 40th Street, Suite 800 phone: 212-983-1600

Job Categories: Business/Management, Indeed, Non-Profit, Other, and Synagogue. Job Types: Full-Time.


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