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Executive Director

Executive Director

KAM Isaiah Israel (Chicago, IL)

Executive Director

KAM Isaiah Israel 

Chicago, IL

KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation is an energized, urban, Reform congregation located in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. As the oldest Jewish congregation in the Midwest, KAM Isaiah Israel strives to be a transformative Reform Jewish community. Through intentional inclusion, KAM Isaiah Israel’s congregational family builds and strengthens our Jewish community with engaged worship, enlightened lifelong learning, and impactful social justice work. We work to ensure that our community is a safe, inviting, and inspirational place where all members of our family pray, learn, celebrate, and connect. 

The Executive Director will nurture a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and foster a deep sense of collaboration among all stakeholders while serving as the key professional managing KAM Isaiah Israel’s daily operations, including all programs, events, board of directors’ affairs, fiscal management, membership, communications, fundraising, and non-clergy staff. 

The position reports to KAM Isaiah Israel’s Board of Directors through the President and is a fast-paced job requiring a significant commitment of time and energy, as well as the ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. This position presents a unique opportunity to direct a congregation that has both a deep and storied history and a membership eager for innovation and expansion. Though we are the oldest Jewish congregation in Chicago (currently celebrating our 175th anniversary), we continually look forward and are seeking an experienced leader who is energized by the opportunity to help shape our next chapter by developing and deepening our culture of participation, leadership and philanthropy. 

KAMII has approximately 300 member units and 775 total members and a budget of $1,400,000. 


The Executive Director is responsible for the supervision and management of the administrative functioning of the synagogue. Effective communication and fostering a high level of collaboration are key. 


The Executive Director shares responsibility with the Board of Directors for the financial health of the synagogue and for the administration of synagogue finances, in collaboration with the Treasurer and finance committee. 


The Executive Director is responsible for the maintenance of the Synagogue building, grounds, property, and equipment and for the scheduling and smooth administration of the Synagogue’s calendar. In our on-going, multi-year building rehabilitation project, this person works with our architects, consultants and contractors and administers budgeting, permitting and payments. 


The Executive Director and Rabbi are responsible for the management of the congregation’s membership and participate in strategic planning for retention and growth. 


The Executive Director is responsible for promoting a positive image of KAM Isaiah Israel throughout our entire community and for creating and implementing effective fundraising practices. 


Executive Director Supervises: 

  • Director of Lifelong Learning 
  • Office administrative staff 
  • Facilities staff 
  • Independent contractors, consultants, technicians, and professionals hired by the synagogue to complete project work 
  • University of Chicago Federal Work Study position in our office 

Salary: commensurate with experience - $85,000-$110,000 

Benefits: Employer-subsidized health, dental, and vision insurance; paid time off; pension contribution and long-term disability insurance through the Reform Pension Board; life insurance; membership to National Association of Temple Administrators; professional development budget; conference budget to attend NATA Conference; complimentary family congregation membership and religious school. 

KAM Isaiah Israel is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and the congregation’s needs. As a Reform Jewish religious and educational institution, certain staff positions may require specific credentials. KAM Isaiah Israel does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a disabled veteran, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by laws. At KAM Isaiah Israel, we proudly celebrate the diversity of our staff and membership. 

KAM Isaiah Israel performs an employment background check. 

All employees of KAM Isaiah Israel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Executive

Job Function : Administrative

Recruitment Notice : KAM Isaiah Israel Executive Director job posting.pdf

Annual Salary Range From : $85,000.00

To : $110,000.00

Congregation Size (member households) : 289

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

Anticipated Start Date for the Position : May 1

How to Apply : To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references to:

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