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Executive Director

Executive Director

Temple Beth-El (St. Petersburg, FL)

Temple Beth-El

Executive Director

I. Introduction

Temple Beth-El is a dynamic Reform Jewish congregation located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Serving our area since 1928, we have over 360-member units (families and individuals) and an annual budget of $1.8 million. Our membership ranges from 4th and 5th generation members to families new to the Tampa Bay area. We are a joyous and welcoming congregation that includes multi-faith families, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Our progressive temple recognizes that the role of religious institutions is changing and we strive to maintain relevance and connection for our members and the surrounding community.

We are looking for an energetic and compassionate Temple Executive Director who is ready to hit the ground running as an integral part of our leadership team. The candidate must possess excellent communication and collaborative skills in order to build strong relationships with the Rabbi, Director of Education, Early Childhood Director, office staff, maintenance staff and lay leadership.

II. Duties

The Executive Director has supervisory responsibility for all administrative, financial, office and building maintenance functions and is the key point of contact for members and prospective members. The Executive Director reports to the President and Officers of the Board.

A. Operations. The Executive Director enables Temple Beth-El to fulfill its mission by overseeing day-to-day activities and providing the lay and staff teams with guidance regarding efficiency and cost-effective methods in order to maximize resources. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board President to implement approved policies and procedures.

a) Finance – Supervise the financial operations of Temple Beth-El and advise on financial implications of strategic decisions 

• In conjunction with the Rabbi and Director of Education, oversee preparation of budget for Early Childhood Center (ECC ) and monitor expenses and revenues on a monthly basis.

• Ensure proper recording of financial transactions, report financial results, and administer cash management.

• Prepare and manage annual operating budget in consultation with the Treasurer and Budget and Finance Committee.

• Work with staff and external consultants to develop and present monthly financial reports and analyses.

• Support all staff in the management of their respective department budgets.

• Manage named funds, endowment funds, property, casualty and health insurance, and payroll.

b) Facilities – Manage the day-to-day operations of the Temple Beth-El campus, including risk assessment, security, safety, IT and maintenance, and monitoring "set-ups" for use of Temple facilities for all programming, services and rentals.

c) Calendar – Coordinate and manage the Temple calendar which reflects the full, programmatic, educational, religious and ceremonial activities of the Temple community.

d) Database Management – Manage the Temple’s database, ensuring maximum accuracy and efficiency in the use of the system to support the administrative and program teams.

e) Staff Supervision and Oversight –Supervise marketing, bookkeeping and maintenance staffs.

B. Marketing and Communications.

The Executive Director has responsibility (directly, or indirectly through supervision of the Marketing Manager) for informing the congregation as a whole, specific targeted populations, and the non-affiliated community about the full range of educational, religious, social and innovative programming and activities of the Temple. This includes responsibility for development of marketing and advertising strategy reflecting market trends and marketing impact.

C. Human Resources Management

• Manage human resources by recruiting, hiring, training, orienting, and coaching administrative and maintenance staff.

• Oversee all staff administration processes, including payroll, employment processing, compensation, health and welfare benefits, training and development, records management, safety and health, employee relations and retention, and Equal Employment Opportunity compliance.

• Assist with all personnel matters, including management of personnel policies and supporting department heads when dealing with personnel issues.

• Provide transparency for employee grievances, ensuring Temple’s compliance with federal, state, and local labor laws.

D. Membership Recruitment, Integration and Retention

• With the Membership Committee, develop and implement strategies for the processing of welcoming and integrating new members, as well as managing member retention.

• Provide initial contact with prospective and new members, offering information on services, programs, and membership commitment structure. Capture and maintain accurate membership records (with the help of the entire staff) which reflect all pertinent data as to individuals and families.

• Assist in planning of strategies for growth and membership retention.

• Manage all member commitments (the process, the conversations, and the recordkeeping).

E. Development/Ways & Means

• Support, collaborate and supervise efforts to raise funds on a short-term basis, adhering to the policies and processes established by leadership.

• Support planned giving, developing long-term relationships, cultivating, educating and stewarding human and other funding resources and long-term tracking of progress toward development goals.

• Partner in the creation of large-scale capital campaigns and coordinate the implementation of the capital projects.

F. Governance and Board Support

• Strategic Planning: Work with the Board and Rabbi to refine and implement Temple’s strategic plan.

• Leadership Development and Volunteerism: Support the recruitment and ongoing training & development of a diverse and balanced pool of potential lay leaders and volunteers for the Temple, including formal leadership development programs as well as continuing training and education for existing leaders.

• Governance: Maintain Temple policies and procedures and all business records.

• Board Meetings: Prepare monthly Board agenda in consultation with the Board President.

III. Qualifications and Attributes

• Bachelor’s degree

• A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a membership-focused environment in the non-profit sector.

• Demonstrated success in financial, operational, facility and administrative management.

• Collaborative management and leadership skills.

• Familiarity with Reform Judaism and its rituals, customs, and holiday celebrations or a willingness to learn.

• Outstanding ability to communicate sensitively and diplomatically with all internal and external constituents.

• Competence in and ability to ensure that staff and the Temple stay up-to-date with the latest technology and tools. This includes office management programs, financial analysis and budgeting tools, website, and social media.

IV. Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time salaried on-site position offering health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, paid vacation and sick days, congregation membership, professional membership dues and related conference expense reimbursement and professional development. Salary: $70,000-$90,000, compensation is commensurate with experience. 

Interested candidates should send their resumes to Search Committee Co-Chair, David Blum via

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : ""

Recruitment Notice : TEMPLE ED Final 7 15 2022.pdf

Annual Salary Range From : $70,000.00

To : $90,000.00

Congregation Size (member households) : 300

Annual Budget / Revenue : $1M - $2.5M

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